Señora Mayra is currently the Montessori Teacher Supervisor and Curriculum Coordinator after heading the Jardin de las Flores classroom since Mi Casita opened up in 2001. She is a native of Mexico City. She received her Early Childhood Education Degree from the Maestro Manuel Acosta school in Mexico City.
She began teaching Kindergarten in her homeland until she married and moved to the United States. For about 10 years, she worked or volunteered as an assistant at various schools and with Sunday school due to her husband’s military career requiring frequent moves. Finally, in Germany, Sra. Mayra entered the Montessori world as an assistant. She was fascinated by the environment but most of all in the results of the methods implemented to teach the children.
She began her Montessori training and completed her Montessori certification through London’s St. Nicholas Training Centre. Upon completion of her training, she assumed a head teacher and supervisor position at the Montessori school in Ramstein, Germany, for the next three years.
Back in the United States, she took on two part-time positions due to her military wife obligations– a traditional Kindergarten teacher assistant during the school year and a Montessori head teacher for summer camp. From the experiences of these two environments, her beliefs in the potential of the Montessori method were reconfirmed. She knew for sure to give the children the best foundation for life and expose them to the most opportunities she needed to teach children using the Montessori method.
To get to Corpus Christi, Sra. Mayra sailed 9 months from Virginia. During her sail, she reflected on all of her teaching experiences and began to dream about having her own Montessori program and adding an additional developmental opportunity for children-teaching the children in a total Spanish immersion environment to take advantage of their absorbent minds.
Upon arriving in Corpus Christi, she began teaching a Spanish program at a local Montessori school and then became a head teacher in one of the Children’s House classrooms. Finally, she came together with her family to realize her dream and open up Mi Casita Montessori School.
Señora Sonya is currently our trilingual Kindergarten Montessori English teacher, Program Director and Catechist who heads the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program.
She was born in Spain and has lived all over the world, including living on a sailboat for 9 months to get from Virginia to Corpus Christi. After graduating from high school in Germany and attending German school for 2 years, she returned to the United States and earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia. Sonya has worked with children in various environments. She first started working with children in an after-school program in a Montessori school in Germany. During her college years, she taught a summer sailing camp program for elementary students. When she graduated, she became the Art Program Director of an after-school program called Young at Art. She enjoyed incorporating her artistic interest with her desire to work with children. Yet, she recalled her Montessori experiences and decided to pursue her Montessori training.
Sra. Sonya completed her primary Montessori Training through St. Nicholas Training Center. She did her internship and teaching practice at the Montessori School of Corpus Christi. After the birth of her daughter, Ariana, she had a more personal goal than ever to implement the Montessori methods in every facet of a child’s experiences and begin to stimulate the child from birth onwards. She has also earned her AMI Assistant to Infancy Montessori certification (specializing from birth to age 3) from Colorado.
She is one of the founding teachers of Mi Casita (who has worked as the Toddler head teacher for many years) and also offers home and school consultations, prenatal courses, and teacher training to share her knowledge with our community.
Señora Angela is the Montessori Head Teacher for El Pequeño Campo Children’s House. She joined Mi Casita April 2019 as an assistant at the Children’s House level. She was born in Nuevo Leon, Mexico. She has had the desire to teach young children since she started teaching religious education to kids from her church. She naturally decided to study early childhood development and started helping out in traditional schools in Mexico.
When she moved to Corpus Christi, she began to work in a small school where she encountered the Montessori philosophy and fell in love with it. She completed her Montessori certification in April 2021 through the Living Montessori training center in Monterrey, Mexico.
She currently continues to pursue her Psychpedagogy degree. Other certifications she has: language therapy, emotional education, and an AMI Montessori for Dementia and Ageing Certificate.
Señora Daniela is the Montessori Head Teacher for El Jardin de las Flores Children’s House. She was born in Toluca Mexico. She received her Industrial Engineering degree from the Instituto Tecnológico de Matamoros in 2009, and she worked as a quality engineer in the automotive industry for 5 years. She comes from a family of educators and her mother inspired her to pursue her dream of becoming a teacher.
While living in Mexico, she finished her Masters Degree in Teaching Methods in 2013, the same year that she married and moved to live in Corpus Christi. She feels very proud of her Mexican roots and loves to help people learn Spanish. She worked in a community college as a Spanish Teacher and also worked as a Spanish teacher at a private high school.
She started working at Mi Casita in June 2017 as a teacher’s assistant where she’s been learning and gaining experience working with children in a Montessori classroom. After starting at MCMS, Señora Daniela realized the benefit of the Montessori education system for children.
She combines her professional life along with being a wife and a mother of two children. Señora Daniela began her Montessori Early Childhood training at the Houston Montessori Center in the Summer of 2020 and earned her Montessori certification in June 2022.
Señora Luz is our El Solarium Toddler Community Head Teacher. She joined Mi Casita November 2021 and hails from Puerto Rico. She joins us with experience working with infants and toddlers in Louisiana and is currently taking the Montessori Beginnings for Infant/Toddlers course.
To round out the team, Señora Mayra “Angelica” serves as the school business administrator. She is trilingual (Spanish, English and German) and comes with a business background and experience working with children. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Management from the German University of Saarbrcken and then earned her Master’s Degree in Business Administration and Management from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia in December 1998.
Angelica was first exposed to Montessori when she led the after-school program of a Montessori school in Germany. Since then she has always been drawn back to children even though she pursued a business education and worked on various startup business projects. While she worked on her master’s, she assisted with summer camp at a Montessori school and landed an internship at yet another Montessori school, working with the administration.
Upon graduation, she knew she wanted to continue a business career but be around young children. The perfect match resulted in running a Montessori school in Virginia prior to starting Mi Casita Montessori School with her family. In the summer of 2008, she completed her Montessori certificate through the North American Montessori Center to better serve the entire staff and school community.