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Meet The Teachers

Jeanine James

Head of School

Jeanine James

Hello!

My name Jeanine James (known as Mrs. James) I am an accomplished teacher, administrator, and owner of the Royal Montessori Academy. Educating children while creating memories for hundreds of children throughout the years has brought so much joy to my life. I have 3 beautiful daughters and am married to my best friend who has supported my journey since the beginning.

Working with children has always been a true passion of mine since I was a young girl, whether it was playing with the neighborhood children or babysitting for families. This is where the love of teaching and guiding children stemmed from.

My teaching journey began when I decided that my first-born daughter was ready to attend Pre-School. I knew that I wanted to be by her side and to teach. Montessori was the Pre-School that I chose. I started as an assistant teacher in 2003 and became a teacher 4 years later. I hold a Montessori degree and Early Childhood certification specialized in teaching the toddler age (18 months through 3 years old), along with teaching Pre-school age through Kindergarten.

A role that is important and rewarding to me was the next step in my career, an Administrator. As an Administrator, not only do I get to see the children each day as they pass me on the way to class, but I also was able to help support each classroom, the teachers, and the children. Each and every child has a special place in my heart watching them learn and grow before my eyes.

After gaining further experience and continuing my education, I have become an owner. As an owner, I have the pleasure of working closely with each family and making sure that their choice for a Pre-School is an environment that is bright, fun, exciting, encourages a love for learning, filled with teachers who love to teach, teaches the Montessori curriculum and is an environment that gives the parents a feeling of trust leaving their child at school. The relationships with the parents are just as important to me as the children are. It’s a team effort and I am honored to be part of each family’s team. I have learned that Montessori isn’t just a curriculum, but rather a way of life.

Continuing education is one of many things the entire staff has in common; we all strive for more and want to learn more to bring that back to the children. I love that we get to all do this together.

With a loving heart, I cannot wait for your child to experience Royal Montessori Academy and look forward to watching all the children learn and grow!




Brittanie Curtis

School Administrator, West & East Campus

Brittanie Curtis

Bio coming soon ... 

Lauren Rowe

Assistant School Administrator, West Campus

Lauren Rowe

Hello, I am Lauren Rowe! I am so excited to be here at RMA! I grew up in Helena Montana and moved to Green Bay in 2012 where I finished my bachelor’s degree at UW-Green Bay. I am married to my wonderful husband Josh and we have a little boy, Coulson. We also have two dogs that keep us very busy.

I have always loved working with children and knew that was what I would eventually do for a career. I have worked with all age groups. Being a former teacher, I love being able to step into a classroom and see the children learning and exploring in the Montessori setting. Now I get to step into the role of Assistant Administrator and help with many different aspects of Royal Montessori Academy. I get to wear many hats in the day and I really like doing that, no two days are the same. I really enjoy helping everyone out when they need something. Being able to answer teaching questions or parents’ questions makes all days go by very quickly!

Everyone has been so kind welcoming me to Royal Montessori! I am looking forward to what the future has in store for myself and my family here!

Jean Brown

Assistant School Administrator, East Campus

Jean Brown

Hello, I am Jean Brown, I will be entering my 3rd school year with RMA as Assistant School Administrator of the East campus.

As Assistant School Administrator I get to work not only with the Administration team but also with all classrooms giving support to teachers and students as the need arises. I also work closely with families starting with touring the school and continuing as they enroll in our programs. I am here to answer any questions you may have as a parent and hope to make your child’s first school experience a positive one.

I earned my Preschool/Kindergarten certification from North American Montessori Center. Bringing with me to RMA 14 years of experience teaching in a Montessori preschool in Green Bay and assisting the Administrator of the school.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my husband, Bill of 30 years, two beautiful grown daughters and walking my puppy. I also enjoy working in my vegetable and flower gardens.

I am blessed to continue with RMA and look forward to an amazing school year working with all of you.

Ashtin Schmechel

Curriculum Coordinator, West & East Campus

Ashtin Schmechel

My name is Ashtin Schmechel, the Curriculum Coordinator at Royal Montessori Academy. I am a seasoned pre-school teacher with a Bachelor’s Degree in Early-Childhood Education and an International Montessori Early-Childhood Teaching Degree. I am also certified by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction to teach Early-Childhood to Middle-Childhood.

My Montessori Story:
My education professors at St. Norbert College accentuated the importance of being a lifelong learner. They talked about happiness and self-improvement going hand-in-hand and how the most self-fulfilled individuals will “embrace the responsibilities of being a lifelong learner.” It wasn’t until after graduation that their message really started to dawn on me.

I began teaching in a two’s and three’s classroom at a well-established and respected early-childhood center in Chicago, IL. We implemented a play and discovery-based curriculum that was supported by researched best practices for early learning. This is where my passion for early education exploded. After five years of continuous learning and practice using this method for teaching I moved back to Green Bay, WI.
In 2019, I began working at Royal Montessori Academy as a preschool-aged teacher. I was astonished to discover many similarities between the Montessori method for teaching and the play and discovery-based method. Feeling inspired and passionately curious I decided to do more research through the North American Montessori Center where I earned my International Montessori Teaching Diploma for preschool-aged children. Implementing a method that builds a lifelong learner mentality and based off of scientifically proven best practices for learning is extremely rewarding and gives power to our future leaders. I am so proud to be a Montessori education advocate and a support system to our wonderful teachers and students at Royal Montessori Academy.





