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.

Amy Nalepka

Education Aide, Early Childhood

I am from Pensacola, FL. I joined MSBG in August 2015. I believe in the Montessori way to teach. I love the color purple. When I was 10 I wanted to be a nurse when I grew up.

Amy Paluch

Speech Pathologist

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!

Angela Melillo

Extended Care

Angela is a Junior at BGSU studying Human Development and Family Studies.  Angela has always been around and loved working with children, coming from a big family in Illinois.  She is active in her sorority and has participated in several volunteer activities with children in our community. She has also held retail positions in her home town and has been a consistent name on the Dean’s list while in college.

Ashley Franks

Extended Care Coordinator

Ashley joined MSBG in 2018 and serves as our Extended Care Coordinator.

Brenda Ferguson

Teacher, Early Childhood

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.”

Cindy Brechmacher

Education Consultant

I am from Rootstown, OH. I joined MSBG in August 1996, and retired in 2018. I love the Montessori philosophy of teaching the whole child. We as teachers give the child the opportunity to become independent learners. Each child can work at their own pace and feel successful. I wanted to be a singer as well. When I was 10, I wanted to be a teacher when I grew up.

Clementina Whitaker

Teacher, Spanish

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.”

Dave Proulx

Teacher, Upper Elementary

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 Reddin

Teacher, Upper Elementary

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.”

Debra Duty

Custodian

Deb joined MSBG in 2017 and serves as one of our custodians.

Elena Sanz-Marin

Teacher, Spanish

I am from Madrid, Spain. I joined MSBG in September 2017. I like how the classroom’s flexible settings allow children to learn according to their own needs and times. I love the respect children develop for each other after working together in mixed age groups. I also love the amazing wood materials they have for learning. I have piloted gliders! When I was 10, I wanted to be a Rally Driver!

Elena Sanz-Marin

Teacher, Art

I am from Madrid, Spain. I joined MSBG in September 2017. I like how the classroom’s flexible settings allow children to learn according to their own needs and times. I love the respect children develop for each other after working together in mixed age groups. I also love the amazing wood materials they have for learning. I have piloted gliders! When I was 10, I wanted to be a Rally Driver!

Gabi Gurley

Extended Care/Education Aide, Toddler

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.

Heather Orth

Extended Care

I am from Delta, OH. I joined MSBG in April 2016. Montessori classrooms are a special environment focused on growth of the child’s mind, body, and spirit. Growth of academics through individual progression is a bonus. I love Montessori! I was a Nexus Hair Show Model when I was younger. When I was 10, I wanted to be a lawyer.

Jenica Fox

Teacher, Early Childhood Music

Jenica is the Early Childhood Music teacher. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Music Education: Instrumental and General, Jazz Certificate from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Orff Level I and Level II Certificates from DePaul University and is currently pursuing her Masters in Music Education at BGSU. Jenica enjoys gardening, camping, reading, spending time with family and traveling with her husband. Jenica loves how her students are always surrounded by music and art, in and outside of music class. It helps nurture their love of music and this truly shows in the classroom.

Jennifer Blakeman

Teacher, Elementary Music/Band

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!

Jennifer Sigurdson

Teacher, Lower Elementary

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.

Jeremy Rober

Teacher, Middle School

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 am an Eagle Scout. When I was 10, I wanted to be a basketball player.

Kate Balusik

Teacher, Early Childhood

Kate is a teacher in the Early Childhood East classroom. She attended Bowling Green State University and graduated with a degree in Sociology with a minor in Psychology. Kate was a probation officer for nine years prior to joining the MSBG team in 2013. She has served as aide in the East Classroom for two years and prior to that served as our Fundraising Coordinator. Through her kids being students at the school, she continued to become more involved and served as the CAPE President for two years. This involvement led her to changing career paths and join MSBG’s staff.

Kayla Borland

Education Aide, Early Childhood

Kayla joined our Extended Care team in 2016 before moving to the Early Childhood East classroom in 2018 as an Education Aide.

Kelsey Steinman

Teacher, Lower Elementary

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.

Kiah Winter

Education Aide, Toddler

I am from Perrysburg, OH. I joined MSBG in August 2019. I love getting to work alongside wonderful co-workers as well as experience the Montessori way within the classroom and with the students. I love to write, and would one day love to publish a book! When I was 10, I wanted to be a veterinarian.

Liz Resler

Teacher, Lower Elementary

I am from Port Clinton, OH. I joined MSBG in August on 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!

Mackenzie Nofziger

Teacher, Upper Elementary

I am from Pettisville, OH. I joined MSBG in August 2016. When I first found MSBG and learned about Montessori education, I knew it would be a great fit. It fits with my education philosophy and truly seeks to educate the whole child. It is a wonderful and positive place to work and grow as a teacher. I am very involved with Global Connections, an organization that serves the international community in Bowling Green. Before coming here, I taught at Bankok Christian International School in Thailand for two years!

Mary Jones

Custodian

Mary Jones joined our custodial staff in late 2019. She recently retired from the City of Bowling Green after working there for 30 years. Mary is working in the west wing.

McKenzie Miller

Intervention Specialist

I am from Bowling Green, OH. I joined MSBG in August 2019. My mom, my sister, and myself all went to Montessori, and attended the Early Childhood Classroom. I have always loved that Montessori allows the students to work at their own pace and level, and use a vast variety of hands-on materials. I have 5 siblings! When I was 10, I wanted to be a teacher.

Megan Prybylski

Teacher, Lower Elementary

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.

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

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!

Renee Gross

Teacher, Early Childhood

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.

Samantha Brigode

Teacher, Upper Elementary

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.

Sarah Current

Teacher, Early Childhood

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!

Seth Estep

Education Aide, Toddler

I am from Bowling Green, OH. I joined MSBG in August 2019. There really is nothing like the Montessori School Education. The way the students learn and are taught is so practical for life, and I love it. I love shopping! When I was 10, I wanted to be a car designer or and architect.

Sophia Maragos

Extended Care/Education Aide, Toddler

Sophia joined MSBG in 2018 and serves as one of our child care workers in the extended care program.

Sue DiBiasio

Educational Consultant

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.

Taylor Abair

Extended Care

Taylor is a senior at BGSU majoring in Spanish and International Studies. She is from Kettering, OH and has a wealth of child care experience, from working in structured day care programs, to long-term babysitting positions. Taylor has traveled abroad and taught ESL classes in Spain

Thom Jones

Custodian, Maintenance

Thom joined MSBG in 2018 and serves as our custodian and maintenance person.

Tim Fralick

Teacher, Physical Education

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.