Whispering Oak Montessori Academy
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Shima Daniels
Owner/ Director

About Whispering Oak Montessori Academy
Whispering Oak Montessori Academy is the realization of a dream Shima Daniels has had since she was a five-year-old playing schoolhouse at her home in Singapore. Today, she brings to that dream a great deal of management and teaching experience, as well as a special knack for developing creative programs for children. She majored in Business Management and Administration, and has over twenty years of teaching experience, and working with very young children. It began in Singapore, where she coordinated, and then went on to join with her best friend in establishing an international Montessori school in Sri Lanka. She also gained valuable business management experience along the way, both at the Music Academy, and as Project Manager for several Board of Investments Projects for GoldWing Motors Group of Companies involving Japan, Taiwan and China, and Sri Lanka.

In 1998, with her three daughters, Shima relocated to the U.S., where she married Ed Daniels and the family settled in Orangevale, California. Eighteen years ago, she and Ed added another daughter to their family of girls, Laynee, now a freshman at the University of San Francisco. After arriving in the U.S, Shima assisted her husband in their family-owned business and taught for several years at a private Montessori school here.

During her free time, Shima loves to cook and read. She also enjoys spending time with her husband, whom she credits for helping make her dream come true. She has new additions to her family, her son-in-law, Alvaro and her grandson, Enzo.  She also spends as much time as possible with her growing children who are now grown up successful young ladies. 

The love of music has always been one of the unifying pleasures of the family, musical instruments, singing and dance, and it is one of the interests and talents that Shima will incorporate into the school's curriculum. 

The training of the teacher who is to help life is something far more than the learning of ideas. It includes the training of character; it is a preparation of the spirit.
- Dr. Maria Montessori
Our Faculty
A commitment to the full development of the child -- to helping the child's personality unfold. Someone who therefore seeks tirelessly to gain the interest of each child -- ready to enthuse him but also able to stand back and take a supporting role when the child has become engaged in his own work. Also patience, a sense of humor, and a wide variety of interests which will help to bring perspective to their work and enhance the children's lives.

- Jethryn Hall, MMI, The Maria Montessori Institute, London, UK.

We surround our students with warm, loving, and emotionally caring teachers. Each of our classroom is directed by a Montessori-trained teacher who holds a Bachelor's degree or an Associate and an Early Childhood Montessori Teacher's Certificate. All of our our staff members have continued education in areas that pertain to child development. Teachers are also trained in CPR and First Aid.

Whispering Oak Montessori also has a tight and harmonious teaching community where teachers treat each other like family. We have teachers who originated from Bosnia, China, Mexico, the Philippines, Iran, France, Singapore and Malaysia, all under one roof.