Alicia Ramirez (She/Her)

Tots 3 Lead Guide
Hello Athena families! 

I began my journey at Athena in the Summer of 2020 as a Tots Assistant Guide and have loved it ever since. I admire the strong sense of love and dedication shared between the staff towards giving these kiddos the most quality Montessori experience possible. I have greatly enjoyed creating relationships with the students and celebrating big and small wins. Their joy is contagious and I come in every morning genuinely excited to share the day with them. 

I have worked at Athena as an Assistant Guide, Support Guide, and last year I was the Lead Guide for the After School Program. This year I am extremely grateful to be the Lead Guide in Tots 3. I am in the process of receiving my Montessori certification from The Center for Guided Montessori Studies and I am eager to bring what I am learning into my classroom. I have always had a passion for working with children but now I have a more rich understanding of how to best support them during this stage of development.  

At a young age I was crowned as the built-in babysitter for my large family. I have always enjoyed being in the presence of children. I learn so much about taking risks and being overjoyed to just exist in the world. From 2017-2019 I spent some time traveling and teaching English in Zambia, Thailand, and Cambodia. From that, I grew a passion for celebrating one's differences and I strive to pass that along to your children. No matter where I was in the world I was always drawn to children and the vast lessons they have to offer. 
Prior to working at Athena I did after school care for Mathews Elementary School and worked on the crisis hotline for S.A.F.E Austin. I was born and raised in Austin and love to explore the constantly changing city. In my free time I am a Ballet Folklorico instructor in East Austin, I enjoy roller skating downtown, and am always up for cuddles from my dog, Cooper!
I am honored to be a part of this community and a part of your children's journeys.