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Our Story

My name is Mrs. Ibis Fernando. I am a wife, a mother, and a Montessori Certified Teacher with over 20 years of experience working with young children and families. It has always been a dream of mine to start my own educational program but it wasn’t until 2017, with the support of my husband, Dr. Antonio Fernando, that I was finally able to embark on this journey.

As parents ourselves, we understand that one of the most important and challenging decisions parents must make is choosing a quality preschool for their children. Parents not only have to find a program that is suitable for their children, but they must find options that will lead to a safe, nurturing and learning environment in their local community. We acknowledge the roller coaster of emotions parents go through while leaving their child in someone else’s care. We get it. We understand! With that in mind, we have developed our program with families' best interest at heart. 

We have poured our hearts and souls into designing our educational program here in Upper Macungie Township knowing that it would meet our own requirements and expectations as parents. We want to share our passion for Montessori education and holistic wellness with all of the families and children we serve.

Our goal is to empower each child by challenging his/her intellect, support their development and create an environment that is safe, welcoming and fun. We want to provide children and families with engaging opportunities to create a close-knit school community.


We invite you to contact us, we will be happy to answer any questions you may have and share all of the benefits that Bright Beginnings Montessori Academy has to offer your child and your family.

We hope to see you soon.


Ibis & Antonio Fernando

Organization affiliations and memberships

American Montessori Society

North American Montessori Teachers’ Association (NAMTA)

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