Linda Amos
Head of School, Lower Elementary Teacher, 3 - 5 Science Lab Teacher

Degrees

NAMC / North American Montessori Center, International Montessori Lower Elementary Program Diploma Awarded (2012)
The Life Coach Institute, Certified Life Coach (2010)
Wichita State University, M.Ed./ Student, Personnel, and Guidance Counseling (1980)
Emporia State University, B.S., Education (1974)

Work Experience

Wichita Montessori School (2010 - present)
Private Life Coach and Math Therapy (2009 - present)
The Independent School, Counselor, Classroom and Science Lab Teacher (1990 - 2009)
Untied Laces, Tutoring and Counseling, Owner (1985 - 1990)
Quest Center for Creative Studies/Gifted Education, Denver, CO (1983 - 1985)
Wichita and Greece, NY, Public Schools, Teacher (1975 - 1981)

Philosophy

"The greatest good we can do for others - is not to share OUR riches, but reveal THEIRS." - Zig Ziglar


Barbara Foreman
Primary Program Director, Kindergarten Teacher

Degrees

Association Montessori Internationale, Washington Montessori Institute, Montessori Diploma (1997)
Wichita State University, BS Education (1985)
Kansas State University, coursework (1973)
Kansas State Teachers College, Emporia KS, coursework (1970 - 1972)

Work Experience

Wichita Montessori School (1986 - present)
Montessori Children's House, West Wichita (1983 - 1986)

Philosophy

"Maria Montessori's educational philosophy encompasses the core of child development. Current brain research confirms her study and beliefs. My own AMI training was a Montessori heritage, a spiritual journey, one of transformation. My hope is to approach each day at Wichita Montessori School with humility and patience that I may see the potential in every child."


Jane Collins Saunders
Director of Admissions and Business

Degrees

BA Business Administration, Western State College, Gunnison, CO (1977)

Work Experience

WMS Business/Admissions Director (1991 - present)
Operations Supervisor, 1st National Bank of Steamboat Springs, CO (1988 - 1990)
Management trainee, Assistant Manager Facility, Wichita State Bank (1979 - 1981)

Philosophy

"Upon first observing WMS classes for my two children, I knew that this was a special place. It has been my pleasure to work with professionals whom I admire and with a program that I believe works well for every child. It is easy to promote our faculty and our program, as I have the highest regard for them. Working around joyful children is truly a gift."


Pauletta Brodhagen
Physical Education Teacher Primary-Grade 3

Degrees

Bachelor of Science, Physical Education, Bethel College, Newton, KS (1972)
Masters of Science, Program for the Handicapped, Physical Education, University of Kansas (1973)

Work Experience

Wichita Montessori School (2008 - present)
Adaptive & Regular Physical Education, Elementary - High School, Newton Public Schools (1989 - 2006)
Physical Education, Chisholm Middle School, Newton, KS (1973 - 1976)

Philosophy

"I believe that physical education is an integral part of a child's total educational program. Through exposure to a wide variety of activities children will gain the necessary knowledge to understand the importance of and make educated decisions around opportunities to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle."


Jennifer Flemming
Lead Primary Teacher

Degrees

B.S. Elementary Education, KSU (1989 - 1994)

Work Experience

Wichita Montessori School (2009 - present)
Discovery Place Preschool, Asst. Teacher (2008 - 2009)
The Independent School, K Teacher (1997 - 2006)
Celebration Montessori Center, Teacher (1994 - 1996)

Philosophy

"A child's classroom is truly successful when he or she demonstrates a love of work, respect of materials and exhibits graciousness towards teachers and peers."


Mary Beth Hendrickson
Primary Teacher, P-3 Music, K - 2 Science Lab

Degrees

Xavier University, BS Montessori Education 3-6 year old, Elementary Education pre-K -3rd Grade (1989) WSU, Masters Curriculum & Instruction (2011)

Work Experience

Wichita Montessori School Primary (2011 - present)
Upper Elementary Teacher, Cheyenne Eagle Butte, SD (1996 - 1998)
Children's House Montessori School, Pierre, SD (1993 - 1996)
Parker & Lone Tree Montessori Schools, CO (1989 - 1992)

Philosophy

"Each child has a matchless combination of potentials to be unleashed. It is the responsibility of a teacher to nurture the growth and development of each student in his or her preparation for life. This requires the guidance of the child with freedom to be uniquely himself or herself, but never usurping the freedom of others."


