Escuela's teachers combine excellent training, strong academic qualifications and experience with warmth, openness, and a strong respect for children and their parents. Our lead teachers have their Montessori training through either the American Montessori Society (AMS) or the Association Montessori International (AMI).
The 2013-14 school year marks Ms. Juli's 7th year at Escuela, her 4th as Garden Guide. In this role she creates and involves the children in our Outdoor Classroom, which is used by children of all ages--for nature walks, lessons in practical life and care-giving, relaxation and celebration. The orchard, herb garden, habitat, vegetable boxes, landscapes, and chicken coop also provide materials and inspiration for scientific experiments and research, cooking, music, and art projects. Ms. Juli majored in Soil Science at New Mexico State University and continued her studies at the Land Institute (Kansas) and the Permaculture Drylands Institute. She wears her Master Composter badge with pride and enthusiastically shares her knowledge and experience with the Escuela community. She can often be seen at the Downtown Grower's Market sorting trash as part of the Knowaste team.
Ms. Juli also works as a Teaching Assistant in our Toddler Aftercare Program. In 2000 she attended the National Center for Montessori Education in White Rock, NM and she worked as a Teaching Assistant with Ms. Dana from 2000-2003. For the seven years prior to this, Ms. Juli worked primarily as a pre-school teacher; she also has experience with infants and toddlers.