Our Team

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St. Vrain Community Montessori School educators are known as “Guides.” Each classroom has a Lead Guide and a Guide. Two of our larger classrooms have a Lead Guide plus two Guides.


All Guides provide a warm, nurturing, and safe environment where self-direction is enhanced, independence is encouraged, and individuality is respected. Guides meet the academic, social, emotional, and physical needs of both the individual and the group in the classroom environment.


Consistent with federal and state laws, Lead Guides must be “Highly Qualified.” As such, Lead Guides hold at least a Bachelor’s degree and demonstrate subject matter competency in all core academic areas they teach.


All Lead Guides are either Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) or American Montessori Society (AMS) credentialed for Primary, Lower Elementary, or Upper Elementary.


Combined, the SVCMS faculty possesses over 100 years of Montessori teaching experience.

Maryel Adams, Aspen
This is my seventh year at SVCMS and my fifth as Lead Guide in Aspen. I received my degree from the University of Colorado and my Montessori certification through the Montessori Education Center of the Rockies. I began my work as a Guide under Betsy Hoke before taking a "break" to have and homeschool my four children. I'm drawn to the way math is taught in Montessori, as the concrete materials make the concepts to accessible to children. I love spending time with family that lives nearby.
Kate Brown, Movement
I joined SVCMS this year as the Assistant Movement Guide in Lower Elementary. I really enjoy working with children. I also coach competitive youth soccer. Watching children develop a love of movement and exercise is so rewarding. I hold a BS in Journalism Graphics, with a minor in English, from Ball State University. I enjoy soccer (watching, coaching and playing), reading, creative writing, graphic design, and camping with my family.
Zoe Bulick, Willow Northeast
Jessica Chervenak, Blue Spruce
This is my eighth year as Lead Guide in Blue Spruce. It is my 18th year as a Montessorian, having received my credentials in 2003 from Houston Montessori Center. I really enjoy presenting any lesson that inspires a child to learn more. I enjoy hiking, running, knitting, and spending time with my two teenage children.
Kandice Cook, Willow South
Gwenevere Davis, Special Education
I was a founding faculty member & a founding parent at SVCMS. My first 2 years were as a classroom guide, then as a substitute for many years. I have worked as a classroom guide & as an office manager, in Chicago and Boulder. I attended Northwestern University & in 1993 moved to CO to take the 3-6 training at MECR. I love hanging out with my boys, throwing parties, & playing cards with friends. I also love flower arranging & making things beautiful!
Stacy Eisenberg, Literacy
I joined SVCMS in 2015 as an Upper Elementary Guide. My favorite Montessori work is grammar symbolization because of the witty debate that it fosters. My previous professional experience includes teaching ESL and reading for Denver Public Schools. I hold a BA in Literature/Writing and a Montessori elementary Diploma. I enjoy underwater hockey, freediving, and vegetarian cooking.
Carl Feitler, Blue Spruce
I joined SVCMS in 2008 as a founding parent and volunteer. After several years as a substitute, I became part of the full time staff in 2017 as a guide in Blue Spruce. I enjoy reading, cooking, fiber arts, playing games, fencing, and singing.
Barb Fox, Evergreen
I joined SVCMS in 2017. Following 4 years as Director of Operations for the first public charter Montessori program in Ohio, I embraced the call of the Rocky Mountains and my passion of working with young adolescents. I have a BA in Chemistry, an AMI Primary Montessori teaching certificate, training in AMI/NAMTA Orientation to Adolescent Studies, and 9 yrs teaching in a Montessori MS in GA. I love sailing, hiking, cross-country skiing, and everything related to good food!
Eva Freeman, Aspen
I joined SVCMS in 2018 in the Aspen room. My favorite Montessori work is the Golden Beads, as it is such a beautiful, concrete, and precise representation of the decimal system. I graduated from Naropa University with an Interdisciplinary Studies degree focusing on contemplative education and psychology, dance / movement studies and yoga. I completed my Montessori Training at MECR in 2004. I enjoy live music, moving my body, being outdoors, and somatic meditation.
Heidi Genty, Willow Northeast
This is my sixth year as Lead Guide in Willow North. After teaching for 12 years in a traditional classroom, I converted to the Montessori method and completed my training at the Montessori Education Center of the Rockies in August 2014. Most of the Montessori materials fascinate me, but my current favorite is Test Tube Division because I finally understand it well enough to teach it. I enjoy spending time with my husband, Marc, our three wonderful daughters, and our two granddaughters.
