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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 the US in California and Minnesota. She has over 30 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 experience the tastes and cultures of places around the world. In her spare time she enjoys reading biographies, currently she is reading a book about Da Vinci, she also spends time working with her rose, veggie and exotic flower gardens. She also enjoys biking and hiking with her friends and family.
Miss Z. – Montessori Kindergarten Teacher
Miss Z. is our certified Kindergarten Montessori teacher. She is AMS (American Montessori Society) certified. She has over 25 years experience and she also holds an Associate Degree in Child Development. She has been with us for the past 20 years. She is married and has 3 children. Her hobbies are music, art and reading.
Miss Mariza – Preschool / Art / Spanish Teacher
Miss Mariza is one our preschool teachers and is in charage of Art and Spanish for the whole school, she is married, has 2 daughters and speaks fluent Spanish. Her artistc abilities can be seen in her art projects she does with the children. She has been with us for the last 14+ years.
Miss C. – Toddler Teacher
Miss C. is our Toddler teacher. She has 20 years experience in childcare and is doing a wonderful job. She has been with us for the last 5 years.
Mr. Jim – Administrative
Mr. Jim is Miss Sandy’s husband. When Mr. Jim is not working his day job as Senior IT Support for a Global Software compnay, he helps at American Montessori by doing our adminstrstive stuff, such as accounting, web design and assisting MIss Sandy in getting lesson plans, worksheets, etc ready for the children. He has been helping out here at school for the last 25 years.
Mr. Andrew – Volunteer Science Teacher / Aide
Mr. Andrew is Miss Sandy’s eldest son. While maintaining a 4.0 GPA with honors and doing AP Classes in high school, he has been helping with our science experiments and assisting in the classroom as a volunteer. He is President of Youth Service Advisory Council & National Honor Society. This fall he will be attending the University of Minnesota College of Biological Sciences Honors Neuroscience program. Currently he is working on a science experiment to show the kids how rockets fly and about space.
Miss Alexis – Volunteer STEM Teacher / Aide
Miss Alexis is Miss Sandy’s daughter. While maintaining a 4.0 GPA with honors and doing AP Classes in high school, she has been helping with our technology projects and assisting in the classroom as a volunteer. She has won multiple awards and is a leader for women in STEM program. This fall she will be attending the University of Minnesota College of Biological Sciences Honors Neuroscience program. Currently she is working on a project about the migration of birds for the kids.
Mr. Cade – Volunteer Sports Teacher / Aide
Mr. Cade is Miss Sandy’s youngest son. While maintaining a 4.0 GPA with honors and doing AP Classes in high school, he has been helping with our sports program, showing the children how to play soccer, football and cricket. He likes greek mythology and just recently advanced to the International Science Fair with his project on receiving gloves. Currently he is showing the kids how to play baseball.
Miss Ping – Preschool Teacher
Miss Ping is our Preschool Teacher in our Primary room. she is a certified teacher with 5 years experience and has been with us for over 2 years. Miss Ping lives with her husband and children.
Miss Ines – Preschool / Spanish Teacher
Miss Ines one of our preschool teachers. She has a BA in educational studies. She has over 15 years of childcare experience. She is married and has 3 children. She is back with us here at American Montessori.
Miss Aracely – Teacher Assistant
Miss Aracely is one our teacher assistants. She has 3 years experience in childcare and is doing a wonderful job. She has been with us for 3 years.
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.
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