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St. Vrain Community Montessori School educators are known as “Guides.” Each classroom has a combination of Lead Guides and Guides depending on the needs of the classroom.
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.
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 150 years of Montessori teaching experience.
Maryel Adams, AspenThis is my eighth year at SVCMS and my sixth as Lead Guide. 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.
Angie Baker, Lower Elementary GuideI joined SVCMS in the fall of 2019 as an LE Math Guide. Montessori Math lessons are my favorite to give because of their geometric and aesthetic qualities. With a BFA degree and my LE and UE certifications, I have thoroughly enjoyed 20 years of creative Montessori classrooms as lead guide. I am especially proud of having given my daughter a Montessori education from age 3 through 8th grade. The love of nature often leads my husband Don and I to explore mountain trails and riverside paths.
Katie Bond, MovementI joined SVCMS in 2019 as a Movement Assistant. I am drawn to Montessori education because it fosters independence in children and invites them to learn at their unique pace. I have a BS in Theatre from Northwestern University. I enjoy hiking, reading, and spending time with my family.
Jeremy Broms, MapleI joined SVCMS in 2019 as the Lead Guide in the Maple Primary classroom. I have spent the last nine years in Austin, TX as a soccer coach and Lead Montessori guide. My training includes a degree in Art Education and an AMS Montessori certificate. I enjoy being outside, riding my bicycle, playing soccer, running, hiking, woodworking, and drawing. Montessori is a way of life for me, and I continue to grow each day from the children in my classroom each year.
Zoe Bulick, Willow NortheastAs a Montessori child myself, I always knew I wanted to return as a teacher. This is my third year as a Lead Guide in Willow Northeast. I have an MFA in Poetry and Book Art and still enjoy writing and creating in my spare time. I also love to sew, read, and knit. My favorite Montessori materials are the cubing and squaring math materials, but our math materials in general, and working with them with children bring so much joy to my heart.
Jessica Chervenak, Blue SpruceAfter 18 years working in Montessori classrooms I am taking on the role of MTSS and Assessment Coordinator. Even though I enjoy the challenges of this position, I do miss the energy of the classroom. I enjoy hiking, running, reading, and spending time with my family.
Amy Clarke Moore, EvergreenI joined SVCMS as the MS Art Occupation Guide in 2016. In 2014, I left a career in publishing (Interweave Press) to pursue a growing interest in Montessori education. I studied Montessori pedagogy for two years in the Great Work Apprenticeship program at Compass Montessori in Golden, Colorado. I earned an MFA with a concentration in Fiber Arts at Colorado State University in 1997. I am a writer, spinner, knitter, weaver, felter, bead embroidery artist as well as a mom (two daughters, 14 and 10).
Katie Cruz, PonderosaI joined SVCMS in 2019 as a co-lead guide in Ponderosa. My favorite Montessori work is the movable alphabet because it makes the tasks of writing and spelling less daunting for emergent writers. I previously worked for a public charter Montessori school in Texas before relocating to Longmont. I received a Bachelor's of Science in Health Science and Psychology, and I will receive my AMS Elementary I certification through the Montessori Education Center of the Rockies in the Summer of 2020.
Barb Fox, EvergreenI 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!
Heidi Genty, Willow NortheastThis is my eighth year as Lead Guide in Willow Northeast and my third year as Level Lead for the UE. Most of the Montessori materials fascinate me, but my current favorite is the cubing material because it is such a beautiful material and because patterns in math fascinate me. I enjoy spending time with my husband, Marc, our three wonderful daughters, and our three lovely little granddaughters. During the summer I try to touch nature by working in my garden as much as possible.
Heather Gonsalves, MapleI am thrilled to be embarking on my 8th year as a Montessori Guide. The wondrous and serendipitous path of my professional life began as a family therapist and play therapist for young at-risk children in NYC, led to travel writing and teaching English in Japan, and eventually to a Montessori school in Colorado that has carved its way into my heart throughout almost a decade. I am a wife, mother, herbalist, nutritionist, fabric artist, and grateful member of our SVCMS community.
