Our Team


Mari Carpinteyro

My name is Ms. Mari I joined Valley Montessori Academy in 2018 after Twenty-four years as a stay home mom. I raised three wonderful children Twenty-four, twenty one and eighteen. I’m fortunate and blessed to be teaching in a school that promotes a nurturing and loving environment where children learn.

Administration and Staff:

Oxana Raimondo

Oxana is originally from Russia, Siberia, where she received her degree in management and finances. She moved to California in 2010, learned English and welcomed her first VMA’s student in 2016. Oxana values an early introduction of mindfulness and yoga to young children. She has been practicing and teaching mindfulness techniques since the opening of VMA. In her free time, she enjoys spending time and traveling with her family and friends, yoga and healthy food.

Teacher Assistant:


Carolina was born in Bakersfield, CA. She is married, and has a three year old daughter whom she loves to see learn and grow within the Montessori environment. She has formed part of our school since we opened our doors here at Valley Montessori Acadamy. She works in the classroom and is also our Spanish teacher. She enjoys teaching the children the language and all about her Mexican heritage.

Carolina began her education in child development at Bakersfield College. She has thirteen years of professional childcare and teaching experience. Prior to teaching here, she worked as an infant and preschool teacher. She also worked with elementary and middle school children, as an activity leader for The Boys and Girls Club. Carolina has worked with children of all ages, ranking from infants to middle school age. She is very passionate about the work she does and enjoys learning and working alongside the children.

Carolina is currently attending classes at the Montessori Teacher Academy in Dana Point, CA. She is working on earning her Associate Montessori Teacher Certificate. She is also a Certified Positive Discipline Educator. 

On her free time she enjoys baking, taking pictures, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.