Our leadership team is designed to not only optimize the administration of our school, but to support teachers in the their professional trajectory enabling them to become the best facilitators for child development and exploration. To truly live Montessori principles, we rely on the expertise of our teachers to develop and adapt our curriculum to the individual needs of children and create facilitated learning environments.
Marilyn Medrano: head of School
As Head of School, Ms. Marilyn is owner and community liaison for Estrellitas Montessori School. She has over 15 years of experience in early childhood education, is AMS certified, and is trained in Montessori Infant Toddler education.
She is proud that the Estrellitas team is self-reflective and takes satisfaction knowing that they observe classrooms to ensure high-quality programming for our students. She is so happy to have a place for children to grow and learn in a warm and nurturing environment while learning Spanish, and that the families make up a wonderful, caring community.
Lorena PucketT, Office Manager
Ms. Lorena manages the details that keep the school running smoothly. She organizes events and workshops, parent-teacher conferences, observation days, and school tours. She also manages the enrollment process for students for the school year and for summer camps. Lorena also creates the newsletter and is the voice you hear when you call Estrellitas Montessori School.
Ms. Lorena is originally from Colombia, and she has a bachelor’s degree from her home country in Business Journalism and an MBA in Human Resources from Virginia International University. Previously she worked at Aflac as a recruiter and in Colombia as a communications director and HR.
Marcela Villa Tampe, Program Director/Teacher
Ms. Marcela is a teacher for the Libelulas community, supporting the growth of our oldest friends.
Ms. Marcela has over 10 years of teaching experiences, and 20 years in education administration. She has a degree in Early Childhood Education and is a Montessori AMI certified teacher. Prior to joining Estrellitas Montessori School, Ms. Marcela was a teacher at the Latin America Montessori Bilingual (LAMB) public charter school.
Her encounters with children and families is always an enriching and rewarding feeling that she treasures. Every child is curious, imaginative, creative, brilliant, caring and fun. She is very glad to be a teacher and guide to each of our "little star’s" and happy to be an active member of our daily school experience. I am also honored to be a part of the direction of our community.