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."
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.
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.
Elizabeth joined MacDonald Montessori School in April 2021.Elizabeth has a degree in Communication Sciences from Don Bosco University in San Salvador, El Salvador. Elizabeth has previous experience as a Preschool Teacher at a Spanish immersion school.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Veronica started working at MacDonald Montessori School in July 2021. Veronica has an Associates in Early Childhood Development from Minneapolis Community Technical College. She has previous experience working with children as an aide and as an assistant teacher at a previous child care center. She also has a background working for CA State Parks in a variety of roles.
Hannah began working at MacDonald Montessori School in July 2021. Hannah has a Bachelor’s in Directing and Performing Arts. Hannah has previous experience working with middle school aged children on various theater productions.
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.
Katrine began working at MacDonald Montessori School in July 2021. Katrine has a CDA (Child Development Associates) and has previous experience working with children as a Nanny, a Swim Instructor and as a Teacher in previous child care centers.
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.
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Brenan started working at MacDonald Montessori School in May 2021. Brenan has a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology and Intercultural Studies from Bethany Global University and has previous experience working with children as both a Nanny and as an Assistant teacher at a previous Montessori School.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Monica began working at MacDonald Montessori School in February 2021. Monica has previous experience working as an Assistant Teacher in other Early Childhood Education centers with children infants through preschool. Monica is a certified Doula and has a background in Early Childhood Education.
Tori began working at MacDonald Montessori School in July 2021. Tori has a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and a Minor in Cancer Biology from Canisius College in Buffalo, NY. She has previous experience working with children as a Secondary Science Education Volunteer with the Peace Corps at Sierra Leone school in West Africa. While there she also spent time interacting with the young children in the village.
Sierra joined MacDonald Montessori School in June 2021. Sierra has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Game and Design from the Art Institute of Austin. Sierra has worked as a Concept Artist, Illustrator, and Designer teaching concepts to children and adults through interactive games.
Brianna joined MacDonald Montessori School in October 2018. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Isabel began working at MacDonald Montessori School in June 2021. Isabel is pursuing an Associates Degree in Social Science. She has previous experience working with children as a babysitter and at a church day care.
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 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.
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.