Upper Elementary Staff


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. 


Amy Nhaisi, E6 Head Teacher

After watching her own children thrive in the FMS environment, Amy joined the teaching staff in 2010. She holds a BA in English, a BA in Psychology and a MA in Social Work. She is Montessori certified for teaching Upper Elementary. She also has a Master Gardener Certification and enjoys trying out her hand in our gardens. 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!”

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.

Heather Gould, E6 Teacher

Heather is new to the E6 Team this year. Previously, Heather spent time focusing on her family, including her two children that attend FMS. Before having children, Heather taught in the Clark County School District for 13 years. She comes to us with a wealth of knowledge and eagerness to learn new things. Heather loves that Montessori nurtures the whole student. She appreciates that the hands-on activities and mixed ages allow students to have meaningful learning experiences while providing the socialization students need to be great citizens. We are elated to have Heather join our staff.