Ashley Zeh

Toddler Teacher, West Campus

Ashley Zeh

Hello, my name is Ashley Zeh! I live in a small town outside of Green Bay with my son, Kayden. I began teaching Preschool in the Green Bay area in 2008, after earning my Bachelor’s degree in Family Life Education from UW Stevens Point. Since graduating, I have also attended and completed trainings in Sign Language, Multiple Intelligences, International Baccalaureate, Conscious Discipline and Zoo Phonics, to name a few. I love to learn new things and feel that’s an important part of being an educator; the more I learn, the more I can bring back to the classroom.

Having a child myself, I understand how important it is to find a Preschool program that provides a safe, comforting and enthusiastic environment for your child, as well as a welcoming environment for the parent! I believe all children start out with an intense desire to learn and by providing them with a secure and comfortable environment, I am better able to foster this learning.

Every child has interests and abilities that are unique to them and by allowing children to express themselves through work and play, I am able to gain a real understanding of the strengths and personalities of each child. I feel that teaching and learning should be fun for all those involved in the process; teachers, parents and students alike.

I can’t wait to share my love and passion for teaching with you and your children, here at Royal Montessori Academy!

Stephanie Washington

Toddler Teacher, West Campus

Stephanie Washington

Hello Parents! My name is Stephanie Washington. I have been working in the early childhood field for 10 years! I have 4 years experience in Montessori teaching and I also went to NWTC to and received my Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education.

I have lived in the Green Bay area for most of my life. I have two sons, Myles 5 and Austin 3 years old. In my free time I love to scrapbook, read, camping and go for walks with my family.

I have always known I wanted to be in the education field, but when I started co-teaching in a Toddler Classroom alongside Mrs. Nussbaum & Mrs. James I knew I definitely found my niche!

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to teach your young children. I am excited to dive into this new school year and share the joy in learning with you! 

Chiara Loreti

Toddler Teacher, West Campus

Chiara Loreti

Hello, my name is Chiara Loreti. I am so excited to join the Royal Montessori Academy team! I have had a love and passion for working with kids ever since I was able to babysit in the 5th grade. I worked as a summer nanny for multiple summers, have previously worked as an infant teacher at a childcare facility, and I recently substitute taught at the elementary level. In August 2020, I received my bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education at UW-Green Bay!

I have lived in Suamico, WI my entire life. I have two older brothers and a new sister in law! In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, going up north to my family's cabin in Mercer, WI, downhill skiing, traveling, and just relaxing!

I am looking forward to working at Royal Montessori Academy as a toddler teacher, and I look forward to meeting you all!

Teresa Nussbaum

Toddler Teacher, West Campus

Teresa Nussbaum

Hello, I am Mrs. Nussbaum! I have taught Pre-School in the Green Bay area for more than two decades bringing energy, patience and compassion into the classroom every day! I have a genuine and natural rapport with children and strive to build their self-confidence with gentle guidance and encouragement. My lesson plans are both educational and fun, based in the Montessori environment where the child learns through active discovery rather than passive reception.

I earned my Early Childhood Degree with honors in 1987 and my Montessori teaching credentials in 1991. I regularly attend Early Childhood conferences and workshops and observe in various Early Childhood settings. I understand what matters most to parents when choosing a Pre-School for their child. I am a mother a two boys myself. Safety and quality care are my top priorities!

Growing up in a military household I have lived around the world. I enjoy learning about other cultures and cuisines. In my free time I have taught Sunday school for three years, assisted in the art room at a local elementary school, been involved with Cub Scouts, involved as a flag football coach and volunteered for one school year with the Boys and Girls Club afterschool program. I also enjoy hiking, bird watching, gardening among other pastimes.

I feel blessed to have been with Royal Montessori Academy since the very beginning! The facility, teachers and owners all have the same vision and passion for Montessori Education that I do! It's an honor to be a part of what I believe is the most sought after Montessori program in our area!

Karina Radue

Toddler Teacher, West Campus

Karina Radue

My name is Karina Radue and I have been teaching at Royal Montessori Academy since September of 2014 and have loved every minute of it. I graduated from UWGB in 2011 with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Psychology and also received my Infant/Toddler Montessori certificate in 2017. I love being able to expand my education and learn more about the Montessori method and how to best use it in my classroom every day.

I have worked with children since I was a teenager with teaching Sunday School, helping with sports clinics, babysitting, as well as being a line therapist for autistic children. My favorite part of working with children and being a teacher is seeing their confidence and independence grow as they learn the many things they are capable off.

In my free time, I enjoy reading, watching all the Wisconsin sports teams, as well as cooking and baking. I also enjoy playing basketball, and volleyball when the opportunity arises.

I love being a part of the Royal Montessori Academy team and sharing my passion for teaching children.

Ms. Schlies

Toddler Teacher, West Campus

Ms. Schlies

Hello, I am Brianna Schlies. I am so excited to be joining Royal Montessori Academy, this will be an exciting experience for me to teach your children and work alongside these amazing teachers. I cannot wait to get to know all the children and to foster the love of learning for all! I bring to the classroom a degree in Early Childhood Education!

