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

Development Coordinator

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

She has vast experience in the administrative and education field, since served 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.

Programming

Iskania Pérez

Iskania Pérez

Program Director

Iskania was born in Montecristi and grew up in Cabarete. She’s almost finished with her degree of Physical Education.

She has a two year-old son that attends 3MM.

She started at 3MM in 2018 leading physical education classes and the sustainability program. Since 2021 she has been transitioning nicely 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.

Iris Perdomo

Iris Perdomo

Assistant to Program Director

Iris was born in Caracas, Venezuela and has three kids. She was educated in graphic design at Tecnico Superior Universitario. She has many years of work experience, working as a teacher in basic education, a bank clerk, a manager in the graphic design field, and even as a manager of sales. 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 daycare at 3MM.

Child Care Program

(10-months to 6 year-olds)

Estefani Veras

Estefani Veras

Assistant

Estefani lives in La Cienega 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 teacher at 3MM for four years.

Alexandra Burgos

Alexandra Burgos

Co-Lead Guide

Alexandra grew up in La Cienega as the youngest of four siblings. She graduated from the school Salome Ureña and began working at 3MM at 20 years old. Right now she works as an assistant at the daycare in 3MM.

She wants to study Initial Education. She is currently studying English, and she likes makeup, dogs, and the color lilac. She also loves gardening, and in the future she hopes to have her own 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.

Primary Classroom

(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.”

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.

Abril Acevedo

Abril Acevedo

Assistant

Abril is from Sosua, and she LOVES to learn!

She is currently studying piano, French, and Korean, and soon will be in Santo Domingo to become a flight attendant. She also studies ballet and contemporary DANCE and is eager to pass on what she’s learned in contemporary dance with kids who are interested in learning as well.

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.

Yoelis Cid Martínez

Yoelis Cid Martínez

Cook

Yoelis makes the entire building smell delicious! That’s because Yoelis spends most of her time in the kitchen preparing snack and lunch with the children. Yeolis’s sons, Frank, Luis, and Yofrailin both 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

I started working when I was 5 years old with my stepfather in gardening and when I was 11 years old I started working with the beach kite for tourists. Then at age 13, I started to pick up balls at the Sea Horse Ranch and at age 17 teaching tennis. I taught and worked 8 years at Sea Horse Ranch in 2015. I took a bigger step and started working at the Charlie Foundation for 4 years and 3 months finishing my work in 2019.

I have worked with children for more than 10 years with certification in tennis, computer psychology, among others. I have 2 and half years studying education at the O&M University in Puerto Plata.

Andy Reyes

Andy Reyes

Greeter & Maintenance

Andy has been working at 3 Mariposas as the doorman. He gets to greet the kids every morning and afternoon. He also does other important jobs around the school, such as taking care of the plants and repairing things.

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

He loves how 3MM is 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!