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 Carolina Peredo and Daniela Ruiz - Co-Founders

Carolina Peredo and Daniela Ruiz - Co-Founders

Our program is packed with enriching, child-directed and group activities that will provide children with an opportunity to learn Spanish experientially in an engaging and nurturing environment. La Tribu is a place for your child to explore, play, work, interact and live in Spanish.

We want you to know that when you leave your child in our care, your child will be experiencing their world in an environment that has been designed just for them!

While your child is with us, we want them to feel at home, as if we were an extension of their FAMILIA.  We will encourage your child to be their best self, explore, experience, understand and learn. Through a wide variety of materials, your child will develop the values of cooperation, sharing and respect. 

The staff at La Tribu Preschool would like to take this opportunity to thank you for allowing us to share an important time in the life of your child.  We appreciate and value the trust you have placed in us.  

A WORD FROM OUR FOUNDERS

We believe that the best place for a child to be when they are 0 to 3 years old is at home with their family. Because we know this is not always possible, we wanted to create a space where they could feel at home: where they are respected, loved, valued for who they are and accompanied in their growth.

We know that the first 6 years are fundamental to your child’s development. It is during that time that his brain will fully develop and make all the connections that will determine who he’s going to be for the rest of his life. Because of that, it is precisely during this time when we can make a real difference. We want to make sure that they grow up to be healthy, wholesome individuals, who love themselves and respect others, who can think independently, show empathy and are creative problem solvers. Individuals who appreciate life, their environment and respect Mother Earth. This is why, as parents, it is so critical to make smart decisions when we are choosing an education for this sensitive period in our children's lives. 

 LA TRIBU MOTHER'S DAY CELEBRATION 2017

LA TRIBU MOTHER'S DAY CELEBRATION 2017

As Latinas, “la familia” is a core value of our culture. However, we live far away from where we grew up and when we had our own kids it became very clear that we needed to find our TRIBE: a place of belonging. We understand “it takes a village to raise a child” and we strive to be a part of that sacred circle for you and your family, to be able to work together as a community to give your child the very best.

Welcome to La Tribu! Mi casa es su casa.

Carolina Peredo & Daniela Ruiz

Co-founders

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PROGRAMS

The purpose of La Tribu is to provide child care in an environment that encourages all children to develop to their fullest potential.

La Tribu provides the highest quality of early education and care based on a Montessori inspired curriculum and a Spanish Immersion program.  We are open between the hours of 8:15 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, from September trough May (except noted Holidays). Our Program Changes in the summer for the summer camp. Our facility is licensed to serve 34 children 18 mo - 6yo.

 

Salon Azul 18mo - 3yo

Our salon azul has been curated by Margarita Ruiz, from Austin Montessori School

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Salon Verde 3yo - 6yo

Our Salon Verde has been curated by Patti Filak, from The Montessori Center.

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The center is divided into a toddler classroom ages 18 months to 3 years old and a Primary Classroom 3 - 6yo. We have a stellar playground, and large shaded back porch for extracurricular activities as YOGA, FUTBOL, MUSIC and COOKING in Spanish.

For immersion purposes and to get the full benefits of the Montessori curriculum, we recommend enrolling on a full time basis. However, you may also choose to do  four times a week. We will make our best effort to accommodate the scheduling needs of our families.

PARENTS ENRICHMENT PROGRAM

La Tribu is proud to be the first and only Montessori Spanish Immersion preschool in Austin. As part of our mission, we want to provide tools and resources to educate and strengthen our community. This is why we created our Parent Enrichment Program (PEP), an only for parents space designed to  learn and share important information about the main topics we work with at school: positive discipline, language acquisition, potty training, Montessori philosophy, and so forth. 

