Faculty & Staff
Jouveth Shortell is a Venezuelan native and holds a B.A. in Education: Pedagogy Science from the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in Caracas, Venezuela, and a M.A. in Intercultural Service, Leadership and Management from the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont.
Jouveth has taught Spanish in formal, bilingual school settings and in informal tutoring environments. Her passion is promoting multiculturalism, which she does by leveraging experiences from her multicultural background. Jouveth believes firmly that true social change occurs through multicultural experiences leading to acceptance of other-cultural identities and cultural pluralism. A first step towards multiculturalism is the acquisition of a second language which serves as a bridge into a new culture and promotes sensitivity, respect, and a desire for further experience.
Jouveth Shortell has been blessed not only with teaching children Spanish for the past 9 years, but also with the opportunity of raising two bilingual daughters. Her journey of teaching a foreign language began when they were very young. It was an easy and exciting journey since they learned in a practical and natural environment. Jouveth’s daughters were her “Guinea pigs”. She was able to learn first-hand experience what could work or not work when teaching and learning another language. She was also able to practice and improve teachings methods and approach. Having been raised in a Spanish-speaking country, Jouveth consider very important to teach her daughters not just Spanish, furthermore traditions and culture.
Her Journey began in 2009 when Jouveth developed a two year music and movement program called ABC Spanish In Motion. By 2011 Jouveth had produced and recorded eight Spanish seasonal music Cds. Making the music a central part of her curriculum, music that addresses native animals, foods, instruments and of course Caribbean rhythms. Jouveth then turned her passion of education into writing each of the songs in every CD, taking care of every detail of executing and producing every CD. Jouveth considered herself being blessed to have such a great musical team, which include a Berklee instructor, a Berklee graduate, and several vocalist and musicians who both play their Latin-infused rhythms locally and tour other animals.
By 2014, Jouveth had successfully trained a group of 10 wonderful Latin American instructors who were teaching the program in about 40 schools throughout the Boston area. ABC was until then a mobile program. Jouveth felt the need to find the right place to be able to store materials trained instructors and teach her program. And she found a wonderful location in Newton in Massachusetts.
Today, Jouveth embarks in a new entrepreneur adventure, what she calls Spanish Immersion Montessori School, a dream come true! SIMS is the result of a vision and desire to provide an effective Spanish program in a prepared environment that invites learning. Combing 100 + years of proven education with language immersion for cognitive and social benefits.
Jouveth’s passion for cultures is shared today with her two favorite people, her daughter with who she loves spending time traveling, exercising, and listening to Spanish music. Jouveth enjoys practicing meditation, mindfulness and Pilates and of course dancing salsa with friends!!
Jouveth is currently enrolled in the Montessori early childhood teacher preparation course, which leads to Montessori certification under the auspices of the American Montessori Society at the New England Montessori Teacher Education Center (NEMTEC).
Blanca Alsira Alvarez
Director and Lead Teacher
Blanca Alsira Alvarez is a native of Guatemala City, Guatemala and the eldest of five children. A resident of the United States for the last twenty years, she has been a Montessori preschool and toddler educator for the past eleven years.
Following an initial career in accounting, she was drawn to education, beginning as a nanny, graduating from an ESL program, and obtaining a degree in Early Childhood Education from Massachusetts Bay Community College. In July of 2009 Alsira became a trained and certified Montessori Teacher from the American Montessori Society, obtaining an associate and early childhood credentials. Alsira completed practicums in both the LAB School in Wellesley College and the Wellesley Montessori School where she taught for four years. In 2012 Alsira was offered a great opportunity at the Fessenden School, a non-Montessori school in Newton, where she worked with preschoolers and applied Montessori teaching methods.
In 2015 Alsira pursued another opportunity to work with toddlers at the Newton Montessori School and return to a Montessori environment. Currently she is very excited to take the reins of Director and Lead Teacher of Spanish Immersion Montessori preschool. Both inside and outside of the classroom, Alsira is free-spirited, fun and loving. She loves reading, traveling and dancing salsa.
Born, and proud to be raised in Jalisco Mexico. I came from a family of professors, my dad taught at a Master’s degree program and my mom at a PhD degree program. I earned my Bachelors degree in Graphic Design in Mexico and worked 4 years for the children’s museum of my city, “Trompo Mágico”. I was in charge of all the temporary exhibitions.
In 2010 I decided to start a Master program in Arts and Graphic Design in Boston, at Suffolk University. Curiously, all my projects as a designer have been dedicated to children, probably because of the influence of my parents. Simultaneously, while
earning my master, I started working at ABC Spanish in
Motion for a couple of hours, teaching Spanish through
music, movement & art at the after-school programs in different schools around Boston. Upon discovering my love for teaching, I was intrigued by the method created by Dr. Maria Montessori and decided to do my training here in Boston, at New England Montessori Teacher Education Center, where I earned my Montessori Certificate from the American Montessori Society.