Laura Godt, Ponderosa
I’ve wanted to be a teacher since I was ten years old, and after navigating life’s many detours, I am in my second year as a Lead Guide in Ponderosa. I’ve had the good fortune to work in Montessori classrooms as a guide or substitute (including working with Kim in Conifer last year) since 2010. I am AMS certified in both Lower and Upper Elementary and hold a Colorado Elementary Teacher’s License. I am absolutely thrilled to be a part of the SVCMS community and look forward to getting to know you
Kate Goss, Upper Elementary
I joined SVCMS as an Oak guide, established Conifer, and then started the UE program–my definite home. My favorite Montessori moments are Science lessons, observing students in spirited discussions around their work, and seeing the independence of students running Upendo. My Montessori background includes Elementary I and II certification. Previously, I worked in biochemical research. On any given weekend you can find me hiking, at the farmer's market, or enjoying a cup of coffee downtown.
Suzi Gruber, Library
I joined SVCMS as Communications Manager in 2016. My favorite Montessori works are the Peace curriculum. I love to see older students use and build upon their earliest lessons of Grace and Courtesy! My previous experience includes freelance writing, editing, and information design. I have an MLIS from San Jose State University and a BA in Literary Studies from Simon's Rock College. I love to read, garden, knit, and explore the outdoors with my family and our dogs.
Charlie Hickman, Ponderosa
I have been a Guide at SVCMS for eight years and have been teaching for 12 years. I studied pedagogy and art at Fort Lewis College and at the Montessori Education Center of the Rockies. My favorite Montessori works are the stories of the "Great Lessons" and how they throw open the doors of the universe for children to explore all other areas of the curriculum. I live with my wife, our eight-year-old son, a tortoise, several chickens, and the neighbor's cat.
Jamie Jurkovich, Communications
I joined SVCMS in 2018 as the Communications Coordinator. I’m thrilled to be a part of Montessori education for so many reasons, but mainly because of the way that children are respected as unique individuals and learners. I have a Master’s degree in English Education from CU and have taught at the high school level. Most of my professional experience is in content development for large technical companies. I'm an avid reader and enjoy all that Colorado has to offer with the beautiful outdoors.
Nicole Lee, Special Education
I joined SVCMS in 2016 as Special Education Para, and I was an SVCMS substitute for two years before that. I have a Master's Degree in Educational Psychology from UNC. I enjoy the variety of Montessori works throughout all of the levels at our school. My training includes the Assistant's Workshop at MECR and the Neuroscience of Learning Workshop taught by Betsy Lockhart. I enjoy crocheting, knitting, reading and spending time with family and friends.
Heather Legendre, Lower Elementary
I joined SVCMS as Lead Guide in 2012. I am now LE Level Lead, Art Guide and offer specific literacy instruction. I have my Montessori credential at the LE level. Before coming to SVCMS, I worked in a LE classroom for six years at Jarrow Montessori School. In addition to teaching at SVCMS, I am an Art instructor at MECR and a Geometry Instructor at the East Fort Worth Montessori Academy. I love to paint, draw, hike, camp and play with my two sweet boys, Elijah and Maxwell.
Greg Lomme, Evergreen
I joined SVCMS in 2016 as an Evergreen guide. I have taught in community-oriented schools for 29 years. For the last 13 years, I worked in a Montessori secondary program developing curriculum and implementing Montessori pedagogy for the adolescent. I have AMI certification for UE and a degree in biology and environmental science along with a teaching license. I am CO native and have enjoyed the outdoors, climbing, kayaking, and skiing since I was very young.
Hailey Lovett, Evergreen
I wore a few hats when I joined SVCMS in 2016, but I’ve been full time in the Middle School teaching writing, lit groups, improv, and peace (and loving it) since 2017. In the past, I taught youth theater and writing camps, offered undergraduates writing support, and facilitated community dialogues. In addition to my degree in Communication and Writing from Regis University, I have completed Great Work Montessori’s 12-15 year old adolescent training.
Angelarose Maeding, Blue Spruce
