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Tara Collins

Head of School

Tara Collins

Hello World! It’s me, Tara Collins!

Who am I?

First off I am the “Trophy Wife” (laughing out loud to myself as I type this) to Paul Collins and Mother to 4 beautiful children who are funny, caring, loving, silly … who are we kidding sometimes those kids are sassy too! Oh, I also am the owner of Royal Montessori Academy! Whew, that’s a lot of jobs! Paul and I have three daughters and then all the stars were aligned and our 4th child was a son. I love being a mother and wife. Those two jobs are something I will never take for granted and I hold near and dear to my heart. I am always conscious of my responsibilities to my family and constantly strive to be the best for them.

Together Paul and I own Overhead Solutions, Inc., a local roofing company that we started from the ground up January of 2010. We are so proud of how our hard work has paid off. Together we are a dream team…or at least in our world we are!

Now let’s talk about how Royal Montessori Academy came about!

First off in the wee stages of creating this school, the name was going to be Montessori Academy. Boring right? Then one day my youngest daughter Sofia asked me to read her a book. Of course she chose a “Sofia the First” book to read to her. All you parents of girls out there know who “Sofia the First” is. As I was reading to her in our home office the character in the book kept referring to her “Royal” school. Just a few short pages in I knew that the word “Royal” had to be involved in this business. I immediately looked online to see if the name was available and it was! From that moment forward we were nothing short of “Royal.”

I started Royal Montessori Academy (okay I am changing it to RMA for short) for a few key reasons. One of them was my daughter Stella. She was enrolled into a Preschool and every day I would drop her off she would cry so hard and was so unhappy. My heart couldn’t handle it. I was lying in bed one night talking to my husband trying to figure out what was triggering her to be so unhappy. Long story short was I had to make a change. I NEEDED to make a change for her. So I went off and explored many other Preschools and thought we would just make a move that way. After I explored within our city I didn’t find the environment I was yearning for her. I just wanted something that spoke to her. Bright, colorful, fun and most of all HAPPY! Shouldn’t the halls be filled with color and Bob Marley or the Laurie Berkner Band playing in the background? That was it, I decided. I am going to build my own school. Can I do that? Can a mother who wants more for her child just make more for her? The answer is YES she can!

I live in Suamico and knew I wanted the new school to be close to my home in the Howard area. So I met with a builder in our area who to get this ball rolling! I didn’t have anything in hand but my ideas. Scared out of my mind that they would think I am some looney mother. I will never forget this morning. I was sick as a dog the 24 hours prior but I got my hinder out of bed put myself together and went in there feeling only 50% and gave it my all. I told them all about how I wanted to make a change, my ideas, my visions and then asked for them to help me do it! Now looking back I am 100% sure they thought I was a looney mother but none the less they helped me move forward by getting some building budgets together. Just some rough numbers were thrown around to build a brand new facility in the area I wanted and I don’t know if it was the sickness or the shock but I nearly fell off my rocker. I just knew I couldn’t afford to build a new school. I was feeling like it was the end of the road for me. I felt like the idea that is so great in my head wouldn’t ever be a reality. Cue the perfect comeback movie music here… they said hang on just one second let me make a call. With that one phone call he said to me, “I know of a vacant building for you to look at.” I couldn’t believe it. I looked at the building and that was it. I knew this was the home for RMA. Just a little facelift and the building would be perfect. Okay so I have an idea, vision and building. Now all I needed was money and an amazing staff. That sounds easy…right?

Business plans. Business plans. I needed to write a business plan before I ask a bank for money? Oh, crap. I had never done that before but that sure wasn’t going to stop me. Try not to judge too harshly about my upcoming parent neglect but I had worked that Friday morning until Sunday at midnight every waking moment on this business plan. I wanted it to be perfect. It had to be perfect. Well the outcome was just about perfect. I had thought of everything and included everything…except my contact information. A little embarrassing when I met with the bank and didn’t have any of that included or a card on me. Fortifi bank was what I needed. I needed to find a bank who would believe in the vision of this school and they sure did. Turns out that Fortifi understood just what I was looking for as a parent and believed in me. I was just about doing cartwheels after this meeting. I hope you are still with me now we have the idea, vision, building AND money! Things were just rolling.

I put my surgical gloves on and started the facelift of the building. Our building had been vacant for 4 years so it needed some cosmetic work. Paint and flooring everywhere. I spend hours looking thought Pinterest boards and on websites for ideas on how the school should look. No one picture expressed what I was looking for so I started my idea board and meshed them all together. We have an environment that is bright, fun, colorful and calming in all the right areas. We spent one whole month dedicated to painting every area in this building and the next redoing all the floors. Over 27,000 square feet! My husband and so many members of my family came to help out in whatever way they could! Soon enough the renovation was complete. Now all I needed was teachers and materials.

