LINDA BENITEZ – Co-Director

Longing for a change and bigger and brighter opportunities, I landed in New Mexico in 1997, where my sister, a teacher, had recently relocated and become "enchanted".    My background in Business Administration had led me to a career at a major utility company in Florida, where I managed offices in several departments over the course of 12 years.  Having worked in the corporate world, I was convinced I needed to change direction in my career and was determined to find a place that felt more like home.   As fate would have it, and with my sister's invitation to explore the wonders of the west, I found myself at La Mariposa Montessori and knew instantly I was in just the right place at just the right time.  

I cherish the joy I have found in working with such a dedicated and committed staff and in supporting such an incredible community of students and their families.   Although I was not familiar with Dr. Maria Montessori or her work when I arrived at La Mariposa 20 years ago, the philosophy naturally resonated within me and my understanding and belief in its value to each child fortunate to experience this kind of child-centered education, continues to grow exponentially on a daily basis.    

At La Mariposa Montessori we take great pride in providing a warm and loving environment in which children can grow and learn, and it is my pleasure to share a bit of the Mariposa magic with everyone who enters our door!