Ivonne Montaño is a Mexican-American who was raised in Minnesota. Her family immigrated from Chihuahua, Chihuahua, México when she was between the ages of 4-6. Her family hardships and personal experiences with racism as an immigrant and as a Spanish speaker propelled Ivonne to become a teacher and an advocate for children who are multilingual and for the Latino Community.
Ivonne is a veteran who served in the United States Army for 8 years. She joined the Army when she was 17 years old, and deployed to Afghanistan when she was 19 years old. During her Afghanistan deployment of 2 years, she met her husband in a small COP (combat out post). A year would pass before they would meet each other again in the United States and begin their journey towards being married and welcoming their eldest child Esperanza.
Mrs. Montaño and her family lived in Italy for 3 years due to her husband receiving military orders to serve there. During this time, Ivonne began her journey in the education field as a Special Education Paraprofessional in the Moderate to Severe classroom. This specific experience would propel Ivonne to work in the Special Education field for the next 8-9 years. Additionally, upon her family returning to the United States and getting assigned to Colorado, Ivonne would work with an organization specifically tailored to work with military families and their child(ren) who have special needs. The organization specialized in ABA (applied behavior analysis), which involved in-depth mentoring and training in order to work and support the children.
During this time period, Ivonne began her journey to seek her teaching license in Special Education. While attending university, one of her classes required to observe different educational philosophies and write multiple papers on that school. One of the schools she observed was a Waldorf School located in Manitou Springs, which would divert Ivonne’s Bachelor’s Degree into seeking and training towards Waldorf certifications.
Ivonne is a mother to two children; her daughter Esperanza ( 9 years old) and her son Noel (4 years old). Both Ivonne and her husband have PTSD due to their military deployments, thus, she is a strong advocate for mental health, supporting veterans and organizations that revolve around aiding PTSD.
Mrs. Montaño enjoys working with her hands as this is a coping mechanism for her PTSD. She enjoys crocheting, knitting, weaving, needle punching, macramé, wood working, and much more. She enjoys long distance running, but does this sparingly due to a spine fracture two years ago. Her mantra she lives by is, “treat others how you want to be treated”.