Faculty Bios

Gladys Quinones
Spanish Teacher
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Bachelors Elementary Education, ECE-Director Certified, Primary Montessori Certified- Gladys is from Puerto Rico. She has two children.  Her hobbies are gardening, baking, and spending time with her family. Gladys has been working in ECE since 1993. She has been with Adventure Montessori since 2004.  Gladys graduated from the Catholic University of Puerto Rico as a Secondary Education teacher. Gladys loves teaching Spanish at Adventure Montessori and watching the children become fluent in a secondary language.

gladys@adventuremontessori.com

 

 

 

 

Annie Humphreys
Director of Operations
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Bachelor of Science in Biology from Charter Oak State College, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from the University of Nottingham in England.  Currently working toward a MA in Education.  She began her teaching career in 2012, refining her practice to focus on ECE in 2015.  Originally from Columbia, Missouri,  Annie chose to relocate to Colorado out of a love for the mountains, and for its conduciveness toward an outdoor and athletic lifestyle.  Her hobbies include cooking, hiking, yoga, and playing piano.  She also enjoys working with the children in their Spanish classes and getting to be a part of their learning journey.

annie@adventuremontessori.com

 

 

Micheline Zawacki
Assistant Director
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Ms Micheline has an Associates in Applied Science, a Director’s Certificate in Early Education, and has her Montessori Primary Certification through Veritas Montessori Academy. From Northern New Jersey, she grew up close to Manhattan. She grew to love art at a very young age, moved to Colorado in 2006, married in 2009, and is the mother of a 20 month daughter, Twyla. Micheline started her career in Early Childhood in 1999, and has over 17 years of experience in classroom and more recently, administration. Her passions and hobbies include: Art, Dance, Hiking, Camping, Biking, Flower Arranging and Gardening.

Favorite Things
Favorite Color: Greens, Blues
Favorite Flower: All Flowers
Favorite Scent: Vanilla, Amber
Favorite Candy: Gummy Bears
Favorite Drink: Bubble Water, Fentiman’s Dandelion & Burdock
Favorite Food: Mediterranean
Favorite Fruit: Nectarines
Favorite Restaurant: Rosalee’s Pizza
Favorite Animal: Sloths
Favorite Book/Author: Of The Water And The Spirit, Ready Player One
Favorite Magazine: National Geographic
Favorite Places: Greece, Europe, Beaches
Hobbies: Art, Dance, Hiking, Camping, Yoga, Gardening, Biking
Things I collect: Crystals
How I like To Relax: Yoga, Stretching, Baths
Items I Would Like For My Classroom:

Alex Chapman
Enrollment Coordinator
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Alex is a Colorado native with a degree in IT. His career in teaching started with doing computer coding classes for children and from there his desire to then broaden his career in the educational field expanded. In his free time, he enjoys developing new skills including developing video games and additional programming opportunities. Currently, Alex is pursuing classes in ECE and is looking forward to getting to know everyone and becoming, even more, a part of the AML community.

Favorite Things
Favorite Color: Red, Orange
Favorite Flower: Lotus
Favorite Scent: Sandalwood
Favorite Candy: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
Favorite Drink: Mountain Dew
Favorite Food: Steak
Favorite Fruit: Strawberries
Favorite Restaurant: Outback Steakhouse
Favorite Animal: Black Panther
Favorite Book/Author: Garth Nix “The Old Kingdom”
Favorite Magazine: Game Informer
Favorite Places: Lakes to Fish at
Hobbies: Video Game Programming
Things I collect: Pop Culture Figurines
How I like To Relax: Music and Lounging
Items I Would Like For My Classroom: Coding books for Kids

 

Ariana Voth
Lead Teacher
Classroom: Primary 2
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BA-Psychology/Sociology, 3-6 Primary Montessori Certification- Ariana has been married for almost 8 years.  Her husband and she are joyful parents to a young daughter. They also have 2 dogs and 2 cats.  In the summer, they go camping most weekends, take the dogs hiking, have BBQs, and spend time at my family’s mountain house.  Ariana is a Colorado native, grew up in Boulder, and loves to explore new places in this beautiful state.  Ariana also attended Montessori school as a child from Primary through 5th grade. She has always enjoyed working with children and watching them learn and grow.  Ariana started babysitting at age 13 and continued to nanny through college.  Through studying psychology and sociology at CU she learned a lot about child and human development.  At MECR training she gained more knowledge than she could have ever imagined.  Ariana is very excited to apply the knowledge on her journey as a Primary Montessori teacher!

