Gina Trethewey Miller

Toddler Teacher


Where did you grow up?

I was born in Hayward, California and moved to Napa when I was 4 years old.

What were your dreams as a child?

I wanted to be a nurse. I received my Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) license and worked in a nursing home when I was in high school.

Where were you educated?

I attended West Park and Northwood Elementary schools, Redwood Middle School and Napa High School. Upon graduation, I went to Napa Valley College and studied in the Child and Family Studies program. I later received my Montessori credential from Montessori World Educational Institute.

How did you learn about the Montessori philosophy?

I answered an advertisement looking for a Toddler teacher at The Montessori Family Center (now Sun and Stars) in St. Helena. Very quickly I realized that Montessori was for me!

How long have you worked at Sunrise?

I have worked at Sunrise for 19 years.

Which age groups have you worked with at Sunrise?

I have worked with toddler, preschool and kindergarten children.

Where else have you worked?

I have worked at Vallergas, in a lawyer’s office, at Crown Realty and at the Montessori Family Center, St. Helena.

What excites you about the Montessori philosophy?

I love being involved with the community and the whole family.

What is the essence of the Montessori philosophy for you?

I love empowering the child towards independence. I love teaching respect and peace and working as a guide alongside the whole family.

What do you love to do outside of school?

I love to go hiking and to garden. I adore quiet time in the mountains. I love to socialize with friends and family.