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Leticia Ancira was born in Chicago, IL and grew up in Los Angeles, Ca.  She holds an Associate Degree in Business Management from Cerritos College.  In 2005 she relocated to Arizona and has really enjoyed the small town environment of Camp Verde.  In 2006, she graduated from the Montessori Education Center of Arizona in Phoenix with the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) certification and accepted a teaching position with the Yavapai Apache Nation that same year.  In 2015 Leticia was hired as the school’s Manager.  After nine years of Montessori classroom experience she can now put to use her business management and organizational skills.  Leticia is a fluent bilingual teacher in both English and Spanish.  Her son attended the three year program the school offers.  She values the sense of worth and capabilities that the Montessori Method teaches children. 


Rosario Noguez-McClain graduated from Camp Verde High School in 2001.  After high school she continued her education and was accepted to the American Montessori Society (AMS) where she graduated with her Primary Montessori Certificate in 2005.  Miss Rosie has been working with children since 2003.  She started as a volunteer at the Montessori school where one of her sister’s attended which led her to become a Teacher Assistant.  As a teacher assistant she discovered the powerful and positive impact of a Montessori foundation on young children.  In 2015 she accepted the Lead Teacher position with the Yavapai-Apache Nation.  Miss Rosie enjoys teaching children new lessons and exciting science projects.  In her personal life she enjoys traveling and hiking with her husband and their two dogs.


Felisa McGavock was born and raised in the Visayas Island in the city of Cebu, Philippines. She graduated from the University of Visayas with a Bachelor Degree of Science in Secondary Education.  After receiving her degree she began to work for Gullas High School-Pardo Branch where she taught high school students for eight years.  In 2005 she came to the United States and in 2006 she accepted an Assistant Position with the Montessori School of Flagstaff.  In her position, Felisa saw the transformation the Montessori Method had on children.  This led her to seek certification in Montessori training.  She was then accepted to the North American Montessori Center (NAMC) where she received her certification in 2012.  In August of 2014 Felisa accepted a teacher position with the Yavapai-Apache Nation.  Felisa’s love and passion for children encouraged her to teach them in the Montessori Method. She is happily married and enjoys traveling and dining with her husband.      

Lisa Cook has lived in the Verde Valley since 2004.  She grew up in the small town of Seligman, Arizona and graduated from Seligman High School.  After graduation Lisa moved to Flagstaff, AZ and worked at the Montessori School of Flagstaff while attending college.  She received her Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education with a content emphasis in Early Childhood Education from Northern Arizona University.  In 2011, she achieved a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Development and Education with a study in Early Childhood Special Education from Northern Arizona University and her Montessori Certification from American Montessori Society (AMS).  Lisa is married and the proud mother of two.  Both children attended the Montessori Children’s House.  Prior to becoming a teacher at the Montessori Children’s House in 2015, Lisa worked for the Arizona Early Intervention Program (AZEIP) working with children birth to three years old with developmental delays and disabilities.  Lisa looks forward to many more years in the Montessori environment and working with children.

Eva Ancira was born in Tucson, AZ. She has lived in the Verde Valley since 1996. In 1998, she was hired at Miss J’s Montessori School which moved into the Yavapai-Apache Nation and became the Montessori Children’s House in the year 2000. Her three children have attended the three year program Montessori Children’s House offers.  Eva is a fluent bilingual teacher in both English and Spanish. She loves working with children!

 Merika Bach was born in Maine and grew up exploring New England’s coastal towns.  She received an Associated Degree in English and Psychology from, what was then an all-women’s college, Endicott.  She made a bold move in 1989 and ventured out West!  She received a Bachelor’s Degree in English from ASU.  In 1994 she started a family; it was then that she realized she had always wanted to be a teacher.  She enrolled her daughter in Montessori and earned a Master’s Degree in Education from NAU.  In 1999 she moved to the Verde Valley and was fortunate to find Miss J’s Montessori School for her daughter.  Miss J’s evolved into the Montessori Children’s House and relocated on the Yavapai-Apache Nation.  She accepted a position at the Montessori Children’s House in 2002.  In 2006 she and her husband adopted a baby from China, and she also attended the three year program the school offers.  Merika loves the classroom environment, the staff and especially the children!