American Montessori Staff

“The first thing required of a teacher is that she be rightly disposed for her task… it is not sufficient to have a merely theoretical knowledge of education.“

–Maria Montessori

Please read below to learn more about our teachers and their qualifications. We pride ourselves on having a very dedicated staff. Their professionalism and dedication to American Montessori makes us a unique team of staff with minimum to no staff turnover. You will see that most teachers have been with us for over 5 – 15 years.

 

Sandy

Miss Sandy- Founder / Owner / Directress

Miss Sandy is the founder/owner and directress of American Montessori schools. She is an AMI (Association Montessori Internationale) certified Montessori teacher. Her experience consists of working with children in 7 different schools around the world and here in Minnesota. She has over 26 years of Montessori experience as a teacher, directress and owner.  She is married to Jim Bunnell, a successful system administrator for a global Software Development company, he also does all the accounting and web design work for the school, they have 3 children and a German Shepherd. She opened American Montessori with 1 student back in 1997, currently we have 2 locations and we have over 70 children and 11 staff members, including our specialty staff. She loves to travel and read.

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Miss Zulekha – Kindergarten Teacher
Miss Zulekha is our certified Kindergarten Montessori teacher. She is AMS (American Montessori Society) certified.  She has over 18 years experience and she also holds an Associate Degree in Child Development. She has been with us for the past 17 years. She is married and has 3 children. Her hobbies are music, art and reading.

 

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Miss Theresa – Toddler Teacher
Miss Theresa is our Toddler Teacher, she is a graduate from St. Paul Technical Institute and she has over 23 years of experience as a teacher in 3 different reputable child care centers. She is teacher certified and has been with us for over 12 years. She lives with her husband.
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Miss Ping is our Preschool Teacher in our Primary room. she is a certified teacher with 5 years experience. Miss ping lives with her husband and children.

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Miss Kelly – Assistant Pre-K Teacher
Miss Kelly is one of our assistant teachers, she is a certified assistant teacher from Rasmussen Business College. She has over 17 years of childcare experience. She is married and has 2 children. She has been with us for the last 7 years.
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Miss Mariza – Art / Spanish Teacher
Miss Mariza is one of our Art and Spanish teachers, she is married, has 2 daughters and speaks fluent Spanish. Her artistic abilities can be seen in her art projects she does with the children. She has been with us for the last 9 years.

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Miss Alisha – Preschool Teacher
Miss Alisha is one our preschool teachers. She has 3 years experience in childcare and is doing a wonderful job. She is currently enrolled in college and finishing her degree. She has been with us for the last 3 years.
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Miss Blanca – Teacher Assistant
Miss Blanca is one our teacher assistants. She has 3 years experience in childcare and is doing a wonderful job. She is currently enrolled in college working towards her degree.

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Miss Karla – Teacher Assistant
Miss Karla is one our teacher assistants. She has 3 years experience in childcare and is doing a wonderful job. She is currently enrolled in an Early Childhood Development course to obtain her teaching certificate.
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Miss Maricela – Teacher Assistant
Miss Maricela is one our teacher assistants. She has 1 years experience in childcare and is doing a wonderful job.

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Miss Aracely – Teacher Assistant
Miss Aracely is one our teacher assistants. She has 1 years experience in childcare and is doing a wonderful job.
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Miss Natalya – Music Teacher
Miss Natalya has a Master of Fine Arts equivalent in music, with specialization in piano, cello and flute. She is has been teaching piano and cello at all levels since 1978 and is a member of National Minnesota Music Teacher Association. She teaches our students, keyboard lessons, how to read notes, listen to the beats and how to play the flute.