Angela Rose Maeding joined SVCMS in 2017 as Co-Lead Guide in Blue Spruce. She has been a Montessori educator for 18 years. Her passion is to work with children in many capacities implementing the Montessori philosophy. Angela Rose has a degree in Early Childhood Education and is AMS trained in both Primary and Lower Elementary. She shares her love of yoga, dance, drama, and nature with the children. Outdoor adventures with her husband Andy and pooch Willow are her favorite ways to rejuvenate.
Qiyra Marie, Maple
I joined SVCMS in 2015 and am currently the Lead Guide in Maple. My favorite Montessori work is the 45 Layout; it is beautiful and gives a concrete representation of numbers and their relationships. I have a BS in Biology, a MS in Physical Therapy, and worked as a Physical Therapist for 20 years. I'm a dance teacher, a certified Yoga instructor, and Life & Wellness Coach. My daughters attended SVCMS. I enjoy books, yoga, walks, hikes, bike rides, and dance.
Maria Melendez, Maple
I joined SVCMS in 2008 and was hands-on from the very beginning filling in wherever I was needed. My favorite Montessori work is practical life because it teaches our children simple everyday tasks that they are then able to apply at home. Previous to working at SVCMS, I was a nanny for thirty-five years. I have my early childhood education through MCER. I enjoy singing, dancing, hiking, practicing my guitar, and going on road trips.
Barb Messenger, Office
I have ten years of teaching experience for the St. Vrain Valley School District and a Masters in Elementary Education. The real fun for me began four years ago when I discovered Montessori education and SVCMS. I have two amazing sons, ages 18 and 23, a husband of 28 years, and a close extended family. I love to camp with my family, travel, watch my boys play baseball, and hike with my two dogs.
Amy Miller, Movement
I am the Movement Lead Guide. I delight in combining Montessori philosophy with my love of physical activity and joy in working with children. I received Montessori Phys Ed training at MECR and the Denver Institute of Phys Ed & Dance. I am a licensed soccer coach and have worked with youth soccer for 10+ years. I was introduced to Montessori at Austin Montessori School, and I sought Montessori education for my children. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, hiking, yoga, and soccer.
Peggy Moorhoff, Willow South
I arrived at Montessori education after decades as a secondary English teacher. I trained in the primary level at the Princeton Center for Teacher Ed., became certified in Lower El via Seacoast Center for Montessori Teacher Ed, and became certified in Upper El at MECR in 2017. I helped establish the first Montessori charter school in WY and I am a firm believer in the math curriculum offering more students tools to be successful. I love hiking, biking, or snowshoeing in the Rockies.
Cindy Moran, Registrar
I have been with SVCMS since we opened nine years ago. I earned a BA in Psychology and English from the University of Massachusetts, an MA in English Literature from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a Masters in Library Science from San Jose State University. Prior to joining SVCMS, I was an Instructor of Writing and Rhetoric at the University of Colorado. My current favorite Montessori work is pumpkin scrubbing. I have two children who attend SVCMS.
Robin Nosek, Oak
I have been with SVCMS since the beginning and have guided children in Montessori for the past 37 years. I have a BA in Early Childhood Education from the University of Dubuque and AMS Early Childhood Certification from the Rocky Mountain Montessori Teachers Training Center. I am also director qualified through the CO Dept. of Human Services. Being with a child when they read for the first time is like magic. I enjoy spending time with family, travel, Disney trivia, and the Colorado mountains.
Jennifer Ramsey, Office and UE Art
This is my eighth year at SVCMS. I received my Montessori certification from MECR. I earned my BFA in Fine Arts from UNC-Chapel Hill and my MFA in Fine Arts from the The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. I taught classes in the Art Department at DePaul University for several years. Geometric Solids is my favorite Montessori work because of its simplicity and relationship to art and design. I enjoy baking, reading, and spending time with family.
Sara Rector, Special Education
This is my first year as full time staff at SVCMS. I am a SPED paraprofessional. My training includes a B.A. in Psychology and Elementary Education from UNC. I have a K - 6 teacher license for the State of Colorado. I have been an educator for over 18 years, first as a traditional elementary school teacher in public school, then I discovered Montessori. I completed both the Lower and Upper Elementary training at MCER. I love dancing, live music, festivals, reading, traveling, and volunteering.
Kim Rhiness, Conifer
