Upper Elementary Staff

E5

Stephanie Osburn, E5 Head Teacher

Stephanie Osburn joined the E5 teaching team in January 2018. She graduated with distinguished honors for her Masters of Science in Teaching degree from the State University New York College at Potsdam, NY.  Stephanie also graduated magna cum laude from the University of Colorado when pursuing her bachelor’s degree.  Teaching K-8th grades since 2011, Stephanie brings a wealth of experience to the FMS seasoned team.  Having discovered the benefit of using individualized teaching techniques during her public sector teaching role, Stephanie has easily acclimated to the Montessori classroom and looks forward to contributing to this team.

Danna Karlavage, E5 Co-Teacher

With 11 years of experience in education, Danna joined the FMS teaching staff in 2008. She has a BS in Psychology and an M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction. She trained at the Columbia Teacher’s College with Lucy Calkins, founder of “The Teacher’s College Reading and Writing Project.” Danna also has experience with special needs children. Danna’s favorite thing about the Montessori method 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.”

Kaitlyn Krabbe, E5 Co-Teacher

Kaitlyn joins us with five years of teaching experience. She graduated from Southern Utah University in 2016 with a degree in Elementary Education and a dual concentration in Early Childhood Education and Mathematics. After college, she spent five years teaching third grade where she developed her teaching talents further. When she isn’t teaching, she loves crafting, spending time outdoors with her family, and hiking with her dog, Marvel. Foothills Montessori is fortunate to have such a gifted teacher on our team. 

E6

Taylor Badua-Kono, E6 Co-Teacher

Taylor joined the FMS staff in Fall 2019.  She holds a BA in Integrated Studies, the equivalent of an Elementary Teaching Degree. Her focus for the past couple of years has been on developing curriculum for Odyssey Charter School and helping to run Skyhawks, an after school athletic program. With a focus in Language Arts, Taylor brings a love of reading to her position and has a special fondness for young adult literature and creative writing.  The hands-on approach to teaching in the Montessori classroom has special appeal to Taylor, as she recognizes the power of understanding concepts from a concrete perspective and building on a foundation of tangible experiences. Taylor is a sports enthusiast, both in watching professional sports (she’s an LA Dodgers fan) and in playing basketball, softball, and volleyball.

Kirsten, E6 Teacher

Ms. Kirsten holds both a Nevada State teaching license and an Arizona State teaching license. She graduated from North Arizona University in 2020 with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. Kirsten got her start working in daycares and then as a special needs paraprofessional at the high school level in the Vail Unified School District in Tucan, Arizona. After finishing her student teaching during the pandemic, Kirsten went to teach middle school specials for two years. She started as an Art teacher and then transitioned to STEM the following year. Kirsten has a passion for children and science. She enjoys incorporating teamwork and hands-on learning as much as possible into her lessons.

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