Bev Bechstein

Executive Director

I am originally from Grand Rapids, OH. I joined MSBG in June 2010. As a parent and professional educator, I appreciate the excellent, holistic education students receive here. This type of educational setting is like no other I have experienced, and thrives on mutual respect among students, parents and staff. I am thrilled and honored to be a part of this wonderful education environment. When I was 10, I wanted to be a teacher!

Jakki Kleinhans

Education Director

I am from Oak Harbor, OH. I joined MSBG in August 2015. Maria Montessori’s vision for our children and our world aligns with my hopes and beliefs for humanity. Montessori focuses on supporting humans of all ages to continually grow and help others. I believe that is how we will make the world a better place. I love life science! When I was 10, I wanted to be a Marine Biologist.

Leigh Ann McKinney

Operations Director

Leigh Ann has over twelve years of professional banking experience with Huntington National Bank. She most recently served as the Customer Service Team Leader. Her daughters both attend MSBG, one in Lower Elementary and one in Early Childhood. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. She joined our MSBG team in 2012.

Kathy Hammond

Advancement Director

I am originally from Bowling Green, but lived in the Chicago suburbs for 25 years. I joined the MSBG team in August 2019. I was interested in MSBG because I had been wanting to work for a school, and I like that the nurturing of independence spills over into the faculty and staff area! I love horses, and used to show them. I listen mostly to grunge and heavy metal music! When I was 10, I wanted to be an Olympic Equestrienne.

Lori Kerr

Administrative Clerk

Lori joined the Montessori School in November 2018, as the Assistant Clerk, with over 20 years of office experience. She loves to spend time with her grandchildren. When asked, Lori says, “the people are great, and, the Montessori experience is excellent.”

Elyssa Williams

Administrative Assistant

I am from Deshler, OH. I joined MSBG in October 2019. The faculty and staff are great, and fun to work with, and it’s really cool to learn more about the Montessori method the longer I am here. I have a twin sister. When I was 10 I wanted to be anything and everything when I grew up…it changed every day!

Jessica Nekoranec

Administrative Assistant

Jess joined the Montessori School in 2018 as an Administrative Assistant. She attended BGSU and in her spare time Jess tells us she enjoys “hoarding craft supplies”. When asked what she likes best about MSBG she says, “the interaction with people and enjoy seeing the activities and tasks the students here complete.”