Our Team

Our team of dedicated educators at Rainbow Bridge Montessori bring their diverse backgrounds and experiences to the classroom, helping to create an inclusive and loving school community. We are strong believers in nurturing each child’s unique spirit, and work constantly to provide them with the inner confidence and practical tools to build a peaceful, equitable and sustainable future for our world.

Danielle Oland

Director & Lead Teacher

Early childhood education is Danielle’s passion! She loves watching children discover the world, ask questions, gain independence, learn empathy, respect and confidence. She has been an early childhood educator since 2003, specializing in the Montessori Method since 2006 with a credential at the Early Childhood (Primary) level. She believes that the Montessori Method can be adapted to modern times and an emergent curriculum, and loves the ideal learning environment that it creates! She moved from her hometown of Pacifica to Sonoma County in 1999 to attend Sonoma State, receiving a B.A. in Psychology. She loves our relaxed natural community, and brings that feeling of warmth into her classroom and homelife. Danielle lives with her husband and two daughters, and finds peace being outside with trees, nature and sunshine.

Amy Beason

Lead Toddler Teacher

Amy has been working with children for over twenty years in many settings including Montessori, and holds an A.A. in Social and Behavioral Science as well as an Associate Teacher Permit from Santa Rosa Junior College. She appreciates that each child is a unique individual with their own interests and strengths, and she chooses to celebrate that individuality in the classroom! Her own daughter attended Rainbow Bridge, and now lives in Santa Cruz and is a teacher herself at the 4th grade level. Amy is interested in music, and plays the bass guitar. She also enjoys reading, photography, and art.

Amy Solis

Primary Teacher

Amy’s experience working with children spans over 25 years. While earning her BA in Art History from Pine Manor College in Massachusetts, she worked as a nanny. She enjoyed working with children so much that she shifted her career focus to early childhood education and received her Child Development Site Supervisor Permit from San Francisco City College in 2012. She has experience working in Waldorf, Reggio Emilia and special needs classrooms. Before coming to Rainbow Bridge, she helped pioneer an outdoor preschool program in San Francisco. Amy plans curriculum based on her students interests and individual needs. She and her husband recently moved to the town of Tomales. She is thrilled to be living in this area and be part of the Rainbow Bridge community. Amy is passionate about her family, animals, nutrition, health and wellness. She loves reading, podcasts, yoga, walks on the beach, and connecting with nature.

Debbie Dickerson

Lead Primary Teacher

Debbie has been a member of the Rainbow Bridge community as a teacher and parent beginning in 1999. As a teacher, one of Debbie’s favorite things is seeing the excitement in each child as they make new discoveries. Debbie is pursuing a Montessori teaching credential at the Early Childhood (Primary) level. She has two sons with whom she shares a love spending time outdoors and 360 Sprint Car and Outlaw Kart racing.

Leah Powell


Leah has 7 years of experience working with children, and has a B.A. in Early Childhood Development from Sonoma State University. She began her career in high school as a YMCA camp counselor, and continued on her path as a teacher in the preschool environment in recent years. Her hobbies and passions include horseback riding, hiking and photography. She lives with her beloved 4 year-old pet rabbit, Ariel, who loves watching movies (especially the Star Wars films) with her!

Lois Engelsgaard

Toddler Teacher

Lois has been teaching for nearly 20 years, and is a permitted Infant and Toddler Teacher. She obtained her Teacher Certificate from Santa Rosa Junior College and a Child Development Permit from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Lois feels blessed to be part of the Toddler Program at Rainbow Bridge. She lives in rural Penngrove with her beloved thirteen year old dog, D.J., who is the love of her life! In her free time, she likes to spend time outdoors with her dog. She is an avid reader and home gardener, while still making time for her parents.

Stephanie Rodriguez

Arts & Enrichment Teacher

Stephanie is an Arts and Enrichment teacher at Rainbow Bridge. Stephanie holds an A.A. in Child Development and Social & Behavioral Sciences from Santa Rosa Junior College. She comes from a family who loves to draw, and is a gifted cartoon, portrait, and sketch artist. She brings this love to the classroom, and is thrilled when children create and express themselves through their artwork. She can’t wait to create new projects with Rainbow Bridge's students!