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Our Staff

Meet Our Dedicated Team

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Victoria Martinez

School Director 

I have lived and breathed this form of education for more than 17 years. While living in Mexico City and pursuing a career with a newly acquired degree in International Commerce, I was exposed to the Montessori way of teaching. This exposure inspired me to pursue a career in becoming a Montessori teacher. I absolutely love it when young children are exposed to Montessori. I am always in awe of their potential and their infinite curiosity for learning.

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Ale Cortes

Teacher Assistant 

I have been part of the Sunset Montessori team for five years. I am very excited to get to know each and every one of our new students this upcoming year. There is nothing better than seeing what kids are capable of, especially when they get to use our practical life materials. I enjoy their faces when they learn something new. 

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Luz Santillana

Lead Primary Teacher 

I am so excited to start the new school year with my new and old students. I have taught Montessori for 18 years and I enjoy being able to interact with my students and give presentations on a one-on-one basis. I love reading to my kids about different cultures as well as teaching children from different cultures. I always learn so much from them!

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Magui Tapia

Assitant Pre-Primary Teacher 

I am ecstatic to be working with your toddler as their Spanish teacher. I was born and raised in Jalisco, Mexico. I can't wait to help your little one blossom in Spanish. It's going to be a great year full of new friends, adventures, and discoveries for your child. I'm excited to spend time with your child and help them grow in our Pre-primary program!

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Natascha Victor
Assistant Director

Natascha Victor has been an integral part of the Sunset Montessori Community for over 12 years, bringing her extensive expertise and unwavering passion for early childhood education to the forefront of our school. Holding a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Science in Early Childhood Education, Natascha's academic background has profoundly influenced her approach to nurturing and educating young minds.

Originally from Ewa Beach, Hawaii, Natascha's journey in education has been marked by her deep love for working with children. Her commitment to the Montessori philosophy shines through in her daily interactions and long-term planning, fostering an environment where children thrive, explore, and develop a lifelong love for learning.

As the director, Natascha continues to inspire both staff and students with her dedication, compassion, and innovative strategies. Her leadership has been pivotal in maintaining the high standards of education and the warm, welcoming atmosphere that defines Sunset Montessori Community.

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Jacquie Bollinger
Pre-Primary Teacher 

I am excited to be part of the SMC family. I have lived in Henderson for the past 25 years. I have my BS in Early Childhood Education. I have 6 adult children ranging from 26 to three 21 year olds. My children went through the Montessori program and I have witnessed first hand all the benefits and opportunities that have come to my children through their experiences . I look forward to encouraging each child to become independent and encourage an enthusiasm for learning!

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Mari Arechavaleta

Pre-Primary Teacher 

I have been a private school preschool teacher since 2010. Recently I had the privilege to work in the public school system this will be my first year instructing in the Montessori method. I briefly practiced Montessori at home with my children, (ages 13, 3, and 1), and I excited to bring what I have learned to the class setting. 

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