Carmel Valley Montessori School


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    The Carmel Valley Montessori School is a community dedicated to the education of children guided by the educational philosophy of Maria Montessori. CVMS has provided unparalleled educational opportunities for the north coastal San Diego County’s youngest citizens since 2000. CVMS extends its tradition of “learning by doing” to the young children with a model preschool designed in every detail for their needs.

    The program is offered for ages 18 months to 6 years and is committed to preparing children for lifelong learning by teaching cooperation, challenging intellects, nurturing the desire to learn and engendering self-confidence. This happens in an environment that is fun, rewards curiosity and where the teachers care deeply about the development of the whole child.

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    Carmel Valley Montessori School (CVMS)

    3800-A Mykonos Lane
    San Diego, CA 92130

    Entrance located on left side of BGC building.  Please ring door bell and someone will open the door.

    Please call 858-720-2181 to schedule a tour.

  • bgc_187School Director
    Stefani Wessel |
    Phone: 858.720.2181

    Billing Inquiries and Requests

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About CVMS




CVMS AGES |  18 months – 6 years old  •  Toddlers – Kindergarten

Tuesday & Thursday
8:30am – 2:30pm
Monday, Wednesday, & Friday
8:30 am – 2:30pm
Monday – Friday
8:30am – 12:30pm (Toddlers 8:30am – 12:00pm)
Monday – Friday
8:30am – 2:30pm
Monday – Friday

 *You can choose from the above schedule, provided there is an opening.



All programs include art, cooking, gardening and extracurricular programs such as Zumba, Music and Movement, Sports and Spanish classes!

Summer Programming includes cultural camps and splash days! Also, visits from the fire department and the “bug guy”!






We are a PEANUT FREE SCHOOL.peanut free

As part of the ongoing safety awareness at Carmel Valley Montessori School, we are adhering to a TOTAL PEANUT NUT FREE policy throughout the entire school. This includes all school-related activities. Parents and children need to be mindful of any products containing peanuts when preparing lunches or snacks (including all peanut butter, peanut snacks, etc). Parents of children, who have suffered any anaphylactic reaction to any foods or insect bites, need to provide the school with an up-to-date medical action plan, signed by their treating doctor as well as an EpiPen if necessary.


DSC01054Carmel Valley Montessori School provides a nurturing, child-centered environment where individual needs are met at each stage of development. The Montessori manipulable materials are specifically designed to enhance the child’s natural love of learning along with a program led by well trained, devoted teachers facilitating growth on every level. A balanced curriculum of academics as well as music, art, gymnastics, cultural studies and character development help promote a well-rounded individual who has the highest potential to excel in every area of life.


IMG_4151Carmel Valley Montessori School is based upon the philosophy of Maria Montessori providing a positive environment for growth and learning; offering experiences that enrich and enhance each child’s cognitive, language, social, emotional, physical, creative and moral development. In a spirit of love and respect our teachers are responsive to each child’s individual needs. Children have opportunities to create, explore the environment, learn problem solving and personal interaction skills, and learn concepts through hands-on experiences at their own pace and interest level. This fosters independence, positive self-concept and enhances the child’s natural love of learning.


We are proud of the qualified and trained teaching staff at Carmel Valley Montessori School. Each teacher provides our students with a unique yet uniformed hands-on approach to learning. Meet them below!


Bio coming soon.

Fernanda Morales was born in El Paso, Texas and raised in sunny San Diego. After graduating from Mount Carmel High School, she went on to earn an associate’s degree from Palomar College, while playing on the Women’s basketball team. With a passion for languages, Fernanda studied French language and civilization abroad at L’Université La Sorbonne in Paris, France for one year. Upon her return to the United States she attended the University of La Verne to study Psychology and play basketball; finishing up her school upon returning to San Diego in 2008. Fernanda has been a proud employee of the Boys and Girls Club for the past six years, she has experience working in a preschool Montessori classroom as Ms. Maryam’s assistant at Positive Place Montessori, and has been a Toddler teacher for the past two years at CVMS. We know all the little ones will be excited to have Fernanda as their assistant again!

Angelica was born in San Diego, raised in Tijuana, Mexico. In 2005 she graduated from the Universidad Iberoamericana. She came to San Diego to study nutrition, and obtained an Associate’s degree in sciences and a Nutrition Certification. In 2012 she obtained her AMS diploma, and completed her internship at an AMI school in Rancho Bernardo. Her previous experiences include working as an infant and toddler teacher in Poway. We are happy to welcome Angelica to our team as the Lead Teacher for our Transitional class. We know she is looking forward to meeting all of the students and their families!

Kakali Bhattacharya grew up in India, and earned a BA in History with a Minor in Political Science and Philosophy from Calcutta University India. She also completed a Masters degree in History, Culture & International relations from the same University. When she came across the Montessori education system, she was “charmed” by its simplicity and scientific method of teacher younger children. She became an active parent volunteer and substitute assistant. She her Montessori AMI Primary teaching certification from MISD La Jolla. As one of our Lead Preschool Teachers for this year, Kakali is excited to create an optimal learning environment that nurtures each student’s potential, as well as provide a dynamic and challenging education for her students. Kakali is married and has 2 sons that have attended the Montessori schools. Some of her favorite past times include reading, cooking, exploring, and learning new things! Kakali was a volunteer for CVMS previously for a year and we are excited to have Kakali as a new addition to our team of wonderful teachers!

Heena Pachel is going on to her second year as an assistant in the Preschool Classroom. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Commerce from the University of Mumbai, India, and a Master Teacher Certification from Miramar College. She also is finishing up her assistant Montessori training this year. Heena has previously worked at local San Diego Montessori schools as an infant and toddler teacher. We are happy that she will be continuing this year in our Preschool class with Ms. Diane!

Holly Rosa has been working for Carmel Valley Montessori School for the past nine years. In high school she began working with children in her ROP class, and realized then that she loved the child care field. Holly went on to work in different preschools as well as schools within the San Diego Unified School District. It was during this time that she learned about Montessori education, and expressed an interest in that style of teaching. Within the Carmel Valley Montessori school Holly has worked with both the Preschool and Toddler classrooms. Holly completed her Montessori teaching certification, and she is looking forward to a wonderful year as one of our Lead Preschool teachers! Holly is from the beautiful island of Hawaii, and currently lives in Ranch Bernardo with her two dogs.

Claudia Alvarez was born and raised in Oceanside California. She attended El Camino High School. In 2013 she graduated with a Major in Sociology and a minor in Child, Adolescent and Family Studies from California State University Bakersfield. Claudia has been working with children and Montessori schools for over five years, and she is happy to be a Teacher’s Aide for this school year. We welcome her to our growing team!