At Kindred, our mission is to provide a safe, secure, nurturing and loving Montessori environment where each child is encouraged to grow to his or her fullest potential and satisfy their joy of learning by fostering self-esteem, independence, curiosity, empathy and social and nature awareness.
Our vision at Kindred is to provide our students with strong values and a healthy foundation to successfully adapt and contribute peacefully and positively in society so they can make the right decisions for themselves and their community.
Respect: To Foster respect for oneself, others and nature.
Commitment: To be loyal to our beliefs and act accordingly.
Honesty: To be true to our mission and live authentically.
Partnership: To work together with parents, staff and community to support each other for the benefit of our students and society.
I have always wanted to be a preschool teacher. I would spend hours as a child playing school with my dolls and neighborhood kids. I always loved being the teacher. When I was in high school I organized summer camps in our garage for younger neighborhood kids. The joy and fulfillment that I felt teaching kids to read, organizing activities and spending time with those children was very rewarding and deep. That experience validated or solidified that teaching was what I wanted to do.
Studying Early Childhood Education in college naturally felt like the next step for me. But while I was in my last year of college, I realized that the methods I was being taught and using did not give me the same satisfaction that I had experienced when I ran my summer camps. I had many debates and discussions with my boss because I was not following the school’s teaching style. I was letting the children get up from their chairs, letting them talk, move around, and make projects together. But my boss had a different idea of how kids should be educated. His traditional approach was the way most of us were taught: sitting quiet and still, following the teacher’s directions without question, using the same tools, and making the same projects as everyone else at the same time.
I could not find my passion in that style of teaching and I did not have to as I was soon introduced to “Montessori” by a collegue. The Montessori method focused on teaching children as individuals. I took my first course and it felt like everything fell into place. What I learned made sense and my enthusiasm to teach returned. Children worked at their own pace which fostered their independence and autonomy and they were given the opportunity to think outside the box. For example, an apple didn’t always have to be red. It could be green, yellow, or brown if it was rotten. That first course completely changed my perspective of children and how I pictured imagined myself having an impact on their development!
The first course I took inspired me to learn more about this cutting-edge approach to teaching. I headed to Perugia, Italy where Montessori began, to attend a well known school, Centro Internazionale Maria Montessori. I was fortunate to be one of three students under world renowned Montessori professor, Luciano Mazzetti. He would speak about children with such passion, depth and eloquence which was incredibly inspiring. After his lectures, we would experience his teachings through our observation of the children. Because of him, I have a deeper understanding of what I have read in books and experienced self-transformation in how I interacted with children.
After a short return to Mexico, I moved to San Diego to further my training at the Montessori Institute of San Diego at USD. Here, I was blessed to have another world renowned professor and mentor, Dr. Silvia Duvovoy. I am forever grateful for her guidance and support through the years. Her knowledge, experience and devotion have had a profound influence on the way I interact with my students.
After 17 years of working with children in Italy, Mexico and San Diego and earning two AMI (Association Montessori Internationale) diplomas and a Master’s Degree in Montessori Education, I have developed an extensive knowledge base and appreciation for the complexities of early childhood education. I am thrilled to be starting my own Montessori program and to share my knowledge and experience to create an environment for your children to thrive.
Welcome to Kindred Montessori!
Master in Montessori Education. Loyola University. Baltimore, MD.
Primary AMI Montessori Training. Montessori Institute of San Diego. San Diego, CA.
Assistant to Infancy AMI Montessori Training. Montessori Institute of San Diego. San Diego, CA.
Primary Montessori Training. Centro Internazionale Maria Montessori. Perugia, Italy.
Positive Discipline training. Facilitated by Julie Iraninejad, M.Ed., San Diego, CA.
Assistant to Infancy Diploma. Instituto Pierre Faure. Guadalajara Jal. Mexico.
B.A.Early Childhood Education. Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara. Guadalajara, Mexico.
I’m Cristina Galvan, from Tijuana, Mexico. My background is in psychology, and I’m a certified Montessori AMI teacher. I also have a master’s degree in child psychotherapy and specialize in language therapy.
I began teaching twenty years ago, fulfilling my childhood dream. The classroom has become my creative space. Connecting with families who share the goal of guiding children is truly inspiring.
Apart from education, I enjoy reading and the beach. Staying active through exercise and spending time with my family, including four dogs, energizes me.
I was born in Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico. I graduated as a psychologist from the University of Sinaloa. I spent several years working as a specialist in special needs education in Mexico.
I’m thrilled to be starting my AMI Montessori course this fall because I want to provide support and assistance to the families at Kindred. I firmly believe that the best education is the one that comes from the heart, as it can truly make a difference in the lives of children and families.
Susana Reynoso, “Susy” originally from Guadalajara, Mexico began working with children at Kid Ventures, arranging parties and organizing activities for children such as painting and coordinating sports. Ms. Susana holds a Bachelor´s Degree in Administration and Human Resources from Universidad Panamericana in Guadalajara, México.
Ms. Susana developed a love for cooking a few years ago and so now she prepares Kindred’s healthy meals. Susy also helps run our aftercare program. Ms. Susana is very passionate about children’s learning. She believes children’s first learning experience determines their love for learning. Ms. Susana enjoys experiencing different cultures, outdoor activities and spending time in Ensenada, Mexico. She enjoys very much cooking new recipes and experiencing with new flavors in the Kitchen.