Our Team

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.

Who Do I Contact About....

Attendance:

attendance@svcmontessori.org

 

Health, Illness, COVID-19:

Jobie Stom (jstom@svcmontessori.org)

Tuition or Payments:

Jenn Ramsey (jramsey@svcmontessori.org)

Email, Blogs, Communications:

Jamie Jurkovich (jjurkovich@svcmontessori.org

Events, Volunteering, Fundraisers:

Jessa Fink (jfink@svcmontessori.org)

 

Enrollment, Infinite Campus, QManager:

Cindy Moran (cmoran@svcmontessori.org)

Still not sure who to contact?

Email office@svcmontessori.org

Masako Brauneis, Aspen
Masako Brauneis, Aspen

I joined SVCMS in 2021. I have worked in Montessori classrooms since 2013 as an assistant and a lead for five years. Before entering the education field, I worked for an environmental organization, where my passion toward educating young children grew. I hold an M.A. in Education, with a Montessori focus, an M.A. in International Environmental Policy, the AMS Early Childhood Credential, and Director Qualification. I enjoy spending time with my family, hiking, traveling, and playing the piano.

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Jeremy Broms, Maple
Jeremy Broms, Maple

I 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.

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Frankie Buffington, Conifer
Frankie Buffington, Conifer

I joined SVCMS in 2022 as a co-lead guide in the Conifer. I come to SVCMS from Garden Place Academy in Denver. This will be my third year as a Montessori teacher and my fifth year in the classroom. I have a history degree from CU-Boulder, a teaching license, and a Lower Elementary Montessori certification from MECR. I enjoy listening to podcasts and audio books, taking long walks, and spending quality time with my family and friends. I am very excited to join the SVCMS community!

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Zoë Bulick, Willow North
Zoë Bulick, Willow North

As 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.

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Jessica Chervenak, Lower Elementary Program Coordinator
Jessica Chervenak, Lower Elementary Program Coordinator

After 20 years of working in Montessori classrooms I am taking on the role of Math Interventionist and Special Projects Coordinator. I enjoy hiking, running, reading, and spending time with my family.

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Amy Clarke Moore, Middle School
Amy Clarke Moore, Middle School

I 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, 16 and 12).

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Kayti Craigmyle, Children's House
Kayti Craigmyle, Children's House

I was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. I moved to CO to fulfill my aspirations of becoming a Montessori guide and joined SVCMS in 2021. I hold a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Montessori credential in Early Childhood. When not in the classroom, I enjoy hiking in the mountains with my Labradoodle, skiing, rock climbing, gardening, and cooking.

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Gwenevere Davis, Willow North
Gwenevere Davis, Willow North

I discovered Montessori as a classroom assistant when I was 23. I did my primary training at RMMTTC, and since then have worked as a guide in CH, LE, UE, SPED, and movement. I was a founding parent and teacher at SVCMS. I love hanging out with my family, parties, and live music. My other pastimes are refinishing furniture and making art of all sorts.

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Shara Davis, ABAR Coordinator
Shara Davis, ABAR Coordinator

I joined SVCMS in 2021 as Anti-Bias Anti-Racism (ABAR) Coordinator. I hold BA and MA degrees in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and completed additional training in Clinical and Community Psychology at the University of Illinois. My personal and professional work has focused on community mental health, trauma-informed care in juvenile settings, and advocacy for survivors of domestic violence. I enjoy traveling the world, as well as everyday adventures with my family

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Jessa Fink, Office
Jessa Fink, Office
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Marc Genty, Community Support Specialist & MS Math
Marc Genty, Community Support Specialist & MS Math

I joined SVCMS part-time in 2018 as a Middle School Math Guide and full time in 2021 as the Community Support Specialist and Middle School Math and Seminar Guide. My favorite Montessori work is literally any of the Math materials because I love Mathematics. I have a B.S. in Manufacturing Engineering from CSU, have had a previous career as a Systems Engineer, have done extensive work serving marginalized folks, and have read much of the Montessori Canon.

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Heidi Genty, Upper Elementary Level Lead
Heidi Genty, Upper Elementary Level Lead

This 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.

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Heather Gonsalves, Aspen
Heather Gonsalves, Aspen

I am thrilled to be embarking on my 9th 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.

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Sarah Gramm, Ponderosa
Sarah Gramm, Ponderosa

I 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.

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Jenny Grassley, Special Education
Jenny Grassley, Special Education

I joined SVCMS in 2022 as a Co-Lead Guide in special education. I value providing access to a Montessori education where students’ dignity and diversity is celebrated. After 4 years of teaching refugees in Seattle, I earned my Masters and taught for 6 years as a Children’s House teacher and a literacy and ELL interventionist. I am completing special education training, and I hold ELL and special education endorsements. I love a cup of coffee, good books, and exploring new places with family.

