Nancy Inganni, Head of School


I grew up on a farm in Connecticut and went to a small women’s college in Boston. Between then and now I attended the Boston Museum School, learned to cook at the Cordon Bleu, opened a London business, taught at an after-school program in Boston and a kindergarten in California, got my undergrad and graduate degree at Boston College, and raised five mostly Montessori children. Now I am delighted to head DMA and in my spare time teach English at Antelope Valley College and cat wrangle.

Lucinda Inganni, Administrator and Montessori Practicum Student


Hi there, I'm Lucinda Inganni. I was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts in a large Italian/Swedish family. I attended The Cambridge School of Weston where I received a college-level degree in English/Creative Writing and Art. I also attended the Museum School with a painting major. I moved to California in 1998 and attended University of Redlands. I lived in Los Angeles before discovering DMA and moving to Lancaster. I have one 8-year-old son. We love animals, art, the outdoors and everything Montessori! 


Viviana Hynds, Primary Teacher

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Hello, I'm Ms. Vivi. I have 3 wonderful children and a puppy. I love children and working so close to my own is a dream come true. I grew up in the San Fernando Valley, and my husband and I just bought our first home here in Lancaster! I love being a part of the Desert Montessori team.

Carolina Garcia, Infant Teacher

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Hello, I'm Ms. Caro. I have 3 of my own children and I love having them close to me at DMA. I am so committed to the Montessori Method and I love my time spent in the classroom.

Maria Cardenas, Teacher’s Aide


Hello, I am Ms. Maria. I’ve learned so much here at DMA. I love having the opportunity to teach all these wonderful children.

Tiroma Ekanayake, Primary Teacher

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I am Tiroma Ekanayake. I was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka, and had my O/L and A/L education at St. Johns Girls school in Colombo. After finishing my A/L I joined the Woodlands Montessori Teacher Training Center and earned my Montessori Diploma. I migrated to the United States in 1984 and stated working at Sunflower Montessori. I attended Los Angeles Valley College and UCLA Extension for my Child Development education. I got married in 1985 and have 3 children. In 1992, I moved to the Antelope Valley, and joined DMA in 2000.

Amber Rodriguez, Teacher’s Aide


Hello, I’m Amber! I love being around the children and helping them learn and grow!


Emily Lentini, School-Age Teacher

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Hello all, I am Emily Lentini.  I was born in Hot Springs, AR., but my family moved frequently while my father finished his education.  Eventually my family settled in a small Texas town just outside of Waco where my mother and I owned and operated a magical flower shop for over 20 years.  I moved to CA in 2009 to be with my husband and to finish my undergraduate degree in English and Linguistics.  In the past 8 years, we have had two wonderful girls and have made the Antelope Valley our home.  My oldest daughter has been a student at DMA since 2016. I joined the DMA team in 2017 as a Gessel House teacher and have loved every moment spent teaching your kids!

Emily Avila, Infant Teacher


Hello. My name is Emily Avila. I am so excited to be a part of DMA. I have 3 children of my own, and many years of experience working with children of all ages. I am looking forward to meeting all of you this year.