Phone: (972) 749-2513


Degrees and Certifications:

Tabitha Preston

My name is Tabitha Preston and I am honored and humbled that I have been selected to be the new principal of Downtown Montessori at Ida B. Wells Academy. My greatest accomplishment is being a wife and mother to three wonderful children…my first teaching experience. I attended undergraduate school at Prairie View A&M University and received a Bachelors of Science Degree in Elementary Education in 1997. Next, I earned my Master of Education Degree in Educational Administration from Concordia University in 2008.

My teaching experience began in Aldine ISD and eventually led me to the Dallas Independent School District. My first teaching job in Dallas ISD was in 2005 at Charles Rice Learning Center where I taught 6th grade, and then Sidney Lanier Elementary Vanguard for the Expressive Arts, where I taught 4th grade. Prior to acquiring this new position, I have served in the role of Assistant Principal at W.W. Bushman Elementary, Clinton P. Russell Elementary, Harry Stone Montessori Academy an International Baccalaureate World School – MYP and Frederick Douglass STEM Academy.

Being an educator is truly rewarding and gives me a sense that I am making the world a better place - one student at a time. My goal is to encourage my students to pursue their dreams and discover their strengths and talents, so that they can believe in themselves the way that I believe in them. It is my charge to ensure that our children are blooming with TALL possibilities.


Presentando a la Sra. Tabitha Preston

Mi nombre es Tabitha Preston y me siento honrada y humilde de haber sido seleccionada para ser la nueva directora de Downtown Montessori en Ida B. Wells Academy. Mi mayor logro es ser esposa y madre de tres hijos maravillosos ... mi primera experiencia enseñando. Asistí a la escuela de pregrado en Prairie View A&M University y recibí una Licenciatura en Ciencias en Educación Primaria en 1997. Luego, obtuve mi Maestría en Educación en Administración Educativa de la Universidad de Concordia en 2008.

Mi experiencia en enseñanza comenzó en Aldine ISD y finalmente me llevó al Distrito Escolar Independiente de Dallas. Mi primer trabajo de maestra en Dallas ISD fue en 2005 en Charles Rice Learning Center, donde enseñé en sexto grado, y luego en Sidney Lanier Elementary Vanguard for the Expressive Arts, donde enseñé en cuarto grado. Antes de adquirir este nuevo puesto, ocupé el puesto de subdirector en W.W. Bushman Elementary, Clinton P. Russell Elementary, Harry Stone Montessori Academy y International Baccalaureate World School - MYP y Frederick Douglass STEM Academy.

Ser un educador es realmente gratificante y me da la sensación de que estoy haciendo del mundo un lugar mejor, un estudiante a la vez. Mi objetivo es animar a mis alumnos a perseguir sus sueños y descubrir sus fortalezas y talentos, para que puedan creer en sí mismos de la forma en que yo creo en ellos. Es mi deber asegurarme de que nuestros hijos estén floreciendo con ALTAS posibilidades.

Phone: 972-749-2538


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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. 

Imagine and Visualize Consciously

Be mindful of your thoughts, for thoughts become words, Be mindful of your words, for words become actions, Be mindful of your actions, for actions become habits, Be mindful of your habits, for habits become values, Be mindful of your values, for your values become your destiny. ~Ancient Philosophy



Degrees and Certifications:

Andrea Marino

Reading Interventionist