I currently reside in Green Bay, but grew up in the small town as Luxemburg, Wisconsin. Fun Fact: Luxemburg is home of the only stop and go light in Kewaunee County! I graduated from Luxemburg-Casco High School in 2015 and received my degree in Early Childhood Education. I have been teaching and working with children for almost 7 years and love that I am living my dream of working with children! For my own love for learning, my next goal is to pursue further education more specialized in Elementary education, all online.

My favorite hobbies outside of work are walking and spoiling my very spunky, Corgi puppy, named Peaches. I help run a mini donut and lemonade stand and that takes up most of our weekends in summer. When I am not doing that for fun, you can usually find me at any of the local dirt racetracks.

I cannot wait to meet all of you and have a great school year!

Michelle Lindeen

Toddler Teacher, West Campus

Michelle Lindeen

Hi Everyone!

My name is Michelle Lindeen. I am so motivated and extremely happy to be joining the teaching staff at Royal Montessori Academy.

Just a little background about myself... I've been married to my husband, John, for the last 22 + years. He is currently the Manager of Operations at Lambeau Field and the Manager of Operations for all parking connected with the Veterans' Memorial Complex. Together we have one son, Logan, who is currently beginning his degree program in Graphic Design.

Due to my husband's 17 years in the Marine Corps, we moved around a bit before settling in Green Bay in 2004 when he got assigned to recruiting duty. We continue to love Green Bay and hope to make it our forever home.

Early in my life, I knew I wanted to work with people. I was initially interested in nursing, until my mom was diagnosed early in her life with terminal brain cancer, and my dad had quadruple by-pass heart surgery in the same year. Spending an overwhelming amount of time in hospitals and seeing everyone go through so much was very emotionally taxing. It was then, I decided I could still touch lives and make a difference by focusing on the importance of teaching.

I started my college career in Elementary Education and later changed to Communication Disorders when classes were flooded with an over-abundance of Education majors like myself making it difficult to get classes and complete a degree program on time. My dad had spent his entire working career as a Speech Pathologist/Audiologist and was very influential in my decision. I finally received my Bachelor of Arts degree through the School of Education In Communication Disorders with a focus on Speech and Language Pathology and Audiology from the University of Wisconsin - EauClaire.

I've found through experience, I love working with children the most, and have been blessed to have 7 1/2 years working as a preschool teacher thus far.

Aside from being around children, I'm happiest when I'm spending time with my family - sometimes simply doing absolutely nothing. I also love movies, attending G.B. Gamblers hockey games, and anything and everything to do with Christmas. I enjoy traveling, whether it be for a day trip, a weekend, or something much grander. My favorite places thus far have been Barcelona, Spain, the Biltmore Estates in Asheville, North Carolina, Washington, D.C., The Luray Caverns in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, Wilmington, North Carolina, and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. My dream is to tour all of Europe some day. I also have fun entertaining, dabbling in interior design, cooking, and baking. Amongst my family and friends, I'm often referred to as "the Cake Lady".

I look forward to becoming an involved part of the Royal Montessori Academy Family and getting to know all of you and your children. Thank you so much for your warm welcome.

Bethany Heslip

Toddler Teacher, West Campus

Bethany Heslip

Hello, my name is Bethany Heslip and I am so excited to be apart of the Royal Montessori Academy family and work alongside some amazing teachers in the Toddler Classrooms. I graduated from UW-Stevens Point in 2010 with a BS in Family and Consumer Science and minored in Psychology. I’ve been educating children since my sophomore year in college and feel very privileged to be joining this amazing team of teachers and to facilitate growth and learning for your children at RMA.

I’m originally from Fargo, ND but Green and Gold run thick through my families veins and we made the move to Green Bay when I was in elementary school to become the Cheeseheads we are today! Currently, my husband Tyler, two children, Vera and Leo, and I live in Suamico, WI. In my free time, I love arts and crafts, hanging out with family and to go camping.

Shannon Parmentier

Toddler Teacher, West Campus

Shannon Parmentier

Hello parents, families, and the wonderful Royal Montessori Academy community! My name is Shannon Parmentier. I am originally from Marshfield, Wisconsin, but I have enjoyed being a “cheesehead” here in Green Bay since 2014.

I received my Bachelor’s degree in ‘Family and Consumer Science-Family Life Education’ from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 2011. Go Pointers! I have enjoyed working with children since my college years, which includes: being a Big Sister with the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization, volunteering at an elementary school, interning at a family resource center, and completing two years of service with AmeriCorps. One of my fondest memories of working with children was when I was an AmeriCorps member. I had the enjoyment of participating in a duathlon with many of the students I mentored throughout the year. The relationships I formed with these students proved to me that teaching children would be in my future again.

My husband and I have been married since 2017. We live in Howard with our 1 year old son, named Maverick, and our petite goldendoodle, named Lui. Our boys keep us busy, but we love spending time together playing basketball, walking, and visiting with our families and friends.

I look forward to another great year and look forward to meeting you soon!



Cassie Bauer

Preschool Teacher, West Campus

Cassie Bauer

Hello RMA families!

