• Our Team

    Shannon Falkenstein & Carmen Castro-Dárdano

    Co-Founders

    We are moms and educators who decided to create a new school for our our children - and yours!

     

    Shannon was a middle school science teacher in NYC, founded an SAT Prep business, is a certified coach and has her M.A. in Science Education from New York University. She is also the Host of "The New Schools" Podcast and the founder of Expats in El Salvador, an online community of more than 8K foreigners living in El Salvador.

     

    Carmen has been a beloved Montessori Guide for more than 20 years, has her degree in Early Childhood Education from the UCA, and is a certified Montessori Guide. She is also the founder of Montessori en Línea, an online community and learning platform.

    Gaby Rosales, Master Guide, Agora & Discovery Studios

    Gaby is our A-MA-ZING Master Guide in Agora and Discovery. She has been with us since our second year and has been a major part of our growth as a learner-driven community. 🌟

    🎓 Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Universidad Dr. José Matías Delgado, El Salvador

    🎓 Master’s Degree in Child and Youth Psychopathology from Instituto Superior de Estudios Psicologicos, Barcelona

    ✨ Gaby is also a lifelong learner who is constantly taking new courses, earning advanced degrees, and learning more in her field.

    Gaby is also a the Head of Psychology at CEFOI, a Clinical Psychologist who works with Children and Teens and is the Host of "Mujer Express"
     

    Paola Cuellar de Jule, Master Guide in Spark Studio

    Paola is the Master Guide in our Spark Studio (K-2nd Grade). She came to us in 2022 from Lift Academy (an Acton Academy in Guatemala City), where she trained and worked as a Guide in their Spark Studio. We are so happy to have her!

     

    🎓 Bachelor's Degree in Preschool Education from Univ. Evangélica, El Salvador

    🎓 Master-level studies in Learning Disorders & Psychoeducation from Univ. Americana, Costa Rica

    🎓 Master's Degree in Education from Univ. de Jaen, Spain

    Paola has a super Growth Mindset and is constantly learning and growing - right now she is working on her Montessori Guide certification with North American Montessori Center!

    Victoria Conde, Infant Community Lead Guide

    Vic started with us as an assistant Guide, and quickly demonstrated her innate respect for and connection with children, and her remarkable work ethic. She is now our Lead Guide in Infant Community (1-3 year olds).

     

    Vic is studying for a Bachelor and Teaching Degree in Initial and Early Childhood Education at the Evangelical University of El Salvador.

     

    She has worked as a preschool Teacher's Assistant and tutored primary and secondary aged children. Vic is now earning her Montessori Guide certification through AMI courses.

    Vic says, "When I first started learning about the Montessori philosophy, I was instantly fascinated by it as it promotes independence and a passion for self-learning👏. I love the environment of love, respect and security that is cultivated."

    Ale Burgos, Infant Community Guide

    Ale studied initial and preschool education in Quilmes Argentina, including specialized courses in language learning, native games, learning through play and early childhood stimulation.
     

    Ale says "I am in love with the Montessori philosophy because I have always thought that traditional education encloses rather than liberates. Montessori is a method that believes in the capacities of children and believes that it is possible for them to learn by themselves."

    Ale Burgos, Infant Community Guide

    Ale studied initial and preschool education in Quilmes Argentina, including specialized courses in language learning, native games, learning through play and early childhood stimulation.
     

    Ale says "I am in love with the Montessori philosophy because I have always thought that traditional education encloses rather than liberates. Montessori is a method that believes in the capacities of children and believes that it is possible for them to learn by themselves."

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