Francisco and Mara Castro


University of Arizona Alumni

Francisco - B.S. in Mechanical Engineering

Mara - B.S. in Microbiology and Immunology

Francisco and Mara Castro are both graduates of the University of Arizona.  Francisco received his Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Mara in Microbiology and Immunology.  Mara started her college career as a premed student with goals of becoming a Pediatrician.  Her love of science and children seemed to be a good fit.  She worked in Academic Research as well as in the Private sector in the biomedical field.  However, she discovered her true calling of working with children in the education field after discovering Maria Montessori's method.  She is also a Certified RCB Instructor (Redirecting Children's Behavior).  Francisco has over twenty years of experience in the natural gas and electric utility industry.  His experience includes various leadership roles in engineering, operations and program management.  They have owned and operated Mis Manos Montessori School, since 2011 serving children 18 months to six years old.  It has been their dream to add elementary, middle school and high school grades to their educational offerings since opening Mis Manos. 

Recently, they discovered how Acton Academy is disrupting the education field and wanted to bring this new approach to our community as Tucson Ingenuity Academy (TIA).  We invite you to learn more about the schoolhouse approach and learner driven community by browsing our website and watching the videos. 

Francisco and Mara are very proud of their children Francisco Jr., Diego, Isabella and Camilla.  Both Francisco and Diego are pursuing their B.S. in computer science.  Camilla will be attending TIA in the fall.  They enjoy and appreciate family time and are constantly helping one another achieve their goals and dreams!