Prestonwood Montessori @ ED Walker
March 11, 2022
Dear Prospective Montessori Parents,
Montessori education helps your child develop independence, responsibility, a sense of empathy and social justice, and a lifelong love of learning. Our school fosters a positive and encouraging learning environment designed to meet the needs of the whole child. Students are supported in becoming active seekers of knowledge and responsible for their own motivation to work on their own.
Students on our campus are exposed hands on and diverse learning experiences everyday inside and outside of the classroom. Beautifully designed Montessori materials invite students to engage in learning with all of their senses.
In addition to their class, students experience orchestra, dance, yoga, foreign language studies, the visual arts, gardening, robotics, and coding with specialized instructors during the school day.
We want all students to feel and be successful in their Montessori classroom. We look forward to meeting you, working with your family and welcoming you to our campus community that best serves all of our children.
Learn more about Prestonwood Montessori here.
Ashley Toole (Principal)
Cristina Ibarra (Assistant Principal)
Experiential learning in the garden.
Mindfulness and yoga in Physical Education.
Beautiful Montessori materials intrinsically foster exploration and learning.
If you have received an enrollment offer, please note that action is required to accept or decline your seat by 11:59 PM on Friday, March 25, 2022. If you have questions about your existing application, please reach out to Ms. De Santiago at email@example.com or call the school for support at (972) 502-6500.
Please make sure to share the link below with friends and families. We will start accepting applications for students again on March 25th.
- Learning environments provide uninterrupted 3-hour work cycles
- Students work on their lessons at tables or rugs on the floor
- After the teacher delivers lessons for the day, the students choose in what order to complete their lessons, where to work, and how long to work
- Most instruction takes place in small-group formats
Dual Language in Montessori
In the Dual Language classroom, instruction is provided in Spanish and English. Students also learn and grow by interacting with their peers whose first language is Spanish and/or English.
For accepted students, there will be an additional application and lottery process for a seat in the Dual Language program. Keep an eye out for more information on how to apply to our Montessori Dual Language programs in the near future.
Remember ALL Pre-K students need to also register for DISD Pre-K at www.dallasisd.org/prek in addition to receiving an offer for a seat at Prestonwood Montessori at ED Walker.
Strong Supportive Staff
About the Principal
Ms. Ashley Toole comes to Prestonwood Montessori at E.D. Walker with a strong vision, a proven track record of increasing student achievement, and a commitment to improving educational outcomes for all students. Ashley firmly believes that a great teacher is the number one difference maker for students and that we should equip every student with the skills needed to pursue their passions. She gives and seeks feedback, sets ambitious goals with high expectations, and believes in collaborative decision-making with her teams.
Ms. Toole has been in Dallas ISD for 11 years and believes this public district is doing transformational work for children. She started her career as a special education International Baccalaureate teacher and has served as a math and science instructional coach, Assistant Principal and District Coordinator before becoming a Principal in 2020. Ms. Toole is grateful for each experience that has inspired her leadership mantra: Live and lead with joy, extend trust to staff, students, and community, create sustainable change by building capacity in others, and advocate for our children by choosing courage over comfort every minute of every day.
About the Assistant Principal
Mrs. Cristina Ibarra comes to Prestonwood Montessori at E.D. Walker with a passion for Montessori pedagogy. Cristina is Montessori certified and taught at Dealey Montessori for seven years. She was able to gain experience in the primary (ages 3-6) and lower elementary (ages 6-9) classrooms.
After Dealey, she became an Assistant Principal at Rosemont Schools, a PK-8th Dual-Language campus, where she has led and served the Rosemont community for six years. She knows all genuine learning comes through experiences and is grateful for the learning and relationships built over the years.
Cristina believes that every child is capable of showing growth and we should equip students with the tools to make them successful in and out of the classroom. She is also very passionate about peace education and the social-emotional well-being of everyone.
About the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Instructional Coach
Mrs. Rodney Davis-Gilbert comes to Prestonwood Montessori at E.D. Walker as a Master Educator with a specialization in the Montessori Method. She has served in Dallas ISD for 15 years as a SPED Coordinator, ESL Advocate, Model United Nations Liaison, and Upper Elementary Montessori Teacher. Her two decades of servant-leadership at George B. Dealey Montessori and International Academy have established her as an award-winning educator who is passionate about developing the “whole child”.
Mrs. Gilbert feels it is an honor to be a founding member of this innovative DISD Dual Language Montessori Choice initiative. She looks forward to creatively train, challenge, and inspire ALL educators to improve the work they do for students, their families, and the community. She will work to equip and enable teachers to improve their actions and methods; whether it’s instruction, school climate, leadership, family engagement, or any of the other issues a school faces on a daily basis. She believes a whole child approach, will set the standard for comprehensive, sustainable school improvement and provide for long-term student success for ALL children.
More Information to Follow
In the bi-weekly newsletters like this one from the Prestonwood Montessori @ ED Walker Team you will learn more about:
- Family Mixers - Saturday, April 23rd AM & Sunday, May 1st PM (specific times and more details to come)
- After School Care
- School Uniforms
- PTA/PTO recruitment
- Extracurriculars and clubs
- Staff & Teacher introductions