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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 and is certified in Montessori Early Childhood. 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.  Mrs. Browning has a Montessori Elementary I-II credential. 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 has Montessori Early Childhood and Elementary I-II credentials. Mrs. Cabestany is the Elementary through High School Spanish teacher. She is excited to be growing alongside her children.

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Roxanne Gonzalez

Delivering outstanding service has always been an essential part of a day's work for Roxanne Gonzalez and we are happy to have her talents here at MVA. She is an assistant teacher as well as responsible for many office procedures and uses her organizational skills to ensure smooth operations in a busy environment.

Prior to joining the MVA team she worked in the HR/Hiring department for more than 6 years, and as an Administrative Assistant for more than 5 years. When she was young, she helped her parents with a lot of administrative tasks at the school where they were the Principal and the PE teacher for more than 10 years.  She started working with children when she was 16 as a nanny and she moved from the Bay Area to Las Vegas in January 2022.

Roxanne is so excited to be part of the MVA as an employee and parent as well.  She has been researching the Montessori method so she can continue applying it at home with her kids and she is very happy with the positive outcomes she has seen.

In her free time, she loves to spend time with her family, friends and her dog.  You can find her watching old and new movies, cooking, doing craft projects, or planning gatherings and long road trips. Disneyland and the beach are some of her favorite places to go with family and friends. She is described by her family and friends as the life of the party and the person that always is ready to help you if you need it. 

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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. 

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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 Early Childhood certified and Elementary trained.  In her spare time she loves reading, binge watching her favorite shows, camping and spending time with her husband and friends.

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Travis Wells 

Mr. Wells was born and raised in Virginia where he started working with children in 2002 as a soccer coach and instructor. Upon obtaining a Bachelor’s in Kinesiology from Shenandoah University, he began working in self-contained special needs classrooms. His interest in Montessori was sparked when he first became a parent, and he is passionate about learning about and sharing the Montesori method. He recently returned to the soccer field as a volunteer coach for his older son’s neighborhood team, and along with his wife and two sons, enjoys trying out different restaurants around Las Vegas, visiting the beaches of LA, and traveling to new places.

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