STAFF​

Elementary

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Aolani Aguirre

Ms. Aguirre found a love for the Montessori philosophy when her siblings began attending and her mother began working as a Spanish teacher at MVA.  She then decided to pursue a career in Montessori education and to become Montessori elementary certified.  She has been playing the violin for over 10 years and is excited to share her musical talents and knowledge with the MVA community.  

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Griselda Aguirre

Mrs. Aguirre was born and raised in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. She has been teaching for more than fifteen years. She has been married for 19 years and has three children. She loves to work with children and treats them as her own.  She has a passion for teaching and loves to teach in the Montessori method. She is bilingual, speaking Spanish and English fluently.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and broadening her musical talents.

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Melanie Browning

Mrs. Browning grew up in a very small town in southeast Ohio.  She attended the University of Rio Grande and graduated with a Bachelor's in Elementary Education.  She has taught grades 2-8 including special education for 17 years.  Mrs. Browning has two amazing children.  Her daughter, Jhediah, is 24 years old and lives in Ohio.  Her son, Trae, is 23 and moved to Las Vegas last fall.  She has lived in Las Vegas since 2013 and looks forward to many more years here.  Her hobbies include reading, listening to music, and camping.

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Veronica Cabestany

Mrs. Veronica Cabestany was born and raised in Mexico City.  She earned a Bachelor's degree in Communications, has been married for 13 years and is a mother of three. She studied Chinese for a year in China and radio production in Spain. Mrs. Cabestany began volunteering at her children's school, Montessori Visions Academy, where she fell in love with the Montessori Philosophy. She is Montessori Primary Certified and Montessori Elementary trained as well as the Elementary through High School Spanish teacher. She is excited to be growing alongside her children.

Lisa Knutsen

Ms. Knutsen is a certified Montessori Primary, Lower and Upper Elementary teacher. She also is a certified Montessori Middle School and High School teacher. She holds a BA in Secondary Education and she is currently working on her Master of Education program with an emphasis in Montessori Education. She teaches American Sign Language as an additional language in our Upper Elementary program and continues to work on developing curriculum for the upper level classes. She also enjoys working as a teacher trainer for Montessori Training of Southern Nevada. She enjoys volunteering in her church and throughout the community. She has served on mission trips to Australia, Thailand, China, Hong Kong, Mexico, and Macau. She recently become a licensed foster parent in Clark County. 

Lauren Lowe

Ms. Lowe joined us with knowledge and love for Montessori and its methods. She was born in Las Vegas and moved to Utah when she was four. In Utah, she was given the exciting opportunity to work at a Montessori school for two years. Since she was little, she knew that she wanted to be a teacher and work with children. She feels she can positively influence the children and make a brighter difference in the community. She is certified Montessori Infant/Toddler and Early Childhood and Elementary I-II trained. 

Kathryn Post


Mrs. Post is from upstate NY, she and her husband moved here to Las Vegas after being stationed at Nellis AFB. She has studied Behavior Therapy and is a Registered Behavior Therapist. She has experience working with children/students of all ages including those with disabilities for over eight years. Mrs. Post is Montessori certified.  In her spare time she loves reading, binge watching her favorite shows, camping and spending time with her husband and friends.

Howard Stoddard

Mr. Stoddard is a native Nevadan born in Boulder City and raised in Henderson. He graduated from Basic High School in 1985 and entered the U.S. Navy that year. Six years later, he was honorably discharged as a Nuclear-trained Electrician First Class, Submarines and married his lovely wife, Lanna.  Mr. Stoddard graduated with a BS in Mathematics from UNLV in May 1999.  His daughter, Sydney, was enrolled at Montessori Visions Academy when she was 4.  He would volunteer to help at the school, which was when he was introduced to a machine called a laminator and its companion, the paper cutter. In February 2006, he taught as a Lower Elementary Teacher working with Linda Khalil and he became Montessori Primary certified.  He took some time off to be a stay at home dad but since Sydney is now at UNLV and mostly independent, he is free to continue his journey with Montessori Visions Academy and is currently in the training program for Lower and Upper Elementary Teacher certification.  He is looking forward to several more years of teaching here at MVA!