Jeanne Devin, Director & Head Teacher

Jeanne has been a preschool teacher in the Bay Area for 31 years. She started Hummingbird Montessori in 1996, and is thrilled with what the school has become. She has a B.A. in Childhood Development from Mills College and is a qualified Montessori teacher (AMS Certified) as well. When she isn't teaching, she enjoys doing yoga, hiking beautiful bay area trails, gardening, cooking, and spending time with her daughter, Lucy.

Norna Ross, Assistant Teacher

Norna Ross is a Montessori teacher in training and is completing her internship at Hummingbird. She started working with children in 2015 at an art school in Belmont, CA, where she taught drawing and painting classes to children ages 5 and up. She discovered that working with children was a real passion of hers and that she wanted to learn more about early childhood development, so she chose to pursue a career as a Montessori preschool teacher. Her background is in art and environmentalism, and she loves to cook, garden, bicycle, make art, and play board games. By December 2018 she will have achieved her CDA as well as her Montessori certification.

May Garsson, Assistant Teacher

May Garsson has been teaching children for 14 years, specializing in child inspired art projects. She holds a BA degree in English Literature from UC Berkeley and has Early Childhood Education credits from Merritt College. May has tutored school-aged children with special needs one on one and in a resource teacher capacity. She is a lifelong artist and the former owner of a textile art business. In her spare time she loves watercolor painting with friends or by herself, watching the light change on the water at various Marinas. 

Lucy Devin, Business Operations

Lucy takes care of all things business for Hummingbird. She is currently studying Environmental Science and Business at the University of Colorado Boulder. She loves hiking with her dog, playing music, and hanging out with her mom (Jeanne) when she's home in Albany!

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Hummingbird Montessori Preschool is a welcoming learning environment in Albany. It is nestled in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area, amidst an excellent K-12 public school district. Hummingbird places an emphasis on allowing children a safe and enjoyable social environment in which to explore their interests and talents of all kinds. Here at Hummingbird, we believe a healthy preschool experience is the key to a child's success in all future education.

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