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.
Alexis is a recent graduate of BGSU with a Bachelor’s in Education focusing on adolescents and young adults with a concentration in Integrated Social Studies. Alexis has training in mental health, first aid and trauma protocols as well as training in addressing struggling readers. She is a member of the group Inclusive and Culturally Responsive Educators (ICRE) which encourages educators to tackle the issue of cultural disproportionality in schools.
I am originally from Mentor, OH. I joined MSBG in August 2004. I have been here for 15 years because of the warm and positive environment and staff members. I have worked in numerous environments with a wide variety of people and MSBG is a place that I am truly grateful to be a part of. My first employer was Chuck E. Cheese and I love listening to Christian music. When I was 10 I wanted to be a teacher because I absolutely loved my second grade teacher Mrs. Brinker!
Ashley Dagostino is working in our before care program. She is from the area and is an accomplished violin player and instructor. Ashley has taught the violin for over 3 years and has experience working with a wide age range of children through nannying and work in her church children’s ministry
Brenda is originally from Pioneer, Ohio. Her son is in the Early Childhood program at MSBG and her older children are alums. Brenda has her American Montessori Society credential for 3-6 years olds which she completed in the Spring of 2009. She has been at MSBG since 2004 and has experience working with students of diverse needs. Brenda states, “My favorite Montessori materials are the moveable alphabet and the bank game! I love how the bank game shows the relationships between the units, tens, hundreds and thousands.”
Clairissa Stump is an Education Aide in the East classroom. She has been an in-home child caregiver in hers and others’ homes for a number of years. Clairissa is a caregiver for her younger siblings and also has had customer service experience. She is from Kansas Ohio and a graduate of Lakota High School.
Clementina is from Panama City, Panama. She joined MSBG as our Spanish Teacher in 2019. Clementina says, “I love to teach because I can share my language, heritage and culture with my students.”
I am originally from Burlington, MA. I joined MSBG in August of 2016. Montessori’s focus on the child is what sets it apart from other schools. Lessons are based on each child’s individual developmental level, rather than on where the whole class is, and feature hands-on materials which show why a concept holds true, rather than on rote memorization. Learning is long-lasting and can be applied to real-life situations. The learning tasks that a child engages in appeal to him because he is trusted to make work choices that motivate him. This allows the child to develop a positive attitude toward school, a true love of learning, and an early start on the road to becoming a life-long learner. I’ve been skydiving, bungee-jumping, zip-lining and canyoning. When I was 10 I wanted to be the right fielder for the Boston Red Sox.
Deb was born in Van Nuys, California and moved to Ohio at age 9. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Bowling Green State University and has accumulated many post-graduate hours in language arts and science. She taught 5th and 6th grade in North Baltimore until she decided to be a stay-at-home mom while her son was enrolled in the Montessori Early Childhood program. She was very involved with the school as a mom, and then as a substitute teacher. She became a full-time teacher when the Upper Elementary class expanded in 2001. She completed her 9-12 year old Montessori Certification in 2003. Deb states, “My favorite Montessori material is the large fraction skittles used to teach division of fractions. I love this material because it very clearly demonstrates why we use the reciprocal and multiply to get the answer to a division problem.”
Deb joined MSBG in 2017 and serves as one of our custodians.
Gabi joined the MSBG team in fall 2019, is from Mason Ohio and is studying Inclusive Early Childhood Education at Bowling Green State University. She has worked with children from birth through eighth grade in a variety of settings including running her own babysitting service and other child care positions. Gabi was vice president of the French Club in high school as well as on the women’s varsity basketball team throughout.
Hannah is an extended care worker in our after care program. She is a Sophomore at BGSU studying Business Administration. She is from Morrow, Ohio and has had a variety of business and child centered experiences. She is a scholarship recipient at BG because of her willingness to connect, engage and serve the community.
Jenna is a current parent. She has extensive experience working with children of all ages as a Youth Director for the YMCA along with youth case-management, lifeguard experience and camp assistant. She hails from BGSU with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree.
I grew up in Norwalk, OH. I joined MSBG in August 2015. I 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. I never had a broken bone until I was 36! I always wanted to be a teacher. I picked music because learning to play all the instruments sounded super fun!
I am from Bowling Green, OH. I have been at MSBG since 2007. I fell in love with the way I saw the Early Childhood children learn in the classroom. I knew that I wanted my daughter to be in there as soon as possible. I am a grandmother! I have always wanted to be a teacher.
I am from Dennison, OH. I joined MSBG in August 2016. Montessori suited the needs of my own child, and I fell in love with the philosophy. I have an MBA in Human Resource Management and am currently completing my Montessori Secondary I-II Credentials through CMStep. I am an Eagle Scout. When I was 10, I wanted to be a basketball player.
