Phone: (972) 749-2500


Degrees and Certifications:

Dr. Janie Ortega

I am currently serving as the Interim Principal of Downtown Montessori.  I come with a wealth of experience as a principal.

I have served as principal of a K-5 in San Antonio, a K-8 in Boston and,  prior to working in the Office of School Leadership, 9-12 at Adamson High School in Dallas. I have also served in a few central office roles.  Currently I am a principal in the Office of School Leadership.

I am here to serve as long as needed and am committed to the Montessori philosophy adopted by DMA. In the meantime, do not hesitate to call or send a message at


Janie Ortega, Ph. D.

Interim Principal

(Until June 18th)

Phone: (972) 749-2510


Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Ada N. Llanos-Connell

Assistant Principal

Ada Llanos started her career in the military serving the US Army. She went on to receive her Bachelor’s in Media Communications from Hunter University and Master’s of Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University. She currently holds certifications in Administration, General Education EC-6 and Special Education EC-12.  She has taught ESL, 2nd grade, Special Education (both on the high school and elementary level) and has served as a district Special Education Reading Coach for Corpus Christi ISD where she worked with over 30 campuses. She came to Dallas in 2018 and has served the district as a Special Education Teacher/ Section Leader for  Mata Montessori Elementary school.  She proudly serves the Downtown Montessori campus as the Assistant Principal. Ada currently lives in Dallas with her husband and six-year-old daughter. She will begin her Montessori Leadership training in the fall of 2020.