I am so excited to be a part of the TRM passion and energy!
I knew from early on in my teaching career that Montessori was going to be a perfect fit for me since teaching the “whole child” aligns with my educational philosophy.
Beyond my Bachelor’s degree I have earned a Master’s as well as my Montessori Certification.
In my free time I enjoy spending time at our family cabin, working on outdoor projects, Sunday night pizza with the family and playing with my adorable granddaughter!
My name is Laura Gaustad. I live in Champlin with my husband and three children. My oldest is ten years old in fourth grade and my twins are seven years old in second grade.
I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary and Special Education, an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, and a teaching certification in Montessori for early childhood. I have a passion for hands-on learning and meeting the students where they are at in their learning journey.
I have worked in many different charter school environments in both teaching and paraprofessional positions around the metro area before starting at Three Rivers Montessori Charter School. I am excited to get to know and work with you and your students.
I am so excited to be joining the TRM family! I discovered the Montessori method during my first year in college, and immediately knew it was for me.
I have a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Studies, AMI Montessori Certification, and a tier 3 MN teaching license from birth to 3rd grade. Before coming to TRM, I worked at a Montessori public charter in the area, as a Lead Children’s House Teacher.
I live in Elk River with my husband, Steve, and three children, Jacob, Ethan, and Hannah. We have two German shorthair pointers, two beta fish, and a bearded dragon! My family takes up most of my free time, but I also enjoy painting, throwing pottery, camping, and playing games. I am also a painting instructor in Coon Rapids.
This year my family and I took a long vacation at our family property in Wisconsin where we fished, went fossil hunting, explored nature trails, went cherry picking, and even fed giraffes and pelicans at the zoo!
It is my goal this year to instill a passion for learning so that students will develop a life-long love to learn! I can’t wait to spend the next year getting to know you, learning, and growing with you! I am looking forward to an amazing year together.
I am excited to be joining Three Rivers as a Long-Term Substitute! Working with children in a variety of settings has been a passion of mine for over 20 years. I’ve had the pleasure of working in Montessori classrooms for the last 6 years as both an Assistant Teacher and Lead Teacher. I love all that Montessori encompasses. I believe that students are encouraged to be life-long, curious, and well-rounded learners through all that Montessori offers.
When I am not working in schools I spend my time coaching high school softball and also run my own pitching instruction business. I live in a nearby community with my husband and 2 boys ages 8 and 13. We enjoy being active and spending time with family and friends. In my spare time I bake, work on my house, and watch as much college softball and hockey as possible. Go Gophers!
My name is Chris Olson and I am very excited and honored to be joining Three Rivers Montessori this school year! This will be my 9th year as an elementary teacher. I have had the wonderful opportunity to teach in a number of varied settings including a full time online academy, a charter school that utilized the Classical approach to education and I also served 13 years as a juvenile correctional counselor and probation officer for Anoka County. The Montessori method has always been an opportunity I was interested in and I am thrilled for the chance to learn and grow this year alongside my students!
I received my teaching license from Augsburg College in 2011 and completed my student teaching at Hoover Elementary in Coon Rapids. Prior to this, I obtained my BS from the University of Minnesota in Criminology and an AA from North Hennepin Community College in Child Development.
I grew up in Brooklyn Park and split my school age years between Catholic schools and the Anoka Hennepin School District. I currently live in St. Louis Park within close distance of my family including my two nephews Jaxon and Zane. In my free time, I love going to movies, reading non-fiction books, golfing and traveling. Two of my favorite recent destinations have been New York City and Paris.
My favorite part of teaching is the opportunity to build relationships with students and families and my goal is to be a wonderful role model to children in my class. I feel that teaching is one of the most important and necessary careers that impacts a community and I aim to inspire all students to find their true love of learning and reach their highest potential in what they love to do as well. Thank you for the wonderful opportunity to work with you and your students this year!
I love being a Montessori teacher because of all the fun and hands on learning we get to do. Students in my classroom enjoy getting extra time to work with manipulates and explore the world around them. We dive into topics of interest and cultivate natural curiosities. Outdoor activities are a regular occurrence for us and the students have the ability to impact their community is right at their finger tips.
I have a degree in elementary education from the University of Northwestern St. Paul and a Minnesota tier three teaching licence in elementary education. This is my second year as an E2 teacher but my first at TRM. Before TRM I worked in Hutchinson, MN as an E2 teacher with a student population of fifty percent special education needs. My strengths are creating a positive environment, responsive classroom, special education instruction, and environmental education.
