Owner: Susan Young

Susan is the Owner/Administrator of Montessori School of Novato.  She bought the school in 1985 after teaching at Montessori de Terra Linda for 5 years.

Susan was born and raised in Marin County.  She lives in Novato with her husband.  They have three adult children, two girls and a boy all of whom attended Montessori School of Novato.  Susan has a B.A. in Child Psychology from San Francisco State University and an Association Montessori International Diploma.

In her spare time she likes to read, walk her 2 dogs, play golf and tennis.

Primary Teachers

Malin Guerrero has worked at Montessori School of Novato since 1997.  She holds a B.A. in History and Geography and a AMS Primary Montessori Teaching Credential. When not teaching, Malin enjoys reading, traveling, hiking, spending time with her daughter and animals, and just enjoying nature.

Kathleen Whitaker has been with Montessori School of Novato since 1997. She holds an Association Montessori Internationale Teaching Credential. Prior to this she worked as a Director of Youth Activities for the Morale Welfare and Recreation for the Department of the Navy. Kathy is a California native , although she has lived outside of California due to her husband's Military career. She has two adult children that are currently working in the Bay Area.  In her spare time she enjoys artistic endeavors. Gardening and cooking are also her passions.

Pre-Primary Teacher

Shamim Mohamed has been with Montessori School of Novato since 2011. Shamim has an AMS Primary Montessori teaching credential.  She has been the toddler teacher for the past 4 years.  Shamim's love for children has inspired her to go back to school to obtain her B.A. in Human Development. Shamim enjoys traveling the world and experiencing new cultures with her family.


**All staff at Montessori School of Novato are CPR and First Aid certified. Head teachers have Montessori credentials, assistants and aftercare staff have a minimum of 12 ECE units**