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Rooted Life Montessori's Teachers

Rooted Life Montessori is an academic therapy center designed to help children to fully reach their potential. Our unique therapists bring a variety of expertise to Rooted Life Montessori.

Kathy Machalica

Kathy Machalica - Montessori Academic Coordinator

Owner / RBT / SEE Language Therapy / Search-Teach Language Therapy / Interactive Metronome Therapy / AMS Montessori 3-6 Certification

Kathy Machalica received her Associates of Arts in 2010 while pursuing her degree in teaching. It was during this training to become a traditional teacher that Kathy found Montessori. The gentle discipline, the open-ended learning, the child-led teaching, and the peaceful classroom so captivated Kathy’s heart that it completely changed her path of education. Kathy received her AMS Montessori Early Childhood certification from Shelton Montessori in Dallas, Tx. Through this program, she will also pursue and finish her Bachelor’s in teaching, Fall 2020, and her Masters in Spring 2021.

Kathy and her husband have 4 children ages 4-13. When their 3rd child was born in 2012, they realized the very challenging, confusing, and beautiful path a learning different child will take. It was through this journey within her own family, and the families she connected along that way, that Rooted Life Montessori was conceived, grown and now fully born. Clara’s needs drove Kathy to further pursue purposeful education for the learning different child. After 3 years in the Primary Classroom, she is now dedicating her time as a full time therapist. She is trained as an Academic Language Therapist through Shelton Montessori’s SEE program for dyslexic students age 5-18, Search and Teach language therapist for ages 5-7, Interactive Metronome therapist for all ages, and RBT (Registered Behavior Technician) for all ages. When Kathy is not creating yet another Montessori material, she enjoys learning more about essential oils, her second love. Kathy is a DoTerra wellness advocate and enjoys keeping her kids healthy through the power of prayer, rest and essential oils.


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Debbie Hume - Clinical Coordinator

Debbie Hume is a registered nurse, licensed in Texas and has worked in the area of pediatrics and maternal child nursing in a variety of settings since 1980. She obtained a Master’s Degree in Education with a specialization in learning disabilities from Columbia International University in 2008 and continued further to become a Professionally Certified Educational Therapist with the National Institute for Learning Development. Having an interest in neuroscience she went on to obtain a Master’s Certificate from East Carolina University in biofeedback in 2011. In 2012 she was granted a 10 month internship with the Scottsdale Neurofeedback Institute to be trained in brain mapping and neurofeedback. She is professionally certified through BCIA in Biofeedback and Neurofeedback and obtained certification through the QEEG board as a QEEG Diplomate.

Debbie has been married to her husband Doug for 40 years and they have 3 grown children and 3 granddaughters. She and Doug live in Fort Worth, Texas with their cat named Rani and enjoy theatre, music and great restaurants. At one time, they lived in China for 2 ½ years helping orphan children and then lived in Thailand for 7 years. Debbie was the Director and Clinical Coordinator for the Special Needs Division of an International School in Chiang Mai, Thailand serving children of Christian workers across SE Asia. She currently is on the board of the International Journal of Child Development and Mental Health and is a consultant for the Rajanagarindra Institute of Child Development, Dept. of Mental Health, and Ministry of Public Health assisting them with their neurodevelopment program for the country of Thailand.


Angela Moore, M.ED.

After receiving my BS in Education at Baylor University, I have had the unique opportunity to teach in Texas as a certified teacher, homeschooler, and member of a co-op group for more than 20 years. I completed my Triple Literacy Masters in Education at UTA in 2018, and am also certified as a Reading Specialist as well as Master Reading Teacher. Not only am I a member of several literacy organizations, but I have extensively trained with NILD through their Search and Teach and Rx for Discovery Reading Programs. I have been married since 1997 and live with my husband and 3 daughters in Fort Worth, Texas.


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