Beth is the founder and Executive Director of MacDonald Montessori. She started in March 1986. "The Infant and Toddler centers and Preschools of Reggio Emilia, Italy have been a constant source of inspiration to me and the life of Macdonald Montessori School. The educator from Reggio Emilia, in particular Amelia Gambetti and the other educators in our country inspired by this approach have supported us in our journey to envision a deeper, richer, more powerful image of children, parents and teachers. The collaboration of all three of these protagonists-children, parents and teachers have created a school that welcomes, encourages and sustains love, learning and creativity."

Beth MacDonald

Executive director

Amy started working at MMS in 2011.  Amy has experience working with children of all ages in center based and home based childcare. Amy works with all the infant classrooms at MacDonald Montessori School as a classroom teacher. Amy also serves as the Infant Program Coordinator working to support educators in developing classroom environments and materials, in project work, in documenting the learning, and in promoting partnerships with families. 

Amy Strunk

Infant coordinator

Kari joined MacDonald Montessori School in February of 2019. Kari has been in the field of education and family support services since 1992. Kari has a Montessori certification for preschoolers, a Bachelor's in Early Childhood Education and a graduate certificate in Infant Studies. Kari has previous experience working with all age groups in Early Childhood Education as a teacher in multiple different educational organizations. 

Kari Austin

Preschool

Melanie began working at MacDonald Montessori School in August 2020. Melanie is in the process of obtaining an Associate in Education. She has previous experience working with toddlers as a childcare teacher and as an after school and summer school age teacher. 

Melanie Woods

Support

Rachel joined MacDonald Montessori School in August 2020. Rachel has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Science Education and Middle Level Education. Rachel has previous experience working with children aged pre K through 12th grade. She has worked as a substitute teacher, a middle school Language Arts teacher, as a summer school instructor and as an after school tutor.

Rachel Knudtson

Preschool

Sophie joined MacDonald Montessori School in August 2020 and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Developmental Psychology with a Minor in Family Social Science from the University of Minnesota. Sophie has previous experience with children of all ages as an intern at a child care center in Berlin, as a nanny, and as a volunteer at a Montessori school and a children’s hospital. 

Sophie Mazullo

Toddlers

Liz has worked at MacDonald Montessori School since September 1999. Liz has worked as a classroom teacher with Infants, Toddlers and Preschool aged children. Currently, Liz is the School Coordinator, she works directly with parents. Liz oversees enrollment, licensing, staffing and overall organization of our school. 

Liz Watzl

School coordinator

Jojo joined MacDonald Montessori School in December 2019. Jojo has a Bachelor of Arts in International Trade from Anhui Polytechnic University in Wuhu, Anhui, China. Jojo has previous experience with children as a Chinese Language teacher at an International School in the Twin Cities area.

Jojo Roach

Infants

Nicole joined MacDonald Montessori School in August 2016. Nicole has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Child Psychology from the University of Minnesota and holds a Montessori Training Certificate from North American Montessori Center.  Nicole has previous experience as a teacher working with children of all ages.

Nicole Bredenberg

Toddler coordinator

Hannah began working at MacDonald Montessori School in February 2019. Hannah has previous experience working in childcare as a nanny, an in-home childcare assistant, and as a director for school age musical theater productions.

Hannah Kuduk

Toddlers

Rollie joined MacDonald Montessori in the summer of 2018. Rollie has previous experience working with children as a childcare assistant teacher and has worked with all the age groups at MacDonald Montessori. Rollie has a Masters degree in Speech and Language Pathology. 

Rollie Imoto

Support

Paige has worked at MacDonald Montessori School since May of 2013.  She has worked as a classroom teacher with Infants and Toddlers.   Currently, Paige is the Financial Coordinator. She oversees payroll, billing, employee benefits and overall organization of our school. 

Paige MacDonald

Financial coordinator

Robyn began working at MacDonald Montessori in August 1999. Robyn has experience working with infants  through preschool age children. Robyn has a Bachelors of Arts in Child Development and Early Childhood Studies. 