The first edition of our PEP was on POSITIVE DISCIPLINE  with Sandy Blackard, founder of Language of Listening. Sandy is a parenting coach and award-winning author. Her publications include SAY WHAT YOU SEE® for Parents and Teachers and a professional guidebook for play therapists, ChildParent Relationship Therapy (CPRT) Treatment Manual, co-written with Dr. Sue Bratton, Dr. Theresa Kellam, and her mentor, Dr. Garry Landreth. The session was an eye-opening introduction to her method, to gain insights and simple tools parents can use to change challenging moments with their children into rewarding ones. 

On our second PEP edition we invited Donna Bryant Goertz to talk about "How Montessori can support your parenting: In the Community and at Home".  Confident about the importance of having a consistent approach with children and creating a strong partnership between the school and home, we designed this session for all the parents to discover the benefits the MONTESSORI METHOD has to offer from the first years of life. Montessori pedagogy is not only a respectful parenting tool but is also a life philosophy. Donna Bryant Goertz is an eminence in the field, not only because she directs Austin's most prestigious Montessori school, which she herself founded almost 50 years ago, but also because she raised her own 5 children "the Montessori way". Coming into one of her classrooms is like entering a temple of peace and harmony, where each child is quietly focused on their work, and the spark of curiosity shines bright. 

Stay tuned for more information about following PEP sessions

The benefits of raising bilingual kids: The Critical Period Hypothesis

   “Your brain may actually look and work differently than your monolingual friends”

The fact that language learning involves both types of functions of the brain: the one of the left hemisphere (analytical / logical functions) and the one of the right hemisphere (emotional / social functions) while lateralization develops gradually with age has lead to the critical period hypothesis.

According to this theory, children learn languages more easily because the plasticity of their developing brains lets them use both hemispheres in language acquisition, while in most adults language is lateralized to one hemisphere, usually the left. If this is true, learning a language in childhood may give you a more holistic grasp of its social and emotional contexts.

But regardless of when you acquired additional languages, being multilingual gives your brain remarkable advantages. Some of them are even visible, such as a higher density of the grey matter that contains most of your brain’s neurons and synapses. The workout a bilingual brain receives during its life can also help delay the onset of diseases such as alzheimer and dementia.

The idea of major cognitive benefits to bilingualism seem intuitive now, but it would have surprise earlier experts. Before 1960, bilingualism was considered a handicap, that slowed a child development by forcing them to expend too much energy distinguishing between languages. A view based on flawed studies. And while a more recent study did show that reaction time and errors increase for some bilingual students in cross language test, it also showed that the effort and attention needed to switch between languages triggered more activity in, and potentially strengthened, the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex.  This is the part of the brain that plays a large role in executive function, problem solving, switching between tasks, and focusing while filtering out relevant information. So while bilingualism may not necessarily make you smarter, it does make your brain more healthy, complex and actively engaged.

Source: The benefits of a bilingual brain - Mia Nacamulli

La Tribu is a proud member of the Golestan Colab, a non-profit organization that is supporting  us in creating ideal learning environments for our children by offering consultancy and resources in the following areas: 1) the integration and application of hands-on and experiential learning practices and approaches 2) language immersion and cultural education. Learn more about them

La Tribu works closely with Mi Casa es Tu Casa music program, lead by  local Mompreneur, Laura Bruce. Laura's music classes are a Spanish immersion program that is rich in multiculturalism and also encourages children to build a sense of unity and respect with their peers and their surroundings all through key age-appropriate movements, songs and rhythms that facilitate basic music competence and development. 

We also recommend MamaLingua app, a unique and effective language-learning tool for parents who want to learn or improve their second language skills while also teaching their children.

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STAFF

CAROLINA PEREDO

SCHOOL DIRECTOR

Back when I was 12 and I asked my mom to please stop sending me to English lessons, I didn’t imagine I would end up moving to the far west, I mean Texas, and forming a bicultural family. Growing up in a town in southern Argentina, surrounded by mountains where to ski and lakes where to camp, the last thing on my mind was to learn a foreign language. 

It wasn’t until I was studying Journalism and Communication that I understood that education -alternative, revolutionary, liberating- has no boundaries. I'm thrilled to have completed a Montessori certificate training for pre-primary (2-6 years old).

