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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!

Karen Valentin

Assistant School Administrator, East Campus

Karen Valentin

Hello RMA families! My name is Karen Valentin. I am the Assistant Administrator for the East Campus. I've have been a part of Royal Montessori Academy since 2017
and have been the business 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 day to day functions of RMA. 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 that I am here for all our students, staff and families needs!

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!

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.

Lexi Miller

Toddler Teacher, West Campus

Lexi Miller

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.

Mollee Roskom

Toddler Teacher, West Campus

Mollee Roskom

Hello everyone!

My name is Mollee Roskom. I have worked at Royal Montessori Academy for many years in the before and after school program as well as the summer program. I am so excited to be joining the Royal team full time! I always knew teaching was something I wanted to pursue ever since 1st grade. That passion only grew when I was able to start babysitting and working with children.

I recently graduated University of Wisconsin Green Bay with a Bachelors degree in early childhood education. I’m looking forward to taking the tools I learned throughout my education career into my teaching career. However, I am always looking for ways to expand my education. My goal is to further my knowledge about the Montessori method by receiving my Montessori certification.

My hobbies include, taking my miniature golden doodle, Ruger, to the dog park, cooking and baking, and going on adventures with the people I love.

I couldn’t be more thrilled to share my passion for teaching with you and your children! Let’s make this and wonderful school year!

Brianna Schlies

Toddler Teacher, West Campus

Brianna 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!

Skylar Mounce

Toddler Teacher, West 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.

Megan Behnke

Toddler Teacher, West Campus

Megan Behnke

Hello RMA Families,

My name is Megan Behnke, I bring to the classroom my knowledge in early childhood education with credentials from NWTC. I am excited to broaden my knowledge in Montessori methodology working alongside and learning from my co-teachers. I look forward to this upcoming school year as it will be my first year teaching in a classroom outside of working as a substitute and afterschool teacher with both toddler and preschool classrooms in the 2021/22 school year.

I have always had a passion for working with children. Growing up I was the go-to sitter for not only my siblings but my families friends children as well, so I’ve been working with children for as long as I can remember!

I grew up in Marinette, WI and moved to Green Bay to be closer to school. In my spare time I enjoy spending quality time with my family, friends and boyfriend. During the summers I like to kayak and go on pontoon rides. I am also a self-taught photographer who thrives to capture the special moments in my life as well as others lives. I also like playing volleyball and softball.

I’m looking forward to this upcoming school year and can’t wait to meet your kiddos and watch them learn throughout the year!

Michelle Lindeen

Toddler Teacher, West Campus

Michelle Lindeen

Hello RMA Families!


My name is Michelle Lindeen. I have been teaching at Royal Montessori Academy since 2016. I love what I do! It is true what they say, “When one teaches, two learn.” I always feel very privileged for the opportunity to get to know you and learn beside your child working hand-in-hand to make each year a fun-filled, encouraging experience. I continue to appreciate the Montessori concept of teaching and learning. I’ve always believed that the best teachers show you where to look, but don’t tell you what to see.


A little about myself…I am a Wisconsinite born and raised. I graduated from the School of Education at UW-EauClaire with a BA in Communication Disorders, and I have been working with children ever since. I have been together with my husband, John for 30+ years, and we have one son named Logan. Due to my husband’s previous career in the Marine Corps, we moved around a bit before settling in Green Bay in 2004. I enjoy free time spent with family & friends, entertaining, traveling, cooking/baking, watching movies, and simple, quiet evenings at home.


Thank you for entrusting me with the special responsibility of loving & caring for your children. I am so excited to meet you all and very motivated to help nurture your children as they grow their independence through new experiences, building friendships, and exploring the environment around them.


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!



Bonnie Jost

Kindergarten/Preschool Teacher, West Campus

Bonnie Jost

Coming soon...

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.



Marianne Galligan

Preschool Teacher, West 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!

Mallory Woelfel

Preschool Teacher, West 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!