My name is Cassie Bauer and I am so excited to be a part of the team at Royal Montessori!

As a child, any time I was asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, my answer was always the same. I wanted to be a teacher! I graduated from UWGB in 2010 with a degree in Psychology and Human Development and I quickly applied my education to childcare. I worked with children on the autism spectrum using Applied Behavioral Analysis for over 10 years before accepting a position as a teacher for RMA.

I currently live in Appleton though I am hoping to move back to the Green Bay area soon! In my free time I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, reading a good book, getting cozy and watching a good movie, or going out to see some live music!

I look forward to getting to know your family and help your child learn while respecting their individuality and unique personalities!

Julie Phillips

Preschool Teacher, West Campus

Julie Phillips

Hello my name is Julie Phillips. I am so excited to a part of the Royal Montessori Academy team. I have taught preschool for the last 18 years and have my degree in early childhood education. I love getting children excited about life and learning!

My husband and I are high school sweethearts, and got married when he left active duty in the Navy. Our daughter Katalina is 17 and our son Ryan is 9. We love kayaking, horseback riding and waterfall treks. We enjoy spending time at our cabin in Minocqua, and at our camper down at Devil's River Campground. We have a German Shepherd named Pepper who goes everywhere with us. We recently moved to New Franken and are enjoying the country life, eating organic and going to Farmers Markets.

Teaching and working with children is such a rewarding experience, I look forward to getting to know all the families and your children! 

Irina Lanich

Preschool Teacher, West Campus

Irina Lanich

Hello Everyone-

I have been in educational field serving students of all ages for nearly 17 years; eleven out those years had been dedicated to teaching Montessori method.

I have carried and applied Montessori approach outside of Montessori grounds, and was amazed to see how still relevant, valid and effective it is to this day in achieving academic success regardless of the age!

Along with Maria Montessori's discovery of ability of young children to learn and necessity of educating them, I side with Montessori approach to educate young children. Together with Montessori principles, I believe and practice helping children discover their potential within prepared classroom environment that reflects her philosophy, filled with creative ethos of Montessori materials, teacher's care, student's inquiry. I prepare that environment that is resplendent with abundant quality literature that I believe to be a foundation pillar of all learning across all disciplines; classroom that promotes and sustains emergent literacy paving the way for acquiring 21st century skills, multiple intelligences, self-efficacy that in turn contributes to building student's character.

I look forward to working together in providing the best possible care for children with great emphasis on quality education, cooperative community of life-long learners.



Leilani Kaufmann

Preschool Teacher, West Campus

Leilani Kaufmann

Hell RMA Families!

I am Leilani Kaufmann. An AMS (American Montessori Society) certified primary directress/teacher. I attended classes and received my certification from the Seton Montessori Institute, Clarendon Hills, IL. I am celebrating 20 years of experience in the field of Montessori education this fall!

I enjoy spending my free time with my husband Kyle and our 9 year old son Gordon who has also attended Montessori programs from the age of 3 months thru Kindergarten graduation.

Montessori has blessed our lives in so many ways! I can't wait to embark on our journey of learning and growing together this year!

Kathleen Craw

Preschool Teacher, West Campus

Kathleen Craw

Hello my name is Kathleen Craw. I live in Green Bay with my 16 year old daughter Alexis and my dog cookie aka cookie monster. I am excited and looking forward to working with the students at Royal Montessori Academy.

I attended Silver Lake College in Manitowoc Wisconsin and received a duel major in Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education in 2008. My career in education has allowed me to work in the childcare setting as well as in home settings. I have always loved to watch children learn and grow.

In my free time I enjoy reading books, doing crafts and spending time with family. As this will be my first year at RMA I can not wait to see what opportunities and adventures arise.

Janet Burns

Toddler Teacher, West Campus

Janet Burns

Hello Families of RMA,

My name is Janet Burns and I would like to share a bit about myself. Let me begin with how excited I am to have the opportunity to teach and guide your child! To see the strides and growth in a toddler is amazing. I look forward to developing your child’s knowledge, social skills, and independence using the Montessori method. I love the way children at this age absorb and learn from everything they see, smell, hear, touch, and taste!
 
My teaching career at RMA began in 2016 at the East campus working in a toddler classroom alongside Mrs. James. Here I learned many valuable tools to ensure your child will be successful as they grow in a Montessori classroom. A year later I transferred to the West campus to continue teaching toddlers and build relationships with the wonderful families, as together we develop the confidence and independence in each child.

For over 40 years I have been working with children of all ages. The excitement of learning and experiencing things for the first time is such a rewarding experience with toddlers. I feel the world is an open book and I am here to turn the pages for your toddler and help them grow.
I have raised 4 children who are now all successful adults. I have 3 sons and 1 daughter who resides in Wisconsin, Arizona, and Oregon.

We have always been a very active family, so now that my children have grown this allows me time to pursue my love to travel. Together with my husband Paul, we plan to visit all 50 states.  We also enjoy spending weekends at the cabin, hanging out on the pontoon, snowshoeing, kayaking, photography, and cheering on the Packers and the Badgers.

A special gift that I once received shares the message “It Takes a Big Heart to Shape Little Minds”
My heart overflows when I know that I have made a positive impact on a child and touched their heart while teaching them to be a successful toddler. I look forward to sharing these experiences with you and your precious toddler!
 



