We have a wonderful record of longevity among the faculty & staff at our school as we have had very little turnover over the years. The Montessori credentialed teaching staff is extensively trained per the requirements of the American Montessori Society and receive ongoing training and mentoring from our veteran Education Consultants. The Montessori School of Bowling Green was the first Montessori school in Ohio to be accredited by the American Montessori Society and our faculty and staff are a credit to this.
Ally is a Child Care worker in our extended care program. She is from Kings Mills, Ohio, and a sophomore at BGSU studying AYA Integrated Language Arts. She has been a volunteer mentor at Fostoria Elementary School, the Perrysburg Community Center, and the YMCA Child Care Center. In addition, Ally has a history of babysitting and retail work. She is looking forward to teaching adolescents in the future as well. We are happy to have her as a part of our MSBG team!
Amy is originally from Mentor, OH, and joined MSBG in August 2004. She has been here for 15 years because of the warm and positive environment. She has worked in numerous environments with a wide variety of people and MSBG is a place that she is truly grateful to be a part of. Her first employer was Chuck E. Cheese and she loved listening to Christian music. When she was 10 I she wanted to be a teacher because she absolutely loved her second grade teacher Mrs. Brinker!
Brenda grew up on a small family farm in Pioneer, Ohio. When she was little she wanted to be a veterinarian and help take care of all kinds of animals. Now she and her husband, together have five children (3 girls and 2 boys). Their youngest son is a student at MSBG and their older children are alums. She started at MSBG in 2004 as an aide in the West Classroom and never left. Brenda fell in love with everything about Montessori. From the multi-age classrooms to the hands-on way of learning and everything in between. She completed her training and received her AMS Certification 2009. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and Care. In her spare time she loves spending time with her family and dogs doing things outdoors or curled up on the couch reading a good book.
Bridgette is a Springfield graduate and lives in Bowling Green with her family. She has housekeeping and retail experience, is friendly, and enjoys working and getting things done.
Heidi is a current parent. She is a graduate of Roanoke College, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art/Art History. She has continued her education at BGSU and the University of Findlay, earning a multi-age visual arts education license. She has studied Art History and Italian studies abroad. She has held teaching positions at the upper elementary and middle school level as well as various substituting roles. She has experience with grant writing, secretarial work, leading Godly Play classes and leading a local MOPS group – she has also worked in sales. Heid is passionate about Montessori education and has evidenced this through her “at home” homeschool Montessori classroom she designed for her own two children prior to joining MSBG.
Jennifer grew up in Norwalk, OH, and joined MSBG in August 2015. She fell in love with Montessori because it makes sense – trust the child and his/her natural pace of development. Society screams race and compete, but that’s so unnecessary. She never had a broken bone until she was 36! Jennifer always wanted to be a teacher. She picked music because learning to play all the instruments sounded super fun!
Jennifer is from Bowling Green, OH and has been at MSBG since 2007. She fell in love with the way she saw the Early Childhood children learn in the classroom. Jennifer knew that she wanted her daughter to be in there as soon as possible. She is a grandmother! She has always wanted to be a teacher.
Jeremy is from Dennison, Ohio and joined MSBG in August 2016. Montessori suited the needs of his own child, and he fell in love with the philosophy. Jeremy holds an MBA in Human Resource Management and has completed his Montessori Secondary I-II Credentials through CMStep. He is an Eagle Scout and when he was 10, he wanted to be a basketball player.
Jordan is from the area and graduated from Bowling Green High School and subsequently from Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies. She has been teaching for the last 10 years at Head Start and previously taught behaviorally challenged youth at the Children’s Resource Center.
Kate is from Bowling Green, Ohio and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology and Psychology from Bowling Green State University. She has been part of the MSBG community since 2008 as a parent alum of three. After being a parent volunteer for several years, Kate began as a classroom aide in 2015 and began teaching in 2018. She earned her American Montessori Society credential for 3-6 year olds in the Spring of 2020. The educational philosophy comes naturally to her and she appreciates that the Montessori method aims to educate the whole child. Kate thinks it is important that children have an understanding of their place and importance in the world, and are taught how to be kind, empathetic, curious and intrinsically motivated students. She loves that lessons are hands-on and our curriculum allows the children to work at their own pace. In her spare time she enjoys being outside, practicing yoga and gardening. When she was 10, she wanted to be a marine biologist in Florida and work with turtles.
Kayla has worked with us since 2016 as a childcare worker and recently as a substitute. She serves as a childcare worker in the early childhood west classroom.
Kelsey is from Jerry City, OH, and joined MSBG in August of 2019. She chose Montessori because she wanted to join a community where she could learn new things and broaden her knowledge on the Montessori way of teaching children. Montessori is special because within the community you always feel welcomed and supported. Also, children are inspired to learn through this amazing method of teaching. Kelsey loves traveling to different places. When she was 10, she wanted to be a teacher.