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 VanAlstyne

Preschool Teacher, West Campus

Alexandra VanAlstyne

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.

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!

Mackenzie Sellers

Preschool Teacher, West Campus

Mackenzie Sellers

Hello!

 My name is Mackenzie Sellers, previously known as "Miss V." I just got married! I am going into my 3rd year of teaching, and it will be my 2nd year at RMA. Teaching is always something I have known I wanted to do since I was in preschool myself! I attended the Univeristy of Wisconsin - Green Bay where I double majored in Education and Psychology. I am also certified through the Wisconsin DPI to teach early childhood through middle childhood. I am currently working towards earning my Montessori ceretificate-I love to learn!

In my free time, I enjoy doing yoga, shopping, and spending time with my family/friends. My husband is also a teacher, when we are both not in our classrooms we enjoy going on hikes, playing disc golf, watching our favorite sports teams, and spending time with our pet hamster, Nibbles!

I am 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.

JazzLynn James

Preschool Teacher, West Campus

JazzLynn James

Hello!

My name is JazzLynn James and I am very excited for the 2022-2023 school year! This will be my first year working as a full-time teacher, but I have been apart of this school working as a substitute and afterschool teacher for three years. What’s even better is that I am a Montessori kid myself! I attended a Montessori school from the age of 2 years old up until 7th grade. Not only do I have the knowledge of Montessori, but I was taught the Montessori methodology while I was in my absorbent period!

I attended University of Wisconsin – Fox Valley for two years and then transferred to University of Wisconsin – Green Bay where I am currently finishing my last semester of school and earning a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with plans to graduate in December.

During my free time, I enjoy reading, painting and taking my 3-year-old German Shepherd Doberman named Elias to the dog park. I enjoy finding new places to explore and going for car rides listening to music.

I am very excited for the school year and getting to know the children!

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!

Abigail Lifto

Preschool Teacher, West Campus

Abigail Lifto

Hey RMA Families,

My name is Abigail Lifto, and I cannot tell you how excited I am to join the RMA family. Although I am still learning the Montessori Method, I have loved every minute of getting to know the students and staff thus far. I have worked with children since 2015 when I started my Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. After I completed the degree I transferred into UWGB where I finished my Bachelor's Degree in Education with a minor in Human Development. On my graduation card in high school, I said that I wanted to be a lifelong learner. Coming to RMA I have been given the chance to work with bright young minds, and learn along with them.

All of my free time goes to my newborn daughter Sophia Ray. She was born this last December, and has brought such joy to my heart. Watching her grow and change everyday brings a sense of fulfillment into my life. I also enjoy traveling, I have been to 30 of the 50 states, and cannot wait to finish visiting all 50. When I finally have free time for myself I enjoy a good book, or catching up on much needed ZZZ’s.

As we finish out the school year, I am thrilled to work with your children, and watch them grow and learn. I am also eager to meet with all of you, and become a part of the RMA family. Thank you all for such a warm and kind welcome.

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.

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!

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!

Sydney Eden

Toddler Teacher, East Campus

Sydney Eden

Here is my meet the teacher. 


Hello! My my name is Sydney Eden. I have been with RMA since December 2021 and it has been such a pleasure! I have been working in childcare for 6 years. Working with children and watching them grow is a true passion of mine. I’m excited to help your children learn and explore new things. Some fun facts about me include I get married this October in New Mexico. I also have a dachshund named Lorelei. Lastly I love going camping and exploring new towns. My favorite color is yellow and my favorite pastime hobbies are crocheting, read a good book and learning to cook new foods. My go to drink of choice is ice coffee or tea at school and a red wine after hours. My go to dinner is brats and asparagus. When I get a sweet tooth, my favorite snack is apples or any fruit and my candy of choice is chocolate or bit-o-honeys. My favorite restaurant is vintage cantina for amazing tacos and I love shopping at target or tj maxx. I can’t wait to meet all the students, here’s to the best school year!

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.

