Pacifica Montessori School


The Staff

Stephen Call, Adminstrator
I received my B.A. in Psychology from Sonoma State College. My goal was to become an adolescent and child psychologist. After graduating from the University, I worked as a Psych Tech on the adolescent wing of a psychiatric hospital in Northern California. This work was not very fulfilling. After moving to Southern California I decided that since child and adolescent therapy were to become my life work, I should get some experience with children before applying to graduate school. I began working at a Montessori school as a teacher’s aide but was soon promoted to administrator and my life took a turn at that point.

In July of 1983 I married Jennifer and she became a teacher at the Culver City location. Jennifer and I have twin boys who graduated from Pacifica Montessori School and are happy successful adults.

In addition to being a Husband and Father, I enjoy all aspects of directing Pacifica Montessori School. I’m also interested in discussing current events, movies and culture. I also enjoy bike riding, downhill & cross-country skiing, swimming, hiking, camping and travel. In my spare time I like to work with wood build furniture and repair broken toys and classroom equipment.

Jennifer Call Montessori Preschool and Kindergarten Teacher
I was born and lived in Los Angeles until I was 11. I then became a citizen of the world. As a family we traveled throughout Europe, the US, and Mexico for 10 years. We had many homes, many friends and learned about many cultures. People welcomed our little family and showed us how to survive from the cold little farm town in Yajennow Germany to the steep slopes of the Oaxacan mountains. People were kind, welcoming and always ready to show us the way. I discovered that I love to learn and love to teach. When I returned to the US, I resumed my education and became an assistant at a Montessori school. The combination could not have been better and after two years of assisting I took the Association Montessori International teacher training course. During my AMI training, my husband Stephen opened Pacifica Montessori School in Culver City. Other than the three years I stayed at home when our twin sons were born, I have taught at Pacifica, welcoming children and helping to guide them on their journey.

Elizabeth Vargo Montessori Preschool and Kindergarten Teacher
I started working at Pacifica Montessori School over twenty years ago after receiving my early childhood education units. At that time the Montessori Method was new to me, but I soon realized it was the only way I wanted to teach.

I worked with Jennifer Call as her co teacher for a number of years and then had the opportunity to take the AMS Montessori teacher training and to become a Montessori teacher.

In addition to being a Montessori teacher I am also an artist and have found that art opens children up and brings out their personality, potential and confidence in themselves. I use art as much as possible in the classroom during the year.

I find it very rewarding to be able to be a part of a child's growth and watch them take the first steps into being productive citizens of the future.

Pacifica Montessori is more than just a school. It is a community of children working together.

Alpha Zavala Montessori Elementary Teacher
I have been an elementary teacher at Pacifica since 2011. I graduated from Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) as a trained elementary (ages 6 -12) teacher. I pursued becoming an AMI teacher while studying early childhood development. I had discovered that Maria Montessori came up with a method to guide an individual to his or her full potential, via the use of many senses. I was intrigued by this and the concept of following the child rather than a textbook.

I began my teaching career in the arts as a dance instructor, teaching jazz, tap, and ballet to children and teenagers. I have also helped plan events with teenagers of military families, as a recreation coordinator at the Boys and Girls Club of Honolulu. These positions were rewarding to me because I loved seeing the joy in a child after they had gained a new skill.

I enjoy planting seeds of knowledge, and watching the student’s blossom into masters of their studies. I feel fortunate to be able to work at a school with such an amazing support group (the staff). “We work together to make sure we provide the best environment and opportunities for our students.”

My leisure time consists of spending time with my family and friends. I can often be found researching topics of interest, creating abstract paintings, or out for a run. I also enjoy traveling to foreign places, learning Spanish, camping, hiking, biking, practicing the piano, listening to jazz, dancing, and going to museums and beaches.

Support staff
Many of our co-teachers and support staff have been associated with Pacifica Montessori School for many years. We take pride in the fact that our staff have been with us for such a long time and that when children return to visit they see the same teachers. We truly believe that we are a little community and an island of stability.