Don Quixote de la Mancha

Don Quixote de la Mancha is a Spanish/English elementary class at Intercultural Montessori Chicago campus. It is named after the Spanish novel by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, first published in 1605. Don Quixote is considered the most influential work of literature from the Spanish Golden Age and a founding work of modern Western literature.


Dana Inouye Elementary Teacher, English
Ms. Dana has been with Intercultural Montessori since 2011. She started as an Extended Day teacher and substitute. She is now the English teacher in Don Quixote.  Ms. Dana has a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education from Western Governors University and Graphic Design from Northern Illinois University. She has completed her Montessori training from ages 6 to 12 from the Center for Guided Montessori Studies in Lower and Upper Elementary. She is TEFL, and TEFL-C certified from the Teachers College, Columbia University. Also, Ms. Dana taught English in South Korea, China, and Taiwan. She has a passion for teaching and she is dedicated to nurturing each child’s learning journey.  In her free time, she enjoys being in nature, traveling, and photography.
Yolimar Barrientos-Colon Elementary Teacher, Spanish
Ms. Yolimar Barrientos Colon is originally from Puerto Rico. She graduated from Universidad Metropolitana in Bayamon with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education. Ms. Yolimar joined Intercultural Montessori as an Elementary Spanish teacher in 2018. Before joining Intercultural, she had been working as a teacher for 14 years; 11 years in a private school setting and three years in a public school. Ms. Yolimar is very passionate about her work because, through teaching, she can see each child’s creativity. She sees the progress of her students, and that every day, they are more interested in a subject. Helping her students learn about themselves and the world is her continued motivation to work as a teacher.