I learned that living far away from home makes you value your own culture and identity, that to remember who we are and where we come from helps us know who we want to be and respect others.

I think it is fundamental that everyone, starting in early childhood, could experience the discovery of other cultures. With that in mind I intend to grow a “tribe” with other Austin families with similar mindsets -when it comes to their kids' education. 

I have a fatal attraction to artists, but I don’t belong in that breed. My thing is to plan, problem solve, answer questions, make spreadsheets and create never-ending to do lists. I also love being outdoors and traveling.

 

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LIDIA DE HARO

LEAD GUIDE - academic coordinator

Lidia Del Haro. After training as a Montessori Guide for Young Children's Community (from 0 to 3 years old), Casa de los Niños (from 3 to 6 years old) and Elementary (from 6 to 12 years old) at the Montessori del Norte Education Studies Center, Lidia received a Bachelor's Degree in Education from the Pedagogical University of Durango, México  with honorable mention and obtaining the first place of her generation - in 2005.
Lidia or “Lily”, as the young generation of students of the Montessori Training Center she leads in her hometown like to call her, worked for 16 uninterrupted years in relation with kids - since she was 19 - as a Guide with children from 0 to 12 years old. Lidia directed the Thomas Jefferson Bilingual Private School in Torreón, Coahuila, México. She has worked as a professor at the Universidad Iberoamericana teaching subjects as Observation techniques, Philosophy, Montessori Materials, Design of Montessori Environments within the Bachelor of Education.

In 2012 she founded "Colectivo el Colibrí", an organization of which she is still a Director and Professor, and which is responsible for the formation of Montessori Guides with a semi-face-to-face approach, which has the mission of professionalizing all adults that work with children, independent of the pedagogy operating in the institution. Currently, El Colibrí has 8 generations graduated from Casa de Niños, one of Young Children's Community, counting as well as more than 50 people graduated from the Training Center.
Lidia completed a Master's Degree in Middle Education at the Professional Pedagogical Institute of Torreón, her hometown, and has participated in several congresses on training and human development and also introduction to Waldorf pedagogy. In her free time Lidia enjoys studying, reading, writing, listening to music and spending time with all the men in her house: her husband and her 4 children. He likes cats, loves plants and learning about new relaxation and meditation routines. Currently, Lidia works as Management Consultant, Academic Coordinator and Guide for Young Children's Community and Children's House at La Tribu Preschool.


CINNDY CRUZ

GUIDE

When I was five years old I always dreamt of becoming a teacher, but as I grew older choices changed. Little did I know that 28 years later I was going to love teaching. After working for the restaurant business for more than a decade, I decided to shift  into something more meaningful. Living in Texas for almost twenty years I realized the importance of being bilingual, so I decided I wanted to teach Spanish to preschoolers. I was given the opportunity to  work as an assistant at a Montessori preschool, I fell in love with the philosophy and was inspired by an amazing lead teacher who was generous enough to share her knowledge and love of teaching. I especially enjoy working with the 3-6 year old group because I get to witness the independence and confidence children experience in a Montessori environment. 

I believe I can make an impact in the lives of the children I work with, I want to help shape their lives and share my culture and Spanish language with them. 

In my free time I love spending time with my children and husband, I love chocolate, reading, doing arts and crafts, going to the park and volleyball.

 

CELESTE BOLI

TEACHER

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With a background in Performing Arts, Originally from Argentina, I’ve been living in Austin for 2 years. Right after I arrived, I started watching 2 3-month-old babies. At that time, I was finally able to put in practice a vocation that I knew I had since my older kids were born, but had never had a chance to do professionally. Since then, I have been watching multiple babies and toddlers, which makes me extremely happy. Between us, there’s an immediate connection. Even though I don’t have a professional training as a teacher, since I studied architecture and French, I have the experience that life provides by having 4 children and 5 grandchildren.  I have plenty of time to dedicate myself to them and a lot of patience. I look forward to learning whatever it takes to make my time at La Tribu a success. I like to travel, doing crafts, and story-telling. I love life…and chocolate!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All of our teachers are native Spanish speakers, contributing to the richness of the language acquisition and cultural experience with accents from several different countries.

