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Meet Our Team

The AMI Core Team

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Ms. Iluminada Woellhaf

Founder and President

  • Master of Arts, Developmental Psychology, Teacher's College, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA

  • Fullbright-Hays grantee in Education

  • AMI Primary (3-6 years) Diploma

  • AMS Primary (3-6 years) Diploma

  • Grant Recipient - Dolman-Delacato Method of Neurological Organization for Brain-injured Children, Institute for the Achievement of Human Potential,  Philadephia, PA, USA

  • Researcher - Institute for Developmental Studies, New York Medical College, USA

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Ms. Lori Egan

Consultant

  • AMI Training of Trainers Program for Primary (3 - 6 years old)

  • Master of Education, Montessori Education, Loyola University, Baltimore, MD, USA

  • AMI Assistant to Infancy (0-3 years) Diploma, Maria Montessori Institute, London, UK

  • AMI Post-Diploma Observation Course 1 and 2, Maria Montessori Institute, London, UK

  • AMI Primary (3-6 years) Diploma, Maria Montessori Institute, London, UK

  • AMI Elementary (6 - 12 years) Diploma, Washington Montessori Institute, MD, USA

  • Bachelor of Science, Psychology, Ateneo de Manila University (Cum Laude, Departmental Award Nominee)

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Ms. Juliette Castelar

Academic Coordinator and Administrative Assistant

  • Master of Education, Montessori Education, Loyola University, Baltimore, MD, USA

  • AMI Assistant to Infancy (0-3 years) Diploma, The Montessori Institute of San Diego, CA, USA

  • AMI Primary (3-6 years) Diploma, The Montessori Institute of San Diego, CA, USA

  • Master of Business Administration, Concordia University, Irvine, CA, USA (ongoing)

  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, University of California, Irvine, CA, USA

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Ms. Joy Castro

Elementary Guide

  • AMI Elementary (6 - 12 years) Diploma, The Montessori Institute of San Diego, CA, USA

  • LET Certified since 2003

  • Master of Education, Mathematics, University of the Philippines, PH (ongoing)

  • Bachelor of Secondary Education, Mathematics, University of the Philippines, Diliman

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Ms. Lora Woellhaf

Head of School

  • Master of Education, Montessori Education, Loyola University, Baltimore, MD, USA

  • AMI Assistant to Infancy (0-3 years) Diploma, Maria Montessori Institute, London, UK

  • AMI Primary (3-6 years) Diploma, Washington Montessori Institute, MD, USA

  • AMI Elementary (6-12) Certificate, Maria Montessori Institute, London, UK (In Process)

  • AMI Adolescent Orientation (12-18) Certificate, Montessori Institute Prague, Prague, Czech Republic (In Process)

  • AMI Certificate of Montessori Inclusive Education, The Montessori Institute of San Diego, CA, USA

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Applied Educational Leadership and Management, Institute of Education, University of London, UK

  • Bachelor of Arts Honours in Educational Studies and Early Childhood Studies, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK

  • RIE Foundations Course, Beijing, China

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Ms. Bettina Javelona

Director of Young Children's Community and Children's House

  • AMI Primary (3-6 years) Diploma, The Montessori Institute of Denver, CO, USA

  • AMI Assistant to Infancy (0-3 years) Diploma, The Montessori Institute of Denver, CO, USA

  • Bachelor of Science Marketing Management, De La Salle University

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Ms. Jay Villanueva

Principal of Elementary, Middle School and Adolescent Programs (Temple Hill International School)

  • AMI/NAMTA Montessori Orientation to Adolescent Studies, Ohio, USA

  • Master of Education, Montessori Education, Loyola University, Baltimore, MD, USA

  • AMI Elementary (6 - 12 years) Diploma, Washinton Montessori Institute, MD, USA

  • PBET Certified

  • Master of Science, Family Life and Child Development, University of the Philippines, PH

  • Bachelor of Elementary Education (Magna Cum Laude), Philippine Normal University

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Mr. Jayvee Villanueva Luna

Elementary Guide

  • AMI Elementary (6-12 years) Diploma, Montessori Training at the Montessori Training and Research Trust (MTRT), Hyderabad, India

  • LET Certified since 2012

  • Masters of Education, Information Technology and Integration, Ateneo de Manila University, PH (ongoing)

  • Bachelor of Secondary Education, Biological Sciences, University of Santo Tomas

