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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. She has been married for 19 years and has three children. She loves to work with kids 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. Ms. Cabestany has been married for 10 years and is a mother of two and best friend of a basset hound. She studied Chinese for a year in China and radio production in Spain. She began volunteering at her children's school, Montessori Visions Academy, where she fell in love with the Montessori Philosophy. She is now a Primary Certified Teacher in the Spanish Immersion Program 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 has also a certified Montessori Middle School and High School teacher. She has taught American Sign Language as an additional language in our Adolecent Community and continues to work on developing curriculum for the upper level classes. She enjoys volunteering in her church and throughout the community. She recently returned from a mission trip to Australia and has previously served in countries including Thailand, China, Hong Kong, Mexico, and Macau.

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 has a double major in Early Childhood Education and Mathematics and is a Montessori Certified Primary teacher.

Regina Villegas

Regina has been dedicated to learning and teaching since she could remember. She specializes in working with children with disabilities and previously worked as a behavioral therapist for children with autism before finding a passion for the Montessori philosophy. Her greatest love, however, is her pug, Gordo, whom she spends all her free time with.     

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