I needed teachers but most importantly a counterpart for the business end of the business. I knew there was one person I wanted, no had to have on my team. It was Mrs. Jeanine James! Mrs. James is a Toddler teacher who has taught my 3 daughters and we just loved her! Some of you parents may have been there where you have a teacher that you could just kidnap from the school and beg them to live in your house and help you raise your kids, that’s her. She is a potty training guru and has this amazing understanding of children and how they operate. I went on the hunt and came out dragging my very own Mrs. James! She has proven to be an amazing asset and I am so thankful for her! She not only can keep up with the kids but can keep up with me. She is the other half of me at RMA. Next we knew we needed a true "Montessorian" to come in and fine tune all the Montessori details of the classrooms. One name came to mind for Mrs. James and that was Mrs. Kauffman. Mrs. Kauffman is a "Montessorian" through and through. She help me enhance the Montessori curriculum and get all the right materials for the classrooms. Together it’s amazing to collaborate and bring this Montessori curriculum up to date with what is relevant in our world now and how we can benefit from the changes in the world since Maria Montessori was alive. As I hire teachers and staff for our school I am constantly raising the bar. I refuse to lower the bar. These are our children and this is the person spending the majority of their day with them. They need to be the best. I can honestly stay with 100% certainty that every person that joins our staff brings something amazing to the table and has a passion for teaching. I want to provide a place of employment for them that they can retire from. 

In a nutshell that is how RMA started. Since then we have continued every day to make this place the best in our area. Push the boundaries with preschool education and bring the children an amazing curriculum within an amazing school. I always tell the staff at RMA “I will always set you up for success.” I believe in this a thousand fold. I want to set the teachers up for success which will in turn set the students up for success and so on.

Now let’s talk about this parent group you may be thinking about joining…

We are AWESOME! You know how you have a vision for your kids to be in an amazing learning environment with other amazing kids? Those awesome kids come from awesome parents. This parent group is like none other that I have seen with my own two eyes. These parents are so involved and invested in their children’s education and experience at RMA. I feel such an amazing connection with this group. I have laughed with many, cried with some and loved their kids with all. I had never given this part of the school much thought. I honestly thought I would work in the office and be out of sight out of mind. Boy was I wrong. I am so excited to see these parents and students every day and help in any way I can. When you are running late for work and need to get your child to their class in a hot second to make it to work on time I am the first one at the door swooping up that child saying “Bye Dad and Mom! You go I’ve got this.” I feel so passionately that any way I can help and make a student’s transition into their school day easier I will do. I try to be creative in giving them a special task that can take some of their attention away from being sad that Mom and Dad are leaving and let them do something special. This part of the job fills my heart up completely.

For those parents that have taken the plunge with me on this journey already, THANK YOU! Saying verbally that I appreciate you doesn’t even come close to how much appreciation I have for your business. All your kind words about the school and referrals don’t go unnoticed. Just recently we had our first field trip as a school and as I stood there watching the children climb in and out of a large mouth display at the Children’s Museum of Green Bay I was overcome with emotion. I cried and then Mrs. James cried. I cannot believe I, a mom who wanted more for her kids, made this idea in my head a reality. We did it.

I have told every parent to come through these doors the same thing; I speak Mom. I am a parent just like you. I learned so much though this process and probably the most important thing I learned is that what we feel in our guts as parents is never wrong. It is our instinct to protect our children and want the best for them. I learned that I am not as looney as I thought, I am just a Mom who wouldn’t accept that what we had out there was the best that there was for my children.

UPDATE: We are on to building #2!! WOW! I cannot believe after 12 months of opening RMA I would have purchased another location for the East side of Green Bay. I am floored but beyond humbled and excited.

Daily I am just thankful, grateful and amazed at how much I LOVE this school, the families and the students. I never knew I would have felt this way about this - or I would have done it sooner! The emails, texts, chats and kind words you parents share with me is like adding fuel to a fire. It is so rewarding and I am thankful for all of you. You notice the small things. You notice the hard work.

RMA East opened September 1, 2015 and is just as beautiful as RMA West! I kept all the amazing colors, curriculum and most importantly standard for both locations. Come check out our East Campus too! 

I won't let you down!

Thanks for reading my bio...or blog-ish.

Nicole Boucher

Controller, West & East Campus

Nicole Boucher

My name is Nicole Boucher. I am a Green Bay native and love spending time with my family, which includes my husband, Jason, and two children, Ava and Mason. In my free time, I have a passion for learning and personal development. I studied accounting at the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay and graduated in May 2007. I started my career in public accounting and earned my certified public accountant (CPA) credentials. After leaving public accounting, I have strengthened my business knowledge through accounting leadership roles in local public and private organizations. In 2017, I graduated from Leadership Green Bay, which was an amazing opportunity for me to grow personally and professionally, while learning so much about our amazing Green Bay community!

I am very blessed to have joined the RMA team in 2017 as Controller. In my role, I am responsible for the monetary and accounting functions of the school. My goal each day is to be a financial partner for the teachers and parents. I am a strong believer in the Montessori philosophy and the mission of Royal Montessori Academy. I look forward to meeting each of you!

