About Us

The Outpost Montessori is a non-profit organization which was created through the efforts of a small group of friends who came together to aid in the development of a school for local children in Loreto. Each team member/advisor had generously offered their expertise in aiding the success of the Outpost Montessori. 

Yadon Family

Melissa Yadon
Project Manager, Directress

A wife and mother of 2 children and currently living in Loreto Mexico. Originally raised in Cabo San Lucas Mexico and Newport Beach Ca.   Attended The Art Institute of Orange County and graduated with a bachelors of science in culinary management. Through an affinity of family, health, wellness and whole foods she is working on bringing together Montessori education and overall lifestyle changes to aid in expanding the education system and options in Loreto. With two young children, the needs of the family and community far exceed the availability in the small expanding town.

Diana Lizeth Rodriguez
AMS Qualified Teacher

Diana did her Montessori training through the American Montessori Society in Tijuana. She is bilingual and has 4 years experience working with children and is excited to be Outpost’s first teacher.


Ashley Wagner
Outpost Montessori Advisor                  

Ashley worked in special needs schools around the globe, before establishing the Little Leaps schools for autism in South Africa. She has recently moved to the United States where she'll be studying an AMI primary qualification at Montessori Institute of San Diego while completing her Masters of Education through Loyola University. She looks forward to working with the Outpost team in aiding the establishment of this important school. 


Susan Kavanaugh
Outpost Montessori Advisor

Susan has worked in the technology industry for over 30 years and has a strong interest in all modes of education and learning. She started her career at IBM as a Systems Engineer, and moved to Microsoft where she served as a Corporate Account Executive supporting key customers Defense, Airline, Aerospace & Technology companies. Susan holds a Bachelors in Business Administration with a minor in Computer Science from Loyola Marymount University in L.A.  Susan has served on the Board of Directors for many private schools including a Pre-school in Huntington Beach, a High School in San Juan Capistrano and the Diocese of Orange School Board and has consulted with other non-traditional private schools over the last decade, including those in Montessori education.


Frank Kavanaugh
Outpost Montessori Advisor


Jesse McCarthy
Outpost Montessori Advisor


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