Meet Our Staff

ASSISTANTS TO INFANCY TRAINING

Silvia C. Dubovoy, Ph.D., Director of Assistants to Infancy Training
Dr. Dubovoy is a teacher trainer, lecturer, consultant, and examiner for the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) worldwide. She has been involved in Montessori education since 1965 as a parent, board member and coordinator of her children’s school. Dr. Dubovoy has a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Barcelona as well as the AMI Assistants to Infancy, Primary and Special Education diplomas. She was a board member of AMI, headquartered in Amsterdam, from 1982 until 2010 and currently serves on the AMI Research Committee and as one of the AMI representatives to the United Nations. Dr. Dubovoy’s training style is heavily influenced by her work with Dr. Carl Rogers in the field of humanistic psychology. When not at work, she adores reading and discussing books with her eleven grandchildren.

 

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Alejandra Rosas, Assistants to Infancy Trainer
Alejandra Rosas has been part of the Montessori Community for over 20 years. She has worked at both the 0-3 and 3-6 levels, serving countless young children and their families as they navigate their children’s development.
Alejandra received her AMI 3-6 diploma in Italy in 1996 and her AMI 0-3 diploma in San Diego in 2004, under the guidance of Dr. Silvana Montanaro. She completed her A to I Trainer’s status under Judi Orion and Dr. Silvia Dubovoy, Ph.D. Alejandra is now an AMI trainer, examiner, and consultant at the Assistant to Infancy level. She also holds an A.S. in Puericulture and a B.A. in Early Childhood Education. She is fluent in Spanish and English and proficient in Italian. In her free time she enjoys traveling and spending time with her loving family.


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Mario Salguero, M.D., Assistants to Infancy Guest Lecturer
Dr. Salguero is a graduate of University of Guadalajara Medical School. He has a diploma of clinical nutrition from the National Institute of Nutrition in Mexico and a Ph.D. in molecular biology in medicine from the University of Guadalajara. Dr. Salguero is the recipient of several awards and grants for his work and has authored multiple medical journal articles and textbook chapters. His focus has been on integrative medicine, where considering the person as a whole is a central principle. He is particularly interested in nutrition and meditation as it applies to psychiatry. At the University of Wisconsin Medical School he created and taught a course called “Health and Healing,” collaborated in the creation of the Integrative Medicine program, and founded a private laboratory for stem cell genetic characterization. Dr. Salguero’s overall vision is to develop state-of-the-art ways to empower psychiatric patients during their treatment and care.

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PRIMARY TRAINING

Silvia C. Dubovoy, Ph.D., Director of Primary Training
Dr. Dubovoy is a teacher trainer, lecturer, consultant, and examiner for the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) worldwide. She has been involved in Montessori education since 1965 as a parent, board member, and coordinator of her children’s school. Dr. Dubovoy holds a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Barcelona as well as the AMI Assistants to Infancy, Primary, and Special Education diplomas. She was a board member of AMI, headquartered in Amsterdam, from 1982 until 2010 and currently serves on the AMI Research Committee and as an alternate AMI representative to the United Nations. Dr. Dubovoy has anchored Montessori graduate programs at the University of San Diego, Loyola University Maryland, and Universitat de Vic in Spain, and she recently created the AMI Inclusive Education Course.  Her training style is heavily influenced by her work with Dr. Carl Rogers in the field of humanistic psychology.  When not at work, she adores reading and discussing books with her eleven grandchildren.

Cristina A. De León M., Primary Trainer
Ms. De Leon has more than 20 years of experience with young children in Mexico and the United States, and she is bilingual in English and Spanish. She holds a B.A. in Clinical Psychology from Centro de Enseñanza Técnica y Superior in Tijuana, Mexico, a Masters in Pedagogy from State University of Pedagogy Studies and an M.Ed. from Loyola University Maryland, in addition to AMI Primary and Elementary diplomas. Prior to joining MISD, she worked for five years as a Primary guide at Scripps Montessori School. Ms. De Leon also serves as an AMI examiner and Director of Training at the Primary level in Costa Rica and Argentina, and her work has recently taken her to Spain and Taiwan. She enjoys art museums, acting, and musical theater.

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Kathleen Dian, Primary Course Assistant
Kathleen Dian received her AMI Primary diploma from MISD in 2010 and worked as a primary teacher at the MISD Children’s House from 2010-2013. She holds a Master’s in education from the University of Aix-en-Provence (FRance) and is a certified teacher from the French Ministry of Education. Kathleen plays the flute and loves paragliding, hiking and reading.

