La Casa Teachers
Daniel Abbott: Lead Teacher
Daniel is from North Carolina and holds a B.A in Communication Science and Spanish from UNC-Greensboro. He completed the Montessori 3-6 Primary training program in 2010 obtaining his AMS certification. Daniel is the Lead teacher of the La Casa I classroom. Daniel has studied, as well as, taught in Spain with the Ministry of Science and Education in an English immersion setting for children 5-7 years old. He is committed to the immersion method of language acquisition and enjoys working with children who start at an even younger age. He is dedicated to Education as his career path and plans on pursing graduate studies at a later time. Outside of teaching, he enjoys local music and the arts, traveling, gardening, and learning new languages.
Kathy Hernandez: Lead Teacher
Kathy Hernandez is from Chile and holds a university degree in Educational Psychology. She has worked several years in elementary schools in Chile in various rural and urban settings. She is the Lead teacher in the La Casa II classroom and is also AMS certified. She loves educating children and teaching in a Montessori classroom. Kathy enjoys sewing, crafts and being with her husband who is a Doctoral student at Duke. Kathy has good English skills and even better German skills!
Daniela Lagos: Assistant Teacher
Daniela Lagos is from Chile and holds a university degree in Psychology. She has worked with children of various ages in both rural and urban schools. Daniela has worked in the Chilean school system with both children and adults on the autism spectrum. She enjoys learning and improving and is eager to explore new teaching methods and ways to interact with children and families. Daniela is currently completing her 3-6 AMS certification.
Maria Elena Bustos Davila: Assistant Teacher
Maria Elena Bustos is from Nicaragua, where she received a scholarship to obtain full national accreditation as a primary school teacher. As a teacher Maria Elena has worked in both the public and private education systems in both urban and rural settings in Nicaragua. She went on to study for a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish Language and Literature and Pedagogy before coming to the US with her husband, a Masters student at Duke. Maria is dedicated to being a teacher, is very interested in the Montessori approach to education, and is also currently working on her 3-6 AMS certification. Maria loves bowling, dancing and watching movies with her husband and friends.
Induberit Rosa: Assistant Teacher
Bio coming soon.
Rita Molina-Whitsitt: Assistant Teacher
Bio coming soon.