Kate Goss, Upper ElementaryI 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.
Sarah Gramm, Blue SpruceI joined SVCMS in 2019 as co-lead guide for Blue Spruce. I have been in childcare and education for most of my adult life; I've taught in traditional and non-traditional public schools and love Montessori philosophy and methods. I hold a Master of Teaching and am Lower Elementary certified through Montessori Education Center of the Rockies. I enjoy hiking, reading, swimming, eating delicious food, and exploring the world with my daughter.
Elizabeth Hempel, ConiferI joined SVCMS in August, 2020 as a Lower Elementary guide. I earned my degree in psychology from CU Boulder. I also previously worked as an Upper Elementary guide at Free Horizon Montessori in Golden and in school age programs with the YMCA. I love watching students grow in their confidence and independence through Montessori education. In my free time I enjoy hiking, reading, and hanging out with my friends and family.
Charlie Hickman, PonderosaI was raised in Boulder and adore art, science and nature. After teaching art for 4 years on the western slope I found my way to SVCMS in 2010. Currently, I live in Longmont with my lovely wife and son, several obnoxious chickens, and a tortoise. My favorite Montessori works are the Great Lessons and their extensions, these serve to root our work in wonder and a state of unknowing. This, to me, is the root of all education, and I hope to cultivate the spirit of wonder in my daily practice.
Audrey Horowitz, Special EducationI joined SVCMS in 2019 as a special education paraprofessional. My favorite Montessori work is the bead chain work as it is a visual and fun way to learn math! My professional experience includes previous paraprofessional work as a reading interventionist and 4 years of teaching piano lessons and music classes. I have a degree in piano performance from Willamette University with an emphasis in music education. When not teaching I enjoy baking, sewing, and hiking.
Jamie Jurkovich, CommunicationsI joined SVCMS in 2018 as the Communications Manager. 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.
Heather Legendre, Lower ElementaryI 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.
Lucia Llanes-Kuhlmann, Lower Elementary GuideI joined SVCMS in 2020 as a Lower Elementary guide. Among my favorite Montessori works are geographical maps, because kids can study about the different countries and cultures all around the world - and I love traveling! I’m originally from Mexico City where I obtained my bachelors degree in Graphic Design and also my AMI certification as a Montessori guide. I have 12+ years of experience working in Montessori’s Children’s house, here in Colorado. I love painting, music, and running.
Greg Lomme, EvergreenI joined SVCMS in 2016 as an Evergreen guide. I have taught in community-oriented schools for 32 years. For the last 19 years, I've worked in Montessori adolescent programs. 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, EvergreenI 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 and am currently pursuing a Master's degree.
Angelarose Maeding, Blue SpruceI joined SVCMS in 2017 as Co-Lead Guide in Blue Spruce. I'm in my 21st year as a Montessori educator. My passion is working with children in many capacities implementing the Montessori philosophy. I have a degree in Early Childhood Education and am AMS trained in both Primary and Lower Elementary. I love to share my love of yoga, dance, drama, and nature with the children. Outdoor adventures with my husband Andy and pooch Willow are my favorite ways to rejuvenate.
Lea Mangus, Special EducationI joined SVCMS in 2019 on the special education team. My training includes a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, and a Master's Degree in Social Work with a focus on high risk youth. I also earned an Animal Assisted Therapy Certificate during my Master's studies. I love to travel and spent 5 months living in a van traveling across New Zealand, and 6 months living on a sailboat traveling across the Carribean.
Maria Melendez, MapleI 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, OfficeI 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, MovementI 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 SouthI am in my 16th year as a Montessori guide after decades as a secondary English teacher. It is my fourth year in UE. 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 and biking.
Cindy Moran, RegistrarI've worked at SVCMS since 2009. 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 . I am the parent of one current SVCMS student and one SVCMS alumnus.
Robin Nosek, OakI have been with SVCMS since the beginning and have enjoyed guiding children in the Montessori for the past 42 years. I earned my degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Dubuque and received my AMS Early Childhood Certification from the Rocky Mountain Montessori Teachers Training Center. I am also director qualified through the Colorado Department of Human Services: Division of Child Care. I enjoy being with my family, traveling, theater, horseback riding and Disney trivia.
