Emily Yoder, Lead Teacher and Kindergarten Teacher
"What the child wants to do is to master his environment, finding therein the means for his development."
--Maria Montessori

Emily holds a Master in Education with Honors from St. Catherine University, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Northern Colorado in Social Science with Honors in History. She received her Early Childhood credential from National Center for Montessori Education. Emily joined Gateway in 2013 to establish the Parent/Child class, then in 2014 moved into the Preschool Classroom. With her 10 years of teaching experience we are excited to have her.

"I believe education begins at birth.  Children absorb their surroundings and are fascinated with exploring the world.  Their natural curiosity leads to moments of pure wonderment as they make a new discovery.  This process is amazing to witness.  We encourage their independence and self-confidence by offering lessons and materials to allow the child to develop an enthusiasm for learning that will last a lifetime."

Anayeli Vazquez, Lead Teacher and Spanish Teacher
"Children are human beings to whom respect is due, superior to us by reason of their innocence and of the greater possibilities of their future." - Maria Montessori
"The environment must be rich in motives which lend interest to activity and invite the child to conduct his own experiences." -Maria Montessori

Anayeli or Nelly holds an Associate Early Childhood Credential from Montessori Education Center of the Rockies. She is bi-lingual and will be leading our Spanish program. Nelly is currently attending Naropa University in pursuit of her Bachelors of Arts degree in Early Contemplative Psychology with a minor in visual arts.

Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it. Einstein Said, "it is the supreme art of the teacher to awake joy in creative expression and knowledge". A Montessori environment is developmentally appropriately designed and prepared to provide children with opportunities for choice, decision making, problem solving, independence, and responsibility. As a teacher supported by the Montessori principles and materials, it is my duty to aid the student with the ability , motivation and attitude to succeed. I am inspired to make this my life mission. I am a painter and photographer, and encourage my students to explore and express themselves with different mediums of art, language and music. I truly enjoy teaching and have come to see it not as a job or a career but as a passion. Making a difference in the lives of my students is very important to me.

"Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment." - Maria Montessori

Denise Cruz,  Assistant Teacher
"A teacher...(must be) ready to be there whenever she is called in order to attest to her love and confidence. To be always there--that is the point."
--Maria Montessori

Denise holds a Bachelor in Business Administration from Dowling College. She has been teaching since 2002, and has been at Gateway since 2008. Denise is Group Leader Qualified under the State of Colorado early childhood guidelines.

"I always feel better when I come to work with the children, and I always learn something new each day--about children, about myself.  Not only do they give the best hugs, they are great teachers."

Tessa Chatara-Middleton, Intern Teacher
"Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think if only you try!" --Dr. Seuss

Tessa holds a Bachelor of Arts in French with a Minor in Geology from the University of Colorado. She came to Gateway in the Summer of 2015 with several years experience as a Tutor and Nanny. Tessa has a love of Montessori born from her own childhood Montessori experience. She is currently enrolled at Montessori Education Center of the Rockies and will be doing her internship at Gateway this year.

 "I love working and interacting with children because they remind me every day of the importance of curiosity - curiosity to visit new places, curiosity to meet new people, and curiosity to never stop learning."


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"The Child should live in an environment of beauty." --Maria Montessori

Catherine is currently attending Front Range Community College in pursuit of her Associates degree in early childhood education.

I believe this quote greatly demonstrates my views on children in the Montessori community for many reasons. The greatest connection I have with this quote is my belief that children can grow in any environment but in order to prosper and thrive as they should, they must be surrounded by such beauty as that of what we are expecting to grow within them. Children are creatures of beauty as are flowers in a garden, if we expect them to grow we must provide the best possible environment for them to do so. I have wanted to work with children for a long time, the inner workings of their fresh minds and the expansion thereof has always drawn me to this work. I find it fascinating how their minds problem solve and gradually establish a sense of self discipline and independence in such a short periods of time. To be able to be part of their growth and daily progress is truly an honor in my eyes.