 

 

La Tribu is the place for your child to grow learning about diversity.

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TUITION

The monthly tuition rates  for the 2018-2019 year are as follows:                                      

Other Fees:

Wait List Fee: $85            (Non-refundable. This fee DOES NOT guarantee a spot, it gives priority of enrollment once an opening is available. It rolls over Registration Fee upon confirmation of Enrollment)

Registration fee: $125              (One time, non-refundable, due upon confirmation of availability from wait list)

Deposit: half a tuition.           (Refundable with 1 month written notice of dis-enrollment - It will be used for the last month of Tuition. Due upon confirmation of availability from Wait List)

Supply Fee: $180                   (Due every September - pro-rated for new students who start after March 1st - non refundable)

Re- Enrollment Fee: $50         (Due every May 1st  - non-refundable)

 

10% Sibling Discount: Siblings have priority in our wait list and a 10% tuition discount. The discount is calculated over the base tuition half time or full time and not over the extended care rates nor  over fees.

 We reserve the right to do tuition updates

Payment: personal check (NSF Fee: $35)

La Tribu Preschool will be closed on the following holidays:

MLK Day, Spring Break (1 week), Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving Holiday (One Week), Winter Break (2 weeks) - We are closed the first week of each month during SUMMER CAMP  - Please ask the office about Summer Camp pricing   

Note:  Tuition is not discounted on the basis of Holidays or personal vacations

 

 

 

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ADMISSIONS

Admissions are based on availability of space and determination by the staff and parents that a child is ready. Prospective families are invited to tour the center by making an appointment with our Director to visit the facility and have all your questions answered. 

We do not expect you to drop off your child on the first day of classes and come back to get him 7 hours later, especially if this is their first child care experience. We understand that children (and parents too!) need time to get comfortable in a new place and with new people. This is why we have carefully designed a unique Adaptation Program

The first week all children  will come for increasing amounts of time until they are ready to stay for the full day. We are confident that this slow approach will ease the separation anxiety (in both children and parents) sometimes caused by the start of preschool.  

If you have toured our school and would like to reserve a spot in our program please contact the office to be added to our WAIT LIST. There is a $85 non-refundable fee and a form to fill out to be included in the wait list. Please be advised that being on the wait grants you priority of enrollment once a spot becomes available but does not guarantee a class placement at any particular time. Once you are on our wait list, we recommend that you contact us often (no more than once a month) to check on the availability of a spot.

 

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ESPACIO CULTURAL

 
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LITERARTE

Literarte is a drop off workshop of creativity throughout literature and art.

The class starts with the reading of a short story, book fragment or poem that will inspire the artwork. Our young literartists will improve their Spanish indirectly since it’s the vehicle language of the class – both teachers are native speakers – always in a positive Montessori outdoor environment.

Be prepared to have fun and create!

Ages: 6 - 9yo. WEDNESDAYS 4:30 - 5:30 PM 

Classroom Capacity: 12 kids  (2 teachers) 

** OPEN ENROLLMENT FOR SPRING SEASON **

 

 

 

COCINANDO EN TRIBU

This Mommy and me class has been especially designed for parents to learn Spanish and gain vocabulary, while helping their kids to acquire cooking skills and foster the use of Spanish as a team.

The classroom is lead fully in Spanish, by Marianela Santamaría Ramírez, an educator from Barcelona, Spain, that has a broad experience in teaching foreign languages while transmitting a culture in an immersion set up.

Participants will enjoy easy to follow-yummy recipes inspired in the “latin-cuisine”.

