Wonderland in Gilbert, Arizona

Wonderland Montessori Academy of Gilbert, Arizona is the first venture of the Wonderland Group, outside the state of Texas, and was inaugurated in the March, 2017. This school serves families of the Gilbert, Mesa and Chandler Arizona communities and the Pre-K curriculum is true to Dr. Maria Montessori’s methodology.

The peaceful and normalized environments allow the child freedom of movement, as well as the confidence to learn, based on their freedom of choice. When children are guided, in place of being ‘instructed’, they learn through the process of self-correction. This in turn builds their confidence, independence and love for learning.

Our certified teachers guide the children with love and compassion. They lead the children from the concrete to abstract, engaging them in a multi-sensorial environment, reinforcing learning and retention of foundational principles that help them excel as compared to their peers from traditional learning environments.


Barbara Gonzales has been working in a Montessori environment for almost three decades, in the Children's House and Toddler environments, and as an administrator. She completed her certification through the American Montessori Society (AMS) in 2001 with an Infant Toddler credential. Barbara also serves as a Field Consultant for two AMS training sites, working with schools to improve their practicum.

A passionate and strong advocate for children, Barbara is a native Arizonan, from a small copper mining community. She enjoys exploring nature, walking, traveling, and is a big professional football and basketball fan, particularly of the San Francisco 49ers and the Phoenix Suns.

Barbara Gonzales - Head of School

Barbara Gonzales
- Head of School

Ada Marie Plaza - Nieves  -  Office Manager

Ada Marie Plaza - Nieves
- Office Manager

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135 S Val Vista Dr,
Gilbert, AZ 85296, USA

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