Bella Montessori Staff:

Davina Goff – is the founder and Director of Bella Montessori; she also is the Lead teacher of the Morning Glory Room. Davina started with a small classroom in her home in 2009, with the love and support of her family she has watched the school grow and flourish into the program it is today. Davina has been educating children for the past 20 years. Davina graduated with her associates’ certificate from The Center of Montessori Education New York. Davina enjoys spending her time with her husband of 16 years and their two amazing children, whom both attended Montessori programs through upper elementary. Davina also loves attending workshops to enhance the classroom and stay up to date on current Montessori and educational trends. “The child is both a hope and a promise for all mankind” —Maria Montessori

Ms. Eva Wilson – is the Classroom Assistant in the Hibiscus Room. She has 18 years experience in the public school system, where she worked closely with the mainstream population as well as special needs students. Ms. Eva was born and raised in Upstate New York and relocated to Arizona in 1973. She is widowed, has two children and seven grandchildren. Her hobbies include cooking, baking, sewing, jigsaw puzzles, arts and crafts.

Ms. Tessie Perez – is the Primary Lead Teacher in the Hibiscus Room. She has been in Early Childhood Education for over 22 years. Ms. Tessie received her Montessori certificate in 2002 and recently awarded a National Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential. She is a current member of the American Montessori Society, NAEYC and Catechesis of the Good Shepherd USA (CGS). Ms. Tessie is the catechist for The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (Atrium) at Bella Montessori and a member of St. Anne Roman Catholic Parish in Gilbert, Arizona. Ms.Tessie is an Arizona native, born in Morenci and has lived in Tucson, Glendale, India and Gilbert. She has one child, a daughter who is currently attending Stanford Medical School in Palo Alto, California. When Ms. Tessie is not at school she enjoys spending time with her daughter, reading and volunteering at St. Anne’s.

Gwen Golonka – has been around children most of her life and feels that that has been the most rewarding. She not only has been blessed with 6 beautiful girls of her own that have taught her how to love bountiful but, has a love for teaching children other than her own. She has taught children in special education, co-owned and co-operated a preschool for 3 to 5 year olds, taught as a lead teacher for 3 year olds, and is now working in the office here at Bella Montessori. She feels that at Bella she has the best of both worlds, working in the office allows her to spend more time with her family as well as interacting with and watching the children grow at the school. She has lived most of her life here in Arizona, attended Jr. High and High school and went on to ASU West and graduated with a degree in Special Education.  When she is not at Bella she will most likely be spending quality time with her husband of 20 + years and her girls either playing cards, bike riding, playing badminton, soccer or any outdoor activity. She enjoys cooking, entertaining, decorating, reading and going on “dates” with her husband, Rich.

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