Kelsey Marcks

Toddler Teacher, West Campus

Kelsey Marcks

Hello Royal Montessori Families,

My name is Kelsey Marcks. I am excited to be teaching at the Royal Montessori Academy. I grew up in a small town near Madison, Wisconsin with my parents and two sisters, one of which is my twin.

I attended the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and have received a bachelor degree in Human Development and Psychology. I am so excited to apply what I have learned to my new classroom!

After graduating college I decided to stay in the Green Bay area and I now live in the wonderful village of Howard with my husband Eric. In my free time, I am normally very active. I participate in softball, volleyball, golf, and snowboarding. I also like to bike, rollerblade and go for walks/runs. But if I am not playing a sport or just being active you might see me watching sports, being crafty, and hanging out with family and friends.

Teaching children, watching them grow, and seeing them smile is such a blessing in a teacher’s life. I am excited to get to know all of you and help your child grow and become their own independent person.

Rebecca Gardipee

Toddler Teacher, West Campus

Rebecca Gardipee

Hello, my name is Rebecca Gardipee. I am a new teacher this year and I’m truly honored to be part of Royal Montessori Academy. I have always had a deep passion for teaching and working with children.

I have a background in History and German and a Masters in Counseling. I have worked within the Ashwaubenon School District for three years as a substitute teacher and absolutely loved it. I found the greatest happiness was whenever I got to work with children and watch them grow with learning new ideas.

I have lived in Ashwaubenon for the majority of my life and currently reside in Green Bay. I have been fortunate enough to get to visit other states with my boyfriend and his amazing daughter. In my free time you can find me with my three-year-old golden retriever, Wixon or Wix for short. He has been the absolute best fur child ever, and maybe just a little spoiled.

I am thoroughly looking forward to this fall and winter as they are my favorite times of the year and excited for the apple picking and baking that goes along with it and the memories to create. I’m excited to join a great academy and blessed for the opportunity to work beside so many amazing teachers to help your children succeed in learning. 

Isabella Brabant

Preschool Teacher, West Campus

Isabella Brabant

Hello RMA families,

My name is Isabella Brabant. I am from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan (AKA the U.P.) right across the border of Wisconsin. I recently got married to my wonderful husband and moved here to the Green Bay area! During my spare time, you can find me outside with my dog and husband exploring nature or in the kitchen trying out new recipes.

I am currently enrolled at The University of Wisconsin Green Bay as a senior receiving my bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Human Development. I have worked in many climates including childcare, afterschool programs, volunteer work with children at an equestrian center in Puerto Rico as a missionary and working with children that have been diagnosed with autism through Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy.

This is my very first year here at the RMA! I am SO excited. My passion is creating a safe environment that assists children in shining their light to build up dreams, aid in developing character and positive personality traits. I believe that by staying consistent, warm, and diligent children will learn how to act in the same way and contribute to society in a positive manner. It is going to be an amazing year!

Ashley Andrejeski

Toddler Teacher, West Campus

Ashley Andrejeski

Hello, my name is Ashley Andrejeski. I live in Appleton with my husband Thomas, our beautiful daughter Harriet Louise, and our two dogs, Remmington and Mia. I have been a teacher with Royal Montessori Academy for three years now and love the atmosphere and my coworkers that I work with.

I attended Silver Lake College in Manitowoc, Wisconsin and received a duel major in Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education in December of 2015. My career in the education field has allowed me to work both in a childcare setting as well as within the public school setting. I have also had the privilege to work with Pierce County Birth to Three as their program coordinator, service coordinator, and teacher prior to joining RMA. I enjoy working with children and love being able to see them grow and thrive into the individuals they are going to be later in life.

In my spare time I love to spend time with my family and close friends, watch movies, paint, and go up to my family’s cottage in Townsend, Wisconsin. I am excited to continue my journey at Royal Montessori Academy and am eager to meet you and your child and help them grow into their own unique person.

Cindi Dinkler

Toddler Teacher, West Campus

Cindi Dinkler

Hi! I’m Mrs. Dinkler. I am delighted to be coming onboard to serve you and your children. I’ve just finished raising my own nine children, but I still have lots of love to give. Knowing my years of childrearing was coming to an end, I enrolled in a Masters of Education program at UW River Falls to become a certified Montessori Teacher. Through the years I have loved the Montessori methodology. The more I learn of it, and the more I apply it, the more I love it. I had the privilege of being an assistant teacher at Appleton Public Montessori School. Now I am excited to share in the leadership of a classroom of my own.

I have been married for thirty-six years to the best man in the whole world. We enjoy our large family and our eight grandsons. We also like to take long bike rides and enjoy reading books together. I also love to write. I have written several children’s picture books and someday hope to be published! I look forward to meeting each of you and your precious children.

Brittney Baierl

Preschool Teacher, West Campus

Brittney Baierl

Hello! It is a tremendous honor to have the privilege of caring and teaching your child! I began my career as a float among childcare classrooms. Then I moved into my own classroom of toddlers! I have taught 2&3 year olds for a little more than ten years. Together our main focus was growing and learning, while figuring out this (sometimes crazy) world around us. I was also fortunate in having experience working with a great after school program where I was able to gain experience with so many school agers! I have my associates degree in Early Childhood Education from NWTC and multiple more child related certificates. I enjoy being educated as much as I enjoy teaching the littles!

