Meet Our Staff

Cindy Acker, Interim Director

Cindy Acker Hamilton Montessori School

Cindy is the Interim Director of Hamilton Montessori School. She is the founder of The Child Unique and The Montessori Elementary School of Alameda (MESA). She has several degrees in education, human development, spirituality, cultural studies and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from UC Berkeley. Cindy has also been involved in public policy, representing Montessori schools in California. She is a published author and a national keynote speaker. Apart from her passion for education, Cindy is a singer and choir director in Novato and a mother of three adult children. Cindy speaks Dutch and Spanish.


Melissa Morales, Teacher 


Melissa says that she knew teaching would be her career since she was 14 years old.  She began her education in the childhood development and began studying Montessori education shortly thereafter.  She has worked as an assistant teacher and lead teacher for the past six years in San Francisco. Melissa is a parent and enjoys spending time with her friends and family.

Anurada Pachilla, Teacher

Anu Pachilla

Prior to her connection in education, Anu was involved in graphic design.  She began substituting in the San Rafael school district, and eventually learned about Montessori education.  Anu has been working in a Montessori School in Marin County for seven years and has a background in art and movement.


Dean Robinson, Assistant Teacher 

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Dawn Robinson has a background in language studies, in music, and in early childhood education.  She holds a B.A. in English Literature With Writing Emphasis, from Dominican University, and a Masters of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing, from Pacific University of Oregon.  She earned 24 ECE units in Early Childhood Education, studied for two years on Montessori training while teaching concurrently, and took part in two years of study in a Single-Subject English Teaching Credential through Dominican University.  She has taught, and tutored children in classes from preschool to high school for eighteen years, in Montessori, Reggio Emilia, Waldorf, and various other methodologies.  Kids are some of her favorite people; she holds the imagination which they embody in high regard.


Gloria Cunha, Assistant Teacher / Substitute                   

Gloria Cunha

Gloria has more than 15 years of classroom experience, working in San Francisco.  She is a nature enthusiast, involves the outdoor experience fully in appreciation of the earth and in outdoor sports activities.  Gloria brings a joyful spirit to children.  She lives in the Hamilton neighborhood.