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Paula Harshbarger, Willow South
Paula Harshbarger, Willow South

I joined SVCMS in 2014 as a full-time guide in Willow South. I have since been a guide in Willow North East, support for the entire UE level, a substitute and now back in Willow South as a part-time guide. My favorite Montessori experiences are those moments when the classroom has a soft hum of production and all children are deeply engaged in a work without any assistance from a guide. It's a beautiful thing to witness. I enjoy reading, walking my dogs, and spending time with my family.

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Elizabeth Hempel, Blue Spruce
Elizabeth Hempel, Blue Spruce

I joined SVCMS in August of 2020 as a Lower Elementary guide, and have since transitioned to co-lead guide of Blue Spruce. I earned my degree in psychology from CU Boulder, and I am in the process of earning my Montessori certification from Montessori Education Center of the Rockies. I love watching students grow in their confidence and independence through Montessori education. My time is often spent outdoors enjoying time with my partner, our dog, Bug, and family and friends.

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Charlie Hickman, LE & UE Art
Charlie Hickman, LE & UE Art

I 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.

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Ryan Howard, Ponderosa
Ryan Howard, Ponderosa

I joined SVCMS in 2021 as a Guide in Blue Spruce. My favorite Montessori work is grammar symbols because using color and shapes to categorize words makes so much sense for long term retention. I am new to Montessori instruction but so looking forward to learning everything I can. I love to read and knit in my free time.

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Jamie Jurkovich, Communications
Jamie Jurkovich, Communications

I 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.

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Irene Kirschenbaum, Maple
Irene Kirschenbaum, Maple

I joined SVCMS in 2022 as the Co-Lead Guide in the Maple Primary Room. My training includes a B.A. (2007) in English Creative Writing, along with a Spanish minor, and the ECE Montessori credential from AMS (2011). I also enjoy hiking, reading, traveling and music. I am a proud cat-mom to my sweet Benny who has moved with me from Ohio to Colorado to Texas and back to Colorado.

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Heather Legendre, Lower Elementary Literacy
Heather Legendre, Lower Elementary Literacy

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.

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Lucia Llanes-Kuhlmann, Blue Spruce
Lucia Llanes-Kuhlmann, Blue Spruce

I 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.

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Greg Lomme, Middle School
Greg Lomme, Middle School

I 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.

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Lynn Lovett, Middle School
Lynn Lovett, Middle School

I wore a few hats when I joined SVCMS in 2016, but I’ve been full time in the Middle School teaching writing, communication, 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.

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Angelarose Maeding, Conifer
Angelarose Maeding, Conifer

I joined SVCMS in 2017 as Co-Lead Guide in Blue Spruce. I'm in my 22nd 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.

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Lea Mangus, Special Education
Lea Mangus, Special Education

I 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.

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Laura Marble, Willow South
Laura Marble, Willow South

I joined SVCMS in 2021 as lead guide in Willow South. Before that, I lived in Tucson, where I taught at Khalsa Montessori School for 12 years. My master's degree and work background are in magazine-style writing and photojournalism, and my upper-elementary training came from MECR in Boulder. My favorite Montessori materials are the math ones, because I love the way they hold answers to the question "Why?" When I'm not at school, I enjoy hiking, reading, ruminating, and drinking tea.

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Maria Melendez, Children's House Specialist
Maria Melendez, Children's House Specialist

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.

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Barb Messenger, Office
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.

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Amy Miller, Movement
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.

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Cindy Moran, Registrar
Cindy Moran, Registrar

I'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.

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Robin Nosek, Oak
Robin Nosek, Oak

I have been with SVCMS since the beginning and have enjoyed guiding children in the Montessori for the past 44 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.

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Courtney Pomeroy, Middle School
Courtney Pomeroy, Middle School

I joined Evergreen as a Lead Guide in 2021. I love the awe and wonder that adolescents have when they discover their own passion about a work. I see this in music exploration classes and when we are out at the orchard. I have  background in solo and choral vocal performance as well as theater and language. I received both of my degrees from CU and have performed professionally across the front range. I enjoy spending time with my family, knitting, baking, and weightlifting.

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Jennifer Ramsey, Office
Jennifer Ramsey, Office

I 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.

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Aimee Rawls, Blue Spruce
Aimee Rawls, Blue Spruce

Blue Spruce Guide

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David Rothman, Special Education
David Rothman, Special Education

I joined SVCMS in 2022 as a para-educator. My previous professional experience is in community based mental-health as well as in addiction treatment. I hold a Masters degree in counseling psychology. I enjoy music, reading, and spending time with my wife and our two awesome kids.

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Eve Shelden, Willow South
Eve Shelden, Willow South

I joined SVCMS in 2021 as an extra set of hands in Willow South. I quickly fell in love with teaching. My Montessori background includes being a parent of Montessorians since 2011, and my favorite Montessori work is... just being with the children, regardless of the work they're engaged in. They are full of so much joy, hilarity, and creativity! When I'm not teaching, I enjoy gardening, travel, yoga, and hanging out with my 160 lb. Anatolian Shepherd and my wonderful family.

