Tonia has been a Children’s House Guide since 2004 when she graduated from the Montessori Training Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. She has had the joy of working in private, charter, and public Montessori schools in Minnesota and California. Tonia was drawn to Montessori because of the respect that it shows for the child. Today she draws inspiration from the ways that children in the Children’s House learn inter and independence.
Upon entering Portland Montessori School, she immediately felt the warmth of community and is excited to know the children and families. When she met Daisy and Percy, Tonia knew that this was the right place for her, as she had once had a beloved pet male rabbit named Daizy.
Tonia, her husband Xavier, 1 year old Wesley, and Labrador retriever Duke, love living in Oregon because of the ocean, trees, mountains, and proximity to family. Tonia and her family enjoy hiking, dog parks, playing in the dirt, trying new foods, and learning about ocean creatures.