About Us

Ms. Laura | Director and  Lead Teacher


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Hola! My name is Laura Loza, I was born in Michoacán, Mexico. I came to the United States when I was 15 years old. I attended Hayward High school and graduated from San Lorenzo Adult school in 2002. I attended Chabot College to take Child Development classes.

After working at Luna’s Montessori Bilingual school for 8 years (2007-2015) I was fascinated with the Montessori approach and decided to take training through American Montessori Society.I received an  Early Childhood Credential (June, 2012) Infant and Toddler Credential (June, 2014)

I worked 2 years at Mountain Boulevard Montessori school (2016-2018). And finally I got a wonderful opportunity to work at A Step Ahead Montessori school and I’m so happy to be part of this community.

Ms. Diana | Assistant Teacher

Hola! My name is Diana Loza this is my first year at A Step Ahead and I love it. A little about me, I graduated San Lorenzo High school in 2010, I attended a program R.O.P where I took medical assistant for a year during high school as well as DECA where I got to learn about business and helped guide me after high school. I am currently enrolled at Chabot College where I started  psychology but decided it was not what I enjoyed doing so I decided to take Early Childhood Development. Working at A Step Ahead I was amazed by the Montessori Philosophy, the children enjoy being independent and it’s amazing how small they are and already know so much.I will start taking a Montessori class in the future. I am so thankful I received this opportunity to work with your children and be part of this team.

Ms. Anayancy | Assistant Teacher

Hola! My name is Anayancy Alvarez and I am going to be this year’s Teacher’s Assistant. I will strive to inspire children’s creativity, imagination, compassion, self-knowledge, social skills, and emotional health. Since A Step Ahead’s philosophy is to move beyond preparing the child I will help cultivate their individuality, sense of social justice, and consciousness of their community. I graduated Oakland Unity High School in 2017, I was an active member of my school community and I was given the highest award Honor’s In Student Government and Unity five Habits of Heart and Mind ” Trust Yourself”. I am currently enrolled at Chabot College and I am pursuing Psychology. I am bilingual in English and Spanish. I also learned American Sign Language and I am currently learning French. Further, I am thankful for the opportunity to inspire creativity, compassion, self-knowledge, and emotional health to each and every child. I can not wait to be part of the growth of your child and be part of A Step Ahead Montessori Society

Ms. Jannet | Assistant Teacher

Hola! My name is Jannet Zavala, I am a medical assistant certified and a Montessori teacher assistant. I thought I had found my calling in the medical field, but not until I had my first born, I knew I had a different passion. I have been working as a Montessori teacher for over 8 years and I am always looking for new ways to improve my skills to teach the children. I am currently taking ASL (American Sign Language) at Chabot College, I am very honored be part of the A Step Ahead Family.

Ms. Natalie | Assistant Teacher

Hola! my name is Natalie Loza I am 14 years old and I will be volunteering at A Step Ahead for the summer to learn more about the Montessori philosophy. I attended Luna’s Montessori when I was little and I am currently a sophomore at St. Joseph Notre Dame High School. I volunteer at the Oakland Library as well as the food bank. I love giving back to my community I am so excited to receive this opportunity to work at A Step Ahead and learn more about it.