Dolphin Classroom

Denisse Ponce Alarcon - Lead Teacher 
(Ms. Dee)

Nicole Jenkins, Support Teacher

Born in Lima, Peru, and raised in Maracaibo, Venezuela, Ms. Denisse (she/her) has worked with children in different settings including; English Preschool Teacher, Spanish Teacher, Au Pair, Nanny, and Montessori Support Teacher. She graduated from La Universidad del Zulia receiving a B.A. in Education with a minor in Modern Languages, followed by an A.A. in Early Childhood Education from Merritt College, completed the Early Childhood Education Montessori Credential program in June 2019, and has been a lead teacher in Dolphin since August of that same year. Ms. Denisse enjoys hiking, camping, music, and good food

With over 15 years of experience as an early childhood educator, Ms Jenkins'  undeniable love for children is one of a kind. Nicole has worked with children of all ages as a nanny, at in-home daycares, and now a Montessori school. Nicole has been a Montessori teacher for over eight years working at Grandlake Montessori and now currently working at Urban Montessori. Whether it’s in the classroom or at home with your little ones, her attention to her work is a constant presence in their lives. She is a certified early childcare provider and is both first-aid and CPR certified. Being an Oakland native, Nicole is passionate about serving the community where she grew up. It is her passion and love for children that has driven her to continue to be a Montessori teacher.

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