Some of my favorite things to do when I am not teaching are going outside for a walk or run with my dog Jack Jack, laying in my hammock and reading a fiction book, rock climbing, or spending time on a project or craft. Some insider secrets about me are that I love fresh picked produce and I've always been fascinated by stars. I look forward to meeting you and welcoming you to TRM.
Together we will create an awesome learning community!
I am excited to be part of Three Rivers Montessori Charter School. My education started in the early years of my life, attending a montessori school from preschool through fourth grade. I loved working with the materials, and learning through hands-on experiences. I am excited to be on the teaching side of montessori.
I graduated from Augsburg College with my elementary education degree. I taught preschool through third grade in many types of schools (private, public, and charter). I went back to school to get my license in special education from St. Cloud State University where I received my Autism Spectrum Disorder certification. I have taught in various levels of special education the last five years.
I have two teenage boys who keep me very active. We spend a lot of time playing board games, watching movies, and just started cooking together. In my free time, I love to work in my vegetable garden, hike trails, and do stuff with my family and friends.
I am very excited to be joining the Three Rivers Montessori team. I am excited to learn about the Montessori method of teaching.
I grew up on a farm in Iowa. I have a Business degree from Iowa State University.
I worked as a Special Education Paraprofessional for 12 years and realized my passion was working with children. I returned to school and received my Masters in Special Education from Walden University. This is my 5th year of teaching Special Education and I love it!
I live in Clear Lake with my husband, my two kids and two dogs. In my free time I love to be on the water, spending time outside and being with my family and friends.
I am so excited to be part of the Three Rivers Montessori team! I have a passion for working with children and families. I enjoy connecting with children and learning how they behave and communicate while building connections, gaining trust, and recommending services to families.
I graduated from Missouri State University with my Bachelor's of Social Work in 2020 and Master's of Social Work in 2021.
In my free time, I love to bake/cook and travel.
Hello, my name is Angel, and I am very excited to be part of the Three River Montessori team. I am thrilled to learn more about the Montessori method and the way kids learn and develop from it.
I have worked with children in the Elk River School District for the past few years and finally decided to switch to the Montessori School.
I live in Elk River with my husband Dustin and my 4 kids, three of my kids attend Three Rivers and my 7th grader is at Spectrum.
In our spare time we are either at the Hockey rink where I coach my daughter's hockey team or, in the summertime, we are at the soccer fields trying to get to 4 different practices. I also love being outdoors, swimming, fishing or just hanging out with the kids.
I am very happy to be a part of Three Rivers Montessori!
I grew up in Russia and first time read about Maria Montessori and her method there. Since then, I have been very interested in her system of education.
I have a business related bachelor degree from Russian University, but always want to work with kids, because I love and cherish all children. They are the best part of humankind!
I have worked for 12 years in ISD 728 in various positions: Russian Language Interpreter, ELL Assistant, Instructional Assistant, Math Corps Tutor and then Reading Corps Tutor, EdVenture Club Childcare Worker and Summer EdVenture Club Programs Enrichment Specialist.
My husband and I have three children: Michael (19) enlisted to serve The US Air Force, John (17) is our tech guy and Kathryn (6) attends TRM.
We live in the Nowthen area, where we have 3 acres of land, where I enjoy gardening. I love all animals.
I am bilingual and have a passion for teaching my first language - Russian.
I love to read in both Russian and English. Especially Russian poetry. My relaxing time is time that is spent with a book.
I am looking forward to becoming a good and skilled classroom assistant and good facilitator of growth and development of TRM students' talents!
Mrs. Gingras is excited to be with Three Rivers Montessori. A Michigan native, she has a degree in communications and years of Montessori experience. She and her husband Steve live in Elk River and have two grown daughters.
Outside of work, Mrs Gingras enjoys reading, spending time with her family, and walks with Daisy the yellow Lab, or snuggles with Puffin the cat.
My name is Rebecca, but I will respond to almost everything except Becky. Some fun facts about me; I'm a Hufflepuff dog mom of 3, I am married to my high-school sweetheart Nathan and we just bought our first house in Big Lake.
I'm a summer to heart, I love being outdoors in the warm weather, and being in or around water. Duluth is one of my most favorite cities. I love how I can spend hours just walking and hiking around the many footpaths that Duluth offers. My favorite holiday is any holiday spent with my family and friends.
Montessori has been part of my life since I was born, and I am excited to continue my Montessori journey at TRM.
I received my certification as a Birth-to-Three Assistant at the Montessori Institute of North Texas in 2017. I then worked for four years as an assistant in the Toddler Community at the same school I attended as a child in Wisconsin.
I now live in Minneapolis with my son, my boyfriend, and his daughter, along with our two dogs and two cats.
I like to spend my free time reading and camping with my family.