Jeanine James

School Administrator, West & East Campus

Jeanine James

My name is Jeanine James. I am 32 years old and was born in California, I am married to my best friend, Richard, and have 3 beautiful daughters JazzLynn, Kahlee and Chloe’. I am the youngest of 4 children. I moved to Green Bay when my oldest daughter was born to be by my siblings and for my daughter to be near her cousins, also giving my daughter the opportunity at a slower life that California didn’t offer. While growing up I was always around children, whether it be playing with the neighborhood children or babysitting for families. This is where my love of teaching children stemmed from! Children have always brought a smile to my face as I have theirs.

I decided when my oldest daughter was old enough to attend Pre-School that I wanted to be by her side and share her day with her but also still be employed. Montessori was the Pre-School that I chose and then also started working there. I started as an assistant in 2003 and became a teacher for the seven (7) years. I specialize in teaching the Toddler age 18 months through 3 years old. One of my joys at this age is their eagerness to learn and want to know and try everything! I also have the pleasure of working closely with the parents and sharing their child’s growth. The relationships with the parents are just as important to those with the children for me. It’s a team effort and I am honored to be part of each families team. The passion that I had in the beginning for teaching these young children and watching their faces light up when they have learned something new or have accomplished a task on their own still gives me joy each day! Montessori isn’t just a curriculum but rather a way of life. Montessori has taught me many things and has made my life richer.

I will be one of Royal Montessori Academy’s Transitional Toddler teachers. This is a very important classroom that we are integrating into the Montessori curriculum. This classroom's purpose is to bridge the gap between the Toddler classroom and the Pre-School classroom. Our classroom materials will be a mix of both classrooms and really prep those children that are almost ready for Pre-School materials.

I have a strong passion for learning myself and continue to work on my education so I can be the best teacher and Administrator for your families. Continuing education is one of many things our entire staff has in common; we all strive for more and want to learn more to bring that back to the children.

I cannot wait to share my experience with Montessori while working with your children and watching them grow!

Lauren Rowe

Assistant School Administrator, West & East 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 Administrator, East Campus

Jean Brown

Hello, my name is Jean Brown. I am excited to be joining the Royal Montessori Academy team this year!

My family consists of my loving husband Bill of 28 years, two beautiful grown up daughters Kendra and Amanda and completing my family is my loyal puppy Oakley. In my spare time I enjoy long walks or just spending quality time with my family and puppy. I also enjoy working in my gardens and making arrangements with the flowers from my gardens.

I earned my certification as a Preschool/Kindergarten Montessori Teacher from North American Montessori Center. I also come to Royal Montessori Academy with 14 years of experience in teaching and assistant administrating from Celebration Academy. I enjoy working with children and watching them grow.

I feel blessed to continue the journey with staff, students and their families in my Assistant Administrator role at Royal Montessori Academy!

I look forward to meeting and working with all of you.

Megan Barrett

Office Administrator

Megan Barrett

Coming soon! 

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 Mrs. Zeh in the Toddler Classroom. I graduated from UW-Stevens Point in 2010 with a BS in Family and Consumer Science and minored in Psychology. I’ve worked professionally with children for eight years and feel very privileged to be joining this amazing team of teachers and to facilitate growth and learning for your children.

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, daughter Vera and I live in Suamico, WI with our two cats Oliver and Rosie. In my free time, I love to do arts and crafts and go thrifting.

Kelsey Marcks

Toddler Teacher, West Campus

Kelsey Marcks

Hello Royal Montessori Families, 

My name is Kelsey Marcks. I am excited to be in my second year 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 who works for Nsight. 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.

Wendy King

Toddler Teacher, West Campus

Wendy King

Hello, my name is Wendy King. I live in Green Bay with my husband Andy and my four children. My daughter, Taylor is a senior at Notre Dame High School and enjoys soccer. We are looking at college choices this year in her journey to become an Occupational Therapist. My son, Keegan is in seventh grade at St. Bernards Catholic School and loves anything sports related right now it’s basketball. My daughter, Charlee is in third grade at St. Bernards and loves being involved in everything from Girl Scouts, Destination Imagination to NDA future basketball. And my youngest daughter, Peyton is in Kindergarten at St. Bernards. Peyton has been the cheerleader for her older siblings for years and is loving finally having activities of her own, which makes my husband and I constantly running BUT we wouldn’t change a thing.

Working with young children and assisting them with their development has been a passion of mine for the last 13 years. The years I've spent teaching children has allowed me a tremendous opportunity to provide individual attention to suit each child’s needs in an attempt to provide them with the skills they will need to be successful in the future.

If I am not being a taxi driver or cheerleader for one of my children, I really enjoy spending time with family and volunteering my time at school and Church.

I love working as a part of the Royal Montessori Academy team. I also love watching your children grow!

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!

Shannon Wirth

Toddler Teacher, West Campus

Shannon Wirth

Hello RMA parents and families! My name is Shannon Wirth and I am thrilled to be starting my third year as a toddler teacher at Royal Montessori Academy.

I'm a local Green Bay Cheesehead, born and raised. After attending high school at Notre Dame Academy, I studied Religious Studies with an emphasis in Youth Ministry from St. Norbert College, where I received my Bachelors Degree. In 2016, I married my college sweetheart and we now have a beautiful daughter who also attends RMA.

