Charly Montano
Teacher - After School

 For as long as Charly can remember, he has been traveling with his family. His dad is a Preacher that was born and raised in Bolivia, South America. His dad taught his mom, older sister Carlena, younger brother Caleb, and him how to sing and play some instruments native to Bolivia. His Family’s ministry has consisted of singing both contemporary songs and Native Andean music, as well as playing along with a few instruments. The first time Charly rode a plane into another country was when he was 2 years old in December of 2000, and since then has traveled to over 40 countries and 38 states of the United States of America. In 3rd grade, Charly became a part of a church puppets team that performs christian educational programs in local elementary schools nursing homes and churches. He decided to stick with that ministry for the next 3 years and in 7th grade, became a teacher in the same class for new elementary school puppeteers. His sister and brother both had similar experience with puppets, so they added a puppet ministry to their family’s ministry. 

Charly was homeschooled for all of his life due to all the traveling his family did. He graduated highschool in 2016 and began attending Tarrant County College. Up until today he has been a singer, musician, puppeteer, teacher, counselor, and mentor. 

After looking back on his life and seeing all the ways he was able to help other school aged kids with just the limited knowledge of his teenage self. He then knew that with more education, he could refine his skills and be more effective at helping youth. Upon that realization He committed himself to make Student Ministry his profession. Charly began working at Fortress in 2018 and is currently working on his Associates of Arts and to obtain his bachelor’s degree in psychology.