I joined SVCMS in the fall of 2015 as Lead Guide in Conifer. My favorite Montessori material is the stamp game as you can do many math operations with this one material. This is my 14th year of teaching. I have worked as a LE guide since receiving my AMS credentials from Lander University in 2006. I also hold a MA in K-8 Education from Southern Wesleyan University. I enjoy working with horses, yoga, reading a good book, hiking, baking and spending time with friends and family.
Kali Rosenberry, Conifer
I joined SVCMS in 2018 as a Guide in Conifer. My favorite Montessori experiences are the presentations of the Five Great Lessons because they invite children to discover and investigate our beautiful Universe as they continue to carve out their unique place within it. I studied evolutionary psychology at Penn State and then Montessori philosophy and method at MECR in 2017. I enjoy playing piano & singing, experiencing live music, hiking/backpacking, yoga, green tea, and seeing people smile.
Carrie Stansfield, Special Education
This is my sixth year at SVCMS and my tenth year working in education. I graduated from Upper Valley Educator's Institute in New Hampshire before making the move to the Boulder area in 2006. I enjoy witnessing children across the levels engaged in practical life activities, whether it be developing their fine motor skills or practicing telephone etiquette. I love cooking for friends and family and exploring the mountains with my dog, Ruari, and husband, Zack.
Lisa Starner, Special Education
Jobie Stom, Office
This is my first year as an office member at SVCMS. Previously, I worked as a special events coordinator and manager at a fine dining restaurant. I received a bachelor’s degree from CU-Boulder. All of my free time is spent with my two boys, my husband, and our dog.
Dr. Amanda Stone Norton, Evergreen
I joined SVCMS in 2018 as the Middle School Level Lead. My favorite Montessori Work is writing apprentice sentences. Previously, I taught at Fort Worth Montessori in Texas, directed the Teacher Education Center at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas, and spent ten years as an administrator/adjunct professor. My education includes a BA in Communication, MA in Educational Admin, a PhD in Higher Education, and a Montessori credential from the Houston Montessori Center.
Meg Thornbury, Office
This is my second year at SVCMS, and I'm thrilled to be part of the office staff. I went to Jarrow Montessori in Boulder from preschool - 5th grade and am so happy to be back in a Montessori environment. My favorite materials are the colored bead chains because they taught me how multiplication makes sense! I graduated from Kenyon College in 2016 with a degree in Sociology, and love being back home in Colorado for ski season and the sun.
Katie Torres, Head of School
I have been Head of School of SVCMS since we opened our doors in August 2009. Prior to that, I served as president of the founding board of directors of the school. Before getting involved in Montessori education, I was a marketing executive in the natural foods industry, and hold BS and BA degrees in Economics and Sociology from Northwestern University. I moved to Colorado in 2005 from Chicago with my husband Paul and our then four-year-old children.
Marisa Tuffiash, Willow Northeast
I joined SVCMS in 2017 as an Upper Elementary Guide. My favorite Montessori work is map work because I love traveling and learning about places around the world. In 2007, I graduated from Franklin & Marshall College where I studied the religions of the world and art. I received my Primary AMS certification in in 2016. I have been playing cello since the age of five. I spent four years playing in the Harvard World Music Ensemble in Boston, MA.
Tom Van der Hoeven
Anna Vernier, Oak
My name is Anna Rhea Vernier. I joined SVCMS in 2017 as a Guide in the Oak room. I am completing my internship through the MECR. My favorite Montessori work is the bells, because they cultivate the capacity to listen carefully. I have worked four several years in early childhood education, and in Montessori for the last three. I earned a B.F.A. in Acting from Chicago College of the Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, and during college, taught clown, acrobatics, and juggling to children.
Susan Waldvogel, Maple
This is my sixth year at SVCMS. Both my children have attended here and I have been active in the community since its inception. I earned my BFA at the College of Visual Arts in St. Paul, MN. Following my passion for teaching, I pursued my training at the Montessori Center of the Rockies in Boulder. All of the Montessori works are my favorites, as I see amazing things happen in all areas of the classroom. My family and I enjoy hiking and biking in the beautiful Colorado outdoors.
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Staff Contact Information