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ELEMENTARY TRAINING

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Greg MacDonald, Director of Elementary Training
Greg MacDonald is a seasoned Elementary trainer who has led courses in the United States, Canada, Italy, Japan, Switzerland, Germany and Mexico for the past 20 years. He holds AMI 3-6 and 6-12 diplomas, a teaching diploma from his native Australia, and an M.Ed. from Loyola University Maryland, where he worked as an AMI Elementary trainer with Dr. Kay Baker from 1998-2008. He is also an AMI-USA consultant and a regular speaker at Montessori workshops, parent evenings and conferences. Greg is known for his hands-on, practical approach to training, focusing on the specific skills, techniques, and systems that support success in a Montessori elementary environment. His work is informed by 19 years of teaching experience as a public school elementary teacher, AMI primary and elementary teacher, and principal of both mainstream and Montessori schools.

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Kathy MacDonald, Elementary Course Assistant
Kathy MacDonald earned her AMI Primary (3-6) diploma at Washington Montessori Institute. She has worked as a primary guide for many years in both public and private Montessori schools, and has also served as an assistant, substitute teacher, and educational specialist. She has two daughters and a new grandchild.

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INCLUSIVE EDUCATION TRAINING

Silvia C. Dubovoy, Ph.D., Director of Inclusive Education
Dr. Dubovoy is a teacher trainer, lecturer, consultant, and examiner for the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) worldwide. She has been involved in Montessori education since 1965 as a parent, board member and coordinator of her children’s school. Dr. Dubovoy has a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Barcelona as well as the AMI Assistants to Infancy, Primary and Special Education diplomas. She was a board member of AMI, headquartered in Amsterdam, from 1982 until 2010 and currently serves on the AMI Research Committee and as one of the AMI representatives to the United Nations. Dr. Dubovoy’s training style is heavily influenced by her work with Dr. Carl Rogers in the field of humanistic psychology. When not at work, she adores reading and discussing books with her eleven grandchildren.

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Annabeth Jensen, M.Ed., Course Assistant

Annabeth Jensen holds a B.A. in psychology from Reed College, an M.Ed. from Loyola University Maryland, and the AMI Elementary Diploma from Washington Montessori Institute. In 2015, she completed the AMI Inclusive Education Pilot Course here at MISD and distinguished herself for  outstanding contributions to the classroom dynamic. Annabeth has worked as a Montessori elementary teacher for over 24 years, 18 of those at the upper elementary level. During her career, she grew two school programs from one class to 120-180 students, served as the president of the Oregon Montessori Association, and received the Susie Huston Memorial Award for dedication in teaching. She is currently a consultant for AMI USA.

 

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Edith Eva Eger, Ph.D., Lecturer

Dr. Eger is a clinical psychologist and international speaker who draws on her incredible experience as a Holocaust survivor to help people transcend limitations, recognize their own power, and achieve things they previously thought unattainable.  She is the recipient of the California State Senate Humanitarian Award and has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show.  For more information on Dr. Eger’s remarkable life, visit www.dreee.com.

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Lorna Swartz, M.D., Ph.D., Lecturer
Dr. Swartz has been working tirelessly on behalf of the exceptional child since 1969, when she opened the Lorna Swartz Achievement Center in her native Johannesburg. For the next ten years, her clinic diagnosed and provided monthly home programming for children, adolescents, and adults with special needs. Dr. Swartz went on to establish the first experimental pilot class for children with learning problems in the public school system in South Africa, serve as director of a private school specializing in Attention Deficit Disorder whose students had a range of I.Q. from 40 to 160, and work as a professor of special education.  In the early 90’s, she hosted a weekly live call-in program on mental health issues for KFMB and KSDO radio stations, and later she also served as a weekly television consultant on psychiatric matters for the KUSI Morning News. Dr. Swartz holds both an M.D. and a Ph.D. in psychology. She has given over 100 seminars, presentations, and lectures on Attention Deficit Disorder, Learning Disabilities, Depression, Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and Bipolar Disorder. Dr. Swartz has worked in private practice as a psychiatrist since 1987.

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Mario Salguero, M.D., Lecturer
Dr. Salguero is a graduate of University of Guadalajara Medical School. He has a diploma of clinical nutrition from the National Institute of Nutrition in Mexico and a Ph.D. in molecular biology in medicine from the University of Guadalajara. Dr. Salguero is the recipient of several awards and grants for his work and has authored multiple medical journal articles and textbook chapters. His focus has been on integrative medicine, where considering theperson as a whole is a central principle. He is particularly interested in nutrition and meditation as it applies to psychiatry. At the University of Wisconsin Medical School he created and taught a course called “Health and Healing,” collaborated in the creation of the Integrative Medicine program, and founded a private laboratory for stem cell genetic characterization. Dr. Salguero’s overall vision is to develop state-of-the-art ways to empower psychiatric patients during their treatment and care.