Throughout the years I've had the joy of working with children of all ages by coaching a variety of sports teams, teaching Bible School, interning with several youth ministry programs, as well as nannying and babysitting. My favorite thing about working with children is helping them identify and nurture their individual talents, while building confidence. I also love to indulge in the incredible imaginations and creativity that each child possess.

In my free time I love to spend time hiking, fishing, camping and just about anything that includes the outdoors with family and friends. I also have a passion for cooking and baking, which my husband seems to appreciate! In addition, we look forward to traveling as a family together throughout the years, since we both have international families: mine from Ireland, and his from Switzerland.

I am very eager to work and play with your children, and look forward to getting to know you all. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to teach your little ones at this wonderful school!

Karina Radue

Toddler Teacher, West Campus

Karina Radue

Hello Parents and Families my name is Karina Radue.

I am a graduate of UW-Green Bay with a Bachelors in Human Development and Psychology. I have been a toddler teacher for the last two years and also a line therapist for an autistic boy.

I am currently finishing my schooling to earn my Associates Degree in Montessori which I am so excited about. I love being able to learn more and more about this amazing Montessori method and applying it to my classroom day in and day out. 

Working with children has been a passion of mine since I can remember. Teaching children, watching them grow, and seeing them smile is such a blessing in a teachers life.

In my free time I enjoy going to and watching sporting events, reading and also spending time with my family.

I love being able to be a part of the team at Royal Montessori Academy and share my passion for teaching children!

Janet Lewis

Toddler Teacher, West Campus

Janet Lewis

Hello Families of RMA,

My name is Janet Lewis 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!

I have been teaching toddlers at RMA since 2016 where I began at the East campus then transferred to continue at the West campus. I began my teaching career at RMA 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.
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 who have flown the nest and reside in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Oregon. My daughter is in her senior year of college where she will be graduating from Marian University with degrees in Psychology and Nursing.

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 fiancé Paul we plan to visit all 50 states and see the world!

I also enjoy spending weekends at the cabin, hanging out on the pontoon, snowshoeing, kayaking, photography and cheering on the Packers and the Badgers.

Ashley Andrejeski

Toddler Teacher, West Campus

Ashley Andrejeski

Hello, my name is Ashley Andrejeski. I live in Appleton with my husband Thomas and our three dogs. Our first baby is due the end of September and we are anxiously awaiting his/her arrival. I am very excited to be joining the Royal Montessori Academy team.

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. 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 be joining the Royal Montessori Academy family and eager to meet you and your child.

Skylar Mounce

Toddler Teacher, West Campus

Skylar Mounce

Hello RMA Families!

I am Skylar Mounce, and I am very excited to be a part of the RMA team. I graduated from UW-Green Bay with a degree in Human Development and Psychology and I also have a degree in Community Counseling from Lakeland University. I have spent the last few years working both in childcare and counseling at a private practice. I have always enjoyed working with and teaching children and feel that RMA is the perfect fit for me to do something I am passionate for every day. Much of my experience is in working with infants and toddlers, so I am thrilled I will be working in the toddler room. The way they learn and develop at this age truly amazes me. I love being a part of guiding each child and seeing how much they learn each and every day.

On a more personal side, my husband Luke and I have been married since 2013 and we recently welcomed our beautiful little girl named Maliyah. During my free time I love spending time with family, going kayaking, and cheering on the Pack! I am looking forward to starting a great school year with you all.

Stephanee Sullivan

Preschool Teacher, West Campus

Stephanee Sullivan

Hello Royal families!

My name is Stephanee Sullivan. I am greatly delighted to join the team at Royal Montessori! I have been teaching for ten years and assisted for two before that. 


I have earned my Montessori teaching credentials in 2003 from North American Montessori College. 

I love to work with young children because it brings me joy
to see their faces brighten when they’ve discovered a new knowledge. I truly believe it is my calling.

I have been married to my husband Joseph who is also my best friend for 17 years. We have two sons and one daughter. (Reilly-16yrs, Rivers-14yrs, &
Reagan-12yrs) They were all Montessori children who are growing up to be wonderful young adults. The boys were blessed to have Mrs. James and Mrs.Nussbaum as their toddler room teachers. They keep themselves busy with
football, drums, weight-training, basketball, and figure skating. I believe their Montessori foundation is the reason they can balance all their activities as well as
their academics and social lives.

Besides teaching, I have another passion, which is art. As a child, I spent ten years at the Gordon School of Art. I love to share my knowledge and gift of art with students of all ages and incorporate projects into the lesson plan. I have
taught kindergarten art class for ten years and middle school art for one year. I have attended Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Memphis College of Art, and
am currently an online student at UWGB.

I am eager to get to know all of you and your children. It will be an amazing journey for us all to watch them become independent learners as well as get to
know each of their personalities!

