AMI Casa and Elementary guide
Helena is an AMI trained Casa and Elementary guide, through the Montessori Institute Northwest located in Portland, Oregon. She has nine years of classroom teaching experience and is passionate about the role education plays. Helena has served as the head guide for her level, the staff representative to the advisory board and on the accreditation committee.
In addition to her Montessori teaching, Helena has degrees in International Relations and History from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. She has experience in other fields including sharing her love of books by working as both a public and a school librarian.
Helena was born in Miami, Florida from Venezuelan parents with Basque and Portuguese ancestry. She is a proud step-mom, bio-mom, foster-mom and adoption mom. Helena believes that all children have incredible potential and when they are nurtured, guided and supported, they thrive and grow into life-long learners and confident young people.