Our Teachers

At San Francisco Public Montessori, our lead Elementary teachers hold California teaching credentials and are either Montessori-certified or are currently enrolled in Montessori training.

Primary (Pre-K) Classroom Teachers and Paraprofessionals

In each Primary classroom there is a lead teacher, or Directress, who is assisted by two paraprofessional aides. Paraprofessionals have all completed many units of Early Childhood Education Credits, and have participated in ongoing in-house continuing education on Montessori methods.

Mr. Hansang Lee teaches PreK at SFPM this year. "After graduating with an engineering degree in Korea, I realized I needed to I followed my passion.... to teach young children"
He earned two American Montessori Society certifications in both Early Childhood (3-6 year olds) and Lower Elementary (6-9 year olds). At Xavier University, he received a Masters Degree in Montessori Education, and added a New York State Teaching certification. Mr. Hansang recently gained California Multiple Subject preliminary credential. He has taught for the past 21 years at the early childhood and elementary level in the states of Ohio and New York, and is very excited to join the SFPM community.

Ms. Natalie Aguilar teaches PreK at SFPM. She was born and raised in South San Francisco. She attended Mills College where she earned both a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development and a Master’s Degree in Education with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education. After graduation, she earned her Early Childhood (3-6yrs) Montessori Credential from Montessori Teacher Education Center San Francisco Bay Area. Ms. Natalie has taught for the past 8 years at private Montessori schools throughout the peninsula. She loves taking pictures, spending quality time with family, trying different ethnic foods, and reading. Ms. Natalie is excited to be part of such a diverse and wonderful community at SFPM.

Elementary (Grades K-5) Classroom Teachers

Ms. Erica Lewis is so excited to be teaching Kindergarten at SFPM this year!
She grew up down the road in Fremont, California into a family of educators. Her father, grandfather, aunt and cousins are all teachers! Ms. Erica received her Bachelor of Arts at CSU Monterey Bay and her Masters in Teaching and Teaching Credential at Santa Clara University. She spent this past summer in Sunnyvale at the Montessori Teacher Education Center earning her Montessori Credential alongside Ms. Litvina, Mr. Nathan, Ms. Sonya and Ms. Sara!
This is her 3rd year in the classroom, and as she says "I have had the privilege to teach Transitional Kindergarten and First Grade and I am so thrilled to be back in Kindergarten". She lives in Oakland and loves to travel, hike and read! She has 9 aunts and uncles and 16 first cousins so she can often be found hanging out with her family on the weekends. Ms. Erica is looking forward to joining this wonderful community and nurture the minds in Kindergarten this year.

Ms. Sara Guido teaches Kindergarten and 1st grade at SFPM. She received her BS in Elementary and Special Education from the University of Miami. This is her first year at SFPM, and her third year teaching. Ms. Sara is originally from New York, and moved to the Bay Area last year after finishing a Fulbright grant in Thailand. In her free time, she loves cooking, practicing yoga, and scuba diving. This summer she worked to receive her Montessori Teaching Credential. Ms. Sara is thrilled to be a part of the SFPM community!

Ms. Asya Litvina teaches 1st/2nd grade at SFPM. This is her second year teaching and her first at SFPM. Her passion is sparking a love for lifelong learning in all students and making them feel excited to come to school. She received her BA in English from UC Berkeley and has a personal desire to build a love for reading and talking about books in all her students. She received her California Teaching Credential and Master’s in Education from UC Santa Barbara, with a focus on establishing student voice and autonomy in the classroom. She is currently working toward receiving her Montessori Teaching Credential this June. Ms. Litvina is a Northern California native who is thrilled to work in her favorite city. In her free time she enjoys reading, eating sushi, playing with her nephews, and taking long walks through Golden Gate Park.

Ms. Vidya Karra is a 2nd/3rd Grade Teacher & Montessori Instructional Coach. She’s from Fort Worth, TX and went to the University of Texas. After working in Finance, she discovered the Montessori Method and transitioned to a career in Education! She earned her AMS 6-9 Lower Elementary Montessori Credential and began teaching at Private and Public Montessori Schools in Texas.

