Faculty Bios

Gladys Quinones
Director of Staff
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Bachelors Elementary Education, ECE-Director Certified, Primary Montessori Certified- Gladys is from Puerto Rico. She has two children.  Her hobbies are gardening, baking, and spending time with her family. Gladys has been working in ECE since 1993. She has been with Adventure Montessori since 2004.  Gladys graduated from the Catholic University of Puerto Rico as a Secondary Education teacher. Gladys loves teaching Spanish at Adventure Montessori and watching the children become fluent in a secondary language.

gladys@adventuremontessori.com

 

 

 

 

Annie Humphreys
Director of Operations
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Bachelor of Science in Biology from Charter Oak State College, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from the University of Nottingham in England.  Currently working toward a MA in Education.  She began her teaching career in 2012, refining her practice to focus on ECE in 2015.  Originally from Columbia, Missouri,  Annie chose to relocate to Colorado out of a love for the mountains, and for its conduciveness toward an outdoor and athletic lifestyle.  Her hobbies include cooking, hiking, yoga, and playing piano.  She also enjoys working with the children in their Spanish classes and getting to be a part of their learning journey.

annie@adventuremontessori.com

 

 

Micheline Zawacki
Assistant Director
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Ms Micheline has an Associates in Applied Science, a Director’s Certificate in Early Education, and has her Montessori Primary Certification through Veritas Montessori Academy. From Northern New Jersey, she grew up close to Manhattan. She grew to love art at a very young age, moved to Colorado in 2006, married in 2009, and is the mother of a 20 month daughter, Twyla. Micheline started her career in Early Childhood in 1999, and has over 17 years of experience in classroom and more recently, administration. Her passions and hobbies include: Art, Dance, Hiking, Camping, Biking, Flower Arranging and Gardening.

Alex Chapman
Administrative Assistant
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Alex is a Colorado native with a degree in IT. His career in teaching started with doing computer coding classes for children and from there his desire to then broaden his career in the educational field expanded. In his free time, he enjoys developing new skills including developing video games and additional programming opportunities. Currently, Alex is pursuing classes in ECE and is looking forward to getting to know everyone and becoming, even more, a part of the AML community.

 

Ariana Voth
Lead Teacher
Classroom: Primary 2
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BA-Psychology/Sociology, 3-6 Primary Montessori Certification- Ariana has been married for almost 8 years.  Her husband and she are joyful parents to a young daughter. They also have 2 dogs and 2 cats.  In the summer, they go camping most weekends, take the dogs hiking, have BBQs, and spend time at my family’s mountain house.  Ariana is a Colorado native, grew up in Boulder, and loves to explore new places in this beautiful state.  Ariana also attended Montessori school as a child from Primary through 5th grade. She has always enjoyed working with children and watching them learn and grow.  Ariana started babysitting at age 13 and continued to nanny through college.  Through studying psychology and sociology at CU she learned a lot about child and human development.  At MECR training she gained more knowledge than she could have ever imagined.  Ariana is very excited to apply the knowledge on her journey as a Primary Montessori teacher!

ariana@adventuremontessori.com

 

 

 

 

Mary Patrick
Lead Teacher
Classroom: Toddler 3
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ECE Certification, CO Large Center Director Qualifications-Mary is a Colorado native. Her son is currently overseas serving in the Navy.  She has been married 34 years and they are grandparents to six children.  Mary likes to hike and snowshoe together! Mary started in the toddler room and has since worked with children from 6 weeks to 12 years. During an interview in 2003, a child was having a difficult time and the Director got down at the child’s level and comforted him.  It warmed her heart, how they interacted with each other.  Mary knew she wanted to make a difference in children’s lives at that moment!

 

 

Alley Kodey
Lead Teacher
Classroom: Infant 2
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BA-Business Administration, 0-3 Montessori Certification- Alley was born and raised in Colorado. She grew up in Alamosa, CO where she also attended college at Adams State University. Alley received her BA in Business, but it was also in college that she fell in love with Early Childhood. It began as a work-study job at the preschool that was on campus and Alley knew that she wanted to get into the field of Early Childhood Education. Alley began her career working as a toddler teacher at traditional centers but happened to fall into an assistant infant teaching position at Adventure Montessori. At the time Alley was not too familiar with Montessori, but after working at Adventure Montessori for a few years, she realized how much Montessori inspired her and she wanted it to always be a part of her life. In 2017,  Alley attended the Montessori Education Center of the Rockies and obtained her 0-3 certification. To Alley, Montessori is not just a philosophy, it is a way of life. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga and exercise, reading psychological thrillers, and baking (especially around the holidays!) One of Alley’s favorite quotes by Dr. Maria Montessori is, “The child is both a hope and promise for mankind”.

