Primary (Preschool) Team

All of Monarch’s Lead “Guide” teachers have a degree in education or related field and an additional two years of Montessori Teacher training and certification. Montessori teacher training and certification ensures that each teacher is prepared with the latest child developmental research, childhood safety and wellness, childhood learning techniques, classroom design preparation for dynamic learning, communication and leadership skills, and academic Montessori curriculum that prepares students to excel in education and in life.

“The greatest sign of success for a teacher is to be able to say ‘The children are now working as if I did not exist.'” ~ Maria Montessori


Brisa Devora
Brisa DevoraPrimary Lead Guide
Brisa Devora has always had a passion for working with children. Since her first job babysitting and then her experience raising two children, Brisa has found her calling being a teacher. The Montessori philosophy resonates with Brisa and she is amazed at how students at Monarch are growing their independence at such a young age.  When Brisa is not at work she enjoys spending time with her family, watching movies and being outdoors.
Wendy Charles
Wendy CharlesPrimary Lead Guide
Wendy has worked with all ages of children, from infants through adults. Most of her experience has been with toddlers and preschool age children. She is Montessori certified to teach 0-3 year olds and 3-6 year olds, both age groups she enjoys! Wendy is also Director qualified for Large Childcare Centers in Colorado and has led workshops for teachers and parents pertaining to Early Childhood Development and Montessori philosophy. Wendy started with First Steps at Monarch in January 2017, and loves and lives the Montessori philosophy – enjoying the sense of order that it develops as well as the independence and self-confidence that it fosters in young children. While not at Monarch, she enjoys taking a variety of classes, traveling and working out. Family time is a priority, though, and takes first place when allocating spare time! Birthday June 18th and favorite vacation spot is Israel.
Nirmala Gupta
Nirmala GuptaPrimary Lead Guide
Nirmala has over a decade of experience working in Montessori classrooms. Her educational background includes a Bachelor Degree in Business Studies, an Early Childhood Teacher Certificate and Primary Montessori Teaching Certification completion in May 2017. She most values that Montessori method instills in children a love of learning and self-driven learning. That all the Montessori materials and subject matter moves from the concrete to abstract learning and Montessori is designed to make learning fun. Her favorite quote by Maria Montessori says “Our care of the child should be governed, not by the desire to make him learn things, but by the endeavor always to keep burning within him that light which is called intelligence.”
Mireya Guzman
Mireya GuzmanPrimary Assistant Guide
Mireya holds a Early Childhood Teaching certification and Pyramid Plus certification.
She has worked specifically with preschool aged children for years. Mireya especially likes to tailor lessons to each child’s individual learning style. In her free time she spends time with her children and loves to read. She likes to go on Colorado camping adventures or travel to see the ocean.
Primary Assistant Guide
Zoey has worked in various preschool classrooms before joining the Monarch team. She loves that Montessori encourages students independence, freedom within limits, and respects children’s natural psychological, physical, and social development. While not at Monarch she does photography, graphic design, and paints. She also spends time with her family, and playing mahjong. Her birthday is November 3rd and China is her favorite vacation spot.
Laura Guzman
Laura GuzmanPrimary Assistant Guide
Laura is Early Childhood Teacher certified and has worked with young children for years. She loves helping the children to engage in independent classroom tasks. When not at Monarch, she enjoys spending time with her family, shopping and vacationing in Arizona.