Our Team

Teacher Assistants:

Carolina Benitez
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.

Mari Carpinteyro
Teacher Assistant

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.

Graziela Freitas
Teacher Assistant

Graziela was born and raised in Brazil. In that beautiful and diverse country, she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Education and a Specialization in Psychology of Education. She has more than 10 years of experience in this area and has been working as an Educator believing that, through good education, children can express their best potential. After living in the U.S. for one year in 2014, Graziela and her family decided to move to the U.S in 2016 to support her husband’s career as a Research Scientist. What she was not aware of was how her life would unfold itself. After two years as a home mom, she decided to invest in her professional career enrolling in the AMS Montessori Teacher Training in Lake Saint Louis, MO where she worked as an Assistant Teacher for almost one year.  Seizing a great opportunity, Graziela and her family decided to move to California. Knowing her mission as a Montessori Educator, as soon as she arrived in Bakersfield she decided to enroll in the AMS Montessori Teacher Training in Dana Point, CA. Currently attending the Montessori Teacher Training, Graziela has been making an important contribution to the Valley Montessori Academy team.
In her spare time, Graziela likes running, photography, yoga, spending time with her daughter and husband, traveling and meeting people from different cultures.

Administration and Staff:

Oxana Raimondo
Founder & Administrator

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.

Anna Dulcich
Founder & Administrator

Anna Dulcich was born and raised in Moscow, Russia. Prior to moving to Bakersfield, California at the age of 25, she received her Masters degree in Finance at Moscow State Tax Academy in Moscow, Russia; she studied International Politics at The Paris Institute of Political Studies (SciencePo de Paris) in Paris, France, and traveled all around the Europe.

Anna is married and has 3 wonderful children. Moving to Bakersfield and having children defined Anna’s future as an educator and an avid advocate for the Montessori method of early childhood education. Anna is trained AMS Montessori teacher for children 3 to 6 years old and a certified Positive Discipline Educator. Anna is fluent is 3 languages and is passionate about promoting foreign language education to children.

In her spare time Anna loves spending time with her family, taking care of her 3 dogs, reading, healthy lifestyle and traveling all around the World.