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).
Jolie Tafoya has a long history with Escuela del Sol. One might say she grew up here, attending Escuela, from age 2 through Primary, while her mother was a teacher here. As a teen, Jolie worked in a variety of assistant positions until she moved to California. Jolie received her Infant/Toddler training at the San Francisco Bay Area Montessori Teacher Training Program, graduating in 2003. While in California she taught at Valley Montessori School in Livermore, working with infants and toddlers for eight years and with primary and middle school students for three years. After having a son in 2011, Jolie took a break from teaching to pursue a pharmacy technology degree. When she and her son moved back to Albuquerque, it was only natural to come home and back to the work she loves and does so well; it is a wonderful privilege to have Jolie return to the school as a trained Montessori Guide!