Mariana was born and raised in the SF Bay Area and is grateful to have family close by! She has had a various roles in education – from health education to teacher recruitment, after school programming to economic community development. She could see that the current educational model didn’t seem to meet the needs of children, teachers or even parents and started looking for something that might just do all three – and she found it! Mariana found Montessori Education through Grand Lake Montessori in 2010 when she came for an observation for an opening in the Camellia class. She was instantly hooked! Here was an educational framework flexible enough to meet the needs of all students and structured enough to allow the child to maximize their potential! Mariana earned her AMI 3-6 credential in 2012 and started the Fig classroom where she lead the class for four years. In 2016, Mariana earned her AMI 0-3 credential and through Arc Montessori (an organization she and her husband founded) began working directly with parents and families to provide support and developmental information birth to six. Mariana stepped down from her position in Fig after the birth of her second child and is excited to be back at Grand Lake Montessori as a Parent Educator and Instructional Coach. In her “free” time, she loves to go hiking in the Sierras, spending time with her husband, two children and two dogs.
Hands down, this is a special place on earth and despite the good and bad that comes with disruption in this world for children, I feel good knowing my boys built a good foundation at GLM.
GLM has been a magical place and a transformative experience for my grand daughters!
We are so happy that she can return to GLM. We miss it so much. It is truly a uniquely wonderful school.
Andrea, Edward & Zelda Durant