Ages: 2 - 6yo - MONDAYS 4:30 - 5:30 PM

Class capacity: 10 adult/child couples

** OPEN ENROLLMENT FOR SPRING SEASON **

 

 

 

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MI TIEMPO, MI CUERPO

Yoga in Spanish class for adults only were students will improve awareness regarding interaction of the mind and body while moving through different postures (asanas) and practicing breathing techniques (pranayama).

This program intends to create a space where each participant find time to release stresses of daily life and reconnect with her/his inner self, while gaining vocabulary in Spanish.

Adults only.  THURSDAYS  7 - 8 PM

** OPEN ENROLLMENT FOR SPRING SEASON **

 

 

 

 

 

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MONTESSORI WRITING IN SPANISH

This tutoring class has ben designed for the kids to learn how to write and read in Spanish.

The class is taught using the Montessori method with materials such as the movable alphabet and cards within other language materials.

Ages: 6 - 9yo

** ENROLLMENT INFO COMING SOON **

 

 

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SUMMER CAMP 2018 PROGRAM

OPEN ENROLLMENT:  Details & Enrollment

Session 1

JUNE 11th - 15th movimiento //  18th - 22nd jardinería // 25th - 29th arte

 

Session 2

JULY 9th - 13th movimiento // 16th - 20th jardinería // 23rd - 27th arte

 

Session 3

AUGUST 6th - 10th movimiento // 13th - 17th jardinería // 20th - 24th arte

 

Monthly or weekly payment options.  Info at latribupreschool@gmail.com - Ages 18mo - 6yo - Weekly Splash Time! - Shaded areas - Native Spanish speakers. 
 

 

 

MOVIMIENTO

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We rotate within 4 stations to develop gross motor, fine motor, laterality, hand eye coordination and balance skills.  We also develop space management skills with activities to encourage team work.

        JUNE 11th - 15th // JULY 9th - 13th // AUGUST 6th - 10th

 

JARDINERIA

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Kids will learn how to take care of our green spaces: veggie garden raised bed, butterflies garden, flowers and compost area. We will learn about the soil, roots, worms and do food preparation exercises with our harvest.

 JUNE 18th - 22nd //   JULY:    16th - 20th  //  13th - 17th

 

 

  

 

ARTE

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This class is intend to be an space of free creativity within some options or proposals. It covers everything from painting and drawing, to fabric decoration and beading work, sewing, molding, weaving, among others. 

 JUNE 25th - 29th //  JULY 23rd - 27th //  AUGUST 20th - 24th

 
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ADDRESS

12412 Tomanet Trail

Austin, TX 78758

 

PHONE

(737) - 208 - 0108

 

EMAIL

latribupreschool@gmail.com

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ADVISORY BOARD

It takes a village to build a preschool! This amazing group of professionals and friends are there for us every time we need a second opinion on all things ranging from children behavior and language acquisition techniques to business management. 

We are proud and lucky to have them as part of our Tribu.

Yalda Modabber

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Yalda, is a former molecular immunologist, and later consultant to for-profit and non-profit organizations. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Yalda moved to Iran as a kindergartner and returned to the U.S. at the age of 9 years. As an undergraduate, she majored in Psychology, with an emphasis on Child and Developmental Psychology, finishing a dual degree in Experimental Psychology and Human Biology.  Yalda went on to pursue a career in biomedical research and spent 8 years at Harvard Medical School, first as a research associate and later as a graduate student. In 2000, Yalda changed career paths and became a consultant for startups, Fortune 50+ corporations and non-profit organizations as a strategist and evaluator.

In 2005, Yalda posted an ad on a local listserve in Berkeley California, in search of a Persian language immersion program for her first-born son Kian, then two years old. She received a response from another mother that led to a weekly parent playgroup and eventually became Golestan.  Yalda was hired as Golestan’s full-time Executive Director in 2008.

Having learned how difficult it is to start and run a school, Golestan was established as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with the mission to support other educators and parents in raising multilingual and multicultural children.  Golestan's unique pedagoy began to attract educators of all languages/backgrounds.  Today, Golestan has worked with over 80 groups (pro bono) wanting to emulate the unique nurturing hands-on educational model; about 1/3 are language immersion schools.