Robyn Spicer

Infants

Lyn joined MacDonald Montessori School in August 2019.  Lyn has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications with a Minor in Business from Purdue University. She also holds a Masters of Management degree with a concentration in Sustainable Business from Aquinas College in Michigan. Lyn has previous experience working with children of all ages as a Paraprofessional, a teacher, and as a home-Based Facilitator for head Start.

Lyn Wolf

Toddlers

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Abby Kriese

Toddlers

Gina began working at MacDonald Montessori in October 2009. Gina has a B.F.A. in Photography from the Art Institute in Minneapolis and enjoys exploring all artistic medias, particularly painting and drawing. Gina also holds a Montessori Training Certificate from North American Montessori Training Center. Gina has previous experience working with children of all ages as a nanny.

Gina Heldberg

Toddlers

Lori Joined MacDonald Montessori School in 2007. Lori has worked as a classroom teacher in the toddler, and preschool programs, as well as on the Collaboration Team at MacDonald Montessori School.  Lori has previous experience working with all ages of children in various childcare settings, and has studied Child Psychology at the University of Minnesota. Currently, Lori is member of the Administration team and the Program Coordinator for the Toddler program working to support educators in developing classroom environments and materials, in project work, in documenting the learning, and in promoting partnerships with families. 

Lori ScottRussell

Preschool coordinator

Malorie joined MacDonald Montessori School in June 2019. Malorie has a background in Psychology and has previous experience working with children as a child care teacher and as a behavioral therapist. She has worked with children ranging in age from 1-10 years old.

Malorie McColley

Infants

Kris joined MacDonald Montessori School in October of 2018. Prior to joining the MMS Team, Kris worked for Clemson University’s College of Education. He earned an MEd in counselor education and holds a BA in history and philosophy from Clemson.

Kris Taylor

Infants

Karen started working at MMS since 2007.  Karen has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Ceramics. Karen has previous experience working with children as an Early Childhood teacher at the YMCA. Karen has worked as a classroom teacher in the toddler and preschool programs, as well as on the collaboration Team at MacDonald Montessori School. Currently Karen is the Expressive Languages Coordinator working to strengthen the use of expressive materials used by children and adults and supporting the teachers in all nine classrooms.

Karen Potyondy

Studio coordinator

Jess joined MacDonald Montessori School in August 2019. Jess has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Communications and English from the University of St. Thomas. Jess has previous experience with children ages 1-15 as an English teacher and tutor. She has also worked with children as an Assistant Teacher at a Montessori School and as a teacher at a creative engineering camp. 

Jess Vetter

Preschool

Marley began working at MacDonald Montessori School in July 2019. Marley has experience working with children of all ages as an early childhood assistant teacher, as a classroom supervisor for middle school children and as a musical director for high school age children.

Marley Richie

Toddlers

Bailey joined MacDonald Montessori School in November of 2018. Prior to joining our community, Bailey worked as an Assistant at a school age care program, as a Literacy tutor, and as an Assistant Testing Coordinator. Bailey has a Bachelor of Science in English, with a Literature Emphasis and a Professional Writing Minor from University of Wisconsin, River Falls. Bailey also holds a Montessori Training Certificate from North American Montessori Training Center. 

Bailey Milligan

Preschool

Erin began working at MacDonald Montessori in February 2020. Erin has a BA in Environmental Studies with a Minor in French and Francophone Studies from Earlham College in Richmond IN. Previously, Erin has worked with children as an outdoor camp instructor, leading activities such as archery, nature hikes and kayaking. She has also worked as a Conservation Education Intern where she assisted and lead school groups on themed based walks in the Conservancy, conducted visits with children in grades 3-5 regarding environmental awareness and volunteered in elementary classrooms assisting in lessons on farming and food.  

Erin Stone

Infants

Brady attended MacDonald Montessori as a child and began as an employee in June of 2017. Brady has experience working with all ages groups at MMS. Currently, Brady attends college and is interested in studying Psychology.

Brady MacDonald

School age

Aleena started at MacDonald Montessori School in May of 2017. Aleena has a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Minnesota. Prior to working at MacDonald Montessori School, Aleena has experience working with children from infancy through preschool in various settings including nature preschool programs, after school programs, and nannying.

