Ask an Expert

Wouldn’t it be nice to have your very own Montessori expert on hand whenever you need advice or have questions about your children?  Well now you have the chance!  My dear friend, Mariana Vicéns, is my first guest blogger.  We trained together at the Washington Montessori Institute and she is my constant sounding board when it comes to Montessori philosophy and practical application.  I value her incredible knowledge and want to share some of it with you.

Leave your questions in the comments below or comment on our Facebook page.  If you prefer to send a message anonymously, feel free to email  Questions will remain open until Thursday, November 12, and will be answered in the blog post next week.  I am honored to have her as my guest blogger and look forward to reading her advice along with you!


Mariana was born and raised in Humacao, Puerto Rico, where she attended a Montessori school as a child.  She knew from an early age that she wanted to work with children and make a difference in the world by volunteering at local schools, shelters, and non-profits.  She attended the University of Florida, where she earned her degree in Sociology and Latin American Studies and continued her education at The Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico receiving  a master’s degree in special education.  During her masters program, she worked as a teacher assistant at a local Montessori school and knew she had found her calling.  Following graduation, she returned to the United States for Montessori training and graduated with a master’s degree in Montessori Education from Loyola University Maryland and her AMI Primary diploma from the Washington Montessori Institute.

She found a wonderful Montessori school in Arlington, VA where she opened her own primary classroom (ages 3-6) and began the adventure of a lifetime!  After teaching at the primary level for 5 1/2 years, she decided to continue her education and received her Assistance to Infancy Diploma from The Montessori Institute in Denver, Colorado.  Mariana started the toddler program at her school where she’s been the lead teacher for the last three years.  She currently runs a Young Children Community program, Parent Infant Classes, Consultations, and Nanny/Caregiver Workshops in the DC area.

Mariana says that children inspire her everyday to  become a better person.  She will tell you that she does not consider herself a teacher, but rather looks to the children to teach her something new everyday about the Montessori method and simplicity of life.   So ask away!  She’s eager to answer your questions and happy to help.  We  might not get to all of them, but will try to answer as many as we can in next week’s post.


2 thoughts on “Ask an Expert

  1. Mara says:


    My 5-year old son is currently attending a Montessori program. According to his teacher he is a “textbook Montessori child”. While he is excelling impressively in Math and Science he does not want to read. I would like some advice on how I can encourage him to have some interest in reading. I currently read to him every night and he loves it, but when it comes for him to do it he just says I dont know. I also would like some advice in encouragement to learn Spanish. I am bilingual but my husband isnt. He refuses to speak Spanish and hates when I speak Spanish to him. He says he doesnt like it because his friends dont understand him. Thanks for answering my questions.

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