Faculty & Staff

Faculty & Staff

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.

Alexxa Steward

Childcare Worker

Alex is from Swanton and is attending BGSU studying veterinary science. She has served as a full time nanny for a family of five and a boating specialist for the Girl Scouts of America Camp. Alex has also worked in food service and spends many hours painting the interior and exterior of homes with her family’s painting business.

Ally Keegan

Childcare Worker

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 Paluch

Speech Pathologist

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 Ferguson

Teacher, Early Childhood

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 Andrzejak

Custodian

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.

Brooklynne Wright

Childcare Worker

Brooklynne is from Piqua Ohio and is attending BGSU studying Communication Sciences. Her goal is to become a school speech pathologist. Brooklynne has worked in event services at the university along with working at a children’s museum and retail store in her hometown. Brooklynne has an engaging personality and loves interacting with children.

Cassie Romanowski

Childcare Worker

Cassie has experience working in mental health and gerontology. She has served in clerical and nursing assistant positions over the years and is excited to join the MSBG team! She is a BG high school graduate, attended Owens Community College and she and her family live in Bowling Green. She currently is the Office Manager for The Natural Balance Wellness Medical Center where she assists patients and clinicians.

Cecil Thompson

Maintenance

Cecil is from Cygnet and has a wealth of experience. He currently is a maintenance manager for two apartment complexes in Bowling Green and has served in this capacity for over 20 years. We couldn’t be more excited to have someone of Cecil’s abilities on our team!

Crystal Mueller

Associate Teacher

Crystal is from Utah and a graduate of Brigham Young University earning a Bachelor of Arts in English. She spent approximately 20 years in Germany raising a family of four and is fluent in German. During that time, she worked in a school district in Germany in various capacities from inspecting school buses, implementing safety protocols, and serving as a routine translator for the staff, students, and parents of the district.

Dottie Kervin

Childcare Worker

Dottie is from Swanton and is studying middle childhood education at BGSU. She has held service positions during and since high school and most recently served as a camp counselor for several weeks in California!

Emma Kilbane

Childcare Worker

Emma is from Independence Ohio and is a sophomore at BGSU studying early childhood education. Emma has worked with toddlers and preschool children in daycare and school-based settings as well as babysat in her local community. She has also worked in retail in her hometown and has been a scholar student.

Emma Slifka

Childcare Worker

Emma is from Parma Ohio and is a sophomore studying Early Childhood Education at BGSU. Emma has nannying and retail experience along with elementary field experience through her university studies. She has always wanted to be a teacher and even attended a Montessori school herself!

Hannah Plank

Childcare Worker

Hannah has had some wonderful experiences serving others including working as a dental assistant in high school and within a senior assisted living facility for the last several years. She is an accomplished scholar, volunteer, and leader, heading up her 4-H club and mentoring youth with disabilities.

Heidi Croy

Support Staff

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 Blakeman

Teacher, Music/Band

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 De La Cerda

Teacher, Lower Elementary

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.

Jennifer Grilliot

Intervention Specialist

Jennifer is from Maria Stein, Ohio and currently lives in BG with her family of seven! She is a double graduate of BGSU with a bachelor’s degree in Biology and a Master’s degree in Special Education. She has spent her career working at the Wood County Board of Developmental Disabilities and most recently teaching at Woodlane. Jennifer is passionate about special education and Montessori.

Jeremy Rober

Teacher, Middle School

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 Stein

Teacher, Upper Elementary

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.

Kaitlyn Boberg

Childcare Worker

Kaitlyn is from DeGraff, Ohio, and is studying exercise science/pre-physical therapy at BGSU. She has childcare, retail, and factory experience as well as working in a marina near her hometown. Kaitlyn is a small-town, family person and was very active in 4-H, taking care of animals on her family farm as well as participating in basketball and softball.

Kate Balusik

Teacher, Early Childhood

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 Borland

Childcare Worker

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 Steinman

Teacher, Lower Elementary

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.

Kristina Wilson

Childcare Worker

Kristina is a Bowling Green HS and Owens graduate and lives in Bowling Green. She has held service and management positions including managing her family’s pizza shop. She has worked with special needs children during summer day camps and studied early childhood education and child psychology while in college. Kristina has an infectious personality and a smile to share with everyone.

Kristine Habelmann

Teacher, Upper Elementary

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 Graham

Childcare Worker

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 Resler

Teacher, Lower Elementary

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 Prybylski

Teacher, Lower Elementary

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 Knighton

Teacher, Toddler

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 Bulkeley

Building Substitute

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 Sattler

Teacher, Toddler

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 Gross

Teacher, Early Childhood

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 Brigode

Teacher, Art, Physical Education & Upper Elementary

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.

Sami Scoles

Childcare Worker

Sami is from Bluffton, Ohio, and attends BGSU majoring in inclusive early childhood education. Sami is a Sunday school teacher at her church and has served as an assistant in the 2nd grade in her hometown. She is also a certified lifeguard and has worked in retail and animal care throughout high school and college.

Sarah Current

Teacher, Early Childhood

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 Nagy

Teacher, Physical Education

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 Gold

Custodian

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

Childcare Worker

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.

Tessa VanVranken

Childcare Worker

Tessa is from Hilliard Ohio and is attending BGSU studying Early Childhood Education. During high school, she was always involved with children as a student worker, observing and working in her local elementary school with children of all ages. Tessa has also worked in the before and after school program in her hometown as well as nannying and babysitting for the last several years. She works in her church’s Sunday School program and volunteers with her hometown’s baseball league for children with special needs.

Tina Steinman

Childcare Worker

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.