"In winter of 2017, I was introduced to Carolina by my close friends who sent their child to La Tribu.  Carolina visited Golestan in the spring of 2017, and a few months later, I flew to Austin to speak with teachers and parents on the subject of language immersion in the classroom and in the home.  
Knowing firsthand how difficult it is to run a school, I am committed to supporting other educators in any way that I can.  I may not always have the answers, but I certainly can try to help find them.  Carolina does not have the luxury of turning to a Board of Directors as I do for support and guidance.  It is an honor to play a small role in providing this type of much needed support for La Tribu."

      

     

Gina Morales

Gina is an expert in Early Childhood Education with over 20 years experience in both public and private school settings. She began her career as a bilingual  elementary school teacher for 3rd grade and PreK in AISD. Most recently she founded and operated a STEM-focused preschool, Austin STEM Academy where she created and authored the preschool STEM curriculum used. Gina currently works as a preschool consultant with Austin area preschools.

 

"It is a pleasure to be working with La Tribu preschool on the Advisory Board. I became involved with La Tribu after being introduced to founders, Carolina and Daniela, by a mutual business incubator. They were taking over a licensed building and were starting a Spanish Immersion Montessori preschool program when I met them and they have since grown it to a wonderful little preschool. It has been a pleasure to mentor them through the growth they have seen and I have now stepped into a more formal role as a member of the Advisory Board. I look forward to working with Carolina to grow and enhance the already wonderful school. "


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Sandy Blackard

Sandy is an award-winning author, parent coach, and founder of Language of Listening® at www.languageoflistening.com. She teaches parents and teachers simple coaching skills for working with children. She also offers advanced training for those who wish to become licensed Language of Listening® coaches. Sandy's three-step coaching model for bringing out the greatness in children is introduced in a handbook that has changed thousands of lives: SAY WHAT YOU SEE® for Parents and Teachers: More hugs. More respect. Elegantly simple. She is also co-author with Drs. Landreth, Bratton, and Kellam of Child Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT) Treatment Manual, 1st ed.

 

"I first met the co-founders of La Tribu, Carolina Peredo and Daniela Ruiz, in early 2014 when they contacted me for an interview on their radio show, Madre Hay Una Sola. Their passion for bringing out the greatness in children and helping other parents do the same was so strong I was immediately inspired to become their mentor. Over the next year, I met regularly with them in their homes and at the park to demonstrate Language of Listening® coaching skills with their sons who were toddlers at the time. When they opened La Tribu, they invited me to share my work with the parents and teachers at the school and consult on specific situations that arose. Becoming a member of the La Tribu Advisory Board is an honor and feels like a natural next step that will allow me to continue to support the school in it's mission of helping children feel valued, respected, and loved in a home-away-from-home Spanish-immersion environment."

       

      

Laura Bruce

Laura graduated as a clinical Psychologist and focused on research before she started her journey as a mother. After having her son, Laura deepened her knowledge in childhood development related to the areas of basic music competency and the latest techniques for language reinforcement and second language acquisition. Her passion for research is still alive as she constantly looks for the latest studies related to early childhood development to continue enhancing the classes she offers through Mi Casa Es Tu Casa, a business she founded in 2017 to introduce and reinforce Spanish for parents and children from birth to 5 years old through music and fun dynamics.

"I met Daniela in my neighborhood and later Carolina through children music classes that were offered in the same building that is now exclusively for La Tribu. I was immediately hooked by the idea of a Montessori Spanish immersion school and became involved as an assistant teacher for a little while. At La Tribu, I was able to share insights from my perspective and knowledge as a psychologist and gained an immense amount of knowledge about Montessori’s philosophy as my friendship with both Carolina and Daniela grew. Now that I have initiated my own entrepreneurial path, it is an honor to still be involved with La Tribu as a member of the Advisory Board to be able to support such beautiful and caring school in the areas of psychology and language acquisition."