I have lived in Green Bay all my life, with many trips outside the state growing up. Traveling is still important to me and I’m lucky enough to be able to seek new adventures with my long time boyfriend, Oscar. Together we love cooking (or me spending time in the kitchen as he cooks), attending concerts (it’s so cool seeing so many various artists with different styles of music, so much talent!) and attending farmers's markets. Oscar is the proud dad of a daughter and son who I absolutely adore!

In my spare time you can find me thinking of new home improvement projects, planning playdates for my niece and Oscar’s children, or curled up with a favorite book.

This will be my second year with my RMA family and I look forward to learning with your child this year. Thank you for this amazing opportunity!

Alexandra Loden

Preschool Teacher, West Campus

Alexandra Loden

Hello! My name is Alexandra Loden (soon to be Mrs. VanAlstyne next summer)! I am so excited for the 2021-2022 school year, as this is my first year teaching at RMA!

I grew up emerged in the world of early childhood education from a young age, as my mom is a Speech Pathologist, who frequently brought me to volunteer at her school. During high school, I earned my volunteer hours as a teacher’s helper at Bonnie McBeth Learning Center in Plainfield, Illinois.

After high school, I continued my education at Joliet Junior College in Illinois where I earned an Associate’s of Arts degree. I am currently attending the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay as a senior this year, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Developmental Psychology, with plans to graduate Spring of ‘22.

I have worked as a nanny for the past four years and have a passion for working children! I have personally witnessed children develop and discover so much about themselves through Montessori exploration. In my spare time, I love taking my German Shepherd Cosmo to the dog park and going on hikes with my Fiancé Brian.

Bonnie Jost

Kindergarten/Preschool Teacher, West Campus

Bonnie Jost

Coming soon...

Mackenzie VanLaarhoven

Kindergarten/Preschool Teacher, West Campus

Mackenzie VanLaarhoven

Hello! My name is Mackenzie VanLaarhoven and I am thrilled to be back at RMA, this time as a teacher! I attended University of Wisconsin - Green Bay where I double majored in Education and Psychology and am a 2019 graduate. I moved back to the Marinette area, where I am from, after graduation and taught 4th grade for my first year of teaching. Life was bringing me back to Green Bay and I loved working as a before/after school teacher at RMA in my college years. I knew that this was a place I would love to teach at and I had to reach out to see if there was an opening. I’m honored that I was given the opportunity to teach here.

In my free time I love hiking, shopping, and spending time with my friends/family. I recently got engaged and will be getting married in summer 2022. Together my fiancé and I enjoy watching sports, playing disc golf, and having dinner date nights on Friday’s!

I’m greatly looking forward to this upcoming school year! Teaching is my true passion and I look forward to sharing my love of learning with your children.

Sendi Abundiz

Toddler Teacher, East Campus

Sendi Abundiz

Hello my name is Sendi Abundiz and I have the privilege of being a part of Royal Montessori Academy.

I have an Early Childhood Education background. I am super excited to start my new journey with your child. I love working with children and my goal is to teach each child through imagination, creativity and play.

As a parent, I understand how important it is to leave your child in a loving, safe and educational environment.

During my free time I volunteer at my church helping our Hispanic community. I enjoy spending time with my family going fishing, camping, biking and anything that includes the outdoors. I am looking forward to a fantastic leaning adventure with the children.

Roxanne Matzke

Toddler Teacher, East Campus

Roxanne Matzke

Hello RMA Families! I am so thrilled to be a part of this amazing school since they first opened. I have the privilege of being an infant/toddler teacher at this school.

They joy teaching this age brings to my life is not measurable. I truly love watching the students light up with their first smiles to the first steps they take in our environment.

My goal in the classroom is to make sure your child is well cared for physically, emotionally and academically.

Thank you for allowing me to be on this journey with you and the joy to watch your children grow.

Marianne Galligan

Toddler Teacher, East Campus

Marianne Galligan

Hello RMA Families!

My name is Marianne Galligan. I am originally from Long Island, NY, but, I have been here in WI throughout my married life. I have been a part of the RMA family for five years. My husband and I have two daughters, Corinne and Colleen. Corinne has her Masters in Music Education with Kodaly Emphasis and has been taking summer classes at the University of St. Thomas for World Music Teaching Certification. Colleen has just finished her first year in grad school at the UMN-Minneapolis for her doctorate in PT. Our family are animal lovers. We have several cats and two Newfoundland's as we are animal LOVERS.

I have many years working with children, toddler to preschool age, and have thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it! Upon presenting a new to concept them, I just love how their eyes sparkle with amazement; expanding their minds. Throughout our days, we teach each other something new each day.

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, when we can, due to our busy schedules. Even if it’s virtual! It helps keep us all connected as a family. I enjoy going for daily walks with our dogs. When we are able to, we love to travel, as well as seeing our respective families back in NY. My husband is from Rochester, NY and as mentioned, I am from Long Island.

I look forward to meeting each family at RMA and look forward to a great school year!

Tracy Sette

Toddler Teacher, East Campus

Tracy Sette

Hello RMA families!

