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.


Areli Carrillo Elementary Teacher, Spanish
Ms. Areli Carrillo will be entering her seventh year at Intercultural.  She has a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Literary and Cultural Studies from Occidental College in Los Angeles, CA.  Ms. Areli has worked as a bilingual teacher in both California and Illinois.  Ms. Areli has a Montessori Elementary I-II certification for children 6-12 years.  As an elementary lead teacher, Ms. Areli hopes to foster a sense of community and trust with her students and parents.  Her passion is helping students develop who they are not just intellectually but also as a whole child. She loves Spanish literature and traveling to other Spanish speaking countries.
Dana Inouye Elementary Teacher, English
Ms. Dana has been with Intercultural Montessori since 2011. She started as an Extended Day teacher and substitute. Now on her third year, she is 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 9 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 dedicated to nurturing each child’s learning journey.  In her free time, she enjoys being in nature, traveling, and photography.