Yolanda Oram

Primary Teacher


Where did you grow up?

I was born in Jalisco, Mexico and lived there until I was 20 years old. At that time we moved to Fresno to join my father, who was working there. I later came to Napa to live with two aunts who owned a Mexican restaurant. 

What were your dreams as a child?

I always wanted to be a teacher.

Where were you educated?

I went to a Catholic elementary school, which was very similar to a Montessori school. Later I attended public middle and high schools.  After I moved to Napa I studied at Napa Valley College in the Child and Family Studies program at the same time as studying English at the Napa Valley Adult Education School. I received my Montessori training from the Montessori Teacher Education Center of the San Francisco Bay Area.

How did you learn about the Montessori philosophy?

I discovered the Montessori philosophy at Sunrise when I started work here as an assistant in a preschool classroom.

How long have you worked at Sunrise?

I have worked at Sunrise for 15 years.


Which age groups have you worked with at Sunrise?

I have worked with toddler, preschool, kindergarten and elementary children.


Where else have you worked?

I did my internship form the Napa Valley College in a public elementary school in Vallejo. Other than that I have always worked at Sunrise!


What excites you about the Montessori philosophy?

I love to see children as individuals and to nurture them. I want to show each child the respect she is due, so that she has no fear and feels totally equal and important and can show her feelings freely.

What is the essence of the Montessori philosophy for you?

Montessori asks us to “follow the child”, so every time you give a lesson to a child it is a unique experience for the child and the teacher.

What do you love to do outside of school?

I love being outdoors with my family, hiking, cycling, and snowboarding.