Marianne Galligan

Teacher Support, West Campus

Marianne Galligan

Hello RMA families. I am Marianne Galligan. I am married and have two daughters. My oldest is an elementary music teacher as well as involved in a few community bands. My youngest just graduated from UMN with her major in Kinesiology. She has applied to graduate schools for PT and awaiting to get in. In the meantime, she is working as a rehab tech in one of the local hospitals in Minneapolis.

I have been working with children in the early childhood field for twenty years! I love this age group and how their little minds want to learn everything.

I am very fortunate and glad to have become part of the RMA family. I am a firm believer in each child learning their own way through hands on experiences. We each learn differently.

I look forward to getting to know your child, and helping them learn the best way FOR THEM each and every day. Thank you very much for this wonderful opportunity.

Irina Lanich

Preschool Teacher, West Campus

Irina Lanich

Hello Everyone-

My name is Irina Lanich, and I am a new addition to Royal Montessori Academy. I am especially grateful and happy to join this school because of the great teachers I know serve here who have withstood the test of time and have proven to be the best of best in serving children.

I hold Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood, American Montessori Society Degree, have completed 15 credits toward Title I K-12 Reading Teacher. I am a mother of two sons who have gone through Montessori program during their early childhood and elementary years. As a family, we love getting together with our friends camping and fishing.

I have been in educational field working with students of all ages for nearly 17 years; eleven out those years had been dedicated to serving in a role of Montessori teacher bringing Montessori method to a diverse population of children and their families.
In a recent years, 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 classroom environment that is resplendent with abundant quality literature whether it is to be in a form of assigned reading books or recreational paradigm of reading that I believe to be a foundational 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 child's character.

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

Mai Ong Hay

Preschool Teacher, West Campus

Mai Ong Hay

My name is Mai Ong Hay and I am thrilled to join RMA as a Preschool Co-teacher! Teaching is an absolute passion of mine and I'm excited to work with you and your child. I'm looking forward to a year of learning, fun and adventure! Here's a little bit about me!

I have lived in Green Bay most of my life. I graduated from Green Bay East High School in 2009. From there, I went to NWTC and received my Associate Degree in Paraeducator. I continued on to UWGB and recieved my Bachelor Degree in Integrative Leadership Studies with a emphasis in Human Development.

I am married to my husband, Veasna and we have a daughter (Serafina) who is almost nine months. They take up most of my free time, but some of my hobbies is cooking/baking, taking nature walks and going on spontaneous adventures!

I have been teaching preschool for a few years now, and I love it! I always teach with a passion so that all my students can develop a desire to become lifelong learners.

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.

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.

In my free time, I enjoy being active outdoors. I love volleyball, basketball, football, baseball, golf, tennis, biking, downhill skiing, and snowshoeing! I enjoy going to sporting events, especially to cheer on my Packers, Bucks, Badgers, Cubs, and Blackhawks. I also love traveling. My favorite destination so far has been Hawaii, but I’m looking forward to exploring Europe someday! When I’m not outdoors or traveling, you can find me on Pinterest searching for yummy recipes to cook for my family.

I look forward to meeting and working with all of you soon!

Heather Schoen

Toddler Teacher, West Campus

Heather Schoen

Hello Parents!

My name is Heather Schoen and have been with Royal Montessori since the summer of 2015 and am so thankful for that. I started working in the “Nido” program at the west campus and am currently still there!

I graduated with a double major of Psychology and Human Development, from UWGB in 2014. I have worked with children for many years mainly due to the love of watching them learn, grow, and succeed.

Over the years of working with many ages, my favorite age would have to be the youngest. Watching them hit those key milestones and improve everyday makes my job amazing. I look forward to keep meeting new students as well as families.

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! 

Brittanie Curtis

Toddler Teacher, West Campus

Brittanie Curtis

Bio coming soon ... 

Kristin Shelly

Toddler Teacher, West Campus

Kristin Shelly

My name is Kristin Shelly and I'm so excited to start my first year with RMA! I began teaching toddlers 15yrs ago in Sunday school and children church and then move onto teaching preschool aged students. I love the toddler age so much. Their excitement for learning new things is contagious!

My husband, 2 boys and myself moved here in February 2018 from Arkansas and we love it here in Green Bay!

Both of my boys attend Preble Highschool and I will have a senior and sophomore this year can't believe it! We are a very big football family and Packer's Fan's! I spend a lot of time going to practices and games, definitely the football Mom life!

Leilani Kaufmann

Preschool & Kindergarten Teacher, West Campus

Leilani Kaufmann

Saloni Agarwal

Preschool & Kindergarten Teacher, West Campus

Saloni Agarwal

My name is Saloni Agarwal, I have lived in the Green Bay area for the last 9 years with my two daughters and my wonderful husband.

I have taught kids and young adults since 2004. In all these years of working with kids, it never gets old to see them " get it". As a teacher I strive to inculcate a love for learning in the children.Having taught a Montessori classroom for several years now, I can confidently say that there is no other job I'd rather do.

Apart from work, I love hanging out with my family, traveling, hiking and reading.

Looking forward getting to know each one of you and your beautiful children this coming year.

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!

Amber Jelinsky

Toddler Teacher, West Campus

Amber Jelinsky

Coming soon!

