Faculty Bios

Holly Paulman
Head of School
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Holly Paulman

Head of school

Admin.

Degrees & Certifications

ECE Certification

BA-Art & Sociology

MA-Administrative Leadership & Policy

Colorado Coaching Credential

A Little bit about me

I am a Colorado native and try not to take this beautiful state’s offerings for granted. I spend most of my time outside of work with my two lovely daughters, ages 16 & 12 years. We enjoy outdoor activities, the arts, and finding fun vegetarian restaurants! I volunteer with CWEF, Destination Imagination & Fairview High Marching Band!

How I got into education

I am so grateful to have made a career out of my passion! I began teaching K-4 Art and have been very fortunate to work in a variety of public and private schools throughout my career.  I was accepted into the 7th Cohort of the BECLP, which was a life changing leadership development experience for me.  Becoming a teacher of teachers is great challenge that offers unexpected rewards!

Gladys Quinones
Registrar & Administration
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Gladys Quinones

Registrar

Admin.

Degrees & Certifications

BSSE

ECE-Director Certification

A Little bit about me

I am from Puerto Rico. I have two children.  My hobbies are gardening, baking, and spending time with my family.

How I got into education

I have been working in ECE since 1993. I graduated from Catholic University of Puerto Rico as a Secondary Education teacher.  When I moved to Colorado, I started to work in ECE.  I realized I was in the wrong field and I decided to start taking ECE trainings until I had the opportunity to go back to college and get Director Certification!

Stephanie Van Fleet
Lead Teacher
Classroom: Elementary
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Stephanie VanFleet

Head teacher

Elementary

Degrees & Certifications

MA-Montessori Education

AMS Elementary I & II Credential

Large Center Director Qualified

A Little bit about me

I was born on an Army base in Kansas, and grew up in Southern California. Graduated from high school and college in Minnesota.  Found Montessori and found home & career passion.  Very happily married to a talented and successful artist; proud mother of three beautiful and fantastic children.

How I got into education

I struggled in academics in traditional education and wanted more success for my children. I thought I wanted to homeschool, but sought other methods as well.

I began in the primary department and moved into an assistant in the elementary division.  I joyfully took the Montessori elementary training in 2001.  I completed my MA in Montessori Education in 2015.

Bethany Saba
Assistant Teacher
Classroom: Elementary
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Bethany Saba

 Elementary

Assistant Teacher

Degrees & Certifications

Elementary I-MCER

A Little bit about me

I am from Florida. I have a wonderful fiancé, Billy.  We have three beautiful children, Will, Arianna & Rehanna.  I enjoy camping, swimming, hiking, bike riding, and scrapbooking.  We love cooking together and Water World is our favorite family spot.

How I got into education

I have known since I was little that I was going to be a teacher. Being a big sister and babysitter for years, I have always loved being with children.  In 2006, when my daughter was one, I started working in childcare and enrolled my daughter.  I’ve been teaching ever since.

Teaching is my passion!

Lilli Naumov
Lead Teacher
Classroom: Kindergarten
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Lilli Naumov

Lead teacher

Kindergarten

Degrees & Certifications

BA-Biology

Lower & Upper Elem. Montessori training-AMS

A Little bit about me

I was born in Kazakhstan. We moved to Germany when I was 10 years old.  At the age of 19 years I moved to Florida and four years ago to Colorado.  I read, travel, bike, hike and snowboard.  My children are Heidi (age 11yrs.) and Toby (age 8 yrs.).

How I got into education

I love the affection and curiosity that children show. They take every day as a new opportunity and are so energetic and fearless!

Farahnaz (Naz) Jabbariazar
Lead Teacher
Classroom: Primary 1
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Farahnaz Jabbariazar

Lead Teacher

Primary 1

Degrees & Certifications

BA-Art

MA-Educational Psychology

Montessori Certification

Large Center Director Qualification

A Little bit about me

I am from Azerbaijan which is north of Iran. In my free time I love to spend time with my husband and son Nima.  I also enjoy picnics and camping, knitting and crocheting.

How I got into education

The love of watching children learn and grow brought me to the education field. I believe that each child is a jewel

and should be educated to develop their own potential.

Celeste Lincoln
Assistant Teacher
Classroom: Primary 1
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Celeste Lincoln

Assistant teacher

Primary 1

Degrees & Certifications

BA-Art

Secondary Teaching Certificate

A Little bit about me

I am from Hawaii, born and raised. I moved to Colorado to earn my Lower Elem.Montessori Teaching credentials and fulfill the student teacher requirements.  I enjoy snorkeling, stand-up boarding, swimming, the outdoors, reading, painting, and drawing.  My youngest son has joined me on my Colorado adventure and he is 12 years old.

