Yvette Montalvo

Director and Instructor
CPR/First Aid Certified
American Montessori Society Certified Teacher

Yvette is a native Spanish speaker. She received her B.A. in Marketing and Spanish from UT Austin. Her studies at UT emphasized cross cultural communications, Spanish literature and language. She has lived and studied in Mexico where she continues to make yearly visits for family reunions and to expand her life education along with that of her students. Her most recent intensive studies were in Monterrey, Mexico where she attended CEM (Centro de Entrenamiento de Montessori) to receive her Montessori training. She has also taken two years of American Sign Language (ASL) of which she incorporates in all her classes to effectively teach Spanish.

Yvette has been teaching children since 1994. She has seen the results of early childhood language education and strongly believes in the importance of learning a second language during a young child’s sensitive periods. She fosters the language development of her students through a holistic linguistic education involving the mind, body and spirit of each child. In order to capture each student’s learning needs, she uses various approaches to teaching through songs, props, visual aids, sign language, literature, hands-on projects and every day natural experiences. The structure of her curriculum allows each child to learn in a comfortable setting and gives each individual a strong framework on which they can grow and develop confidence in speaking and learning a foreign language.

Along with being the Director of Mariposas and Spanish consultant to the Girls School of Austin, Yvette is dedicated to evolving the program’s curriculum and learning materials while continuing to train and support her staff on a monthly basis. She is also a mother, wife, dancer, gardener, gymnast, massage therapist, and world traveler.

Contact Yvette at: [email protected]

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Yvette Montalvo | Mariposas Spanish School

“Ruby wakes up with a special spring in her step on T/Th (Spanish days). Thanks so much for being such a positive force in her learning and life.”

-Melissa, November 2010


“Yvette is a truly gifted (and devoted!) guide and I feel grateful to witness her work with the children.”

-Paige Elizabeth – Upper Elementary Guide, Primavera Montessori


“Thank you for being the most extraordinary “special areas” guide in the whole entire history of the world. You make this so easy.”

-Paige Elizabeth – Upper Elementary Guide, Primavera Montessori