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Pearl Spinharney, Reception
Pearl Spinharney, Reception

I have been a parent to SVCMS students for the past 9 years. I began subbing in the 2021/2022 school year. In 2022, I began working on at the reception desk on Fridays.

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Carrie Stansfield, Special Education
Carrie Stansfield, Special Education

This 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.

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Jobie Stom, Health Clerk
Jobie Stom, Health Clerk

I joined SVCMS in 2018 as office staff and have been the Health and Safety clerk since spring 2019. 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.

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Yvonne Telep, Special Education
Yvonne Telep, Special Education
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Katie Torres, Head of School
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.

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Tom Van der Hoeven, Facilities
Tom Van der Hoeven, Facilities
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Tina Wigert, Oak
Tina Wigert, Oak

I joined SVCMS in August, 2022. I have taught at the primary level for over 20 years. I love this age because the children are like little sponges absorbing everything around them. My favorite work is the golden bead work in math since it is so visual and manipulative. I have 2 grown children who fortunately live in the Denver area. I became a grandmother last March and am loving every minute of this new role in my life! You can find me hiking year round and on the ski slopes all winter!

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Staff Contact Information

Masako Brauneis (Aspen Co-Lead Guide) mbrauneis@svcmontessori.org

Jeremy Broms (Maple Lead Guide & Children's House Director) jbroms@svcmontessori.org

Frankie Buffington (Conifer Co-Lead Guide) fbuffington@svcmontessori.org

Zoë Bulick (Willow Northeast Lead Guide) zbulick@svcmontessori.org

Jessica Chervenak (Lower Elementary Program Coordinator) jchervenak@svcmontessori.org

Amy Clarke Moore (Middle School Lead Guide) aclarkemoore@svcmontessori.org

Kayti Craigmyle (Children's House) kcraigmyle@svcmontessori.org

Gwenevere Davis (Willow Northeast Guide) gdavis@svcmontessori.org

Shara Davis (ABAR Coordinator) sdavis@svcmontessori.org

Jessa Fink (Volunteer Coordinator & Library) jfink@svcmontessori.org

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

Marc Genty (Community Support Specialist & MS Math) mgenty@svcmontessori.org

Heather Gonsalves (Aspen Co-Lead Guide) hgonsalves@svcmontessori.org

Sarah Gramm (Ponderosa Lead Guide) sgramm@svcmontessori.org

Jenny Grassley (Special Education) jgrassley@svcmontessori.org

Paula Harshbarger (Willow South Morning Guide) pharshbarger@svcmontessori.org

Elizabeth Hempel (Blue Spruce Co-Lead Guide) ehempel@svcmontessori.org

Charlie Hickman (LE & UE Art) charlie.hickman@svcmontessori.org

Ryan Howard (Ponderosa Guide) rhoward@svcmontessori.org

Jamie Jurkovich (Communications Manager & BOD) jjurkovich@svcmontessori.org

Irene Kirschenbaum (Maple Co-Lead Guide) ikirschenbaum@svcmontessori.org

Heather Legendre (LE Literacy) hlegendre@svcmontessori.org

Lucia Llanes Kuhlmann (Blue Spruce Co-Lead Guide) lucia.llaneskuhlmann@svcmontessori.org

Greg Lomme (Middle School)  glomme@svcmontessori.org

Lynn Lovett (Middle School Lead Guide)   llovett@svcmontessori.org

Angelarose Maeding (Conifer Co-Lead Guide)   armaeding@svcmontessori.org

Lea Mangus (Special Ed Para) lmangus@svcmontessori.org

Laura Marble (Willow South Lead Guide) lmarble@svcmontessori.org

Maria Melendez (Children’s House Guide & Specialist) mmelendez@svcmontessori.org

Barb Messinger (Reception) bmessinger@svcmontessori.org

Amy Miller (Movement Lead Guide)  amiller@svcmontessori.org

Cindy Moran (Dir. Non-instructional Programs) cmoran@svcmontessori.org

Robin Nosek (Oak Lead Guide & CH Director) rnosek@svcmontessori.org

Courtney Pomeroy (Middle School Lead Guide) cpomeroy@svcmontessori.org

Jennifer Ramsey (HR, Accounting) jramsey@svcmontessori.org

Aimee Rawls (Blue Spruce Guide) arawls@svcmontessori.org

David Rothman (Special Ed Para) drothman@svcmontessori.org

Eve Shelden (Willow South Afternoon Guide) eshelden@svcmontessori.org

Pearl Spinharney (Friday Reception Desk) pspinharney@svcmontessori.org

Carrie Stansfield (Special Ed) cstansfield@svcmontessori.org

Jobie Stom (Health & Safety)  jstom@svcmontessori.org      

Yvonne Telep (Special Education Para) ytelep@svcmontessori.org

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

Tom Vanderhoeven (Facilities) tvanderhoeven@svcmontessori.org 

Tina Wigert (Oak Co-Lead Guide) twigert@svcmontessori.org