In the past months our email list has exponentially grown. It occurred to me that all these prospective attendees may not know what to expect or may not know what makes The Butterfly Joint so special. If you or your child are new to The Butterfly Joint community and have yet to attend a camp or class, I would like to formally welcome you! 

Firstly, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Danny Montoya  and I am a credentialed early-childhood educator with more than a decade of experience in the classroom (7 years as a first grade teacher and 5 years in K). I am a life-long educator who entered the profession at the ripe age of 20 and my yearning to focus on early childhood education was a direct result of my personal experiences as a student.

My goals as a teacher are centered around socialization and creating a positive learning environment which encourages personal responsibility, confidence, independence and resiliency in students. The most important piece of ensuring this happens is our focus on reinforcing manners and teaching the concept of "being polite". I would hope at this point, The Butterfly Joint is known as much for teaching manners and personal responsibility as it is for teaching woodworking to kids!

Another aspect that sets us apart is that this is an owner-operated business. That means, when you call, you speak with me. When you email, it is me who responds. When your child attends a class or camp, it is me instructing them! In my opinion, this creates a consistency and quality in our offerings that many other competitors lack.

I can assure you, The Butterfly Joint is an experience unlike any other. I take great pride in the fact that we are not simply here to babysit -- we are here to educate. I take child development extremely seriously and my greatest hope is that it is apparent in the work we do here. Ultimately, we are a community and are charged with raising one another's children along with our own. And with all that said, I am happy to welcome you and your family to The Butterfly Joint community!     

-Danny Montoya (Founder/Lead Instructor)