Phone: 972-749-2538


Degrees and Certifications:

Diana Gonzalez

Assistant Principal

Here is a little bit about me. I was born in Mexico and moved to Texas when I was 10 years old. Coming from a different cultural background I had to learn to integrate into a new school and a new cultural environment. I not only was faced with the challenge of learning a new language but also with the challenge of maintaining my language and culture. I was fortunate to have had passionate educators that believed in me. That was one of the reasons I wanted to become an educator. I started working for the Dallas Independent School District as a Bilingual Educational Aid and continued going to college in my spare time. I graduated with my Associates in Science from Community College and recommenced my education with Texas Tech University. After 3 years, I graduated from Texas Tech University with a certification in Bilingual Education. Following my graduation, I got a job as a classroom teacher at the same campus I had been a Paraprofessional at. Being in the classroom setting was very rewarding but I knew I wanted to make a difference at a larger scale and pursued my master’s degree in policy studies and Administration through the University of Texas at Arlington. With my 21 years of experience in Education I am proud to serve as the Assistant Principal at Downtown Montessori Academy and be a part of this outstanding community.


Phone: (972) 749-2537


Degrees and Certifications:

Creda Perryman


 I'm a wife, mother, and proud Nana to Jamere Amaad. I love reading, traveling, shopping, and  real estate. I love to garden and cook with my husband in my free time.

 I'll see you at the top because the bottom is too crowded!

Phone: (972) 749-2505


Degrees and Certifications:

Elma Rios

Montessori Facilitator

Elma Rios has enjoyed working and engaging with children for twenty-five highly successful years as a Montessori teacher in both public and private sectors. Throughout this time, she served as an American Montessori Society Consultant mentoring teachers and aligning state standards with Montessori curriculum in Texas, Washington, and South Carolina.  Additionally, she has helped Montessori schools meet rigorous standards of quality Montessori education through AMS and IMC accreditation.  Ms. Rios holds AMS Elementary I & II certification, Lifetime State of Texas Elementary General Education certification (K-8th grades) and Biology teaching certification (6th-12th grades), as well as a biology degree with focus in immunology and cellular biology.

“I am happy to fulfill my role as Montessori Academic Facilitator/Instructional Coach for Downtown Montessori.  I look forward to working with our fabulous team as we enrich the lives of students and families. I am excited at the prospect of utilizing my experiences in an official capacity to mentor and support our teachers while helping create an authentic Montessori program at DISD’s newest Montessori campus.”

When not in school, you can find Ms. Rios spending time with her family, baking desserts & breads, reading, engaging in outdoor activities, and always learning. 

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