Karen Kolb, School Leader
From the inception of Foothills Montessori School in 2001, Karen’s guiding hand has navigated the day to day operations of the school. Karen possesses the ability to see the big picture of keeping FMS on track with its overall goals, and at the same time, she is able to handle the multitude of details and constant decision making required of her position. Karen holds an MBA in Management and a BS in Accounting. Karen’s touch on the pulse of the school is unparalleled as she matches her dedication and focus with unwavering enthusiasm for Montessori “hands-on learning environment.”
Kim Gallagher, Assistant Director
Since 2003, Kim has been bringing her unique touch to all events, school-wide. Kim’s education in Communication Studies plays out daily as she oversees FMS’s Parent Teacher Organization, FMS’s Student Council and spear heads annual events such as International Children’s Day, FMS Service Day, and Graduation Day for Middle School students. Her even hand and attention to details has proven invaluable to each of the classes reliant upon her to organize and execute long-distance field trips for Upper Elementary and Middle School students. Kim is the staff human resource coordinator and can be counted on for keeping meticulous records. She has a love of travel and for cooking.
Katie Weddell, Administrative Assistant
In 2005, FMS was fortunate to have Katie come on board not only to manage the front desk and provide invaluable support to the Executive Director, but she also came to FMS with over 10 years nursing experience in a local hospital. Katie holds a BS in Nursing and brings a seasoned eye to the student body as she attends diligently to any medical needs that arise. Having her children attend FMS over the years has been a joy for her as she has watched them grow in “accountability, responsibility and has nurtured their love for learning.”
Lora Milne, Administrative Assistant
Joining FMS in 2011, Lora brings a dedicated and watchful eye to the management of the front desk. With a teaching background, she understands the school environment and the needs of the student body. Always ready to lend a helping hand, Lora brings a steady and practical touch to all of her encounters. An avid reader, Lora’s favorite feature of the Montessori school environment is to observe “the mutual respect found between students and their teachers.”
Ariel Bongard, Student Services Coordinator
In the fall of 2016, Ariel joined the Upper Elementary teaching team. With a Masters of Education from UNLV and a BA in Political Science from Gonzaga University, Ariel brought a fresh perspective to the classroom. She taught fifth grade for several years in the Clark County School District and participated in a behavior intervention team which helped identify and assist students needing academic and behavioral intervention. Early in 2018, Ariel transitioned into the role of Student Services Coordinator. In this position, Ariel cooperatively works with teachers and parents to address the specific needs of students who may need additional supports socially, emotionally, or academically. Ariel is also charged with helping graduating middle school students successfully transfer from FMS to a high school that best suits their academic goals.