I'm Heather, this will be my 4th year working in a Montessori. I have a husband and two daughters. Our girls will also attend Three Rivers this year. Our oldest is 8 and will be in second grade and our youngest is 6 years old and will be in Kindergarten this year.
We love to be outdoors, camp, kayaking, hiking and traveling in our spare time. I look forward to working with the students this year and getting to know everyone.
I grew up in elk river and graduated from ER HS, I have owned a few businesses and many years working with special needs children, teens and adults in the community.
I volunteer for district 728 with community programs along with special Olympics of Minnesota, AUSM and local church groups. Doing things with and for the kids is what I enjoy doing the most,
I am an avid collector of all things automotive. I enjoy car shows and have a large collection of hot wheels. I also collect watches and shoes so I enjoy wearing a different pair each day. I have 1 brother, 6 dogs, and a cat. We all live together right here in Elk River.
I communicate well with kids because I’m a big kid my self, and that is why I enjoy working at Three Rivers Montessori.
Ms Kristen loves being part of the atmosphere and experiences that Montessori learning has to offer.
She has a degree in nursing, along with many years of experience working as a licensed childcare provider. She has a passion for working with children, and loves watching and helping them grow to their full potential.
Kristen lives in Zimmerman with her husband, three children, and their mini golden doodle - Cooper.
She enjoys watching their two boys play their favorite sport- hockey, and spending time with her daughter when she comes home to visit from college.
My name is Mikayla Lynn, and I'm excited to say this is my first time as a paraprofessional, and I am very passionate about enriching my students with a passion for learning and self-love! My numerous education classes in college, as well as being a student dance teacher for preschool through 4th grade helped prepare me for this role.
I grew up in Aberdeen, SD, and have attended Concordia College, UMD, and the University of Denver. I plan to return to Concordia College in the fall to complete my Bachelor's degree in English. My dream job is to one day become an English professor!
My time at Three Rivers is giving me a great first experience in the education world, as well as a complex understanding of Montessori, and enriching the whole child. In my spare time I enjoy writing poetry, painting, and hiking.
This is my first year, not only at TRM but in a Montessori environment and I am excited to see what the future holds. I am so happy to be here!
In 2016 I graduated from Saint Paul College’s American Sign Language Interpreter program. During internship I was placed in a K-6th environment and there I fell in love with working in education.
From 2017-2020 I worked as an ASL interpreter with a variety of ages, grades, programs and in several schools. I have experience in Special Education, with Deaf/HoH students and have spent about two years working in group homes with individuals of various levels of independence.
In my free time I enjoy writing novels and poetry, reading, mastering the kalimba, playing video games with friends and ballroom dancing. When the weather is nice, you’ll find me at the lake, driving with the top down or going for a walk with my love. I also really enjoy traveling and have visited 20 states so far.
I moved from Virginia to Minnesota in 2008 and I currently reside in Becker with my White's tree frogs, Rosie and Octavia.
Ms Sami has worked with children off and on throughout the years and feels like she has found her calling within this community. She is super excited to be apart of the kids lives and watch them grow!
Her family is made up of her 19 month old daughter named Scarlett, her wonderful husband, and two cats named Oscar and Felix. They enjoy playing outside and playing games as a family.
Mrs Liz has been working with children for as long as she can remember. She has worked in a variety of child care and school settings.
Mrs Liz lives in Otsego with her husband Cody, and they're 2 year old daughter Eloise, a new baby due in July and a dog named Libby,
In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, going up to the lake, antiquing, and going fishing
Ms Jess is certified as a Personal Care Assistant for special needs children and adults. She has worked in group homes, independent care childcare, and education.
Jess Lives in Elk River with her fiancee' Nick. They have a son named Preston, a new baby named Liam and 2 dogs (Bella and Oreyo).
In her spare time, Jess likes to bowl, play cards, and spend as much time with her family and friends that she can. She is definitely a sports mom, mainly football and basketball.
Ms Nikki enjoys experiencing the Montessori method and the variety of learning materials that go along with it. She feels that they really make learning more fun.
Nikki is currently working on her teaching degree with a minor in Special Education to accompany her degree in Psychology and AA degree.
Nikki and her husband moved to Monticello in 2017 and have enjoyed getting to know the area with their little boy, Brayden. They spend a lot of time outdoors as a family.
Nikki's favorite memories have been made camping on the weekends and she can’t wait to make many more memories with traveling and exploring.
I’m so excited to be joining the Three Rivers Montessori team! The staff and environment are very welcoming, and I can't wait to learn more about the Montessori method!