How I got into education

Primary age children are a joy! They’re full of wonder and discovery of the big, wide, world.  Being around them grounds me because they mind me that the simple things in life are what matters.  Montessori education especially guides children in a natural and dynamic way to understand and seek their own “cosmic task” in life.  They learn to respect the small and great things.  It is peace education at its core because it respects the child’s internal drive to perfect themselves and find meaningful work in their environment.

Jessica Bicknell
Lead Teacher
Classroom: Primary 2
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Jessica Bicknell

Lead teacher

Primary 2

Degrees & Certifications

Montessori ECE Certification-MECR

A Little bit about me

I am the oldest of six siblings! I love being with my family and being outdoors.  I love music and singing, especially with children.  I enjoy acting and being in plays as well.

How I got into education

Being the oldest of 6 and helping with my parents’ business, I have been exposed to and have loved children my entire life. My mother’s pure and genuine adoration for children has been such a positive and strong influence in my life.  It has led me to feel the same about children.  I find specifically the primary age group hilarious and so full of curiosity and constant light!  I feel privileged to work with children in these sensitive periods of their life, as I feel I can make the most for them & our future during this time.

Mitra Hosseinipour
Assistant Teacher
Classroom: Primary 2
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In my country, Iran, I served as a volunteer and worked with children of all ages; junior youth and youth. There, I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Art and also obtained a license in cosmetology. My husband, two children and I came to the US about seven years ago, after living for a short time in Austria. We are now U.S. citizens. Once here, I worked as an assistant teacher with children aged 3 to 5 years old for 4.5 years and attended courses in Early Childhood Education at a community college. I am excited to support your children grow academically through the Montessori philosophy.

My family keeps me very busy. My daughter is twenty-one years old and is currently in college, and my son, who is sixteen years old, is in the eleventh grade. I love children and also enjoy arts, crafts, and cooking.

Masako Brauneis
Lead Teacher
Classroom: Primary Room 3
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Masako Brauneis

Lead Teacher

Primary 3

Degrees & certificates

BA-Int. Studies, MA-Int.Environmental Policy

ECE Certification, AMS ECE Credential

Director Qualifications in progress

A little bit about me

I am from Japan and have lived in the U.S. for more than 20 years. I enjoy spending time with my family, hiking, snowboarding, reading books, and playing the piano.

How I got into education

Maria Montessori’s words,

“Establishing lasting peace is the work of education.”

Drew me to the field of Early Childhood Education. More specifically, to the Montessori philosophy and approach to teaching and learning.  I would like to make a difference in society through educating children.

Ariana Voth
Assistant Teacher
Classroom: Primary 3
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Arianna Voth

Assistant-m.c.e.r. intern

Primary 3

Degrees & Certifications

AA-Criminal Justice

BA-Psychology/Sociology

M.C.E.R. Cert. in progress

A Little bit about me

I have been married for almost 4 years.  We have 2 dogs and 2 cats.  In the summer, we go camping most weekends, take the dogs hiking, have BBQ’s, and spend time at my family’s mountain house.  I am a Colorado native, grew up in Boulder, and love to explore new places in this beautiful state.  I also attended Montessori school as a child for Primary through 5th grade.

How I got into education

I have always enjoyed working with children and watching them learn and grow.  I started babysitting at age 13 and continued to nanny through college.  Through studying psychology and sociology at CU I learned a lot about child and human development.  This past summer I took the M.C.E.R. training & gained more knowledge than I could have ever imagined.  I am very excited to apply the knowledge on my journey as a Primary Montessori teacher!

Angela Gray
Lead Co-Teacher
Classroom: Primary 4
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Angela Gray

Co-lead/m.c.e.r. intern

Primary 4

Degrees & Certifications

BA-Fine Arts, Naropa University

Primary Montessori Certification in progress

A Little bit about me

I was born in Maine and raised in Colorado.  I love painting, writing, hiking and spending time with my husband and two daughters.  I also enjoy volunteer teaching Tibetan language at the Tibetan Children’s School in Boulder.

How I got into education

I studied Early Childhood Education at Naropa University because I have always felt education to be an essential but neglected field.  I love working with young children as they are excited to learn all things about the world.  Children are open hearted and joyful it brings me so much joy to help create the opportunity for them to build independence and social skills as well as be supportive of their curiosities and self-expression.

Lizzie Forristall
Co-Lead Teacher
Classroom: Primary Room 4
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Lizzie Foristall

Co lead-montessori intern

Primary 4

Degrees & Certifications

ECE-Texas State University

Montessori Certification in progress

A Little bit about me

I moved from Texas almost 3 years ago, all of my family still lives in Texas. I moved here to be closer to my friends, the mountains, and my Montessori education.  I love spending time with my friends and family; camping, seeing live music, traveling, and enjoying all of the great things Colorado has to offer.

