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Our Staff and Faculty  

The teachers at Montessori Children's Room are qualified specialists in early childhood education. They are professionally trained Montessori instructors who help guide the children through the classroom that has been carefully planned for their developmental needs. The self-correcting materials are used as the child's best teacher.

It is important to know that the role of the teacher is to guide children through the prepared environment, helping to develop self-direction and self-confidence within the child. The materials and work the children do throughout their day act as the main teacher. For it is the "HANDS-ON" experiences that help children learn best!

 
     
 
Mary Boden Anderson Mary Boden Anderson, Head of School
Mary serves as Head of School and has been active in Montessori education for over thirty years. As one of the original founders of Montessori Children’s Room her goal is to assure a top quality education for each child who attends MCR. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from College of St. Mary in 1976 and holds an active Nebraska teaching certificate. Her Montessori teacher certification includes Primary level (three to six year olds), Elementary I (six to nine year olds) and Elementary II (nine to twelve year olds). All levels of training are certified and endorsed by the American Montessori Society (AMS.) Mary has been actively involved in each level of teaching over the twenty five year since the school began. Mary is the author of the booklet, The Outdoor Classroom and has been a featured speaker at several national Montessori Conferences across the country.
  Mary Stormberg Mary Stormberg, School Administrator
In her role as school administrator, Mary oversees the day-to-day school operations. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and Public Administration from University of Nebraska at Omaha. Mary obtained an Administrator Paraprofessional certificate from MECA-Seton in Chicago. Mary joined the school in 1992.
Patti Braack Patti Braack
Patti teaches in Elementary II. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology and a Bachelor of Education degree in Elementary Education from the University of Calgary, Canada. In addition to teaching for five years in the public school system, Patti has ten years of Montessori teaching experience. She holds an active Nebraska teaching certificate, as well as Elementary I and II teacher certificates from Mid-American Montessori Teacher Training Institute and AMS. Patti has been at MCR Elementary since 2009.
  Becky Britt Becky Britt
Becky teaches in Classroom C. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in English Literature from Creighton University and holds her Primary level Montessori certification from Mid-America Montessori Teacher Training School and AMS. Becky is also a licensed massage therapist and certified infant massage instructor. Becky joined the school in 2008.
Patti Braack Christina Burghardt
Christina teaches in Classroom A. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Wayne State College and has completed post graduate coursework at Dana College. Christina is in the process of obtaining her Primary teaching certification from Mid-America Montessori Teacher Training School and AMS. She holds an active Nebraska teaching certificate. Christina worked as an education specialist for Alpha School for five years. She has led our elementary summer camps for the past two years and is beginning her first year as a classroom teacher at MCR.
  Diana Cupich Diana Cupich
Diana teaches in Classroom B. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education and a Primary level Montessori teaching certificate from the College of St. Mary and AMS. Diana has worked in Montessori education for over thirty years and has been with the school since its infancy.
Patti Braack Seth Fox
Seth joins MCR this year as the paraprocessional in Elementary 1. Seth attended Hastings College and has completed more than 40 hours of Montessori Math training at the Elementary 1 level. He has past experience as a paraprofessional in a Montessori combined 1-6 grade classroom. Seth is also a freelance actor and drama specialist in several local and regional venues and has co-coordinated theatrical productions at Westside High School under the title Resident Teacher.
  Karen Gaitens Karen Gaitens
Karen teaches in Classroom A. She holds a HND in Arts Administration from Motherwell College, Glasgow, Scotland. She received her Primary level Montessori certification from Mid-America Montessori Teacher Training School and AMS. She has worked in Montessori Education for over ten years in Georgia and Omaha. Karen joined the school in 2005.
Patti Braack Jessica Mogis
Jessica joins MCR this year in Classroom D in the afternoon class. Jessica holds a Bachelor of Arts in English/Psychology from the University of Nebraska and is currently completing her Primary level Montessori certification from Mid-America Montessori Teacher Training Institute and AMS.
  Betsy Nelson Betsy Nelson
Betsy teaches in Classroom D. She received her Primary level Montessori certification from the Mid-America Montessori Teacher Training School and AMS and has worked in Montessori classrooms for over 25 years. Betsy joined the school in 2003.
  Sarah Newman
Sarah is the garden teacher for the elementary students. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Botany and is a Master Gardener. Her sn, Ross, was one of MCR's first elenetary students. Sarah joined the school in 2009.
  Stephanie Porta Stephanie Porta
Stephanie teaches in Elementary I and holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Wayne State College and an active Nebraska teaching certificate. She taught four years in Omaha Public Schools, teaching first grade. She holds an Elementary I and II teaching certificates from Mid-America Montessori Teacher Training School and AMS. Stephanie joined the school in 2008.
Kelley Roberts Kelley Roberts
Kelley teaches in Classroom B. She received her Primary Montessori certification from Mid-America Montessori Teacher Training School and AMS. Kelley has worked in Montessori classrooms for over eight years and joined MCR in 2008.
  Chantal Samuel Chantal Samuel
Chantal is our French specialist who works with the children on a weekly basis. She holds a Primary level Montessori teaching certificate from Great Plains Montessori Teacher Training Institute and AMS. Chantal also holds a Bachelor of Arts in French Literature from the University of Haifa in Israel. With her native tongue, she brings authenticity to our language program, along with French cultural enrichment experiences for the students. She joined the school in 1999.
Melissa Schumacher Melissa Schumacher
Melissa teaches in Classroom C. She received a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Maryville University in St. Louis. Melissa has a Primary level Montessori teaching certification from Missouri Montessori Teaching Education program and AMS. She holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree in Advertising with an emphasis in public relations from UNL. Melissa has five years of Montessori teaching experience in Missouri and New York. Melissa joined MCR in 2008.
  Courtney Stormberg Courtney Stormberg
Courtney teaches in Classroom D. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Family Sciences from the University of Nebraska and is currently completing her Primary level Montessori certification from Mid-America Montessori Teacher Training School and AMS. Courtney worked as an assistant in a primary classroom at Children First Montessori Community in Nashville, Tennessee before joining MCR in 2009.
Kris Walkley Kris Walkley
Kris teaches in the Elementary I (first-third grade) Classroom. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from UNO and an active Nebraska Teaching Certificate. Kris also obtained her Elementary I Montessori teaching certification from Mid-America Montessori Teacher Training School and AMS. She taught Kindergarten in Omaha Public Schools for several years and with Montessori Downtown Parent Coop. Kris joined the school in 1998.
  Courtney Stormberg Tina Bloomquist-Korth
TIna teaches elementary music, and Primary Music Club. She holds a Bachelor of Art in Music Education from Mount Marty College. She has training in Music Together®, Orff-Schulwerk and has post-graduate credits from San DiegoState University. Tina joined the MCR staff in 2009.
 

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Kim Sauer, Ashley Roberts, Margy Simmons

 

 
   
 
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