My passion for this field started in 2013 working as a Special Education Para. I've worked with several different age groups and nothing makes me happier than seeing them progress and succeed to their full potential.
I currently live near Becker with my husband and 8 year old son. We love being outdoors, traveling, and spending time with family as much as possible.
Mrs Hutton has worked for many years as a Montessori teacher and is thrilled to use her experience and knowledge to help TRM thrive. She also feels grateful that she can be a part of bringing a true Montessori experience to the families within her own community.
Debbie lives in Elk River with her husband where they raised their two grown children.
She received her Associates of Arts degree from Anoka Ramsey Community College and her Primary Level Montessori Certification from AMI in St. Paul, MN.
When she is not working, Debbie usually can be found at her cabin. She loves to relax, swim, and play on the water. In the winter, She is most likely knitting or reading next to the fire.
I am so excited to be part of Three Rivers Montessori Team. Besides working at Three Rivers Montessori, I also drive school bus.
I live in Zimmerman with two kids and three cats. I love camping, reading fantasy books, playing Dungeon & Dragons with my family, and watching the Wild. I am also part of a belly dancing group.
I love working at Three Rivers Montessori. I have one daughter who is a student here. I enjoy being close to her and seeing the amazing environment she gets to learn in.
I've worked in kitchens and catering for 14 years. I love having an active and busy job as well as serving delicious food!
Fun facts: I love superheroes! Marvel, DC, etc. (X-Men is my favorite) as well as Lord of the Rings and Star Wars. I also absolutely love music. I am an old soul - you can find me cooking/cleaning to Ella Fitzgerald and Dean Martin.
When school isn't in session, my daughter and I love going on nature walks, visiting parks, finding new play places, reading together, as well as volunteering in the kids ministry at church on the weekends.
Jaime joined our school fall 2021 as our secretary. She is located at the main entrance to greet everyone, organizes our attendance and accounts payable as well as handling any medical occurrences that come up as the school nurse. She lives in Zimmerman with her husband, kids and dogs.
Rileigh is a senior attending Zimmerman High School. She loves basketball and softball. She plans to attend Winona University in the fall of 2022 for nursing. Her time at TRM has been eventful and educational. She loves working with children of all ages.
I am 18 years old and attend Elk River High school. I enjoy going hiking on my free time as well as biking. I have a twin sister named Taylor and a younger brother named Gavin . I enjoy hiking and biking in my free time. I also love traveling to new places.
I am thrilled to be part of the TRM family! I discovered Montessori when my youngest was entering his toddler years and fell in love with the philosophy of education and development that Maria Montessori initiated.
I have a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities and am currently working on a master’s degree in Elementary Education, with the hopes of obtaining a Montessori certification after I have my teaching license.
In my free time I enjoy hiking, camping, and chasing waterfalls with my husband and our two boys, ages three and a half and one and a half. We aim to spend most of our time outdoors exploring this beautiful state of ours.
Jonna is active in Three Rivers Montessori as a parent, (former) TRM Board Member, Parent Committee member and Interim School Leader. She has her certification in pre-primary Montessori teaching. A 500 hr. Yoga Teaching Certification. As well as a background in business with 15 years experience at Piper Sandler Inc. an investment banking firm and owning and operating her own business for 5 years. She is bringing this wide range of skills and experience to TRM to help support the school in its mission and vision.
Jonna is an Elk River alumni and currently resides in Dayton with her four children, husband, chickens and several pets.
When she is not at TRM she is gardening, making art, managing her family's BMX adventures and learning as much as she can.
Jen joined TRM on the first day of school 2020 and loves being a part of this fast moving ever growing school. She brings with her a wide variety of experience including working with children, corporate experience and even a culinary baking and pastry education.
As the Office Manager at TRM, Jen wears many hats while sitting at the front desk including new student enrollment, records and handling any other items that may come up . Her favorite part of each day at TRM is greeting each family at drop off and pick up.
Jen currently resides in Rogers with her 18 year old daughter (Abby), 3 dogs,1 cat, a parakeet and the school Guinea Pig (Alvin).
She also has a grown son (Tony) who is married (Meg) with 3 sons (Nash 4, Max 2 and baby Olly).
Jen enjoys gardening, baking, reading, puzzles, plus hanging out with friends and family.
My name is Cassie and I am excited to be joining the TRM staff as the administrative assistant! I have a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Bemidji State University. I have spent the last 4 years working in child care settings both as a preschool teacher and as management.
I live in my hometown of Ramsey, near my family, but in my own apartment. In my free time I enjoy spending time outside, coloring, watching movies, and experimenting with new recipes.
I am looking forward to working at the front desk and getting to know the families/staff here as well as learning more about Montessori style education!