The Staff of 3MM

Administration

Sarah Ludwig-Ross

Sarah Ludwig-Ross

Founder & Head of School

Sarah, born in Dowagiac, Michigan, now has made the Dominican Republic her home. She has a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Development from Michigan State University and is a Certified AMS Montessori teacher.

Sarah has worked in the field of education for 30 years in the US and the DR.

In 2009 she opened the doors of 3 Mariposas Montessori, which was one of the best professional decisions that she’s ever made. There hasn’t been a day that has passed that she has woken up in the morning and not been excited to go to “work”.

Irene Hernández

Irene Hernández

In-Country Fund Developer

Irene is a Dominican Puerto-Rican, who graduated in Business Administration from the PUCMM University. She earned her Master’s Degree in Administration of Non-Profit Entities from the Universidad del Sagrado Corazon in Puerto Rico.

She has vast experience in the fields of education and administration and education, serving as Dean of Discipline at the San Jorge Academy in Puerto Rico and later as Principal of the Adianez College, also in Puerto Rico.

Life and hurricane led her to return to Sosua where she has worked in foundations as well as doing managerial work in one of the largest restaurants in the areas. At 3MM she combines her work with operational services aimed at benefitting the community.

Socorro Acevedo

Socorro Acevedo

Office Manager

Socorro is from Sosua, Cabarete, and has been our Office Manager and Financial Director since November 2020. She went to the Universidad Tecnologica de Santiago for about 3 years to study accounting and has over 20 years of experience working in administration. 

She has a 20-year-old daughter who worked for 3MM as an English Speaking Classroom Assistant in the Lower Elementary Classroom for 2 and a half years.

Socorro has been close friends with Sarah for many years, however working relationship began in 2008 when they worked together for another NGO in Cabarete that oversees education and literacy programs. Her favorite part of her job is interacting with the kids, and she loves the work she does in the office. 

Programming

Iskania Pérez

Iskania Pérez

Program Director

Iskania was born in Montecristi and grew up in Cabarete. She has a degree in Physical Education from the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo (UASD).

She has a 3-year-old son who attends 3MM.

She started at 3MM in 2018 leading physical education classes and the sustainability program. Since 2021, she has transitioned smoothly into her new role as Program Director. Now Iskania is overseeing all of our programs. No matter what her job description, she does a stellar job.

Marc Narly

Marc Narly

Art & Music Coordinator

Narly is our talented multilingual (French, English, Haitian Creloe, Jamaican Patois and Spanish) guitarist. He has experience playing guitar at church and has been a guitarist in many bands across the D.R. and other countries. He teaches guitar to students ranging from beginner to intermediate. His lessons include all the basics of the guitar, how to play songs, and how to compose music. He is really looking forward to start sharing his experience with students.

“Without music, life would be a mistake.” –Friedrich Nietzche.

Children’s Community

(10-months to 6 years-old)

Iris Perdomo

Iris Perdomo

Lead Guide

Iris was born in Caracas, Venezuela and has three kids. She studied graphic design at Tecnico Superior Universitario. Her many years of work experience include: working as a teacher in basic education, a bank clerk, a Graphic Design Manager, and a Sales Manager. Her last job was working for an international company, where she had the opportunity to travel nationally and internationally.

In 2018, she came to the Dominican Republic and decided to stay for good. Since 2021, she has worked as a guide in the Children’s Community at 3MM.

Esmeirin Diaz Martinez

Esmeirin Diaz Martinez

Assistant

Esmeirin was born and raised in La Ciénega and while she only recently started working at 3MM in April 2024, she has known Sarah since she was 3 years old. She studies business administration at the Universidad de Technologia de Santiago (UTESA) and plans to study initial education. Since she was 11, Esmeirin has worked in childcare within her community and with her mom who works in another school. Various initiatives she has been a part in include Cuenta Cuentos, where she read stories to neighborhood kids, and teaching bachata to kids at the Academy of Bachata. In her free time, she likes to dance. Her favorite part of her job is when she gets to sing to the kids and introduce them to the animals in the school. In her future, she hopes to complete her degree and start her own daycare.

Estefani Veras Joazar

Estefani Veras Joazar

Montessori Guide

Estefani lives in La Ciénega and speaks Creole, Spanish, a little bit of French, and she is studying English. She has known Sarah since she was a child, and her younger brother Gerson was one of the first students at 3MM!

When she graduated from secondary school she started working at 3MM as a volunteer. She found she liked the way the teachers worked with the kids, and decided to study the Montessori method in Santo Domingo. Now, she has been working as a Montessori guide at 3MM for four years.

Alexandra Burgos

Alexandra Burgos

Assistant

Alexandra grew up in La Ciénega as the youngest of four siblings. She began working at 3MM at 20 years old and now works as an assistant at our daycare. She graduated from the school Salome Ureña and wants to study Initial Education.

Currently, she is studying English, and she likes makeup, dogs, and the color lilac, and she also loves gardening. In the future, she hopes to own an orchard.

El Nido Classroom

(1-3 year-olds)

Aurelky Rosario

Aurelky Rosario

Co-Lead Guide

Aurelky started as an assistant in El Nido and worked her way up to lead guide. She is a single mother of four, two girls and two boys, who are between the ages of nine and fifteen.