She moved to Los Angeles in 2013 to attend UCLA’s Graduate School of Education where she earned a Masters of Education in Urban Teaching. Upon graduation, she was eager to continue her work in Public Montessori. A Google search led her to SFPM and she moved to San Francisco!

Mr. Nathan Bernhard-Beckman is a 2nd and 3rd grade teacher. While he was present as the para educator for the RSP staff during the 2017-18 school year, 2018-19 is his first year as a lead teacher in a classroom. He is very excited about the new year. Nathan is currently finishing his MA in Elementary Education from SFSU. He studied English Literature for his undergrad, also at SFSU. Nathan grew up in Orange County, CA. Coming to San Francisco regularly on summer vacations with family, Nathan decided that SF would be the goal. He has lived in the city for 6 years and loves every minute of it. Some of his hobbies include collecting toys, going to concerts and skateboarding.

Ms. Sonya Conner teaches 3rd-4th grades at SFPM. This is her fifth year teaching, and her second at SFPM! Sonya grew up in Sacramento, CA, graduated with a Bachelor's in Liberal Studies from San Diego State University, and went on to complete their Teacher Credentialing program. While attending college, Sonya worked as a Lead Preschool/Kindergarten Teacher at a private Montessori school in Oceanside, CA and received an Early Education Montessori Credential from the North American Montessori Center. Sonya is an enthusiastic lover of the Montessori method and the concept of a teacher being a 'Guide" to students! She is currently working on her Elementary Montessori certification, and is overjoyed to have found a public Montessori school to teach at, in San Francisco no less- the city she has always wanted to live in! Sonya enjoys attending cultural and music events, going to museums, and being outdoors. Thrift store shopping and reading are two of her favorite pastimes!

Ms. Stephanie Sliverman is a 4th and 5th grade classroom teacher, as well as the Montessori Coach, at San Francisco Public Montessori. This is her third year at SFPM and her sixth year teaching in a public Montessori school. Stephanie grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she received her B.S. in Elementary Education. She completed her Elementary I-II (6-12) Montessori training in May 2016 from the Montessori Elementary Teacher Training Collaborative (METTC) in Massachusetts. Stephanie also has her Wilson Reading Level I Certification. She is currently working toward obtaining a master’s degree in Transformative School Leadership at the University of San Francisco and will graduate in June 2019. When Stephanie’s not teaching or taking classes, she loves to be outside, practice yoga, cook, travel, and play with her dog Zoe! Stephanie is grateful to be a part of the SFPM community and looks forward to another great year!

Ms. Jeanette Livingston teaches 4th-5th grades at SFPM this year. She has been a parent at San Francisco Public Montessori for nine years. She has a Bachelor’s degree in U.S. History and Spanish from UC Davis. She received her California State secondary teaching credential from Sacramento State and then taught Spanish 1 and U.S. History for five years. While staying at home with her children she studied both primary and elementary Montessori pedagogy at St Mary’s College in Moraga. When her second son reached preschool age Ms. Jeanette operated a small Montessori preschool from her home. This is her third year teaching 4th and 5th grade at SFPM. This summer Ms. Jeanette completed coursework to convert her secondary credential to a California State elementary credential. She enjoys knitting, reading, and spending time with her family.

Special Education

Mr. Steven Laliberte Resource Specialist. Mr. Steven Laliberte was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. Like most Arizonans, he came to California several times a year on family vacations and dreamed that one day he could live in the golden state. He graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. He then found his way to New York City where he received his Master of Science in Childhood Education from Hunter College and his Advanced Certificate in Special Education from Adelphi University. He began teaching in 2005 and most recently was special education teacher in a small public school in Manhattan's East Village neighborhood where he loved infusing art into his instruction. Alas, he found his way back to the state he visited so often as a child. Steven is grateful every day to live in the vibrant city of San Francisco and loves exploring it on urban hikes where he takes in the beauty and history of this amazing city.