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.

Aishwarya Kancharla

Administrator

Aishwarya is a third generation school administrator! She first became familiar with the Montessori Method through her mother, Aruna’s school in New Jersey, and fell in love with the philosophy for its emphasis on peace, respect and empathy. She didn’t expect to follow in her mom’s footsteps as a school administrator, pursuing a career path focused on children’s and women’s health & human rights instead. The endless and exciting possibilities that exist in education ultimately brought her back to her family’s calling. She loves her colleagues and school families, and is proud to be a part of our community. She and her husband, Daniel, are excited to welcome their first child in September.

Alexandrine Fluerant

Assistant Teacher

Alexandrine is passionate about working with young children, and has been doing so since high school. She is currently pursuing a degree in Child and Developmental Psychology at Santa Rosa Junior College. She considers her work at Rainbow Bridge Montessori to be a beautiful adventure that allows her to put into practice the theoretical knowledge acquired through her own education. She grew up in Haiti, and moved to California in 2015. Activities that fill her heart with joy include reading, writing, cooking and working with children.

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.

Cindy Bollens

Lead Teacher Trainer & Community Outreach Coordinator

Cindy has been working in early childhood education since 1980 and received her Montessori credential for Early Childhood (Primary) level in1986. Cindy is a passionate early childhood educator and celebrates the JOY her students find in their work. She creates a welcoming and secure environment, giving children the confidence to explore, play and learn. Cindy now enjoys supporting and training other early childhood educators and creating Rainbow Bridge’s engaging sustainability focused farm and garden program, offering students a rich learning experience in the outdoors.

Danielle Oland

Academic Director & Lead Primary 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.

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.

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.

Robin Enfield

Arts & Enrichment Teacher & Assistant Toddler Teacher

Robin is an Arts and Enrichment Teacher and also supports Rainbow Bridge’s toddler program. She wanted to become a teacher because she loves helping people grow. She graduated from San Francisco State University with a B.A. degree in Art Education and a minor in Dance! She is currently pursuing a Single Subject Teaching Credential in Art Education at Sonoma State University. Outside of school, she loves to travel and take photos. A fun fact about Robin is that her favorite Disney character is Dory!

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!