Molly Thiel

Toddler Teacher, Eest Campus

Molly Thiel

Hello!

My name is Molly Thiel, and I am delighted to join the RMA community! I recently moved to Appleton after living for just over a year in Singapore with my husband. I completed my Infant/Toddler certification through the North American Montessori Center in April, and also volunteered at a Montessori school while in Singapore. I am fascinated by the Montessori method and am so happy to be able to use it in my teaching. Prior to moving to Singapore, I was a Preschool Teacher in Madison for four years. During my undergrad at UW Stevens Point, I studied Psychology, and Child and Family Studies.


I adore being a Preschool Teacher; I am convinced that I have picked one of the most interesting careers! It is so awesome to witness the learning process take place, and I am in such awe of young childrens’ incredible capabilities. I love childrens’ energy and imagination, and I love that they always find some way to make me laugh every single day. I consider myself a curious and reflective teacher, who is continually learning and actively trying to develop my skills and new ways of thinking.


I love spending my free time with family and friends! I enjoy reading, running, hiking, and going to art events of any kind, especially seeing live music. I am also passionate about traveling, and have visited 30 countries! I like exploring new places, trying new foods, learning about different cultures, and going on adventures!

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.

Sara Bieda

Kindergarten/Preschool 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!

Elsa Corona

Kindergarten/Preschool Teacher, East Campus

Elsa Corona

Hi families!

My name is Ms. Corona. This is my first year at Royal Montessori Academy and I am super excited!


I got my Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in December of 2018 and just graduated from the University of Wisconsin Green Bay in May of 2022 with my Bachelor’s in Education. I was the first in my family to get a college education and have always had their full support throughout my experiences. That’s why I believe that families and teachers need to work together to help children reach their full potential.


I have always known I wanted to be a teacher and specifically a younger grade teacher. I am super eager to start the school year and want to thank you in advance for sharing your children with us and letting us get to know them!

Maggie Erickson

Preschool Teacher, East Campus

Maggie Erickson

Zoie Gardipee

Preschool Teacher, East Campus

Zoie Gardipee

Heather Schoen

Preschool Teacher, East Campus

Heather Schoen

Hello Everyone!

 My name is Heather Schoen. I was born and raised in Suamico with the absolute best family! Family is extremely important to me, therefore I spend the majority of the time with them. My boyfriend and I recently bought our first home together in Hobart, as well as welcoming our son Emmett into this world. He is two years old and is our greatest blessing!

I am beyond thankful for the opportunity of working at Royal Montessori Academy for the past seven years. Time sure does fly! I’ve always enjoyed working with young children, so I knew this environment was best for myself. I work currently in the preschool 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 addition, I am currently working towards getting a degree in Montessori and expanding my knowledge even further in education. I look forward to another great school year. I cannot wait to meet you all!

Rebecca Berry

Preschool Teacher, East Campus

Rebecca Berry

Hello RMA Families!

My name is Rebecca Berry! I have lived in Alaska, Upper Michigan, and Northern Wisconsin throughout my life but I moved to the Fox Valley ten years ago. I currently live in Kaukauna with my wonderful husband, Kevin, our daughter, Ireland, our two dogs, Steel and Winter, and our two cats, Eevee and Ash.

I have always had a passion for teaching as well as caring for children. Throughout my life I have babysat, been a long term nanny, and worked in Equine Therapy for kids with disabilities. Once I became a mother I was instantly drawn to the Montessori method when it came to my daughter's development. I am certified in Early Childhood Education (ages birth to 6 years of age).and because I loved the Montessori method I took it upon myself to further my knowledge of Montessori by attending the North American Montessori Center. As a mother I know that it can be hard to leave your child in someone else's care. My goal as their teacher is to make sure that they know they are safe, loved, and that they are learning to be the best version of themselves.

In my freetime you will find me in nature (I love fishing, camping, and gardening), with my nose in a book, or making candles. I love learning and challenging myself to try out new things all the time. I look forward to getting to know all of you during this school year!