My name is Tracy Sette and I am one of the toddler teachers at Royal Montessori Academy. This will be my 6th year at RMA and I am excited to be returning to the East campus full time! I live in Green Bay with my husband, Ryan, our 8 year old son, Miles, and our 2 mini Goldendoodles, Jameson and Stella.

My love of working with children started early. I grew up in an in-home daycare and started helping my mom as soon as I was able. I attended UW-Green Bay and have a bachelor's degree in Psychology and Human Development. When my son was born I decided to leave my corporate job and watch children in my home. I loved the three years I spent as a home care provider, but after a move to a new neighborhood I made the difficult decision to return to work. I consider myself very blessed to have found RMA and to continue as a caregiver while watching my son flourish in the Montessori environment!

I love spending my spare time with my family and friends enjoying farmer’s markets, festivals, and bonfires. I love going to see live music, particularly my husband (he is a guitar player) and our musician friends perform. I also enjoy reading, cooking, and traveling. I especially enjoy Ireland, Germany, and anywhere a Disney Cruise ship happens to go!

Katie Vogt

Toddler Teacher, East Campus

Katie Vogt

Hello RMA families,

My name is Katie Vogt. I grew up in De Pere, WI and now reside in Suamico, WI with my wonderful husband, Eric, our son Jackson (2 years old) and we recently welcomed a baby girl, Ava, into our family. I enjoy spending time with my family, friends and doing anything outdoors. My favorite outdoor hobbies are gardening, hiking and fishing. My husband and I spend a lot of time on our patio relaxing when Wisconsin weather permits…once winter hits, it's Packer season! I also love live music and will catch a concert whenever I get the opportunity.

I have been teaching at Royal Montessori Academy in the toddler program for 3 years. I have enjoyed helping students learn and grow and been so proud watching them move onto preschool. Before joining Royal Montessori's team, I worked with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders for 6 years. That career taught me so many valuable skills… most importantly patience! Being able to help kids with special needs become more independent and develop new skills has been extremely important to me and very rewarding. I love watching kids learn and experience new things. I am so thrilled to have joined the RMA team and to be continuing my passion to teach children.

I am looking forward to meeting each of you and becoming a positive impact on your child’s life!

Skylar Mounce

Toddler Teacher, East Campus

Skylar Mounce

Hello! My name is Skylar Mounce. I grew up in Marinette WI, But have lived here in Green Bay since 2008 after moving here to attend UW-Green Bay. While attending school there I majored in both human development and psychology. After that, I went on to also get a masters degree in community counseling from Lakeland College.

I worked in the counseling field for a short time, but after having kids of my own I fell in love with teaching and decided to make a career change. That's when I found Royal Montessori. Being a toddler teacher is so fun and so rewarding. No two days are ever the same!

In my free time, I love spending time with my husband Luke and our two beautiful kids, Maliyah and Conrad. We also have a dog named Leland. As a family, we love spending time outdoors playing in our own back-yard or going fishing.

Thank you for taking some time to learn about me! I am looking forward to teaching your children and getting to know you all.

Mallory Woelfel

Preschool/Kindergarten Teacher, East Campus

Mallory Woelfel

Hello! Let me start by telling you how extremely grateful I am each day to be apart of the RMA family! I was lucky enough to join the team when the East campus opened it's doors in 2015 and haven't looked back since!

I was born and raised in Green Bay and have not veered far from, I love that I can call this place my hometown! I attended UWGB and earned my degree in education, with a double certification in early childhood/elementary and middle school education. While attending UWGB, I was lucky enough to do part of my student teaching in Cuernavaca, Mexico for 12 weeks where I taught 4th grade English. It was an experience I will not soon forget, and cherish forever! My other half of my student teaching was spent in Red Smith's 4K classroom! Throughout my education I became interested in the Montessori teaching approach and philosophy, and saw how positively a child could be impacted by this method. I am currently working towards earning a Montessori diploma in early childhood through North American Montessori Center, as my goal is to always do better for your children! I love working with kids and being an educator - it is my true passion!

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, camping, being a mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters, cozying up with a good book, traveling, cooking, attending packer games, going to concerts, and checking projects off my home renovation list!

I look forward to the opportunity in being apart of your child's learning as they begin their education journey!

Alyssa Kropp

Preschool/Kindergarten Teacher, East Campus

Alyssa Kropp

Hello! My name is Alyssa Kropp as of August 1st! I just got married! (Calling me Ms. Moeller though will be just fine!). This is my fourth year here at RMA! I love teaching here! We have amazing students, parents, and co-teachers! I am a 2016 graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay with a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education. Along with my four years here at RMA, I have many field hours working in Green Bay and the surrounding areas! I have worked with students of all elementary ages and in all subjects. Math being my favorite!

I am from Seymour, Wisconsin and it will be my forever home. I come from a farming family and so does my husband Cody! If I am not teaching or at the farm, you can find me enjoying my free time! I enjoy riding my Harley, sewing, shooting trap, gardening, and spending time with my siblings.

Katie Gerczak

Preschool Teacher, East Campus

Katie Gerczak

Hello, my name is Katie Gerczak. I’m super excited to join the Royal Montessori Academy team. I am a graduate of University Wisconsin - Stevens Point with a degree in Family Life Education.

