Krista Salvati, School Leader
Krista is a dedicated teacher and learner, known for her growth mindset not only in the classroom but in the corporate setting. She has advanced knowledge of childhood development and education, which has led to effective teaching styles such as Reggio Emilia and Maria Montessori, resulting in students’ love of learning and understanding. She has had extensive leadership training, as she has served at the management and director level for several large businesses. Krista’s teaching experience includes 15 years of teaching positions working as a preschool teacher, reading teacher, PE teacher, and athletic director for preschool-8th grade. Most recently, Krista has been a co-teacher in the E5 classroom here at Foothills Montessori School. Krista earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Radford University and completed her Master Teacher Permit in Monterey, CA. She has been a part of our team for two years, and she understands the special, close-knit community of FMS.
Ariel Bongard, Assistant School Leader
Ariel has been part of the Foothills Montessori staff for five years. She started in the E5 classroom as a co-teacher and transitioned to Student Services Coordinator after a year and a half. Over the past few years, Ariel has used her Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction to support teachers, students, and families through progress monitoring, high school preparation, and serving as a liaison between families and service providers in the community. Prior to working at FMS, Ariel worked as a teacher in the Clark County School District where she completed a two-year service commitment through Teach for America. Recently, Ariel received her Administration and Supervision credential from The Johns Hopkins School of Education. She strongly believes in the Montessori philosophy and looks forward to seeing FMS continue to thrive.
Kim Kelley, Operations Manager
Kimberly started with FMS in 2013, left for a year to help open a Montessori school in UT, and returned in 2017. Kimberly holds a BS in Family Life with an emphasis in early childhood development and an AAS in Administration and Office Management. She is Montessori certified to teach both primary and lower elementary students. Kimberly’s quiet manner and keen eye for observing her students creates a high level of trust and openness with her students. She is looking forward to expanding her skill set into the office and bringing support during the new transition in school leadership. “The Montessori philosophy allows me to understand the need for children to develop at their own pace and grow within the three-year cycle. I love seeing the joy in the life of a child as they advance and make progress in their development, and grasp a love for learning.”
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.”