Debbie Perea was born and raised in northeastern Ohio. She went to college in Springfield Missouri, was married in 1977, bringing her to Colorado for the past 40 years. She has 3 grown children: 2 daughters, 33 (who just got married) and 29 (a Registered Nurse at St. Joseph Hospital) and a son (a Journeyman Electrician) 26 years old. She also has a grandson, 4 years old and the delight of her life. She has been associated with Montessori for 20 years, starting as a paraprofessional at Denison Montessori, then going to Boulder, Colorado to get her Montessori education at Montessori Education Center of the Rockies. She taught 2 more years at Denison, then transferred to teach Montessori at Escuela Tlatelolco Centro de Estudios for the past 13 years. She is delighted to have found a home here at Garden Place Academy.