Aleena Choudhry

Infants

Ruth has been working at MacDonald Montessori with infants since 2013.  Ruth has a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Photography from the College of Visual Arts. 

Ruth Abend

Infants

Caitlyn joined MacDonald Montessori School in June 2017. Caitlyn graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelors degree in English. Caitlyn has experience working with children from infancy through high school, as a nanny, a city recreation leader, and a special education basketball coach.

Caitlyn Truhler

Infants

Anna Joined MacDonald Montessori School in February 2020.  Anna has a BA in Psychology from Bethel University. Anna’s previous experience working with children comes from leading a summer program for children in grades k-8, and as a homework tutor.

Anna Martin

Toddlers

Brianna joined MacDonald Montessori School in October2018. Brianna has a Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Music Education (K-12). Brianna has previous experience working with children infant - preschool as an early childhood music enrichment specialist. 

Brianna Kurkowski

Preschool

Tara is a graduate of the College of Visual Arts with a BFA degree in the Teaching Artists program with an emphasis on Illustration. Tara joined MacDonald Montessori in January of 2015. Tara has worked with Preschoolers and Toddlers and as a studio teacher supporting the expressive languages. 

Tara Jones

School age

Anna started at MacDonald Montessori School in 2013. She has worked with all the age groups of children at MMS as a member of the Collaboration Team. Anna graduated from Cornell College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education in 2006 and has previously taught music in public and charter schools in Chicago and Minneapolis. Anna also holds a Masters of Arts in Education with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education.

Anna Wieser

Collaboration team

Brittany has been teaching at MacDonald Montessori School since March of 2015.  Brittany has a Bachelor of Science in Art Education from Minnesota State University-Mankato. Brittany has also completed a Preschool Montessori Training program through North American Montessori Training Center. Brittany has experience working with children ages 3-12 as a preschool and Kindergarten teacher and also as a Private Art Lesson instructor. 

Brittany Hauser

Preschool

Amy has been a teacher since 2003 in Saint Paul and taught Language Arts and art to students K-8th.  Amy joined MacDonald Montessori School in July of 2016. Amy is also a professional artist and shows her work at the AZ Gallery in Lowertown, Saint Paul. Amy has a BA in Liberal Arts from Metropolitan University and a Masters in Education from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.

Amy Clark

Collaboration Team

Julia joined MacDonald Montessori School in August 2020. Julia has a Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education. Julia has practicum experience in both general and special education at the elementary and middle school level, as well as in transition age settings. Julia is also experienced in American Sign Language. 

Julia Baldwin

Preschool

Julia began working summers at MacDonald Montessori School in 2018 as a support teacher working with all the age groups. Julia also has experience working with preschool and school aged children as an intern at the Minnesota Children’s Theater.

Julia ScottRussell

Toddlers

Connor began working at MacDonald Montessori School in November 2019. He has experience working with all the age groups at MacDonald Montessori School. Connor is currently taking classes towards pursuing a career in law enforcement. 

Connor MacDonald

Support

Hannah started at MacDonald Montessori School in August 2020. Hannah has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Hamline University. She has previous experience working with children of all ages as a nanny and as a Reading Volunteer at a local elementary school.  

Hannah Mayhew

Preschool

Leah joined the MMS Community in June of 2009. Leah’s background is in Child Development from St. Paul College. Leah has experience working with children from infancy through school age and has worked in all of the age groups at MacDonald Montessori School.

Leah Golden

Support

Jonnie joined MacDonald Montessori School in September 2020. Jonnie has a Certificate Child Development Associates credential. Jonnie has previous experience as an early childhood teacher working with toddler and preschool aged children. She has also worked as an early childhood curriculum coordinator helping teachers implement new curriculum. 

Jonnie Dresden

Collaboration Team

Courtney joined MacDonald Montessori in September 2020. Courtney is in the process of pursuing an Associates of Arts degree and then furthering her education to become an elementary education teacher. Courtney's previous experience with children include babysitting and being a teacher's aide at a Montessori school where she worked with infants through preschool aged children.

Courtney Boehmer

Support

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