E5

Danna Karlavage, E5 Head Teacher

Danna has been at FMS for six years and has 15 years of experience in education. She has a BS in psychology and a M.Ed in curriculum and instruction. She trained at the Columbia Teacher’s College with Lucy Calkins and also has experience with special needs children. She enjoys reading and spending time with family. Danna’s favorite thing about Montessori is that “We honor the children by attending to their individual learning needs; the children that attend our school have a unique and important perspective of our world. The materials and the child-led lessons create independent thinkers and life-long learners.”

 

Joan Phillips, E5 Co-Teacher

This is Joan’s second year at FMS. She has seven years of experience in education. She has a BA in English literature (minor in music) and a M.Ed in elementary curriculum and instruction. She is certified in Miniyogis (yoga instruction for children). She enjoys traveling, reading, writing and yoga. Her favorite thing about Montessori is that “the Montessori education prepares and empowers individuals to fulfill their potential and become productive, compassionate and kind members of society. As an educator, we nurture and facilitate the achievement of these goals and attempt to inspire in our students a love of learning.”

 

Jeni Evensen, E5 Support Teacher

Jeni has spent nine years as an FMS teacher and 10 years as an FMS parent. She has eight years of experience in education. She has a BA in language and enjoys baking, traveling and fitness. “I love the Montessori teaching method because it teaches to the whole child in a very nurturing environment. It teaches them to be curious and excited about learning, and to be inquisitive about the world around them.”

E6

Amy Nhaisi, E6 Head Teacher

Amy has spent three years as an FMS teacher and 10 years as an FMS parent. She has three years of teaching experience. She holds a BA in English, a BA in psychology and an MA in social work. She is Montessori certified for lower elementary. She has a Master Gardener certification and enjoys tennis, photography, reading and anything with kids. Her favorite thing about Montessori is “the hands-on learning experience and the close relationship you build with the students over the three-year cycle. You really get to witness their growth!”

Vicki Saldahna, E6 Co-Teacher

Vicki is from Dallas, Texas. This is her first year at FMS (welcome Vicki!). She has over three years of teaching experience and has a BA in interdisciplinary studies – elementary education. She enjoys traveling, music, going to the beach, and spending quality time with family and friends. Her favorite thing about Montessori is “to witness the moments when a child begins to understand their sense of self-worth and have the freedom to explore independently.” She continues: “I value how the Montessori method provides a positive environment for the whole child to develop and grow while inspiring creativity.”

 

McKenzi Otteson, E6 Support Teacher

McKenzi has been at FMS for three years and has five years of teaching experience. She has a BA in elementary education. She enjoys boating, movies and spending time with family. Her favorite thing about Montessori is “the environment and love of learning.”


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