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“The child is both a hope and a promise for mankind.”

-Maria Montessori

Veronica BurbanoMontessori Guide

Montessori Diploma, Casa dei Bambini, Association Montessori Internationale

M.A., Early Childhood Education, Grand Valley State University

B.A., Business Management, Universidad San Francisco de Quito

Veronica began her journey as an educator when her daughter Martina was born. With the intention of learning as much as possible to enrich her parenting, she completed a Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education, where she discovered a passion for teaching young children. She was introduced to Montessori methods while working as a spanish specialist and teaching in a variety of different schools including AMS. Veronica began incorporating Montessori principles into her lessons and witnessed her students learn more quickly and with greater enjoyment. In 2012 she began her Montessori training, and ultimately launched the bilingual Casa de Niños program at Amherst Montessori School.

Veronica is an enthusiastic proponent of Montessori pedagogy, and believes deeply in its efficacy for fostering peace in the world and helping each child develop to their full potential. She finds purpose in her work as a Montessori guide, and love, joy, and kindness in her students.

Outside of her work at Amherst Montessori School, Veronica enjoys spending time with her husband Oscar and their two children Martina and Mateo. She loves swimming and snorkeling in the ocean, and returns to her native Ecuador as often as she can.

Molly KienzlerClassroom Assistant

B.A., Spanish and English, University of Vermont

Molly came to Amherst Montessori School in 2012, working as a substitute teacher and Summer Discovery assistant before joining the Casa de Niños team. She has a deep love of language, having completed a double major in Spanish and English with a minor in Linguistics during her undergraduate studies. Molly has also taught Spanish and French at the middle school/ high school level, and in 2010 she travelled to Buenos Aires, Argentina to complete a certification in teaching English as a foreign language. She enjoys working with children in a bilingual setting and assisting in the Casa de Niños classroom each day, and also runs the Before Care program for Children’s House.

In her free time, Molly enjoys fitness, travel, and playing with her dachshund Frida. She is currently pursuing a Master of Education in School Counseling at Springfield College.

Marilyn MartinezClassroom Assistant

M.Ed., Bilingual, ESL and Multicultural Education, University of Massachusetts Amherst

B.A., Business Administration, University of Puerto Rico

Marilyn has been teaching in Amherst since 1999. She began her career in the public schools, teaching English Language Learners and Spanish at the elementary level before joining the Casa de Niños team in 2013. She loves working with children each day and applying her knowledge and experience in a bilingual Montessori environment.

Marilyn lives in Amherst with her husband Hector and daughter Gabriela. She is an avid baker and cook, and also loves to craft.