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Dear Classroom 6 Parents,

My name is Maria Gamez and I am the lead teacher guide in Classroom 6.   My staff and I want to welcome new and returning families to the Desert Garden Montessori community and to our Toddler Classroom 6 environment. Since my start at Desert Garden in 2002, I have had a love for the Toddlers. I worked in Classroom 5 as an assistant before taking my training in 2006. I am happy to be a part of this stage of development because of all the exciting moments your children experience. It is my privilege to experience it with them!

We are fortunate to have an amazing group of teachers in Classroom 6 this year. In addition to myself, Ms. Veronica Nurman, Ms. Iris Linnenkugel, and Ms. Anna Fennig will be our assistants.

Toddlers are in a sensitive period for exploration, sensory experiences and learning independence. We are so happy to help and guide them in this journey. The classroom is set up to fill their need for movement and independent thinking.

Parent Orientation is provided for you in video format this year.  Please take a few moments to view this video in full to become familiar with the rhythm and expectations of your child’s classroom.

We are continuing to use our Montessori Compass software system for photos, activity reports, and progress reports.  We will be using regular email for all other parent-teacher communication. You can email me at  In order for us to serve your child during the school day, please allow for a 24-hour turnaround time from teachers.  In case of an emergency, please contact the front office.

As parents in Classroom 6 and a family in the Desert Garden Community, we encourage you to become involved.  Ms. Marquita Elliot is our Classroom 6 home room parent and can serve as a valuable resource for any questions you may have.   Ms. Marquita can be reached at Please also check the right-hand menu of our Classroom page on the website for more information about Classroom 6, including our daily schedule and your child’s supply list.

We also have a private Facebook page for Classroom 6! This page will be utilized for Parent to Parent, Teacher to Parent and School to Parent communication. It is a fun place to build community and communicate with one another.  Please accept our DGM School Account FRIEND REQUEST. If you did not receive one please send a FRIEND REQUEST to our DGM School Account to be INVITED into your child’s PRIVATE Classroom FB page.  We will share photos, ideas and build community within our classroom here.  If you have any questions or concerns please contact Sallie Delfino.

We are very excited to start the new school year and get to know you and your child.

Ms. Maria