Toranj Irani
Primary Teacher

Degrees

High School - Karachi Grammar School, Karachi, Pakistan (1986)
Bachelors in Arts - Karachi, Pakistan (1990)
American Montessori International Certification - Karachi, Pakistan (2001)
Early Learning Childhood Diploma Certificate - Karachi, Pakistan (2001)

Work Experience

Wichita Montessori School (2006 - present)
Woodland Lakes Early Learning Center (2004 - 2006)
Learning Tree Preschool, Pakistan (2003 - 2004)
Links School, Pakistan (2001 - 2003)

Philosophy

"A key to a child's heart is to accept, care and love them for who they are."


Barbara Monahan
Upper Elementary Teacher

Degrees

NAMC/International Montessori Teacher Training Program (2015)

Elementary Education, Buena Vista University, Storm Lake, IA (1984)
BA P.E. (1977)

Work Experience

Wichita Montessori School (2011 - present)
6th Grade Teacher, Resource & P.E. Teacher, Sacred Heart Elementary, Spencer, IA (1991 - 2011)
Kindergarten Teacher, Watertown, SD (1997 - 1988)
5th Grade Teacher, Ellsworth AFB, Rapid City, SD (1984 - 1985)

Philosophy

"If you provide an environment filled with trust, caring, and high expectations, your students will work hard to reach their potential"


Julie Schmidt
Upper Elementary Teacher

Degrees

NAMC/International Montessori Teacher Training Program (2015)

Morningside College  Masters in Special Education Program (2002-2004)

University of Nebraska @ Omaha, BS in Education (1974)

 

 

Work Experience

Wichita Montessori School, (2014-present)

Intermediate Teacher in the following schools:

Council Bluffs Community School System, Council Bluffs IA (2008-2012)

Spencer Community Schools, Spencer, IA (2002-2007)                                                                     

New Hanover Community Schools, Wilmington, NC (1995-2000)

District 196 Public Schools, Apple Valley, MN (1994-1999)

Millard Public Schools, Omaha, NE (1983-1990)

Omaha Public Schools, Omaha, NE (1974-1983)

Philosophy

Empowering the learner, with guidance, to research and explore.

"Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow."

                                                                                       --Helen Keller

 


Mary Nur
Lower Elementary Teacher, Spanish, French, Art

Degrees

NAMC/International Montessori Teacher Training Program (20140

Wichita State University, BA French, Minor Spanish (1990)

Work Experience

Wichita Montessori School (1998 - present)
French teacher, The Independent School, Wichita KS (1990 - 1998)
Conducted extra-curricular Spanish course, Wichita KS (1991)
Foreign language teacher, summer sports camp, Wichita KS (1991)

Philosophy

"It is important for a child to feel successful. This can build a confidence that will stay with the child throughout their life. An atmosphere of discovery and responsibility is the ideal classroom environment."


Miranda Stegman
Lower Elementary Teacher

Degrees

M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction, Southwest Baptist University, Bolivar, MO (Anticipated May 2016)

B.S. Elementary Education 1-6/Art Education K-12, Southwest Baptist University, Bolivar, MO (2009)

Work Experience

Wichita Montessori School (2015 - present)

Village Green Primary/Elementary Teacher, Glen Ellyn, IL (2009-2014)

5th Grade Student Teacher, Bolivar Intermediate School, Bolivar, MO (2009)

Philosophy

Our care of the child should be governed, not by the desire to make him learn things, but by the endeavor always to keep burning within him that light which is called intelligence.”

― Maria Montessori

 


Joni Wilson
Lower Elementary Teacher

Degrees

NAMC/International Montessori Teacher Training Program (2013)

BA Elementary Education + 40 hours, University of Wyoming

Work Experience

Wichita Montessori School (2006 to present)
Teacher in American schools overseas, teacher in a Vietnamese refugee camp, tutored English to Japanese students (1986 - 1996)
1st Grade Teacher, Midwest WY (1979 - 1983)

Philosophy

"Prepare the child for the path, not the path for the child."


Kelly Wilson
Kindergarten Assistant Teacher

Degrees

Graduated Burlington High School, Burlington IA (1977)

Work Experience

Wichita Montessori School (1995 - present)
Kindergarten, Pre-K and nursery teacher in various churches (1981 - 1994)

Philosophy

"I believe that children who understand and demonstrate consistency and respect in the classroom are better equipped to learn and to feel successful. When teachers mentor these behaviors we can affect the children with whom we interact and help them develop to their greatest potential."