"I believe the Montessori method is the ideal method for young children because of the freedom offered to a child within boundaries."
FOUNDER And Directress
Owner and Directress, Claudia Alvarez, is an American Montessori Society (AMS) Infant/Toddler certified teacher. She studied Child Development at La Universidad de Las Americas (UDLA) in Puebla, Mexico. She also has experience in the Bradley Method of natural childbirth training.
For 25 years, Ms. Claudia has strived to bring excellence to the community using the Montessori philosophy. Ms. Claudia loves guiding children through each new stage of learning and feels great privilege to play a role in molding a child’s life. Ms. Claudia finds it particularly rewarding to guide children in learning practical life work, such as hand washing. She feels there is a fascinating simplicity and complexity to the mastery of these skills. She has an affinity for parent-infant classes and looks forward to partnering with families to promote children's growth and independence.
When she is not in the classroom, Ms. Claudia spends time with her husband of 25 years and four children aged 17-24. She likes to read and share meals with friends and family.
Ms. Tere comes to Cornerstone Montessori School with ten years of teaching experience. She is AMS certified for 3-6 year olds. She also studied Applied Behavioral Science at National Louis University.
Ms. Tere is a native Spanish speaker. She loves traveling and dancing to Spanish music. She is married and has two children - Joaquin (3) and Estefania (1).
“I love that it is hard for a child to have a frown on all day. They teach us that every day is a new day, and a new day includes smiles and happiness.“
Ms. Jenny assists in the toddler community in the afternoon. She is currently attending Morton College to obtain certification as a Teaching Assistant. She also has an affinity for cosmetology and has a certificate for makeup; she hopes to obtain one in hair design. In her free time, Ms. Jenny spends time with her parents, brother, and sister.
Ms. Jenny is pursuing training in education because she loves to teach children and simultaneously learn from them. She appreciates working with each individual child to discover strategies that help that child learn and find solutions to problems. She believes the Montessori method highlights children's strengths and shows adults what young children are truly capable of accomplishing.
Ms. Yaritxa has a degree in Early Childhood from Concordia University. She is pursuing her 3-6 (Primary) Montessori Credential. She will be working with Ms. Tere in the Primary Classroom.
Ms. Sonia has been assisting in Montessori classrooms for over five years. She and her husband love traveling with their four children. Most recently they traveled all through Europe. Her husband also works in education, as a teacher at Morton West High School.