Hermosa Montessori's Preschool and Kindergarten Staff

Sally Withers

Sally Withers studied at Washington University as a Spanish major and also in Cuernavaca, Mexico. At the U of A Sally participated in the summer program in Guadalajara, studied Latin American Literature, and La Novela de la Revolucion Mexicana. Sally has been a life long dancer and has been teaching dance for adults and children since 1977 including ballet, dance aerobics, and jazz as well as Tiny Tot Development for children in various local Tucson dance studios. In her free time Sally practices Tai Chi, is a student of African and Afro Cuban dance, and Djembe and Conga drumming. Sally is also a member of the band, Water on the Rocks, and performs in various local venues. Sally enjoys traveling and has visited China, Cuba, India, Mexico, South Africa, Puerto Rico, Singapore, England, and Holland. She enjoys bringing cultural activities to the children she teaches. Sally is the mother of two sons, former Hermosa students, and began her Hermosa involvement first as a parent. She is also the proud grandmother of two children.

Mary Ferrell

Mary Ferrell received her BA in Psychology and Theatre, and an MA in Education from Evergreen State College in the state of Washington in 1995. Mary taught pre-school and kindergarten in Washington state and the Tucson public schools. When Mary was introduced to Montessori education in 2005, she immediately resonated with its goals and philosophy for the education of the whole child and proceeded to get her American Montessori Primary Certification in Colorado. Having trained as a vocalist since she was a teenager, Mary joyfully shares music with her students. In addition, she also has a passion for theater, dance and the visual arts. Mary enjoys spending her free time with her husband and step-daughter. She enjoys hiking, cooking, reading, and being active in her community.

Ruth Barré

Ruth Barré received a BS in Biology from the University of the Philippines, where she was born and raised.  After an opportunity to travel abroad, she then found her passion as an educator of young children, earned her Classroom Directress Certification for Primary Education from the Montessori Institute of America’s Teacher Preparation Center in Cairo, Egypt.  Additionally, she completed a teaching certification program from the University of Maryland’s satellite campus in Cairo to teach English as a Second Language (ESL).  After a co-teaching opportunity at the British School in Maadi, Egypt, Ruth immigrated to the US and continued her work under the Montessori philosophy in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  After three years as a Pre-K Classroom Directress at Escuela del Sol Montessori School, Ruth left New Mexico for Florida, where she joined the staff of Especially for Children Montessori School in Indian Harbour Beach, FL, as a Pre-K Classroom Directress.  While in Florida, Ruth also began an American Montessori Society Teacher Certification in Early Childhood Development through the Florida Institute of Montessori Studies in Indian Harbour Beach.  She then left the classroom for several years for her and her husband to pursue an opportunity with the US State Department, and completed the Early Childhood Development certification soon after her return to the US.  Then, when son, Seph, became three years old, both he and Ruth joined the Hermosa Montessori community.  Ruth enjoys playing the piano and guitar, yoga, long walks, and tennis.   

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