Admin Staff

April has over 10 years of accounting experience in a variety of industries. She is a Bay Area native and has lived in the East Bay for most of her life. She has two sisters, one niece, and one energetic cat. She enjoys playing with her cat, spending time with family, hiking, reading, playing video games, and finding new places to hike and eat.
Director of Childcare Administration

From a young age, Bhavya exhibited a profound affinity for understanding and nurturing the growth of young minds. At the tender age of 15, she embarked on a journey in the field of child development, igniting a passion that would guide them throughout her life.

Driven by an unwavering commitment to improving the lives of children, Bhavya pursued a Bachelor of Arts in Child Development with an emphasis on language development in 2019 and then completed her M.A. in Early Childhood Education with an emphasis in social justice by 2020. By the time Bhavya graduated in 2020, she had published three different works, her third being in a book. 

Bhavya has maintained committed to several core principles. She is a passionate advocate for social-emotional development, recognizing its pivotal role in shaping well-rounded individuals. Bhavya is equally dedicated to the ideals of multicultural education, celebrating diversity and fostering inclusive classrooms. Her philosophy of anti-bias education permeated her work, as she tirelessly strived to create environments where children could explore and celebrate differences without prejudice.

Bhavya is thrilled to join Growing Lights Montessori Schools and support the staff, children, families and overall community. Her experiences  have instilled in her a deep enthusiasm, and she is eager to contribute to this vibrant educational environment, striving to create a nurturing atmosphere that encourages every child to thrive and discover her full potential.

Human Resources and Payroll Administrator

Kelsey was born and raised in the Bay Area and has 5 years of HR/Payroll experience. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley and recently returned from studying international business in London, UK! 

Kelsey is passionate about creating a healthy and transparent working environment that fosters inclusivity, team work, and growth. Kelsey’s best childhood memories stem from her time at Noah’s Ark Preschool in her hometown of Benicia, Ca, making her passionate about contributing to the success of every GLMS teacher and student. 

Outside of work, Kelsey enjoys traveling (up to 18 countries so far!), trying new local restaurants and spending time with her two Goldendoodles, Haley and Milo.

Director & Teacher Mentor

My name is Shannon and I was born in Phoenix, AZ. I was raised in “the City” (San Francisco) but also lived in San Diego, Nashville, & New Jersey. I speak English only. I have about 20 years of teaching experience and prior to that was in banking for 20 years. I truly love teaching and connecting with children and families. I have taught 1st, 2nd, 3rd grade as well as pre-school. When I am not working, I love yoga and hiking. I live in Oakland and have three wonderful children ages 21, 24, & 25 who keep me laughing and young!