I am very 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 philosophy of education.
I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education at St. Cloud State University and received my Montessori Certification in 1999. A short time later I completed my Master’s Degree through the College of St. Catherine’s (Yes, even before it became St. Catherine University).
Prior to joining the TRM team I worked at an urban public Montessori school. Most of my 20+ years there were spent in a Children’s House classroom and I am excited about sharing my experience and knowledge with the Three Rivers students and families!
My husband, Dillon, and I have three grown children; Caleb, Morgan and Aidan as well as our daughter-in-law, Sam, and first grand baby!
In my free time I enjoy spending time at our family cabin, working on outdoor projects, playing games and Sunday night pizza with my family!
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 so excited to be part of Three Rivers Montessori! I love the atmosphere and experiences that Montessori learning has to offer.
I have a degree in nursing, along with many years of experience working as a licensed childcare provider. I am excited to share my experiences and knowledge within TRM. I have a passion for working with children, and love watching and helping them grow to their full potential.
I live in Zimmerman, MN with my husband- Mike, three children- Hannah, Jacob, and Zachary, and very spoiled mini goldendoodle- Cooper.
Our family enjoys camping, cheering on the MN Wild, and spending time outdoors. I also enjoy watching my boys do what they love most, play hockey; and always look forward to spending time with my daughter when she comes home to visit from college.
I am ecstatic to be a part of this growing community at TRM.
I am certifiied as a Personal Care Assistant for special needs children and adults. I have worked with special needs for several years. I began my journey when I was 14 years old volunteering at a summer camp for all ages and fell in love.
I have worked in group homes, independent care childcare, and education. Special Education is a huge passion of mine and I am so glad for the opportunity to work with all the students here at TRM.
I am engaged to my fabulous fiance Nick. We have a son named Preston and 2 dogs (Bella and Oreyo). We reside in Elk River (born and raised in Otsego).
In my spare time I like to bowl, play cards, and spend as much time with my family and friends that I can. I am definitely a sports mom, mainly football and basketball.
I am so excited to join the Three Rivers Montessori team! I love experiencing the Montessori method and the variety of learning materials that go along with it; they really make learning more fun.
I am currently working on my teaching degree with a minor in Special Education to accompany my degree in Psychology and my AA degree.
My husband and I moved to Monticello in 2017 and have enjoyed getting to know the area. We started a family in the spring of 2020 by welcoming our little boy, Brayden, into the world.
We spend a lot of time outdoors as a family. Our favorite memories have been camping on the weekends with our little guy. We can’t wait to make many more memories with him by traveling and exploring as he grows.
I have a strong passion for the Montessori Method so I could not be happier to join the TRM team. I truly believe in the Montessori approach and the wonderful opportunities that it offers the students. I have worked for many years as a Montessori teacher and I am thrilled to use my experience and knowledge to help TRM thrive. I also feel grateful that I can be a part of bringing a true Montessori experience to the families within my own community.
I have lived my entire life in Elk River. My husband and I raised our two children here.
I received my Associates of Arts degree from Anoka Ramsey Community College and my Primary Level Montessori Certification from AMI in St. Paul, MN.
When I am not working, I usually can be found at my cabin. I love to relax, swim, and play on the water. In the winter, I am most likely knitting or reading next to the fire.
Rose joins Three Rivers Montessori as an experienced Montessori teacher, leader and former Montessori child. She is overjoyed to be a part of Three Rivers Montessori and to bring an authentic Montessori experience to the community.
Following a bachelor’s degree in Applied Behavioral Sciences and specializing in autism therapy at the University of Kansas, she started her career in Montessori as an assistant teacher at the Montessori school she attended as a child in Kansas.
After multiple years of experience working in Children’s House classrooms and elementary classrooms, Rose decided to pursue her own career in Montessori education by attending the AMI elementary course at the Montessori Center of Minnesota. Upon completion of her International Montessori Certificate, she attended St. Catherine University to receive her Master’s in Education.The program was heavily focused on Montessori Education for all ages as well as teacher development and growth. Rose continued to serve as a Montessori educator for children ages 9-12 for three years in Lawrence, Kansas before moving to Minnesota permanently.
Most recently, Rose served as a director for a Twin Cities Montessori school providing care and education for children from birth to six years of age.
Rose lives with her human family and furry family in Big Lake, Minnesota. She loves the Minnesota summers and tolerates the winters! She is a physically active person, always ready for a new adventure.
Jen joined Three Rivers Montessori 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.
Following her education in Early Childhood Development and Elementary Education, she worked as a Lead Preschool Teacher in public childcare settings as well as the Program Director in a before and after school program with school aged children. Most recently, Jen was a Special Education Paraprofessional at St Michael Albertville High School.
Jen’s past experience in a variety of corporate settings have provided her with the strong organizational and multitasking skills that allowed her to successfully step into the role of Office Manager at Three Rivers Montessori. She wears many hats while sitting at the front desk such as covering phones, completing attendance, maintaining lunch accounts, updating student records and even covers any medical occurrences that come up as the school nurse. Her favorite part of each day at TRM is greeting each family at drop off and pick up.
Jen is a born Minnesotan and has never lived anywhere else. She was born and grew up in Plymouth, MN attending Wayzata High School. She currently resides in Rogers, MN with her teenage daughter (Abby), 3 dogs (Cocoa, Trouble & Noodles) 1 cat (Monkey) and parakeet (Jose). She also has a grown son (Tony) who is married (Meg) with 2 sons (Nash 3, Max 1).
In her free time, Jen enjoys gardening, baking, reading, puzzles, hanging out with friends and family as well as playing with her two grandsons.