Stephania Cervantes was born in Mexico and grew up in the Northern Virginia. She is an artist who believes in the sensorial power of visual narratives. While working with neurodiverse children and young adults in the community she began adapting the art making process and making self expression accessible to all. A lot of their work is displayed in government buildings in Fairfax and Arlington Counties. Attending Montessori school in Mexico City ignited a passion for learning at an early age. Her hopes are to pursue a career that will enable children from all socioeconomic backgrounds to have access to quality education. Stephania is currently a research assistant at American University and received her Children’s House Assistants training at WMI at Loyola University.
Mr. Patricio Cufre School Wide Support
Patricio Cufre was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He has been living in the DC area for the last 4 years. With a background in web development and IT he used his skills to travel around the continent for over a decade. While traveling in south America he provided workshops for children from communities inside the amazon jungle and observed how the children learned from each other the required skills to become adults. This brought him on researching on educational methods and that is when he discovered the teaching methods of Maria Montessori and followed them since. Outside the school he Is passionate doing his favorite sport, cycling, traveling when time allows it and taking care of his pet.
Ms. Jenn Grady School Wide Support
Jen was born in Seoul, South Korea and adopted by American parents when she was 2 years old. She has lived all over Northern Virginia since 1980. Her love of children led her to pursue an Elementary Education teaching degree with an Endorsement in Reading from Longwood College. She taught first grade for 9 years in FCPS until the birth of her daughter and son. She stayed home for 9 years with her children and then has been a part-time Reading Intervention teacher in FCPS for 6 years. Working at Full Circle has renewed her love for teaching young children after working for so many years in public school. Maria Montessori’s method makes so much sense and has inspired her to think differently about education. In Jen’s free time, she loves spending time with her family and friends, cooking them delicious meals, listening to a variety of music and being outdoors. Her life has been incredibly blessed and she is thankful every day for her family, friends and the gift of life!
Ms. Tomiah Yates School Wide Support
Tomiah Yates resides in Washington, DC where she enjoys teaching herself the guitar, drums, and new languages. After graduating from Duke Ellington School of the Arts, she earned a degree in foreign languages from Virginia Commonwealth University in order to diminish language barriers through translation and interpretation. Though the work was rewarding, she wanted to be involved in something more impactful! After working with children as a music aide, she developed an interest in making the career transition into education. Tomiah is grateful for the warm welcome and support she has received from Full Circle as she explores Montessori with the FCMS community!