Head Montessori Teacher (Infant)
Ms. Emmy Zappa is originally from Sebastopol in Sonoma County, California. Growing up, Ms. Zappa was very active in Girl Scouts, and often volunteered her time to assist younger troop members. She was also active in sports, volunteered as a referee at children’s soccer games, and played competitive volleyball, continuing on to the collegiate level at Santa Rosa Junior College. At Santa Rosa, she earned an Associate of Arts degree in both psychology and social & behavioral sciences. She also attained her Skills Certificate in Child Development: Associate Teacher. Ms. Zappa started working with young toddlers while she was still attending Santa Rosa, working as the lead teacher in a classroom for two-year-olds. Later, she also worked with the 3-6 age group, but her interest always gravitated towards younger children. Most recently before joining LePort, Ms. Zappa worked as the lead teacher in a Montessori infant program, where she provided a safe and welcoming environment for both children and parents, planned developmentally-appropriate activities and exploration, and maximized learning opportunities to feed the curiosity of the young children under her care.
Ms. Zappa is also passionate about continuing her own education and professional growth. She is currently working toward a bachelor’s degree at California State University Long Beach (with a double major in Family Life Education and Early Childhood Development). Ms. Zappa completed her AMI Montessori teacher training for the 0 to 3 age group at the Montessori Institute of San Diego. She is always looking for opportunities to improve, whether it be through self-reflection, through her interactions with children, families, and fellow educators, or through courses, workshops, and readings. Ms. Zappa believes that it is critical to respect the dignity and unique personality of each individual child and family.