alley@adventuremontessori.com

 

 

Kim Binger
Assistant Teacher
Classroom: Toddler 2
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ECE Certification- Kim is from Iowa. Her family moved to Colorado in 1985.  Kim and her husband, John,  have 3 sons.  Kim loves to cook, boat, camp, read and go to garage sales!  She loves dogs, horses, and most other animals. Kim loves children of all ages! As a mom of 3 sons, Kim learned the struggles of working parents. In her quest to figure it out, Kim decided this was her calling.  Kim really enjoys working with children, it makes her happy to be a part of their lives.

 

 

Sarah Hubbard
Lead Teacher
Classroom: Toddler 2
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Sarah recently moved from California with her husband where she worked for the YMCA.  Her interests include hiking, cooking, and crafting.  Sarah loves working with children and “seeing the joy on their faces when they discover something new”.  Sarah is currently working towards her degree in Early Childhood Education.

 

 

 

 

 

Ryan Pfau
Assistant Teacher
Classroom: Elementary
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Ryan Pfau, has been with AML for 2 years now. He is currently pursuing his Montessori credential from The Montessori Education Center of the Rockies. Originally, from Illinois, Ryan has resided in Colorado for about four years now. When not at school, he enjoys spending time with my friends, exercising, fishing, camping, and learning about the world. Ryan’s favorite part of teaching is building relationships with children, families, and the people he works with, in the classroom. Ryan’s favorite subjects to explore with the students are math & geography.

 

 

 

 

Ronata Medina
Support Teacher
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Ronata is originally from Thornton, CO, and is married with 3 children of her own. When she is not taking her children to and from their various sports events, Ronata enjoys reading and relaxing. She has always enjoyed working with children, and when her own children were old enough to begin attending school, she decided she wanted to enter into the field of Early Childhood Education. Her passion is for helping children to reach their full potential.

 

Laura Wyrick
Lead Teacher
Classroom: Primary 1
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Ms. Laura was born in Germany but raised in Italy by her American father and an Italian mother. She grew up in Italy where she also pursued her education. She feels very fortunate to be bilingual. Laura has been in the education field for 10 years and also taught Italian to the students (primary to lower elementary).

Laura moved to the United States in July 2018 and started as a primary assistant in a Montessori school in Florida while achieving her Montessori certification.

In 2019, she became a lead teacher and Assistant Director. Laura’s dream place was Colorado and she is very grateful for this opportunity to move here and grow professionally even more.

laura@adventuremontessori.com

 

Claudia Jauregui
Toddler Support Staff
Classroom: Toddler Community
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Ms. Claudia enjoys being a part of the learning journey of children.   She previously worked in children’s ministry in Savannah, GA before coming to Colorado in 2019.   Originally from Mexico, Claudia feels a special connection with children and enjoys the process of getting to be part of their lives.  Ms. Claudia holds a degree in Architecture and completed ECE credentials in 2021.   She is excited about how the future will further unfold in her pursuit of a profession in Early Childhood education.  Her hobbies include hiking, and arts and crafts.  She particularly enjoys drawing and painting and spending time with the children and her family.

 

 

Alyssa Smith
Lead Teacher
Classroom: Primary 3
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Ms. Alyssa has a Bachelor of Science in Education from Northern Arizona University and Primary Montessori certification from Houston Montessori Center.  She has 14 years of teaching experience working in Montessori schools in various states, including Arizona, Texas, and Colorado.  She is passionate about giving children the best possible learning experiences that will develop and prepare them for their lives.   In her spare time, she can be found exploring the outdoors or attending sports and concert events.  

alyssa@adventuremontessori.com

 

 

Lizzie Forristall
Lead Teacher
Classroom: Primary 4
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Ms. Lizzie received her Child Development Associates degree in 2015 from Texas State University and her Montessori Certification in 2017.  She began her career in early childcare in 2011 and then was with Adventure Montessori from 2015-to 2020, returning in 2021.  Ms. Lizzie has always loved being around children.  The children’s sense of discovery and imagination is dynamic to watch. The privilege of helping guide children in their development to their highest potential is a task she does not take for granted.  Originally from Texas, Ms. Lizzie moved to Colorado in 2015 to be closer to the mountains. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, camping, and paddleboarding.  She also enjoys cooking and hosting dinner parties and continuing to brush up on Montessori philosophy methods.