I was born and raised outside Green Bay WI. I recently moved back after living in Stevens Point for nearly 9 years. I am happy to be back home and for all that Green Bay has to offer.

Prior to working at RMA I have worked a variety of jobs with children and families. I worked with UW-Extension Portage County as a home visitor and Nutrition Educator and After School Site Director.

In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. Being a true Wisconsin girl I try to enjoy all the seasons Wisconsin has to offer. I love to hike, kayak, bonfires, and snowshoeing. I also love football, traveling and being crafty.

I am so excited to be given this opportunity to teach the young children at RMA.

Heather Schoen

Preschool Teacher, East Campus

Heather Schoen

Hello Everyone!

My name is Heather Schoen. I was born and raised in Suamico and currently still reside there. I am thankful for the opportunity of working at Royal Montessori Academy for the past five years. I’ve always enjoyed working with young children, so I knew this environment was best for myself. I work currently in the toddler program and love every minute of it. Their personalities brighten my day as well as keeping me on my toes!

I received a double major in Psychology and Human Development in 2014 at UWGB. Being an advocate for children has always been extremely important in my lifetime, especially because young children look up to us. Watching them learn, grow, and succeed makes my job even more special.

In my free time I enjoy being with my family and friends. I welcomed my first child April 13th, 2020, his name is Emmett and I could not imagine life without him. I look forward to another great school year. I cannot wait to meet you all!

Sara Bieda

Toddler Teacher, East Campus

Sara Bieda

Hello RMA Families!

Let me introduce myself...I am Mrs. Bieda! I was born and raised in Ashwaubenon, and attended Bellin College where I became a radiologic technologist. While I waited for a radiographer position to open at a pediatric hospital, I took, what I thought would be, a temporary position as a nanny. It was then that I discovered my desire to teach children. Year after year, I pushed my plan to work in radiology further away, and continued to follow my heart with teaching. During my time as a nanny, I worked with large families, and discovered the immense benefits of the Montessori multiage concept. I focused on creating lesson plans that drove children to want to learn from themselves and others around them. When I started a family of my own, I wanted my children to be challenged to learn in an environment that was going to naturally encourage them be the best possible version of themselves. That is what brought me to Royal Montessori Academy, and where I’m following my dream of teaching.

I currently reside in Ashwaubenon with my incredible husband and our three young boys, Beckham, Callahan, and Holland. We also have a goldendoodle named Murray! Together we enjoy spending time at our family cottage, relaxing in our backyard, hanging out with our families, watching the Green Bay Packers and NCAA basketball, going to the farmer's market, and enjoying each little moment we share together.

I’ve always had an appreciation for a challenge, a love for learning, and a desire to better myself. Being a teacher gives me these opportunities every day. Each student is unique, and not like any other, and this challenges me to find the best way to connect with them. Children see the world in a way that adults often cannot, and I am so thankful to be reminded of their perspective each day. It may be my job to teach students, but what I am learning from them every day is so much more. I love being a teacher because my students inspire me to be a better listener, a better friend, a better coworker, a better teammate, a better mom, a better wife, a better teacher, and a better me.


As a mom myself, I know the feeling of leaving your children in someone else’s care, and that is why I strive to build a connection with not only your child, but your entire family. I want you to know that when you leave your child in my care, I will make sure they are safe and loved, and that they are challenged to be the best version of themselves. They say it takes a village to raise a child, and I fully believe that. I am so excited for the opportunity to be a part of your village!

Mackenzie Lambert

Preschool Teacher, East Campus

Mackenzie Lambert

Hello and welcome to my teacher profile page. My name is MacKenzie Lambert and I am thrilled to be part of the Royal Montessori Academy Family.

From an early age I have always had a passion for working with children. In 2014 I earned my degree in both Elementary Education and Elementary Special Education from Silver Lake College.

Prior to joining the Royal Montessori Academy team, I have worked with children in many different settings. I worked in the surrounding districts as a Pre-K-12 substitute teacher. I nannied for twins in China where I taught basic English and daily living skills. I also had the opportunity to work with children with Autism using Applied Behavior Analysis. In the summer I am a volunteer coach for Miracle League.

As for my interests I have a variety. I love to read, travel, spend time with my friends and family, attend concerts, and go camping. Thank you for visiting my page. I can’t wait to work with you and your family.

Karen Valentin

Maintenance Coordinator

Karen Valentin

Hello RMA families! My name is Karen Valentin. I am the Maintenance Coordinator for our school at both the east and west campus locations. I've been the maintenance industry for over 10 years servicing Green Bay and surrounding area businesses helping to keep their facilities clean, safe and organized for optimum success.

My daughter, Tara Collins, the founder of Royal Montessori Academy, reached out to me in 2017 to join this amazing team of women and commit to just helping her business grow and stay on top of its maintenance needs. What a blessing it's been! Working with my daughter, watching, and being a part of the success and growth of Royal Montessori Academy has filled my heart with pride. She has since sold the school to Mrs. James, her Administrator, and it's been equally as rewarding to now watch her and help her grow the school into what it is today!

Each day, I commit myself to making sure this school is safe, clean and ready for your children to learn without worry!