E2

Rosie Bushbaum, E2 Head Teacher

Rosie has been at FMS for ten years and has 23 years of experience in education. She has a BS in education and is Montessori certified in primary; her Montessori certification in elementary is pending. She enjoys hiking, camping, traveling, designing and implementing Montessori materials, reading, and learning something new each day. Her favorite thing about Montessori is “mixed ages in the classroom and guiding the children to discover, explore, learn and resolve things on their own rather than providing them with the answers.”

 

Vickie Winkel, E2 Co-Teacher

Vickie has been at FMS for seven years and has been in the education field for 11. She holds a BS and MA in therapeutic recreation and is Montessori certified for elementary. She enjoys hiking, music, reading and quilting. Says Vickie: “I love the opportunity to individualize the curriculum for each child based on their strengths, interests and needs. I believe the Montessori method helps foster a love of learning that will serve the child well throughout their life.”

 

Brenda Montoya, E2 Support Teacher

Brenda has spent 11 years at FMS and has 11 years of experience as a teacher. She has her Montessori certification in elementary. She loves cub scouting, quilting, camping, hiking and traveling. Says Brenda, “Montessori education allows a child to explore their interests. As their interests change they are able to change their focus; this keeps them continually interested in learning more.”

 

E3

Nina Jacobi, E3 Head Teacher, Elementary Grade Level Head

Nina has spent 11 years at FMS and has 18 years of experience in the education field. She holds a M.Ed in Montessori education; her thesis was an analysis of how the Montessori method meets the criteria for brain-based education. Nina is Montessori certified for primary, lower elementary and upper elementary. She is also a youth yoga instructor. Nina enjoys reading, gardening, painting, traveling, horseback riding, skiing, yoga, biking and swimming. Says Nina: “The gift of Montessori is the ability to blend creative projects, manipulatives and personal interests at each child’s academic level, allowing a child to perform at a different level for each subject. This inspires a lifelong love of learning.”

 

Maria Pate, E3 Spanish Immersion/Co-Teacher

Maria has spent seven years at FMS and has 11 years of experience in education. She holds an MA in education (foreign language emphasis) and an MA in linguistics. She is Montessori certified for elementary (3-6). She enjoys basketball and dancing. Maria says: “One of the things that I love about Montessori is how a student becomes independent. He or she will do a job for their own personal satisfaction rather than to receive praise from parents and/or teachers.”

 

Kerry Gross, E3 Support Teacher

Kerry has spent three years at FMS. She has over 13 years of experience in education. She has a BA in education and also has a partial TESL endorsement. She enjoys camping, hiking, writing and reading. Kerry’s favorite thing about Montessori is “how Montessori values each child’s intrinsic need to learn. I love that the Montessori hands-on approach to teaching provides appropriate differential instruction for the individual child.”

 

Yasnay Figueredo, E3 Support Teacher/Spanish Immersion

Yasnay is from Barcelona, Spain. This is her first year at FMS (bienvenidos, Yasnay!). She is fully bilingual, holds a BA in education and has 19 years of teaching experience, ranging from early childhood to the university level. She loves being a mother, participating in community events, researching about nutrition and enjoying every day to the fullest. Says Yasnay: “My favorite thing about Montessori is the rigorous individualized instruction. I enjoy teaching in a warm, open and structured environment that fosters the children’s independent growth.”

E4

April Dane, E4 Head Teacher

April has spent 11 years at FMS and has 26 years of experience in education. She has an MA in curriculum and instruction and a BA in psychology. She is Montessori certified for elementary (6-9) and also has a literacy endorsement. April enjoys biking, painting, writing, traveling and hiking. Her favorite thing about Montessori is that “the Culture Curriculum gives children understanding and compassion for all people. The Montessori classrooms allow children to work at different levels, while freedom of choice creates enthusiasm for learning.”

 

Melissa Martin, E4 Co-Teacher

Melissa has spent 13 years at FMS and has 23 years of experience in education. She has a BS in elementary education with a minor in music. She is Montessori certified in elementary (6-9) and also has an Orff Music Certification, Level 1. She enjoys reading, music and embroidery. Says Melissa: “I love seeing children have ‘aha moments’ and begin to love learning.”

 

Angela Drew, E4 Support Teacher, Art Specialist

Angela has been at FMS for nine years and has 12 years of experience. She has a BA in fine arts. She is also qualified in public programming and environmental curriculum. She enjoys photography, hiking and fitness. Her favorite things about Montessori include “seeing the world through the eyes of a child and learning something new each day.”


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