lizzie@adventuremontessori.com

 

Chasity Lor
Assistant Teacher
Classroom: Primary 1
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Ms. Chasity Lor started studying the field of Early Childhood in 2013.  Since then, she has been actively working in Early Childhood with various age groups since 2018.  Chasity was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and raised in Colorado.   The oldest of four children, she discovered the joy of being a natural caregiver in her family for her younger siblings and took on a nurturing role at a young age.  She desired to continue cultivating the love and patience she experienced in working with children as they learn and grow and continued on into a career in Early Childhood.  In her free time, Chasity enjoys being with her family and friends, playing volleyball, kickball, and going fishing.

Tamara Digrazia
Teaching Assistant
Classroom: Toddler 3
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Tamara Digrazia comes to us with over 20 years of experience in Montessori Early Childhood.  She possesses an Associate of Arts in Child Development, a Bachelor of Science in Child and Adolescent Development, and additional specific training in Early Childhood.  Born and raised in California, she moved to Colorado in 2007.  She is the mother of two girls and loves to read, hike, and listen to music in her free time.  She began interacting which children at a young age and her love for watching and supporting their development have grown through the years.

 

Priscilla Leon
Teacher Assistant
Classroom: Primary 4
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Priscilla Leon is working on her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and has 3 years of experience in Early Childhood working with children.  She is from Leadville, CO, and enjoys anything outdoors.  In her free time, she enjoys hiking with her dog, and friends, and listening to music.  She enjoys taking in the culture of live music with friends and family as well. She appreciates observing children in ECE and being captivated by their curiosity and their desire to acquire learning and knowledge.  She recalls the great role models that her teachers were to her, and desires to invest in children the same way her teachers did in her.

 

Favorites:

Color: Purple

Flower: Dahlia

Scent:  Lavender

Drink: LaCroix

Fruit: Grapes

Animal: Panda

Hobbies: hiking, skiing, camping and collecting plants

 

Marisol Herrera
Teacher Assistant
Classroom: Primary 2
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Marisol Herrera has ECE credentials and 10 years of experience in the field of Early Childhood.  Originally from New Mexico, she is the mother of a 2-year-old son, and enjoys the outdoors, exploring new places, hiking, swimming, and spending time with her family.  She enjoys the rewarding privilege of engaging with children in their mental and physical development, sharing with them their joy when they master a skill.

 

 

 

 

Isabella (Bella) Bernal
Toddler Support Teacher
Classroom: Toddler
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Ms. Isabella (Bella) was born in Thornton, Ms. Bella comes to us with previous childcare experience since 2015, and a passion for bringing joy to others, especially children. She sees that is is important to be a positive and supportive figure in the lives of young children for the way in which their lives are molded through their early childhood experiences. In her free time, she enjoys being with her family, drawing, cooking, and going on walks with her dog.

Elizabeth (Liz) Miller
Infant 2 Assistant Teacher
Classroom: Infant 2
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Liz has an Associate Early Childhood Credential Montessori Certificate and has been working in areas of ECE from teaching to administration for 13 years. She was born and raised in Arizona before then coming to Colorado. She developed a passion for Early Childhood Education as she experienced each milestone of growth and development in her own children’s lives. She realized then the importance of nurturing little individuals in their development. She feels privileged to get to be part of each individual child’s journey and looks forward to getting to know each of you more in the days to come.

Luisa Espinoza
Lead Teacher
Classroom: Infant 1
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With a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Minor in Spanish, Luisa is bilingual and is in the process of pursuing her Montessori certification for ages 0-3. Born in Mexico, Luisa has lived in Colorado since the age of 6. Her interests include a love for psychology, art, dogs, reading, painting, and being outdoors and with friends. Being a teacher has always been a passion for her as it provides the opportunity to play a crucial role in the early years of the child’s development.

Aletha Solis
Teaching Assistant
Classroom: Primary 1
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Ms. Aletha comes to us with ECE credentials, and many years of experience as she started working in the ECE field in 2004. She is a Colorado native who enjoys taking part in all that Colorado has to offer. In her free time, she enjoys going on walks with her dog, Roxy, reading, time with friends, and taking in culture in films and music. She developed her passion for ECE in the privilege it provides to support children by building relationships with them and their families and watching and taking part in the rewards of their growth in shaping their social and learning skills that will equip them to be effective lifelong learners.