Administrator: Susie Hyatt, has been serving in an administrative capacity since 1991. She has spent over 21 years in the field of Montessori education as a teacher and an administrator in both public and private schools. She has a BA degree from Western Michigan with a K-8 teaching certificate. Susie has an AMI Montessori diploma for ages (3-6) from the Midwest Montessori Institute, a Masters of Education from Cleveland State University and has completed Montessori elementary credits through The Center for Contemporary Montessori programs.
Assistant Administrator/Business Manager: Mollee Neff, started with us in 2007. She holds her bachelors degree in Business
where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and has over 15 years of business
management experience. Along with her financial responsibilities at the school, Mollee oversees all the financial and building projects and is our school's Webmaster.
Mollee also has an extensive background in the legal and technology fields and
is a Certified Master Herbalist.
Administrative Assistant: Jamie Hildenbrand started in 2010 as our Administrative Assistant at the front desk. Jamie retired in June from the Lansing School District where she worked for 31 years. She worked as an Administrative Assistant in both Elementary and Secondary schools and ended her career with Lansing in the Human Resources Department as the HR Staffing Coordinator.
Development Assistant: Amy Stephenson started in this roll in 2010 handling marketing, alumni relations and certain events. Professionally, Amy has a Human Resource and Information Technology background.
Our Toddler Community...
Toddler 1: Kristy Drachman stared teaching in the toddler room in 2012.. She is currently obtaining her correspondence Montessori Certification through the North American Montessori Center. She has been in the toddler environment since 2007 and has her associates degree in early childhood development.
Toddler 2: Erin Thomson, obtained her bachelors degree in Family Community Service and completed her AMI Infant toddler training in 2001. She has been with the school since 1995.
Our Preschool Community....
Primary 1: Archana Sardar, is in her fourth year of teaching. She was raised in India and came to the United States of America in 1997. She received a BA in Journalism from Michigan State University. After working as a journalist for a few years, Archana discovered the joys of a Montessori classroom. She completed her AMS Montessori training in Illinois and her AMI training in Milwaulkee.
Primary 2: Rachel Babcock has been teaching in the P2 community since 2009 and has received her Bachelor of Science degree in Family Community Service with a concentration in young child development. She is AMI trained.through The Montessori Training Center of St. Louis.
Patricia Murphy, started teaching here with us in 2009, She received her AMS Primary training certification from the Princeton Center for Teacher Education in Princeton, New Jersey. Prior to her Montessori training, Patricia worked as the coordinator and instructor for an inner-city youth ceramics outreach program in Philadelphia, and taught ceramics to children at the Princeton Arts Council. Patricia received her bachelors degree in Anthropology from Michigan State University in 1994
Our Elementary Community...
Elementary 1:(ages 6-9) Priya Bhojak started teaching the E1 Classroom since 2010. She just completed her AMI Elementary training in Milwaukee. She is originally from India and her educational background includes a B.S. in Science and a Masters of Science in Microbiology.
Elementary 2: (ages 6 to 12) Christine Russell started teaching the E2 classroom in 2009. She holds a bachelors degree in Art History from Michigan State University where she also has studied Landscape Architecture, Philosophy and Medieval History. In 2006 she earned her AMI diploma under the guidance of Dr. Jean Miller. She has also practiced and studied ballet for over 30 years and plays Mandolin.
Childcare Coordinator: Kelly Herald started with us in 2000. She is also the Elementary music teacher. Kelly has performed and conducted in Carnegie Hall. She brings to the school her experience as a preschool assistant and a BA in music from Western Michigan University.
Our Board of Trustees....
Nicole Ellefson Frank