Teacher, Intern – Cub
Ms. Teresa joined the teaching staff of Issaquah Montessori in the fall of 2020 as an assistant teacher in Cub. She enrolled in the Infant-Toddler Certification course at Montessori Education Institute of the Pacific Northwest in Bothell (AMS) and will be completing her education in 2024. Ms. Teresa grew up in southern California, attending Hunting Park High School. Prior to joining IMS, she worked in other Montessori schools for eight years.
She lives in Carnation with her son, daughter, and Mr. Paulo. When she’s not at school, Ms. Teresa enjoys watching mukbang videos and working in her garden.
Ms. Teresa appreciates the way that the children to have the freedom to decide what they want to do. She also appreciates the open and welcoming IMS community.
Carla Daihan Avendano
Assistant Teacher – Cub
Ms. Carla Daihan joined the IMS community in the fall of 2021. She grew up in Barquisimeto, Venezuela; and earned certificates in accounting and tax accounting at Instituto Universitario de Technologia Industrial Rodolfo Loero Arismendi. Ms. Carla Daihan later earned a law degree at Universidad Yacambú. She’s currently studying English at Bellevue College.
Ms. Carla Daihan lives in Carnation with her husband, mother, and sister. When she’s not a school, she really likes to cook, visit parks and different cities in Washington state. She likes to ride her bike and walk with her daughter’s dog, Gus.
About Montessori, Ms. Carla Daihan says, “The Montessori school is different; each child learns education, respect, empathy and companionship, all without losing independence.” And about IMS specifically she appreciated the different way of education provided by the Montessori community. “I love being part of this team!”
Assistant Teacher – Cub
Ms. Karla joined the IMS community in the fall of 2020 as an assistant teacher in the Maple classroom; she’s also taken on the role of afterschool care lead. She grew up in Venezuela, attending Catholic schools through high school. Ms. Karla studied law until 2017 at University Fermin Toro in Barquisimeto, Venezuela.
She lives in Seattle with her adorable and much-loved dogs. Ms. Karla’s mom and grandma live close enough to see often. When she’s not at school, she likes to listen to Latin music, dance, watch movies and series, and finally, to spend time with her family and friends.
Ms. Karla was drawn to Montessori by the freedom and independence of the children, the human values and the mission to give importance to each child in the classroom. About Issaquah Montessori specifically, she appreciates all the education provided, and the opportunity to learn more every day.