I joined the MSD faculty in 1991 as co-teacher of the school’s new Elementary program. I received my Montessori certificate from the Center for Montessori Teacher Education in New York in 1988, and before moving to Durham, taught in a Montessori school in Charlotte, NC. I hold a bachelor’s degree in biology from the State of New York in Albany. My love of the biological sciences, in particular nature studies, shines through in my curriculum and classroom. My other interests and strengths are yoga, natural health, peace education and conflict resolution. I am a mother to two adult daughters, Huma and Naja, and am married to Gil Alvarado, a naturopathic physician and acupuncturist.
Current Professional Development
Completed UNC's TEACCH Autism training in 2016-17
Completed CPR & First Aid certification in 2017-2018
Completed Stewards of Children training in 2017-18
Completed ALICE Active Shooter Response training in 2017-18