“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.

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.

Classroom Assistant

English as a Second Language, Springfield Technical Community College

Tourism and Hotel Administration, San Martin de Porres University

Milagro joined the teaching staff at Amherst Montessori in 2015 as a classroom assistant in the Infant program. In 2016, she transitioned to a new role as a classroom assistant in the dual language Casa de Niños program, and assistant in Children's House After Care. Milagro has also been the lead guide for Children's House Summer Discovery.

Originally from Lima, Peru, Milagro immigrated to the United States in 1985, and spent much of her career in public service and community organizing. Her prior experience working with families, as well as her experience with her own children and grandchildren, prepared her for the transition to early childhood education. Milagro loves working with the 3-6 age group, and loves witnessing the children as they build independence, work and play together. 

In her free time, Milagro enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband, children, and two grandchildren, both AMS alums.