Prior to moving to Ohio from Colorado, Kristine spent eight years as an upper and middle teacher at the Montessori School of Evergreen. She completed her bachelor’s degree at UCLA in English & Anthropology and her master’s degree at UNM in education graduating Summa Cum Laude. Additionally, Kristine holds her Montessori secondary credential from CMSTEP and her Elementary I and II credentials from the Montessori Education Center of the Rockies.
Kristine has a wealth of experience and knowledge along with a true passion for children and Montessori methodology. She has a zeal for supporting children in their development of independence and purpose in the world!
Lindsey is from Sylvania and is currently attending BGSU studying middle childhood education. She has experience working with children and also in a retail setting working with customers.
Liz is from Port Clinton, OH, and joined MSBG in August of 1993. The fact that each child works at their own pace is a special thing about Montessori. To see our students focused and on task with activities they choose is a “good thing”. She comes from a family of 8 children. She also had 4 younger siblings that she would watch, play, and care for while her parents worked, perhaps preparing her for my future! When Liz was 10, she wanted to be a hairdresser!
Megan is from Van Wert, OH. She joined MSBG in August 2003. Montessori is special to her because of the multi-age groupings, and the nurturing environment where students can work, develop, and learn at their own pace using the Montessori materials. She has always been a dog person and has rescued many over the years, but recently she rescued a kitten and named him Flea! When she was 10, Megan knew she wanted to be a teacher.
Melody is a graduate of BGSU with a degree in fine arts focusing on education and digital art. Most recently, she has been self-employed as a freelance illustrator for children’s books and book covers and is trained and certified in ESL. She has worked and volunteered with children with special needs and has been an assistant in a toddler room previously during college.
Melody is a strong advocate of Montessori and our school and is excited to begin in the classroom and pursue her Montessori education/credential.
Paige is our building substitute teacher and has been with MSBG since 2007 and she is an alum parent of four. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Landscape Architecture from Iowa State University. She has been the Bowling Green High School golf coach since 2009. Paige is also an Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist and is an avid golfer, volleyball player, outdoor enthusiast, loves music and yoga and encourages going barefoot. When asked what she likes best about the Montessori School she says, “I adore working with every child in the school on all different academic levels and what I learn from them. I enjoy getting to know all of the families and watching their children grow from Toddler through Middle School.”
Pam is from Elmore, OH, and joined MSBG in August 2018. Montessori is special because it follows the child. Many education philosophies claim they do, but the Montessori Method of teaching was built around this concept. When she was 10 she wanted to be an interior decorator and design furniture, all while raising horses on a large farm!
Renee is from Wayne, OH, and joined MSBG in August 2014. Montessori advocates for teaching the whole child and has a deep respect for individual needs, ideas, and differences. Children develop a love of learning that is authentic and life-long. She loves to go antiquing! When she was 10, she wanted to be a teacher.
Samantha is from Perrysburg, OH, and joined MSBG in the Summer of 2016. She loves the Montessori philosophy! After teaching in a non-Montessori school for a few years prior, she has seen the difference this philosophy makes in educating kids. Samantha now practices this same philosophy as a parent. When she was 10, she wanted to be a teacher.
Sarah is from Medina, OH. Her journey at MSBG started in 2008 when she was a junior in college. She joined MSBG in July 2011. Sarah fell in love with Montessori as soon as she walked into the classroom. The philosophy educates and nurtures the whole child. The environment, teachers, and beautiful materials all provide a uniquely-designed, hands-on, individualized learning approach that supports natural development. Children thrive at their own pace, and foster their own life-long love of learning, which enables them to develop into happy. contributing members of a greater society. She loves to play board and card games. Sarah has been skydiving, and enjoys oil painting. When she was 10, she wanted to be an artist, veterinarian, or professional Riverdance tap dancer!
Stacie is an Elmwood native and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in exercise science from BGSU and her Master of Education from Brandman University in California. Stacie has taught PE classes for 10+ years in a variety of settings and has been a yoga instructor, a volleyball coach, a fitness instructor, and a personal trainer. Stacie has a passion for health and fitness and wants to help children learn to feel better through healthy lifestyles. She is eager to join our team and embraces the philosophy of the whole child!
Susan is a Bowling Green native and has experience cleaning offices and residences in the area. Susan is described as friendly, meticulous and dependable by those that know her. She also attended MSBG as a child!
Sydney Westfall is an Education Aide in our Toddler room and will also be helping with coverage in our extended care programs. Sydney currently works at the Cookie Jar in BG and has volunteered in a local day care program as well as been an in-home babysitter for several years. She is from Pioneer Ohio and a graduate of Bowling Green High School.
Tina joined our team in 2022 and supports our early childhood east students. Tina is from Jerry City Ohio and retired after 35 faithful years as a dietary aide and cook for a local health care facility. She loves children, is easy-going and hard-working, and wants to continue working and learning new things.