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Introducing Monica Lalanne, Director of La Scuola International Peninsula

Thursday, March 17, 2022

It is with great joy that we share that Monica Lalanne, a 29-year Early Childhood educator, is joining La Scuola as our first Preschool Director for La Scuola International Peninsula.  

Monica is an Oakland native who graduated from Santa Clara University with a degree in Italian Studies. She spent 10 years in retail buying with firms such as Il Fornaio, Williams-Sonoma, and Whole Earth Access before being drawn to Early Childhood Education as an expectant parent. She changed career course and received a Montessori certificate from the Association Montessori International. 

Monica’s education career has been centered in Early Childhood, primarily following Montessori and the Reggio Approach. For the past 10 years, her work has been in school administration and teacher training with a strong emphasis on how children learn differently. Monica is excited to join La Scuola and combine her passion for early childhood education with Italian culture and language. When thinking of knowledge, Monica keeps in mind an image of Malaguzzi’s quote that "their idea of knowledge is a tangle of spaghetti."

Please watch Monica's short video welcome message and join us in welcoming her to La Scuola!