How I got into education

I grew up in a family of educators from a young age I could see the impact, especially my mother working at an inner- city school had on students. I knew this was my calling.  Finding my love of teaching preschool age children, as well as hearing how thankful parents are for their children’s enthusiasm about school, makes me want to always strive to do my best.

Wendy Discua
Lead Teacher
Classroom: Toddler 1
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Wendy Discua

Lead teacher

Toddler 1

Degrees & Certifications

AA-Early Childhood Education

Montessori Infant/Toddler Certification-MENA

A Little bit about me

In my free time I love to spend time with my children and family. I love traveling with my kids, going to parks, and attending movies together.  I enjoy going to church, and helping the community.  I am from Honduras, and have worked in Montessori schools for 11 years and love to teach!

         How I got into education

I love working with children and enjoy the new experiences that come from teaching them. We are constantly learning from each other and they bring so much joy, as well as honesty.  Every interaction that we have brings love into our lives.

Caitlin Knutson
Assistant Teacher
Classroom: Toddler 1
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I was born and raised here in Boulder, CO. I have worked in childcare for six years, where five of those years have been with toddlers. I am currently enrolled in Front Range Community School for Early Childhood Education to earn my degree. I have been employed with AML since November 2015. I have been in the Infant Rooms assisting all guides and loved learning about the infants. I am so excited to be working in the Toddler Department and pleased to be working in the area of my passion with many children I have gotten to know in the Nido Program. I look forward to being a part of your child’s every-day learning experience and watch them continue to grow.

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Katy Reidy
Lead Teacher
Classroom: Toddler 2
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Katy Reidy

Lead teacher

Toddler 2

Degrees & Certifications

BA-Classics

MA-Education

A Little bit about me

I was born in Kansas but moved to Colorado at the age of 4 years. I love to work out, hike, kayak, camp, raft and just about anything out doors I am married to Tyler, and we have two daughters, Elizabeth & Madeline.

How I got into education

I have always wanted to be a teacher! For a long time I thought I wanted to be a high school teacher.  However, after starting my Master’s program in 2011, I found that I connect better with younger children who still want to learn, and laugh and play.  Young students learn so much so fast, and I am excited to be a part of that process!

Mojgan Hosseinipour
Assistant Teacher
Classroom: Toddler 2
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Ms. Mojgan has worked with AML in the Toddler program for several years and continues to show extreme care and love for the children here at AML.

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Hannah Grove
Assistant Teacher
Classroom: Toddler 2
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Hannah Grove

Assistant Teacher

Toddler 2

Degrees & Certifications

BA-Human Development

Colo. K-3 Teacher Certification

A Little bit about me

I am a Colorado native. I am the youngest of three, with a brother and a sister.  I enjoy spending time with my family and being an aunt.  My favorite activities are reading and writing!

How I got into education

I enjoy watching children grow both socially and emotionally. I appreciate and am awed at being a part of the learning process of young children. I am delighted when a child finds success in their intellectual pursuits.  Children possess a light that I take great pleasure in brightening and nurturing.  There have been many teachers who have helped me in my education, and I hope to pass on my gratitude and appreciation for them by inspiring my own students to be the best version of themselves.

Olivia Knouse
Lead Teacher
Classroom: Toddler 3
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Olivia Dengah

Lead teacher

Toddler 3

Degrees & Certifications

ECE Certification

A Little bit about me

I was born & raised in Jakarta, Indonesia. After graduating high school, I went to the School of Communication in Jakarta to get my bachelor’s degree in TV & Radio Broadcasting.  I have experience working in local radio as a script writer. In September of 2012, I moved to Colorado & have been enjoying living here ever since.  I spend most of my free time singing, playing guitar, swimming, food tasting, and cooking Indonesian cuisine.

How I got into education

I found myself enjoying being around kids and sharing wonderful moments to grow and learn with them. My goal is to someday be able to bring the wonderful learning environment we have here to share with unfortunate kids all over the world.  I would like to make the world a brighter place!

Mary Patrick
Assistant Teacher
Classroom: Toddler 3
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Mary Patrick

Assistant teacher

Toddler 3

Degrees & Certifications

ECE Certification

Director Qualifications

A Little bit about me

I am a Colorado native. My son is currently overseas serving in the Navy.  I have been married 34 years and we are grandparents to six children.  We like to hike and snowshoe together!

How I got into education

I started in the toddler room and have since worked with children from 6 weeks to 12 years. During an interview in 2003, a child was having a difficult time.  The Director got down at the child’s level and comforted him.  It warmed my heart, how they interacted with each other.  I knew I wanted to make a difference in children’s lives at that moment!

