Hi! My name is Deanna Ybarra, and I am so happy to be a part of the wonderful community here at Mountain West Montessori Academy. Having taught in a Montessori environment for more than 18 years, working with both children and adults, I can personally attest to the amazing impact Dr. Montessori’s approach can have on the learner, their environment, and all those they interact with. I love that the Montessori approach is an approach of total education where the teacher acts as a guide, preparing the environment for discovery and exploration. This approach, I believe positively impacts learners of all ages, and most importantly it promotes a love for learning that will last a lifetime.
I am a qualified Montessori teacher and teacher trainer and have an Early Childhood Multicultural Education degree with a TESOL minor from the University of New Mexico. I am also working towards my Masters in Montessori Integrative Education. I have worked both stateside and overseas in a variety of capacities in Montessori education and I am so excited to now be a part of the Utah Montessori community.
In my free time I enjoy traveling, baking, working in my garden, spending time with my friends and family, and exploring my new home state. I believe each interaction and experience we have provides us with unique knowledge and understanding that will last a lifetime. I look forward to this new adventure with my MWMA community!