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Mt. Airy: (667) 367-2311
School Staff Graduation Day

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Miss Maria Guevara

Montessori Directress

Miss Maria joined Ava Wanas Montessori School in 2014. She grew up in Peru and got her Bachelor’s Degree in Education there. When she came to the United States, Miss Maria was introduced to the Montessori philosophy. She became very fond of it and decided to pursue her Montessori training. She graduated from the North American Montessori Center. Miss Maria has many years of experience as a Montessori directress. She enjoys working with children and is always happy to see them blossom. Miss Maria has two daughters. She enjoys traveling, cooking, dancing and music. She is fluent in Spanish and English and loves to teach the children Spanish songs and salsa.

Miss Maria Salazar

Miss Maria Salazar has been a Montessori directress since 2011. She graduated from Washington Adventist University with a Bachelor’s in Music Education before completing her Montessori training with the Center for Guided Montessori Studies. She is very excited to receive her M.A.T. in Montessori Leadership from Sarasota University this fall! Miss Maria loves teaching in the Montessori classroom because she has the opportunity to follow the child’s lead and watch her students grow at their own paces. In her spare time, Miss Maria is an accomplished musician who plays viola with several different orchestras, and teaches viola and violin lessons. She also loves camping and hiking.

Miss Timmesha Shockley

This is Miss Timmesha’s third year as a Montessori directress. She is a graduate of Frostburg State University, where she majored in Sociology and minored in Women’s Studies. She then completed her Montessori studies with the International Montessori Council. Miss Timmesha’s favorite thing about teaching is watching the students have those “a-ha!” moments. In her free time, she loves reading mysteries and being with her family and friends.

Miss Priyanka Chaudhary

Miss Priyanka was born in India and relocated quite often due to father’s traveling job. This taught her to love, respect and appreciate people of different cultures, customs and traditions. She completed her Bachelors and Master’s Degree Economics in India followed by an enriching experience of the Montessori primary teacher’s training from Ratan Tata Institute, Mumbai, India.

After travelling to the U.S., she pursued further training with the Institute of Advanced Montessori Studies Barrie School in Silver Spring, Maryland. Her favorite things about being a Montessori directress are watching children grow into independent workers, and seeing the children in a mixed-age group help and learn from one another.