Our Directors

The Ladies Behind our Leadership

 

Maria Arencibia

Co-Director

EDUCATION

Barry University, Master of Science Degree 1995, Major in Elementary Montessori Education

American Montessori Society Lower Elementary & Upper Elementary Credential

Nova Southeastern University, Master of Science Degree 1994, Major Elementary Education with certification in Educational Leadership

University of Miami, Bachelor of Science Degree 1988, double major Psychology and Communications

Montessori Teacher Training Institute, 1997, American Montessori Society Early Childhood Credential

State of Florida Director’s Credential, 2004

Phi Delta Kappa Honor Society, Member of International Honor Society

Miami Dade County Public Schools Leadership Program

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Co-Founded Coconut Grove Montessori School, 1998 to Present

Montessori Teacher Training Institute, 2009 to Present

Miami Dade County Public Schools Montessori Magnet Program Teacher and Grade Level Department Chairperson 1992-1997

Miami Dade County Public Schools Elementary Teacher 1989-1992

 

HOBBIES

Travel, cooking, fitness walking, reading, exploring new Montessori ideas and enjoying my children’s passion for baseball and dance.

Damarys Velarde

Co-Director

EDUCATION

Nova Southeastern University, Master of Science in Elementary Education, 1996

Barry University, Elementary Montessori Education Credential, 1998

University of Miami, Bachelor of Arts, Major Psychology Minor Sociology, 1990

St. Thomas University, Early Childhood Certification, 1994

Montessori Teacher Training Institute, American Montessori Society Early Childhood Credential, 1994

State of Florida Director’s Credential, 2004

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Co-Founded Coconut Grove Montessori School, 1998 to Present

Miami Dade County Public Schools Early Childhood Montessori Teacher 1994 – 1998

Miami Dade County Public Schools Elementary Teacher 1992 -1994

Miami Dade County Public Schools Spanish & ESOL Teacher 1991-1992

 

HOBBIES

Spending time with my family, creating shutterfly albums, travel, shopping, and tennis