Lisa Russell
Lead Teacher
Classroom: Infant 1
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Lisa Russell

Lead teacher

Infant 1

Degrees & Certifications

0-3 Montessori Certification-MECR

A Little bit about me

I was born in Texas, the child of a military Dad so I moved a lot in the beginning of my life. I have lived in Colorado since 1987 and Lafayette since 2010.  I have a wonderful partner, Julie, and two adopted sons, Gavin & David.  My interests involve; mindfulness, breathing techniques, meditation, yoga and finding ways to be a better version of myself.

How I got into education

I believe this was a natural path for me, so I just followed my heart and what was presented to me, as I try to do every day.

Bethani Lopez
Assistant Teacher
Classroom: Infant 1
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Bethani Lopez

Assistant teacher

Infant 1

Degrees & Certifications

0-3 Montessori Certification-MECR

A Little bit about me

I am born and raised in Colorado. I have lived in different areas of Colorado my whole life.  I am recently married, we went to Los Cabo, Mexico.  I really enjoy spending time with my family and my husband’s family.  I also enjoy spending time with our newly rescued puppy!  We enjoy doing anything outdoors and traveling to new places.

How I got into education

I have been around children my whole life and have been called the “baby whisperer”. My family encouraged me to follow my gift.  I started following this gift & my dreams by learning more about children and how to change their lives.  I always say “ Teachers are the ones who develop and guide children to be engineers, police officers, civic leaders and more!

Emily Crittenden
Lead Teacher
Classroom: Infant 2
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Emily Crittenden

Lead teacher

Infant 2

Degrees & Certifications

AA-Baking & Pastry

0-3 Montessori Certification-MCER

A Little bit about me

I was born in Colorado Springs. I met my husband while working as a baking & pastry intern.  We have been married since the spring of 2015.  My husband is an executive chef, we are a very food centered family!  We welcomed our daughter into the world in October of 2016 and could not be any more in love with being parents.  I love to read, knit, crochet, sew, watercolor, bake, and cook!  What I enjoy more than anything else is being able to spend quality time with my wonderful husband and my truly magical daughter!

How I got into education

I have always felt drawn to children, specifically infants, and they have always seemed drawn to me! I love to be able to experience the world through their brand-new eyes.  Being a part of a child’s life in the first years is truly breathtaking, as they develop so much so very quickly.

Alley Wasinger
Assistant Teacher
Classroom: Infant 2
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Alley Wasinger

Assistant-m.c.e.r. intern

Infant 2

Degrees & Certifications

BA-Business Administration

0-3 Montessori Certification in progress

A Little bit about me

I am from the small town of Alamosa, Colorado. I have lived in Arvada for 3 years now.  I live with my cat Belle, who is treated like my baby!  In my spare time I enjoy doing yoga, binge watching Netflix, and going on random adventures.

How I got into education

I was drawn to the ECE field in college when I had a work study job at the campus day care. I helped out with all ages from toddler to elementary aged kids.  After college, I got my first job as a teacher aide in a toddler room and this is the moment I knew this was the career path to take.  I has become my passion!

Kim Binger
Support Teacher
Classroom: Infant Rooms
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Kim Binger

Support teacher

Infant 1&2

Degrees & Certifications

ECE Certification

A Little bit about me

I am from Iowa. We moved to Colorado in 1985.  My husband, John, and I have 3 sons.  I love to cook, boat, camp, read and go to garage sales!  I love dogs, horses, and most other animals. I love children of all ages!

How I got into education

As a mom of 3 sons, I learned the struggles of working parents. In my quest to figure it out, I decided this was my calling.  I really enjoy working with children, it makes me happy to be a part of their lives.

 

Renee Pokryfke
Support Teacher
Classroom: Primary Rooms
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Renee Pokryfke

Support teacher

Primary

Degrees & Certifications

ECE Certification

A Little bit about me

I love to cook, cross stitch, and sew! I love to go to Estes Park to shop & get away. I also love going to Rocky Mountain Nat. Park to look for wildlife.

How I got into education

I have been working with children for over 18 years! I went to Front Range College to get ECE certification and love being with little kids, they bring out the best in me!

Ryan Brown
Support Teacher
Classroom: Elementary
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Ryan Brown

After-care & Sub teacher

Elementary

Degrees & Certifications

BA-English

A Little bit about me

I am from Phoenix, AZ and my main interests include; poetry, writing, painting and following all things related to baseball. I am also passionate about cooking and traveling with my girlfriend and family.

How I got into education

My aunts and uncles are all teachers, and I’ve wanted to teach abroad since high school. Having the opportunity to teach in Korea has pushed me further into the field of education. ECE is especially fun because the kids tend to say exactly what they’re thinking.  A new day, everyday!