Stacey Thorn

Preschool Teacher, West Campus

Stacey Thorn

Hello RMA families!
My name is Stacey Thorn and have been teaching preschool for 10 years! I went to the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities for Elementary Education. I always thought one of the older grades would be my sweet spot, but it turned out there is no match for the enthusiasm, laughter, and yearn to learn from a preschooler! I absolutely love it!

Royal Montessori has been a wonderful school, both as a teacher and as a parent to a preschooler. I know my daughter is getting the best education and is building a strong foundation for future success in school, friendships, and autonomy. The materials, curriculum, and facility are top notch and I couldn’t have asked for a better start to her educational career, and the opportunity to expand on my career in education. I am so looking forward to working with you and your child, foster their love of learning, and build meaningful friendships.

I am a proud Law Enforcement wife to my husband Nick, who is a Lieutenant for the City of Menasha. We live in Freedom with our two daughters, Olivia and Evelyn, a cat named Lucy, and our chocolate lab puppy named Reese (for Reese’s Peanut Butter cup...my favorite!)

In our spare time, we like to read books, visit different parks, bake cookies, and take Reese for long walks.

I hope to see you at Royal Montessori Academy!

Lindsay Stanton

Preschool Teacher, East Campus

Lindsay Stanton

As an early childhood teacher I believe in the importance of modeling. I know the meaning and value in developmentally appropriate practice that encompasses the growth of the whole child. I am passionate about facilitating a love for learning. I believe learning should be hands on, engaging and meaningful. I love the nature of children. They make me laugh, smile and fill my heart with happiness.

I attended the University of Wisconsin Stout where I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. I enjoy outdoor activities, crafting, and spending time with family and friends.

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to teacher your children!

Ashtin Schmechel

Preschool Teacher, West Campus

Ashtin Schmechel

Hello, I am Miss Schmechel and I’m thrilled to be your child’s preschool teacher! What I love most about teaching is making learning fun. We are going to achieve learning this year in ways that are exciting, hands-on and geared to your child’s interests. I look forward to welcoming our friends and families in the classroom and growing together this year. It is a magical time to be a preschooler!

A little bit about me… I grew up in East De Pere, WI and graduated with Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education from St. Norbert College. I began my teaching career in Chicago, IL where I taught four years in a two’s and three’s classroom located in Old Town of Chicago. In May 2019, I moved back to De Pere, WI where I resided at RMA.

When I am not at preschool or furthering my studies I enjoy being outdoors. In the summer I love going to my lake house on Maiden Lake. The lake house looks like a log cabin made from Lincoln Logs! My family and I love to fish, wakeboard, cook over the bonfire and look at the stars. In the winter I enjoy reading books, going to Packer games, snowboarding, ice fishing and snowmobiling. However, what I really want you to know about me is that I am a very good listener and we are going to have an awesome school year! Thank you for taking the time to learn about me.

Leigha Lenz

Preschool Teacher, West Campus

Leigha Lenz

Hello RMA families! My name is Leigha Lenz. I was born and raised in Green Bay. I received my bachelors degree from UW-Green Bay in Elementary Education with a minor in Human Development. I’ve worked with children most of my life and am excited to continue my journey with the students at RMA.

Throughout college I worked several years as a lead staff at the YMCA before and after school program and loved seeing each student develop throughout the year. I then long term subbed in the DePere school district for a 4K classroom.

In my free time I enjoy doing anything outside, staying active, and spending time with my family and friends.

I am excited to be apart of the Royal Montessori Academy family, and look forward to building relationships with my students and families! 

Jacqueline Martinson

Preschool Teacher, West Campus

Jacqueline Martinson

Hello RMA Families!

My name is Jackie Martinson and I have been teaching in the Green Bay Area for over 30 years. I also had the opportunity to teach in Arizona! The joy of teaching has been a huge part of my life. I am so honored to be a part of the RMA!

I have the privilege of being a mom to two successful sons who reside in the Green Bay Area. They have blessed my life with two amazing daughter-in-laws and a total of three grandsons, with the addition of a grandson and granddaughter on the way!!

In our spare time, we enjoy pontooning, fishing, hiking, skiing and laughing at our family cottage. Its a great place to reconnect, reminisce and plan for the future.

I love photography, travel, reading to my grandchildren and exploring the variety of activities the Green Bay Area has to offer.

My goal is to instill the love of exploration and learning in your child’s life. I am looking forward to sharing this amazing journey with you and your child here at RMA!

Paula Maxon

Preschool Teacher, West Campus

Paula Maxon

Hello Families!

My name is Paula Maxon. I graduated from NWTC in 2009 with my Associates in Early Childhood Education. I then continued on to UW-Oshkosh were I received my Bachelor of Science in Education. I received my Master’s in Education in 2016.

I began my career working with children in Milwaukee where I lived for 10 years before coming moving to Green Bay in January 2008. 

I have two children of my own; my son joined the US Navy. My daughter will be a senior this year. I enjoy scrapbooking and sewing in my free time. The outdoors is a favorite place for me to relax and enjoy.

