Chelsea Kan

Upper Elementary- Sequoia



Where did you grow up?

I was born in Bothell, Washington. As a child we moved around a lot. At 2 years old I moved to Denver, Colorado; then to Redmond, Washington at 3 ½, and on to Phoenix, Arizona at 5 ½, finally settling, at 11 years old, in Orange County, California.  I moved to Napa in 2012 to be a pastry chef at Brix Restaurant.

What were your dreams as a child?

I dreamed of being an architect at first and then my dreams changed to becoming a pastry chef. It was not until high school that I discovered the joy of teaching.


Where were you educated?

I attended Aliso Niguel High School in Orange County. Upon graduation I went to UCLA, graduating in 3 years with a BA in Anthropology. I had debated majoring in math or physics, as math and physics have always been a passions of mine, but in the end decided on a more interdisciplinary major, which would have a wider range of applications in the work place. To nurture my love of cooking I received an Associate Science degree in Baking and Pastry Arts from Johnson and Wales University in Denver, Colorado. In 2019 I graduated from St. Mary’s College, Moraga, California with my Elementary Montessori credential.


How did you learn about the Montessori philosophy?

Working as a one-on-one aide for a special needs 10-year-old boy in a Montessori classroom, my curiosity was sparked. Further research had me hooked!

How long have you worked at Sunrise?

I have worked at Sunrise since the spring of 2017.


Which age groups have you worked with at Sunrise?

I have worked mostly with upper elementary students. 


Where else have you worked?

In high school and college I worked as a private academic tutor. In college I also participated in a college-run catering company, which catered for the athletics department scholarship division and for special staff luncheons. After college I worked in Brix Restaurant as a pastry chef and later on the Wine Train. I have worked at Sylvan Learning Center of Napa Valley as a math core teacher and also as a private math tutor valley wide.

What excites you about the Montessori philosophy?

I am excited about the hands on learning in the Montessori classroom. I especially love the math curriculum and materials, and how the math materials bring math to life for the students.

What is the essence of the Montessori philosophy for you?

I love the philosophy of meeting the children where they are – following each child’s lead.

What do you love to do outside of school?

I enjoy reading and baking. I love to hike and to spend time with my family.

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