Mara Castro

Mara Castro, Director

Mara Castro is an Arizona Native.  She was born and raised in Douglas Arizona, border town to Agua Prieta Sonora, Mexico.  Mara attended schools on both the USA and Mexico.  She is fluent in both English and Spanish and has learned to appreciate the beauty of different cultures and traditions.

A graduate of the University of Arizona with a Bachelor's of Science in Microbiology and Immunology, Mara started her college career as a premed student with goals of becoming a Pediatrician.  Her love of science and children seemed to be a good fit.  She worked in Academic Research as well as in Private sector in the biomedical field.  However, she discovered her true calling of working with children in the education field after discovering Maria Montessori's method.

Mara and Francisco married right after college and began their family.  After the birth of their first child, Mara became a home maker and home school teacher to her son and four other children.  When their son began Montessori school at the age of three, Mara was intrigued and amazed at the Montessori method.  Her science background and its importance of observation aligned in harmony with Maria Montessori's philosophy.  She began volunteering and later working at two different Montessori schools.  All four of their children have been in Montessori schools.  Mara had the opportunity of learning from all three Montessori schools that her children have attended.  She is now incorporating all the wonderful ideas and programs that she was able to be a part of.

Mara and Francisco are very proud of their children Francisco Jr., Diego, Isabella and Camilla.  They enjoy and appreciate family time and are constantly helping one another achieve their goals and dreams!

Danielle Soetaert, Primary Lead Guide and Primary Level Support

Danielle Soateart (a.ka. ā€œDā€) grew up in Tucson, AZ, after being adopted with her three siblings at the age of 7. Sports and the outdoors, whether at the lake or building forts in the wash, was a huge part of her childhood. She graduated from Sabino High School and aspired to become a firefighter. After working part-time at a daycare, she soon realized that she connected with children and really enjoyed her new found passion. She has been working in the Montessori environment since 2006 and received her Montessori Teaching Certificate in 2012. D is an avid outdoors person and loves showing children how much fun learning can be while getting dirty.

Francesca Bowers, Primary Assistant Guide

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Anyssa Fragoso, Primary Lead Guide

Since joining Mis Manos, Anyssa has blossomed into a great guide for the children.  She has recently discovered her calling in the Montessori philosophy and is in the process of completing her American Montessori Society training. 

Mariana Madden, Primary Assistant Guide

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Chloe Weeks, Primary Assistant Guide

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Sandra Eden, Toddler Lead Guide

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Alba Lopez, Toddler Assistant Guide

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Alicia Jew, Toddler Assistant Guide

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Stacey Girl, Substitute Guide