Growing up, I always wanted to be a teacher. My dad was in the Air Force for 20 years, so I grew up moving around a lot. Making new friends was something I became very good at doing. Throughout my advantages overseas and here in United States; I realized that I wanted to be surrounded by children. The best way to do that is to teach.

I am a lifelong learner. I am always learning something new from either the children or the world around us. My goal is to help children be lifelong learners too.

I look forward to working with each and every one of the children who come into my classroom.

Paula Maxon

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.

Brittney Bairel

Toddler Teacher, East Campus

Brittney Bairel

Hello! It is a tremendous honor to have the privilege of caring and teaching your child! I began my career as a float among teacher in a variety classrooms. Then I moved into my own classroom of toddlers! I have taught 2&3 year olds for a little more than ten years. Our main focus on growing and learning, while figuring out this 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.

I cannot wait to start my journey with RMA and look forward to working with your child. Thank you for this opportunity!

Taylor Blaha

Toddler Teacher, East Campus

Taylor Blaha

Coming soon! 

Sara Bieda

Toddler Teacher, East Campus

Sara Bieda

Hello RMA Families!

Let me introduce myself… I am Sara Bieda! I was born and raised in Ashwaubenon, and attended Ashwaubenon High School. While attending highschool I also attended NWTC where I studied medical terminology, became a certified childcare assistant, and a nursing assistant. After high school I attended Bellin College, and quickly developed a desire to work with children. 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 as a radiographer 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 days that drove children to want to learn. 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 following my dream of teaching.

I currently reside in Ashwaubenon with my incredible husband and our two young boys, Beckham and Callahan! Together we enjoy spending time at our family cottage, hanging out with our families, watching the Green Bay Packers and NCAA basketball, going to the farmer's market, and enjoying as much time outside as possible.

I strongly believe learning is a life-long process. Perhaps, that is what I love most about my job at RMA. While it is my job to teach your child, what you probably don’t realize is that every day they are teaching me. Children see the world in a way that adults often cannot, and I am so thankful to be reminded of their perspective each day. 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, cared for, and loved, and that I will challenge them to be the best version of themselves; just as I would want someone else to do with my children. They say it takes an Army to raise a child, and I fully believe that. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be the best soldier I can be while I bring my love of teaching to your child’s Army.

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.

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 Bellevue, WI with my wonderful husband, Eric. I love spending time with my family, friends and doing anything outdoors. I’m all about outdoor adventures and exploring new areas. My favorite outdoor hobbies are gardening, hiking and fishing… it never gets old to “out-fish the boys” and show them how it’s done! My husband and I spend a lot of time on our patio relaxing when Wisconsin weather permits… winter is all about Packer season for us! I also love live music (mostly country) and will catch a concert whenever I get the opportunity.


For the past 6 years, I have been working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. 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 be joining the RMA team and 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!

Mallory Woelfel

Preschool Teacher, East Campus

Mallory Woelfel

I am Mallory Woelfel and I am extremely excited to be joining the RMA team! I was born and raised in Green Bay, so I am a home town girl! I attended University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (UWGB) and I earned my degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. I am certified to teach children from birth to eighth grade, and I also hold a Human Development minor from UWGB along with an Autism Certificate from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC). While attending UWGB, I was lucky enough to student teach and live in Cuernavaca, Mexico for 12 weeks where I taught 4th grade English for 9 of those weeks. It was an experience I will forever cherish and be thankful for! In my second half of student teaching, I worked in a 4K classroom at Red Smith School in the Green Bay School District, which I absolutely loved as well! Throughout my five years in college, I worked throughout the Green Bay and DePere School Districts at OAK School, Langlade Elementary, Howe Elementary, Aldo Leopold Elementary, and Heritage Elementary, where I assisted with nature based learning, math, language, and reading lessons. While a student at UWGB, I also worked as a co-teacher in the 2 and 3-year-old classrooms at Christ Community Lutheran. Upon graduation, I worked as a full-time nanny for a toddler. While working as a nanny, I became interested in learning and applying principles from the Montessori teaching approach and philosophy, and I saw how positively a child could be impacted by this method. I love working with kids and being an educator - it is my true passion! I am so excited and grateful to be applying my skills and leveraging my experience I have gained so far in my career with the students at the East Side RMA! I truly look forward to meeting each of you and working with your children!


In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, being a mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters, reading, enjoying local events in the community, attending Packer games, and going to concerts.

Alyssa Moeller

Preschool Teacher, East Campus

Alyssa Moeller

Hello! My name is Alyssa Moeller. I grew up in Seymour, WI and currently still live there. I come from a hard working dairy farm family and love every minute of it!

 
Unfortunately, it is not something I could see myself taking over therefore I needed to find a career. When I thought about what I wanted to do in life I knew right away that I wanted to teach! I want to make a difference in the lives of children. I want to help them learn and to make learning fun. We all have that one teacher that really sticks out in our minds, and I want to be that teacher!

I recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay in December 2016. I earned a degree in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education. I am certified to teach age’s birth-11. Throughout my college career I have worked with many different age students and loved them all. I did most my field work and student teaching in Seymour and Pulaski. I have assisted with math, reading, language, science, and social studies lessons! I am very excited to incorporate what I have learned with the Montessori curriculum!

In my free time I milk cows for my dad and help on my family farm. When I’m not teaching or farming, I enjoy riding my Harley, shooting trap, gardening, and crafting!
I am super excited to join the RMA team and can’t wait to bring my ideas to life in the classroom!

Nkau Kong

Preschool Teacher, East Campus

Nkau Kong

Hello Families,

I am Mrs. Kong. My husband, Benjamin, and I had been blessed with two wonderful children, Telvin and Jada. We love doing family activities and trips together. We love doing weekend family trips so you’ll find us out and about most times.

I have been with RMA since 2017 and I love being here with amazing teachers and students. I have always love working with young children. I find it very amazing at the things that I learned from all children. This makes realize why I love doing what I do every day.

I earned my Early Childhood Education Associate Degree in 2012. I am currently in the process of obtaining my Early Childhood Education Leadership Bachelor degree. Throughout my experiences in the early childhood field, I had work with infants, toddlers, and preschool. With these experiences, I am hope to bringing many new and fun ideas to RMA and help your child learn.

Thank you very much for you time and allowing me to be a part of your child’s education and life.

Bushra Alshakhly

Preschool Teacher, East Campus

Bushra Alshakhly

My name is Mrs. Bushra, and I am thrilled to be joining the Royal Montessori Academy Preschool teaching team this school year! This will be my first year teaching at the Royal Montessory but my 18th year of teaching.

I am a mother of three wonderful children; teaching them, playing with them, and watching them learn and grow are the most excited jobs I have done in my life. And because I love teaching, I taught my kids and students how to love learning and think of possibilities.

I have a master's degree in Education, and I love to teach social skills that stem from confidence and interact with others. I am a proud Green Bay resident but I have been teaching in many cities inside and outside the country. I learned through my experiences that children are the most precious asset for the family and the world in general. That is why we, educators, take pride in teaching our kids and make them proud of themselves and their learning.

I am excited to be on this journey with your kids and my fellow teachers because together we have the priceless opportunity to impact, influence and inspire the future of our world.

In my free time, I enjoy reading and browsing the Internet looking for something new and exciting. Sometimes, my legs get me up and take me to hike the De Pere trails and enjoy the beauty and peace of my hometown. Other than this, I love to facetime my kids and family and see how they are doing in life.

I cannot wait to start this new journey of learning for both, your little ones and I. What else? I have just read this: There are far far better things ahead than any we leave behind.

Katie Gerczak

Toddler Teacher, West 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.

Mallory Tremble

Preschool Teacher, East Campus

Mallory Tremble

Hello! My name is Mallory Tremble.

I graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay in December 2016 with a bachelors in elementary education and a minor in human development. I completed my 18 weeks of student teaching at Aldo Leopold. The next few years after graduating were spent subbing in several area districts and then directing an after school program at a local elementary school. I have spent a lot of time in various schools and seeing many ways to approach student learning. Which leads me to my new role as a preschool teacher at RMA! I am very excited to expand my learning and experiences and bring all of the skills and tools Ihave to offer to the East Side campus!

In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, we love to go mini golfing and for bike rides along the fox river trail. I also really enjoy cozying up with a good book! I have lived in Green Bay my entire life, recently moving from the East side to the West side as I just bought my first home! I have a son, Brayden and boyfriend Matt. We also have two rescue dogs, Fester and Ernie.

I look forward to meeting all of the families and your children!

Tracy Sette

Substitute Teacher, West Campus

Tracy Sette

Hello RMA families!

My name is Tracy Sette and I am very excited to be one of the teachers in the Nido (infant) classroom at the east campus!

My love of children started at a very young age. I grew up in an in-home daycare and started helping my mom early on. I loved always having playmates around and even as a kid I spent the most time with the babies.

I have a bachelor’s degree from UW-Green Bay in Psychology and Human Development. When my son was born I decided to stay leave my job and watch children out of 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 be able to continue as a caregiver.
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 bass and guitar player) and our musician friends perform. I also enjoy reading, cooking, traveling (I especially enjoyed Ireland and Germany), and snuggling with my petite Golden-doodle, Jameson.

Holly Trasti

Music Teacher, West & East Campus

Holly Trasti

My name is Holly Trasti and I have been working in childcare going on 10 years. I started in a toddler classroom and since then have worked with all ages including school-aged children. I have been working with preschoolers for the last 5 years.I completed my Child Development Associate in 2009 and have continued my education in the childcare field. I love working with children; watching them learn, sharing experiences, encouraging their growth and, of course, laughing.

From a young age, I was fascinated with music. My music interest was nurtured when I was 10 and began violin lessons. Since then, I have taught myself many instruments including, guitar, bass, drums and piano. I have performed music in many bands and continue to write and share music with other artists. I am excited to share my musical knowledge and passion with children and hope we can all grow together!