Jennifer Ramsey, Office and Title IX CoordinatorI joined SVCMS in 2009. I received my Early Childhood Montessori certification from MECR. I earned my BFA from UNC-Chapel Hill and my MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and taught classes in the Art Department at DePaul University for several years when I lived in Chicago. Geometric Solids is my favorite Montessori work because of its simplicity and relationship to art and design. I enjoy creating art, reading, and hiking.
Kim Rhiness, ConiferI 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 16th 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, Willow SouthI joined SVCMS in 2018. 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 EducationThis is my ninth year at SVCMS! I am so lucky to work in all levels - Children's House to Middle School. I love the ownership that children at our school have over their environment and choices. I enjoy witnessing them build their independence, confidence and self-advocacy skills. At home, I love cooking for friends and family and exploring the mountains with my husband.
Lisa Starner, Special EducationI joined SVCMS in 2018 as a Special Education Para-educator. My favorite Montessori work is practical life because it fosters independence and confidence, and contributes to the control and coordination of motor skills. My previous experience includes teaching preschool and pre-Kindergarten for many years. I have a B.A. in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in education. In my free time I enjoy hiking, camping, and reading.
Jobie Stom, OfficeThis is my second year as the Health and Safety Clerk and my third year as an office member at SVCMS. I have enjoyed getting to know the students and experiencing the Montessori environment. I spend most of my free time with my family and our dog.
Katie Torres, Head of SchoolI 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.
Staff Contact Information
Maryel Adams (Aspen) email@example.com
Angie Baker (Lower Elementary Guide - Conifer & Ponderosa) firstname.lastname@example.org
Katie Bond (Movement) email@example.com
Jeremy Broms (Maple) firstname.lastname@example.org
Zoë Bulick (Willow Northeast) email@example.com
Amy Clarke Moore (Evergreen) firstname.lastname@example.org
Jessica Chervenak (Assessment) email@example.com
Katie Cruz (Ponderosa) firstname.lastname@example.org
Tina Davis (Special Education) email@example.com
Jessa Fink (Office) firstname.lastname@example.org
Barb Fox (Evergreen) email@example.com
Heidi Genty (Upper Elementary Level Lead, Willow Northeast) firstname.lastname@example.org
Heather Gonsalves (Maple) email@example.com
Kate Goss (Curriculum Development and Service Learning) firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarah Gramm (Blue Spruce) email@example.com
Paula Harshbarger (Upper Elementary) firstname.lastname@example.org
Elizabeth Hempel (Conifer) email@example.com
Charlie Hickman (Ponderosa & Art) firstname.lastname@example.org
Audrey Horowitz (Special Education) email@example.com
Jamie Jurkovich (Office) firstname.lastname@example.org
Heather Legendre (Elementary Instructional Coach & Level Lead) email@example.com
Lucia Llanes Kuhlmann (Lower Elementary guide) firstname.lastname@example.org
Greg Lomme (Evergreen) email@example.com
Hailey Lovett (Evergreen) firstname.lastname@example.org
Angelarose Maeding (Blue Spruce) email@example.com
Lea Mangus (Special Education) firstname.lastname@example.org
Maria Melendez (Aspen/Maple) email@example.com
Barb Messinger (Office) firstname.lastname@example.org
Amy Miller (Movement) email@example.com
Peggy Moorhoff (Willow South) firstname.lastname@example.org
Cindy Moran (Registrar) email@example.com
Robin Nosek (Oak) firstname.lastname@example.org
Jennifer Ramsey (Office/Art) email@example.com
Kim Rhiness (Conifer) firstname.lastname@example.org
Kali Rosenberry (Willow South) email@example.com
Carrie Stansfield (Special Education) firstname.lastname@example.org
Jobie Stom (Office) email@example.com
Katie Torres (Head of School) firstname.lastname@example.org
Tom Vanderhoeven (Facilities) email@example.com