Alice Casco Wallner

Alice holds a Master of Education from Loyola University Maryland. She also received the Primary Montessori diploma from Association Montessori Internationale (AMI), and the Early Childhood Education diploma from Asuncion, Paraguay.

She worked with children from a young age in her native country (Paraguay), worked as a volunteer in a public Montessori school in Columbia SC, taught at Rock Creek Montessori School in Silver Spring MD, Mater Amoris Montessori School of Ashton and Chesapeake Montessori School of Annapolis. She has over 17 years of experience as a Montessori teacher.

Alice lived in many countries throughout her life, giving her cultural diversity and understanding. She fluently speaks English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian.

Lina Toro

Lina holds a bachelor’s degree in advertising/marketing from Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana in Colombia.

She started her own crochet business and is experienced in teaching sewing and crocheting to children and adults. She is CPR and First Aid certified and has all the required MSDE courses to work as an Aide.

Laura Caceres

Laura is awaiting her bachelor’s degree in social work from Universidad Nacional de Asuncion (Paraguay), Facultad de Ciencias Sociales.

She has worked with children for many years. She is CPR and First Aid certified and has all the required MSDE courses to work as an Aide.


Children of the ages two and a half through six years learn together in our diverse community of no more than 24 students. Students enjoy gaining enthusiasm and confidence by helping and learning from one another. They blossom in an environment that encourages group cooperation blended with individual interests.

Apple Ridge Montessori School admits students of any race, color, national, or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities of the school.