The Philippine Montessori Center Guides  Children's House

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Ms. Bambi Temporal

  • AMI Primary (3 - 6 years) Diploma, The Montessori Institute of San Diego, CA, USA

  • Master of Education, Special Education - Applied Behavior Analysis, George Mason University, VA, USA (ongoing)


  • Master of Education in Child Development (Research Pending), University of Asia and the Pacific, PH

  • Bachelor of Elementary Education, Preschool Education (Cum Laude), Ateneo de Davao University

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Ms. Myla Rocero

  • AMI Primary (3-6 years) Diploma, FAMEP (Affiliated with The Montessori Institute of Denver, CO, USA)

  • Master of Arts (units), Educational Management

  • Bachelor of Secondary Education, Philippine Normal University

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Ms. Grace Beraquit

  • AMI Orientation (3-6 years) Certificate, PH

  • LET Certified since 2017

  • Bachelor of Secondary Education in Filipino, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Marikina

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Ms. Camille Sorno

  • Bachelor of Arts in English, Marinduque State College

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Mr. Enzo Samonte

  • AMI Orientation (3-6 years) Certificate, PH

  • Certificate Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

  • Bachelor of Science, Family Life & Child Development (Cum Laude) University of the Philippines, Diliman

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Ms. Katrina Buñag

  • AMI Primary (3 - 6 years) Diploma, Montessori Training Center Poznan, Poland

  • LET Certified since 2011

  • Master of Arts (units) in Special Education University of the Philippines - Diliman

  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Ateneo de Manila University

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Ms. Noemi Vital

  • Master in Management, Public Administration, Philippine Christian University, PH

  • PBET Certified

  • Bachelor of Science, Kindergarten Education, Harris Memorial College

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Ms. Noreen Sandiko

  • AMI Orientation (3-6 years) Certificate, PH

  • Bachelor of Science, Family Life and Child Development, University of the Philippines, Diliman

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Ms. Vanjee de Raya

  • AMI Orientation (3-6 years) Certificate, PH

  • LET Certified since 1993

  • Bachelor of Elementary Education, Pre-school Specialization, The Philippine Normal University

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Ms. Abby Omongos

  • AMI Orientation (3-6 years) Certificate, PH

  • LET Certified since 2012

  • Bachelor of Elementary Education - Generalist, Bulacan State University

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Ms. Arielle Panganiban

  • AMI Orientation (3-6 years) Certificate, PH

  • LET Certified since 2017

  • Master of Education in Curriculum and Teaching, Miriam College, PH

  • Bachelor of Science, Child Development and Education, Special Education, Miriam College

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Ms. Patricia Baltazar

  • AMI Orientation (3-6 years) Certificate, PH

  • LET Certified since 2020

  • Teacher Certification Program, De La Salle University, PH

  • Bachelor of Arts: Multimedia Arts, De La Salle - College of St. Benilde, PH

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Ms. Kim Magno

  • Bachelor of Secondary Education in Mathematics, Marinduque State College

 Young Children’s Community

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Ms. Mherren Yamson

  • Bachelor of Arts in English, Marinduque State College

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Ms. Haydee Keh

  • AMI Orientation (3-6 years) Certificate, PH

  • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, Minor in Business Studies from De La Salle University

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Ms. Nell Saclot

  • AMI Orientation (3-6 years) Certificate, PH

  • LET Certified since 2017

  • Bachelor of Science in Child Development and Education from Miriam College

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Ms. Jobelle Madeja

  • AMI Orientation (3-6 years) Certificate, PH

  • Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education, Philippine Normal University

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Ms. Lois Espinosa

  • Bachelor of Music, Music Education, University of the Philippines, Diliman

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Ms. Viel Eugenio

  • LET Certified since 2019

  • Bachelor of Music Education (Cum Laude), Music Education, University of the Philippines, Diliman

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Ms. Cathy Zulueta

  • Bachelor of Music, Piano, St. Scholastica's College

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Ms. Jasmine Casas

  • Bachelor of Music, Music Education, University of the Philippines, Diliman

 School Administration

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Ms. Preciouse Delicana

  • School Administrative Secretary and Registrar

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Ms. Dina Lavapiz

  • School Manager

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Ms. Linda Silva

  • Assistant Financial Officer and Enrichment Class Coordinator

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Nurse Sally Famanila

  • School Nurse and Administrative Assistant

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Ms. Luz Pervera

  • Lead Financial Officer

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