KATRINA HOLDER – Founder, Director, AMI Elementary Lead Teacher

I was originally inspired to pursue my degree in education by the children from Montessori schools whom I taught 31 years ago at the Santa Fe Ski Basin. I observed that these children possessed a sophisticated sense of independence, self-direction and responsibility that stood out amongst all other children. This initial introduction to Montessori children led me through an in-depth study of schools throughout the country where I was continually impressed and inspired by Montessori’s unique child centered form of education. 

After completing my undergraduate studies at the University of New Mexico in 1987, I went to California to pursue a Master’s Degree. I hold a Pupil Personnel Services Credential, a Community College Teaching Credential and a Master of Arts from the University of San Francisco Department of Education. I went on to complete my Association Montessori Internacionale (AMI) Elementary Teaching Credential in 1990, and soon returned to New Mexico to begin building a Montessori school. 

I created La Mariposa Montessori school with the vision of providing children with an outstanding education in a beautiful and well prepared environment which includes a unique animal husbandry program. My vision is only beginning to emerge. My vision has always included a landscaped campus to be incorporated into our botany study and a photovoltaic system to generate over 100% of our energy and be incorporated into our energy curriculum. After these mile markers are achieved I have more surprises up my sleeve! I’m looking forward to another outstanding year at La Mariposa.