She has been working at 3 Mariposas Montessori for over six years now. She is very happy to work here at 3MM because she loves all the children and the energy they bring to the classroom.

Children’s House

(3-6 year-olds)

Nordani García Zaya

Nordani García Zaya

Lead Guide

Nordani lives in Cabarete. She is a certified Montessori teacher for kids ages 3 to 6, and has 7 years of experience working with the Montessori method. She also completed her degree in Initial Education.

It is surprising to her to observe how the children learn to be independent like adults, as well as their sensitive periods and the way they absorb knowledge in a prepared environment.

One of Nordani’s favorite quotes by Maria Montessori is: “Plant in the children good ideas, even though they don’t understand them; the years will decipher them in their understanding and make them blossom in their heart.”

Valentina La france

Valentina La france

English-Speaking Classroom Assistant

Valentina is a La Ciénega native who began working at 3MM at the start of 2024. Once she graduates in 2025 from the school TV Centro, she plans to become a teacher and earn her Montessori certification. In her previous job, she worked in another nonprofit where she worked as an art assistant.

Her favorite part of teaching is when she does crafts with the kids, especially collages made of recycled materials. In her free time, she enjoys reading and listening to music.

Lower Elementary Classroom

(6-9 year-olds)

Yanely López Burgos

Yanely López Burgos

Lead Guide

Born in Gaspar Hernández and raised in Caño Dulce, Sabaneta de Yasica. She completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Accounting at O&M and a teaching qualification at UTESA, Puerto Plata.

She has three children, the first began with the Montessori method at two and a half years and with only four years he already knew how to read. This was motivation for Yanely to do a Montessori specialty from 6 to 9 years old. Currently she has 10 years of experience. She likes to share with her family and friends.

Macielis Roman

Macielis Roman

English-Speaking Classroom Assistant

Macielis lives in Cabarete and is licensed in Tourism and Business Administration. She enjoys working at 3MM.

Upper Elementary Classroom

(9-12 year-olds)

Brenda Romero

Brenda Romero

Lead Montessori Guide | Art & Sustainability Program Leader

Brenda Romero was born and raised in Santo Domingo, D.R. However, she was captivated by the ocean in the north coast of the island and decided to move to Cabarete, where she now balances her life between being a mother, Montessori Lead Teacher of the 3 Mariposas Montessori Upper Elementary Program, and practicing water sports.

Her passion is being creative: she offers Art and Sewing classes in the after school program. And she loves being in contact with her inner child through play.

Natalie Tavárez

Natalie Tavárez

Assistant

3MM was fortunate to meet Natalie, our Sign Language Instructor, in 2020.

Natalie was born deaf and fortunately was able to attend a Sign Language school when she was younger. She was lucky because many children who come from poorer families such as Natalie’s family, either can’t afford to send their deaf child to a special school or don’t want to send their deaf child to any school at all because they feel that at school, they’d be made fun of and be an outcast.

Our students and staff have really enjoyed learning Natalie’s language and find it to be perfect for a Montessori environment.

Support Staff

Zully Vicioso Martínez

Zully Vicioso Martínez

Head of Cleaning

Zully is from Santiago but has lived in la Cienaga since her childhood. She is the mother of 3 children. She has always been passionate about children. She is very friendly and always has a smile on her face. She started at 3MM as a classroom assistant and she is now head of cleaning.

Doudemie Destine

Doudemie Destine

Greeter

Doudemie was born in Haiti and grew up in La Ciénega. She started working at 3MM in March 2024 not only as a greeter, but also as a major support to the administration by completing various tasks around the school. Her favorite part of her day is greeting the kids every morning with a smile and she also enjoys watering the garden. In her free time, she likes to listen to kompa and kizomba music.

Yoelis Cid Martínez

Yoelis Cid Martínez

Cook

Yoelis makes the entire school smell delicious! That’s because Yoelis spends most of her time in the kitchen preparing snacks and lunch with the children. Yeolis’s three sons, Frank, Luis, and Yofrailin all attend 3MM.

Frank Martínez

Frank Martínez

Gardener

Frank has four children and has more than nine years working at 3MM. He continues to keep our leaning environment beautiful everyday. He has not missed one day of work, including taking care of the grounds on the weekends.

Chris Taváres Jiménez

Chris Taváres Jiménez

Sustainability Guide

Chris started his gardening career at 5 years old with his stepfather, and when he was 11, he began working for a beach kite rental business for tourists. At age 13, he worked as a ball boy, and at 17, he started teaching tennis at a private residential community where he worked for 8 years. Before coming to 3MM, he worked at the Charlie Foundation for 4 years, finishing his work in 2019.

He has more than 10 years of experience working with children. With a certification in tennis and computer psychology, among others, he completed 2 and half years studying education at the O&M University in Puerto Plata.

Andy Reyes Paulino

Andy Reyes Paulino

Lead Woodworker & Volunteer Coordinator

Andy works at 3 Mariposas completing important jobs around the school, such as tending to all the plants and the garden and repairing things. He oversees volunteers who give their time working in maintenance.

He is the father of three kids of his own, and he loves watching his children develop in a system that is very different from what he is accustomed to.

He loves how 3MM feels like a family, where everyone looks for opportunities to learn, develop, and achieve more; for that reason, he has already completed a basic workshop on Montessori education. He hopes to continue progressing and achieve his goals!