Fallowfield Montessori Team Members
Li Qin Underdal
Ms. Underdal is a native of Beijing, China. She commenced her studies at Beijing Teaching University and is a graduate of Winchester School of Art, Southampton University, UK. A native Mandarin speaker, Ms. Underdal is also fluent in Cantonese and Shanghainese. She is a graduate of the AMI Primary program at the Montessori Institute of San Diego and holds a M.Ed. in Montessori Education from Loyola University Maryland.
After finishing her studies in England, Ms. Underdal lived in Denmark with her husband and son until they moved to the United States in 2000. Ms. Underdal has extensive experience teaching pre-school and elementary-aged children, and prior to her tenure with Fallowfield Montessori Schools was Montessori Head Teacher with LePort Montessori Irvine. She has also taught art and painting classes for both children and adults. Ms. Underdal enjoys exploring the nuances of language, culture, and art with her students, and likes to create a fun and playful experience for them. In her spare time she enjoys art and painting, and loves to travel with her family.
Ms. Li has been working in a Montessori environment since 2008. After receiving her B.A. in Early Childhood Education from Washington State University, she worked at LePort Montessori Schools for over ten years. Ms. Li completed her AMI Primary training from Montessori Institute of San Diego in 2010 and obtained an M.Ed. in Montessori Education from Loyola University Maryland.
Ms. Li was born in Taiwan. Being able to speak both English and Mandarin, she had a great capacity to help children in both languages. Over the years, she has helped many children from different countries learn English and helped them adapt to the unfamiliar environment in the United States. Ms. Li also holds certificates of TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and TCSL (Teaching Chinese as a Second Language: Beginner Level).
Through her years of teaching in different Montessori settings, Ms. Li has understood the importance of how a prepared environment can stimulate children's interests in learning. When the children are comfortable with their surroundings, they learn to make choices and explore their work independently. Children learn best when the motivation comes from themselves, and through this process, they also develop independence and self-confidence.
Montessori Teacher & Administrative Manager
Ms. Martinez came to our Irvine Mandarin campus originally as a substitute assistant teacher. She holds a bachelor's degree in Spanish, an associate’s degree in Liberal Arts and has a certificate in preschool education. During her years at LePort Irvine Mandarin, she was able to pick up on the Montessori classroom philosophy and structure, and even learn some Mandarin words along the way! Ms. Angeles is well-known in our campus community as somebody who is reliable, flexible and able to step into any environment (both toddler and primary). Over her time at our campus, we felt her organizational talents would be best utilized to oversee our aftercare schedule and environments. She has a great love for the children and is focused ensuring their safety and care on a daily basis.
Assistant Montessori Teacher
Ms. Yang Fen, born in 1980, is a graduate of Nanjing University with a master's degree in business administration.Her interests include reading and traveling. She is currently pursuing a diploma course in Montessori early childhood education for 3-6-year-olds at AMS (American Montessori Society) and is expected to complete her studies by June 2023.
Assistant Montessori Teacher
Ms. Mo was born and raised in China. She is fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese, and English. She received her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood and Family Studies at University of Washington, Seattle.
Ms. Mo realized her passion for Montessori education during her working experience at LePort Montessori Schools. She subsequently enrolled in the AMI certification program and successfully completed the AMI A to I (Ages 0-3) at the Montessori Training Center of British Columbia, Canada.
Her previous experience includes teaching as an after-school program tutor at Chinese Information and Service Center and an assistant teacher at Shoreline Bilingual Preschool. Also, she has worked as a lead guide at the Mandarin Campus of LePort Montessori Schools in Irvine.
Ms. Mo loves to work with children, their smiles are the best reward. She has always enjoyed experiencing and learning new things. She enjoys reading, hiking, and watching movies.