Guided by the philosophy of revolutionary educator Maria Montessori, who said, “Free the child’s potential, and you will transform him into the world,” Julie Smith guides young minds at Casa De Colores Montessori School. Julie, a NCME-certified teacher, draws on more than two decades of experience with teaching in public, private, and Montessori schools as she encourages children to grow into responsible, engaged human beings. She shepherds her pupils along a path of self-motivated education, rather than falling back on the juice-box bribery and teddy-bear-deprivation cycle that binds the traditional educational system.
Whether they're painting flowers, monarch butterflies, or reproductions of famous Van Gogh paintings, the students at Teresa Fernández's art school learn classic techniques while letting their own unique perspectives shine. As a former university-level art-history teacher and longtime mixed-media artist, Teresa has worked with many students over her career. Today, she helps kids, teens, and adults realize their artistic potential in drawing and painting classes in which they learn to depict light, shadow, and texture.
Maria Chuchena's menus feature contemporary adaptations of traditional Mexican cuisine to enchant plates, mouths, and stomachs. Drop in for lunch or dinner and dive into modern Mexican with an order of La Rosas ($7)—cheese empanadas topped with strawberry and rose petal sauce. Afternoon noshers can snack on beer-battered fish tacos ($7) or trio mixteco ($8, grilled chicken topped with a mixture of adobo, mole verde, and poblano sauces). For dinner, sink your canines into sautéed shrimp enchiladas ($11). Or experience a contemporarily meaty variation on a slow-braised favorite with duck carnitas ($15).
Coronado Fun Cuts Hair Salon’s expert stylists coddle scalps with Redken and L'Oréal products. They put their certification with those products to work when performing an array of hair-pampering treatments. Well-versed in the minutiae of modern hairstyles and techniques, the team offers up a diverse menu of services, from waxing to deep-conditioning services that help hydrate hair and sustain healthy moisture levels more efficiently than installing a head-mounted fountain. The staff also specializes in chromatic makeovers, transforming the hue scheme of hairdos by rendering highlights, lowlights, and all-over-color treatments.
A Texas-certified educator, Alicia Lorena Tamez spent seven years testing numerous reading curriculums on her first-grade students. She balanced teaching with nighttime graduate studies, and, once she earned her master’s degree in reading, drew upon those skills and experiences to start All-Star Readers Learning Center. Along with an expert staff, Alicia runs a preschool program for children aged 18 months to 5 years and an after-school tutoring program for kids aged 5–12. The preschoolers learn a variety of writing styles during lessons at five activity centers, each based on disciplines such as literacy, math, and art. At the after-school program, meanwhile, staffers tailor activities such as mini lessons, independent writing time, and student-teacher conferences around each pupil’s individual needs. Along with the core programs, All-Star Readers Learning Center hosts story time at a local Barnes & Noble every third Saturday of the month, where parents learn useful teaching strategies such as yelling passages of Ulysses very loudly.