Maryel Adams (Aspen) madams@svcmontessori.org

Zoë Bulick (Willow Northeast) zbulick@svcmontessori.org

Amy Clarke Moore (Evergreen) aclarkemoore@svcmontessori.org

Jessica Chervenak (Blue Spruce) jchervenak@svcmontessori.org

Gwenevere Davis (Environmental Education) gdavis@svcmontessori.org

Carl Feitler (Blue Spruce) cfeitler@svcmontessori.org

Eva Freeman (Aspen) efreeman@svcmontessori.org

Barb Fox (Evergreen) bfox@svcmontessori.org

Heidi Genty (Upper Elementary Level Lead, Willow Northeast) hgenty@svcmontessori.org

Kate Goss (Willow) kgoss@svcmontessori.org

Charlie Hickman (Ponderosa) charlie.hickman@svcmontessori.org

Jamie Jurkovich (Office) jjurkovich@svcmontessori.org

Heather Legendre (Lower Elementary Level Lead, Art) hlegendre@svcmontessori.org

Greg Lomme (Evergreen) glomme@svcmontessori.org

Hailey Lovett (Evergreen) hlovett@svcmontessori.org

Angelarose Maeding (Blue Spruce) armaeding@svcmontessori.org

Maria Melendez (Aspen/Maple) mmelendez@svcmontessori.org

Barb Messinger (Office) bmessinger@svcmontessori.org

Amy Miller (Movement) amiller@svcmontessori.org

Peggy Moorhoff (Willow South) pmoorhoff@svcmontessori.org

Cindy Moran (Registrar) cmoran@svcmontessori.org

Robin Nosek (Oak) rnosek@svcmontessori.org

Jennifer Ramsey (Office/Art) jramsey@svcmontessori.org

Kim Rhiness (Conifer) krhiness@svcmontessori.org

Kali Rosenberry (Conifer) krosenberry@svcmontessori.org

Carrie Stansfield (Special Education) cstansfield@svcmontessori.org

Lisa Starner (Special Education) lstarner@svcmontessori.org

Jobie Stom (Office) jstom@svcmontessori.org

Katie Torres (Head of School) ktorres@svcmontessori.org

Meg Thornbury (Office) mthornbury@svcmontessori.org

Tom Vanderhoeven (Facilities) tvanderhoeven@svcmontessori.org 

Anna Vernier (Oak) avernier@svcmontessori.org

St. Vrain Community Montessori School (SVCMS) is a public K-8 charter school in the St. Vrain Valley School District. Our tuition-based Preschool and tuition-free Kindergarten, Elementary, and Middle School programs offer an authentic Montessori education in a standards-aligned environment.

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