I am from Bowling Green, Ohio and hold a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology and Psychology from Bowling Green State University. I have been part of the MSBG community since 2008 as a parent alum of three. After being a parent volunteer for several years, I began as a classroom aide in 2015 and began teaching in 2018. I earned my American Montessori Society credential for 3-6 year olds in the Spring of 2020. The educational philosophy comes naturally to me and I appreciate that the Montessori method aims to educate the whole child. I think 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. I love that our lessons are hands-on and our curriculum allows the children to work at their own pace. In my spare time I enjoy being outside, practicing yoga and gardening. When I was 10, I wanted to be a marine biologist in Florida and work with turtles.
I am from Jerry City, OH. I joined MSBG in August of 2019. I chose Montessori because I wanted to join a community where I could learn new things and broaden my 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. I love traveling to different places. When I was 10, I wanted to be a teacher.
Libby is a graduate of BGSU with a Bachelor’s in Communication and is finishing her Master of Education in Special Education also at BGSU. Libby’s recent employment has been in higher education and she has experience in a variety of areas within this context. She has worked and volunteered for Young Life for a number of years. For the last several years, she has been an avid foster parent in our community. She has fostered many children of all ages and has found a passion for those with special needs, meeting them where they are and helping them grow.
I am from Port Clinton, OH. I 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”. I come from a family of 8 children. I had 4 younger siblings that I would watch, play, and care for while my parents worked, perhaps preparing me for my future! When I was 10, I wanted to be a hairdresser!
Lynne Azzarello is from Solon Ohio and is also a senior at BGSU studying Business Management. Lynne attended a Montessori school through kindergarten and is excited to work at our school and gain more experience with children. She has been an avid babysitter for many years and a camp counselor as well. She is also experienced in sales and customer service.
Maia is from Findlay and is a sophomore at Bowling Green State University. She comes to us with a wealth of child care experience from babysitting to volunteering at her church and for a local foster care agency. She enjoys singing and spending time with family and friends.
I am from Van Wert, OH. I joined MSBG in August 2003. Montessori is special 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. I have always been a dog person and have rescued many over the years, but recently we rescued a kitten and named him Flea! When I was 10, I wanted to be a teacher.
Natasha is a graduate of George Mason University with a Doctorate in Cultural Studies. Her Masters and Bachelors degrees are in English Literature Minoring in Creative Writing and Poetry. She has worked as a graduate teaching assistant and a researcher along with teaching children of all ages at the Sylvan Learning Center and providing individual tutoring for children. Natasha is also a Montessori child, having spent her elementary years through 6th grade in a Montessori classroom
Nicole Picciano is from Eastlake Ohio and is a senior at BGSU studying Early Childhood Inclusive Education. Nicole has been a camp counselor, a tutor, a babysitter and a toddler assistant.
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.”
I am from Elmore, OH. I 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 I was 10 I wanted to be an interior decorator and design furniture, all while raising horses on a large farm!
I am from Wayne, OH. I 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. I love to go antiquing! When I was 10, I wanted to be a teacher.
I am from Perrysburg, OH. I joined MSBG in the Summer of 2016. I love the Montessori philosophy! After teaching in a non-Montessori school for a few years prior, I have seen the difference this philosophy makes in education the kids. I now practice this same philosophy as a parent. Miss Mackenzie and I went to college together at BGSU. When I was 10, I wanted to be a teacher.
I am from Medina, OH. My journey at MSBG started in 2008 when I was a junior in college. I joined MSBG in July 2011. I fell in love with Montessori as soon as I 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. I love to play board and card games. I have been skydiving, and I enjoy oil painting. When I was 10, I wanted to be an artist, veterinarian, or professional Riverdance tap dancer!
Sarah is from Bay Village, Ohio. She is a sohomore at BGSU studying Early Childhood Inclusive Education. Sarah is an athlete and a scholar, earning a varsity letter in Cross Country and membership in the National Honor Society. Sarah’s experience with children ranges from babysitting to lifeguarding as well as several philanthropic service roles. She even owns her own baking business!
I am from East Liverpool, OH. I moved to BG when I was 12. I joined MSBG in August 1981. Montessori is the best method of education for children and adults. It’s emphasis on life-long learning, appreciation for each individual, and at the same time the community and world, is deeply meaningful for today’s world. My mom is the oldest of 9 children, and I am the oldest grandchild. I have 27 first cousins on that side of the family! When I was 10, I wanted to be a teacher.
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 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.
I am from Troy, MI. I joined the MSBG team in August 2019. My kids attend here, and I appreciate the love of learning and independent problem solving fostered at MSBG. When I was 10, I wanted to be a professional basketball player.