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Adele Diamond, Ph.D., Lecturer
Dr. Adele Diamond is one of the founders of the field of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience and holds the Canada Research Chair Tier 1 Professorship in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of British Columbia.  She is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.  As one of the world’s leading researchers on executive functions, the cognitive processes that enable us to plan, pay attention, solve problems, reason, and switch between tasks, Dr. Diamond has been featured on NPR’s “On Being” with Krista Tippett, PBS’s “Scientific American Frontiers”, and The New York Times.

 

 

ADMINISTRATION

Sharon Dubovoy Fastlicht, Executive Director
Ms. Fastlicht is a Montessori child, a mother of four Montessori children and the Executive Director of The Montessori Institute of San Diego. She holds the AMI Montessori Assistants to Infancy (0-3) diploma and the Primary (3-6) diploma from MISD. She also holds a B.A. in restaurant and hotel management from Universidad Iberamericana in Mexico City and an M.Ed. from Loyola University Maryland. Ms. Fastlicht assisted her mother, Dr. Silvia Dubovoy, in opening the Children’s House in 2002 and returned in 2010 to continue her work with the school and its affiliated Montessori teacher training center.

Silvia C. Dubovoy, Ph.D., Director of Training
Dr. Dubovoy is a teacher trainer, lecturer, consultant, and examiner for the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) worldwide. She has been involved in Montessori education since 1965 as a parent, board member, and coordinator of her children’s school. Dr. Dubovoy holds a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Barcelona as well as the AMI Assistants to Infancy, Primary, and Special Education diplomas. She was a board member of AMI, headquartered in Amsterdam, from 1982 until 2010 and currently serves on the AMI Research Committee and as an alternate AMI representative to the United Nations. Dr. Dubovoy has anchored Montessori graduate programs at the University of San Diego, Loyola University Maryland, and Universitat de Vic in Spain, and she recently created the AMI Inclusive Education Course.  Her training style is heavily influenced by her work with Dr. Carl Rogers in the field of humanistic psychology.  When not at work, she adores reading and discussing books with her eleven grandchildren.


Michelle Kanan, Operations and HR Assistant, International Students DSO
Originally from Mexico City, Michelle serves as Operations and HR Assistant for the Training Center as well as Designated School Official for International Student Services. She has three children and has lived in San Diego for the past eight years. Michelle enjoys being with people and trying to help in any way she can. Her favorite pastimes are walking, traveling, and being with her family.

Amy Rhodes, Student Services Coordinator
Amy serves as the training center’s Student Services Coordinator.  Her love of traveling and learning about new cultures led her to study in London, work on a Mayan excavation in Belize, and teach English in Korea.  She is excited to be in her home city of San Diego where she continues to help students follow their dreams at the Montessori Institute San Diego.  She holds a B.A. from UCSD in Anthropology. In her spare time she loves to hike, play golf, and crochet.

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Nasreen Yazdani, Director of Marketing & Communications
Nasreen oversees the internal and external communications at MISD, with a focus on marketing and admissions strategies. She holds a B.A. from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, the AMI Primary Diploma from MISD and an M.Ed. from Loyola University Maryland. Her professional background includes grant writing, sociological research, customer service, and coordinating the M.Ed. Program in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Montessori at the University of San Diego from 2010-2013.  She has been dancing Argentine tango for two years.

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Jacinta Massey, Operations Coordinator / Teacher
Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Jacinta serves as the Operations Coordinator for the training center.  She holds AMI diplomas at the Assistants to Infancy and Primary levels and taught in Montessori environments in Hawaii and Argentina before coming to MISD.   Her husband, Jaime, works as an Elementary Guide at the MISD Children’s House.  Jacinta enjoys cooking, traveling, hiking, surfing and being outdoors.

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Fernando Castillo, Controller 
Mr. Castillo started his accounting career in Zurich, Switzerland, where he worked in the banking industry. While in Zurich, he married a San Diego native, and later moved to the United States and finished a bachelor’s degree in accounting at City University in Seattle, Washington. Mr. Castillo brings to MISD extensive experience in management, communication and analytics, including planning, budgeting, reporting, training and controlling. His main focus is to influence organizational growth and bottom line profitability. Mr. Castillo is originally from Chile and has two children who have been raised with the Montessori philosophy.