1990 – AMI Montessori Elementary Training Certification, Washington, DC
1989 – Community College Teaching Certification, State of Arizona
1988 – M.A. English/TESL, Arizona State University
1985 – B.A. Liberal Arts/German, Arizona State University
1984 – AMI Montessori Primary Training Certification, Phoenix, AZ
1979 – University of Vienna Institute for Translators & Interpreters, Vienna, Austria
2012 – Present. Owner/Director/Elementary Instructor
1998 – 2012. Owner and Director/Lead Elementary instructor, Dynamite Montessori, Inc.
1996 – 1998. Elementary Instructor, Montessori Day Schools
1996. Summer ESL Instructor, American Language & Culture Program, ASU. English 071 Instructor, South Mountain Community College
1986 – 1996. Elementary Instructor, Tempe Montessori School
1983 – 1985. Primary Directress, Khalsa Montessori School
1981 – 1983. Primary Directress, Small World Montessori, Dover, DE
1978 – 1981. ESL Instructor, Refugee Learning Center, Traiskirchen, Austria. Coordinator of English language activities with Intergovernmental Committee for European Migration
1976 – 1981. ESL Instructor, Austro-American Institute,Vienna, Austria.
ESL Instructor, Vienna Volkshochschulverband, Vienna, Austria
English – mother tongue
German – fluent
Spanish – conversational
She assists elementary students in the acquisition of conventional skills, such as cursive writing, reading, memorization of math facts, measurement and spelling. Ms. Aparna transports small groups of students to the local library regularly. Aparna has a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Development.
-Strong skills in assessing children’s behaviors and providing appropriate guidance and mentoring to make certain that their development meets social standards.
-Strong background in ethics, fairness and ability to determine the ‘right thing to do’
– Enjoy working with kids
-2012 – Present – Lead Elementary Teacher
As a member of the DMS staff, I promote the Montessori way of being with patience, kindness, confidence, joy, respect for others and nature, appreciation of diversity in and outside of school. I believe in commitment, communication, freedom and responsibility. I take exceptional personal care and pride in my work with the children.
Expand the Spanish language and culture in an enthusiastic way among children so they become bilingual and have the opportunity to get more doors opened throughout their lives.
Dynamite Montessori School – AZ, USA, Jan. 2006 – Present
Working with children 2 – 10 year olds
In charge of organizing Cinco de Mayo show
In charge of June Spanish Immersion Summer Program
Spanish Instructor, 2010 – Present
Dance Instructor, 2006 – Present
Elementary Teacher Assistant, 2007 – Present
Primary Teacher Assistant, 2006
General Motors – Colombia, 1998 – 2004
Bilingual Executive Assistant
Bank Sudameris – Colombia, 1987 – 1996
Bilingual Executive Assistant
Attached Sub Director
Embassy of the Republic of Korea – Colombia, 198
Bilingual Administrative Assistant
Petrochemicals Aservin Ltd. – Colombia, 1983 – 1987
Dancing, reading, traveling, swimming, sewing, scrapbooking.
Warm, positive personality, enjoy working and sharing with children. Self-confident, flexible, sincere, responsible and reliable. Work well with others, multi-lingual, dependable, open minded, cheerful and feel passion for my career.
I am Dynamite Montessori’s most veteran staff member who has assisted in the Primary classroom since 1999. Many of the children come to Dynamite for their first school experience, and it is such an honor to be instrumental in their future!
Graduate of Southwest Institute of Montessori Studies AMI primary teacher training Oct. 2011 to June 2012
Completed Olweus Bully Prevention Program – Spring 2009
BS in Marketing/Business Management from Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant MI 1991
First Aid and CPR certified since 2000
Strong communication skills
Primary soccer coach
In charge of Primary science experiments, musical instruments, drumming, outdoor environment and nature walks
Animal care: guide, grooming, feeding and handling
Coordinator of Field Day activities
Summer Camp Director – ages 3-10 years June and July
Graduate of Association Montessori Internationale Primary teacher training course
August 2012 – Present
Primary Directress at Dynamite Montessori School, Cave Creek, AZ
1999 – 2012
Teacher Assistant at Dynamite Montessori School, Cave Creek, AZ
1992 – 1999
Assistant Teacher at Sunrise Preschool, Cave Creek, AZ
Mother of 2 boys, one of which graduated from Dynamite Montessori
Married 25 years
I have known I wanted to work with children since I was a child myself. It was when I found the Montessori philosophy that I felt there is nothing in this life that I would rather do. Being able to follow the child and keep their passion for discovery alive is something so valuable. As a teacher I pursue a goal to provide the highest quality of education for both students and their families, while building experiences to become a more successful teacher. I feel so fortunate to work with children everyday and am proud to be part of the Dynamite Montessori staff.
August 2017 – Present – Primary Directress Dynamite Montessori School
2015 – July 2017 – Villa Montessori School: Paraprofessional/Primary Assistant
Facilitating learning for a specific student. Aiding in special education lessons as well as speech lessons. Guiding students to learning in a safe, peaceful environment.
January 2015 – August 2015 – University Animal Hospital, Tempe, AZ: Customer Service Representative
Focused on animal care, sanitary duties and clerical obligations all while being in an educational environment that allowed for opportunities of learning.
August 2012 – 2013 – Sunrise Elementary School, Yuma, AZ: Second Grade Teacher’s Assistant
Assisting elementary school teachers with delivery of class curriculum. Facilitating classroom projects and coordinating student activities. Communicating with parents.
Southwest Institute of Montessori Studies – Primary Certification
Arizona State University – BA English
Arizona Western College – General Studies
Montessori Infant and toddler teacher credential course- Montessori Teacher Education Center, San Francisco CA – 2013
Early Childhood – Montessori Teacher Education Center, San Francisco.
Montessori Assistant Spanish training – 2009
Business – Paradise Valley College – Phoenix, AZ – 2000
Mt. Diablo High School – Concord, CA -1993
Lead Toddler Teacher (Bilingual) – Dynamite Montessori – 2013-present
Primary assistant-Spanish Instructor – Dynamite Montessori – 2009-2013
Substitute Teacher – Dynamite Montessori – 2006-2008
Office Manager – Class One Electric – 2000-present
Hiking, painting and traveling.
Memberships and affiliations
MACTE (Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education)
Bio coming soon!
I was born in 1981 in Laramie, Wyoming. I spent my school years in Arizona with my mother and my summers in MN with my father and step-mother. As an educator my daily goal is to model mindfulness and use non-judgmental and validating language. It is an honor to be an educator at Dynamite Montessori.
Paradise Valley High School, Class of 1999
Waldorfschule, Frankfurt Germany
Xavier High School
Mother of Ruby Mae
Bio coming soon.