Claudia Krikorian is the founder, owner, and Executive Director of Peninsula Montessori School. Claudia was born and raised on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. After graduation from Loyola Marymount University, she started her career in education in the Los Angeles Unified School District. She experienced traditional education as adult centered and fragmented, thus fueling her desire for a child focused, integrated environment.
Around the same time, Claudia began scouting potential pre-schools for her daughter. Upon visiting Piera's Montessori school in Torrance, she immediately realized that not only was the Montessori environment an excellent choice for her own child, but that the Montessori methodology was calling her as a professional educator. Shortly thereafter, Claudia obtained her Montessori teaching credential and purchased the school in 1978, expanding the curriculum to include the Upper Elementary program. She has been passionately serving the children of the South Bay ever since.