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We Know How to Make Learning Fun For Keikis.

AMS-affiliated teacher education programs offer the finest professional preparation and teacher training available for Montessori teachers and administrators. 

If you want your child’s teacher to have a passion for guiding children and youth in their self-development, and contributing to the betterment of humankind through education, consider Montessori by the Sea School.

Our Teachers

Calvary by the Sea Montessori School Faculty 


Kim Serna

Kim Serna

Primary Guide

After moving to Oahu in 2012, Kim discovered her joy working with primary age children and pursued a B.S. in Early Childhood Education. Prior to moving to Oahu, she was an assistant synchronize, swim and water polo coach for NSJ Acadia pool in California for ages 7-17, and the Duarte High School assistant swim coach. In 2010 after marrying her high school sweet, they moved to San Diego, where she was a Physical Education Activities Assistant with Vista Unified School District and a Lifeguard and Camp Counselor at a local Waterpark. Two years later Kim and her husband moved to Oahu and she worked with children in and out of the home holding her own home day care (Joyful Childcare). Always having an interest in Montessori and working with children using a Montessori philosophy it was natural for Kim to begin her career at Calvary by the Sea Montessori Preschool. She began in 2015 as the Aftercare assistant soon becoming the Lead Aftercare teacher. Currently Kim one of the primary assistants and is working on her MACTE certification for primary level. Kim is also our resident lifeguard and loves going to the beach soaking up the sun and doing various ocean activities. She also enjoys keeping active and spending time with her family! 



Toddler Guide

Tricia has been at Calvary for over 25 years. Over the course of her years here at Calvary, she has held many different positions such as teaching in the classroom, assisting the teachers, and for two years, she held an administrative position and was in charge of fundraising for Calvary. She has a degree in Liberal Arts, Administration of Justice, Early Childhood Education, and AMS Certification.

When she is not at Calvary, Tricia enjoys reading, hiking (easy to moderate level), golfing, bowling, and just spending time with her family, two furbabies, and friends. Being born and raised on the island of Oʻahu, she has developed a natural love of the ocean. On weekends and holidays, she enjoys spending time at the beach with family and friends, whether she is there to swim, kayak, snorkel, Bbq, camp, fish, or just lazing around, she relishes her time spent in the ocean.



Toddler Aide

Kikolani was born and raised here on Oʻahu. She grew up surrounded by children and has always had a nurturing heart. For over ten years, she has worked in childcare with infants, toddlers, and young children. She believes that each age group is so special and unique, and she truly enjoys witnessing children grow into their own. She nurtures and cares for children with love and kindness to create in them a strong sense of self-worth. When Kikolani is not at Calvary, she is spending time with loved ones, listening to music, doodling, or hand lettering.

“We love because He first loved us.” 1 John 4:19

Alana Buhr

Alana Buhr

Director's Aide

Alana has provided childcare since she was ten for family and friends.  Throughout jr high and high school, she volunteered as a leader at various children ministries.

Alana received her B.S. in Biology at Northwest University. She then moved to West Australia to do a medical mission trip that lead her to India and Nepal. When returning to Hawaii, Alana prayed for a postion to work with children and a friend refered her to CBTSMS. She quickly became impressed by the Montessori advantages in helping children learn and grow.

Alana’s love for children and seeing the importance of the familial role in an individual’s life lead her to her current enrollment at Chaminade for a M.S. in Counseling Psychology for Marriage and Family.

For fun, Alana enjoys playing the bass with her husband, grabbing a cuppa, and going adventuring around the world. 



Primary Aide

Kris has worked at Calvary by the Sea Montessori School for the past 22 years.  She was born & raised in Honolulu.  She graduated from Kaiser High School.  She has an Associates Degree in Liberal Arts from Kapiolani Community College.  Prior to working at Calvary by the Sea Montessori School, she worked for the State of Hawaii A+ after school care program, which is where she discovered she enjoyed working with children.

     During her time at Calvary by the Sea Montessori School, she worked in the 3-6 Primary Class, the Toddler Class, & the After Care Program.  She attended 2 AMI Montessori Conferences where she took the Assistants Refresher Course.  She attended Montessori workshops as well as Early Childhood Education workshops, and has had on the job training from her first day at Calvary.

      In her  spare time, she enjoy gardening, arts & crafts, & spending time with family & friends.

Miss Chesha

Miss Chesha

Toddler Co-Guide

Chesha was born and raised in Honolulu.  She is certified with the American Montessori Society.  Her 8 year-old son attended Calvary by the Sea Montessori School from age 4 and completed the primary program at age 6.  Chesha has worked in toddler, primary and elementary programs at various Montessori and conventional schools in Hawai’i and Colorado for over 10 years. Her practicum in Thailand lead her to an outreach program educating orphans with the Montessori method.  This experience made her realize that the Montessori approach is not just a philosophy for school academics, but also creates and builds a strong foundation of mindfulness and respect for everything.  

Outside of school, she enjoys attending her son’s activities, going to the beach with friends and family, and surfing whenever she has the opportunity. 

Miss Amie

Miss Amie

Primary Guide

“The greatest sign of success for a teacher… is to be able to say, ‘The children are now working as if I did not exist.” Maria Montessori

Miss Amie’s journey to Montessori Education unfolded after spending summers in college volunteering in the Calvary toddler program where her mother, Miss Karen worked as a teacher’s assistant. In college Amie worked as a group leader at the Wailupe Valley Elementary School A-Plus after school program teaching, sports, games, music, and art. In January 2000 she also started substitute teaching at Calvary by the Sea Montessori School. That Fall Miss Amie worked as a teacher’s assistant in a pre-kindergarten classroom. 

In her free time Miss Amie enjoy playing the ukulele, guitar, mandolin, autoharp, clarinet, cavaquinho, recorders, and melodica. Some of her favorite genres of music are praise and worship, Hawaiian, slack key guitar, and classical guitar. She also enjoy running, riding my bike, fishing, and kite flying. Perhaps you will see her going down the highway running, riding her bike or carrying my fishing pole. Miss Amie enjoy bringing my passions for music, fitness, sports, fishing, and kite flying into the classroom. It is her honor to share and model all that she has learned with the keiki at Calvary. This can be summed up best in the words of Maria Montessori, “Stir up life but leave it free to develop!”

Jan Barosh

Jan Barosh

Aftercare Guide

Jan’s degree from Mankato State College (Minnesota) is in physical education and health. After teaching in public schools in Minnesota and Colorado, she realized her dream of year round summer by moving to Hawai’i. She accidentally grew Hawai’i’s first gymnastic school, teaching children 6 months and older in her school and providing gymnastic programs for special education students and for local preschools. Wandering through classrooms after the lessons, she was inspired to be a preschool teacher. Jan’s vision is to help children experience the joy of movement in fresh air (outside as much as possible) while learning to move their bodies safely and building confidence through their acquired skills along with respect, cooperation and focus.

Miss Joan

Miss Joan

Substitute Guide

Momi Martinez

Momi Martinez

Preschool Director

Momi is a natural caregiver of children. From age 9, she would gather the younger children at parties and keep them busy dancing, playing, or reading to them until it was time to go home. She provided child care services for families in Hawaii Kai in her teen years. She also befriended a neighbor in Waimanalo whose colicky newborn could be heard scream-crying at night, and she volunteered to take care of the baby as needed. While raising her own daughters, she created Momi’s Child Care Service which provided care for four children ranging from newborn to age 4. Momi decided that completing a degree would enhance her skills as a teacher and business woman. She enrolled at Chaminade University of Honolulu where she was introduced to Montessori by Sister Christina. Sister Christina’s grace and intention while presenting practical life activities inspired Momi to change her studies from Elementary to Early Childhood Education with a Montessori Certification. Momi did her internship at L. Robert Allen, continued teaching at Lokahi Montessori School for two years, then taught at Honolulu Community Jewish Preschool for fourteen years. Her last eight years at Honolulu Community Jewish Preschool was as both teacher and director.  
Momi now enjoys her role as director of Calvary by the Sea Montessori School. As the director, Momi strives to live out both:  
◦ Philippians 4:6 “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your request be made known to God.”  
◦ Romans 8:28 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” 

How to Apply

Thanks for seeking information about our program. Our school is licensed for ages 2yr – 6yr. We accept new students in August, January or May.
Here’s our application process to be considered for enrollment:

1. Meet with the director.

Parent(s) come in to meet with the director for 10 – 15 minutes then observe at the toddler class and/or primary class.

2. Submit Application

Parent(s) submit a completed application with child’s photo and $50 application fee.

3. Schedule Interview

Once an application is received, the school will send an acknowledgment letter by mail inviting parent(s) to schedule an interview.

4. Wait for Response

Following the interview, the school will send a wait list or acceptance letter by mail.

Financial Assistance

There are a variety of programs in our community offering financial assistance to families of toddler and primary aged children in need of quality childcare. For more detailed and specific information, please go to the PATCH website, www.patchhawaii.org.

For further information, please call 808-397-0925

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Please email us by clicking on the button below. Include your name, phone number and a good time to call you and we’ll get back with you ASAP. If you prefer, you may also call us at 808-397-0925. Mahalo and we look forward to speaking with you soon. – Preschool Director.


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Location: 5339 Kalanianaole Hwy. Honolulu, Hawai’i 96821

Telephone: 808-397-0925

Email: preschooldirector@calvarybythesea.org

School Hours: M-F: 6:30am – 5:30pm

Calvary by the Sea Montessori School