Favorite Things
Favorite Color: Purples, Greens, Blues
Favorite Flower: All Flowers
Favorite Scent: Vanilla and Citrus
Favorite Candy: Dark Chocolate
Favorite Drink: Coffee, Chai, Wine
Favorite Food: Anything (Gluten Free)
Favorite Fruit: All
Favorite Restaurant:
Favorite Animal: Dolphin
Favorite Book/Author: Montessori
Favorite Magazine:
Favorite Places: Ocean, Mountains
Hobbies: Watching Football, Hockey, Playing with my Daughter and Dogs
Things I collect: Candles, Pens, Seasonal Decorations
How I like To Relax: Massages, Pedicure, Wine
Items I Would Like For My Classroom: Books, 48 Piece Puzzles, Cultural Items

ariana@adventuremontessori.com

 

 

 

 

Mary Patrick
Lead Teacher
Classroom: Toddler 3
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ECE Certification, CO Large Center Director Qualifications-Mary is a Colorado native. Her son is currently overseas serving in the Navy.  She has been married 34 years and they are grandparents to six children.  Mary likes to hike and snowshoe together! Mary started in the toddler room and has since worked with children from 6 weeks to 12 years. During an interview in 2003, a child was having a difficult time and the Director got down at the child’s level and comforted him.  It warmed her heart, how they interacted with each other.  Mary knew she wanted to make a difference in children’s lives at that moment!

Favorite Things
Favorite Color: Orange, Yellow, Green
Favorite Flower: Tulip, Columbine
Favorite Scent:
Favorite Candy: York Peppermint Patties, Dark Chocolate without any nuts (Sprouts Bins)
Favorite Drink: Mineral Water
Favorite Food: All Fruits or Vegetables, Any Food
Favorite Fruit: All
Favorite Restaurant: Any
Favorite Animal: Owl
Favorite Book/Author: Bible
Favorite Magazine:
Favorite Places: Mountains and My Home
Hobbies: Hiking, Walks, Drive through Mountains
Things I collect:
How I like To Relax: Romantic or Action Movies
Items I Would Like For My Classroom: Board Books

 

 

Alley Kodey
Lead Teacher
Classroom: Infant 2
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BA-Business Administration, 0-3 Montessori Certification- Alley was born and raised in Colorado. She grew up in Alamosa, CO where she also attended college at Adams State University. Alley received her BA in Business, but it was also in college that she fell in love with Early Childhood. It began as a work-study job at the preschool that was on campus and Alley knew that she wanted to get into the field of Early Childhood Education. Alley began her career working as a toddler teacher at traditional centers but happened to fall into an assistant infant teaching position at Adventure Montessori. At the time Alley was not too familiar with Montessori, but after working at Adventure Montessori for a few years, she realized how much Montessori inspired her and she wanted it to always be a part of her life. In 2017,  Alley attended the Montessori Education Center of the Rockies and obtained her 0-3 certification. To Alley, Montessori is not just a philosophy, it is a way of life. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga and exercise, reading psychological thrillers, and baking (especially around the holidays!) One of Alley’s favorite quotes by Dr. Maria Montessori is, “The child is both a hope and promise for mankind”.

Favorite Things
Favorite Color: Pink
Favorite Flower: Peony
Favorite Scent: Eucalyptus
Favorite Candy: Dots
Favorite Drink: Sparkling Water, Red Wine, Coffee
Favorite Food: Tacos
Favorite Fruit: Watermelon
Favorite Restaurant: Torchy’s
Favorite Animal: Cats
Favorite Book/Author: Psychological Thrillers is my favorite Genre
Favorite Magazine: Magnolia Journal
Favorite Places: Disneyland
Hobbies: Yoga, Running, Reading
Things I collect: Funny Socks
How I like To Relax: Sitting Outside on the Patio with a Glass of Wine
Items I Would Like For My Classroom: Wooden Shape Sorting Boxes, Mobiles, Push Carts, Musical Instruments, Board Books

alley@adventuremontessori.com

 

 

Kim Binger
Assistant Teacher
Classroom: Toddler 2
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ECE Certification- Kim is from Iowa. Her family moved to Colorado in 1985.  Kim and her husband, John,  have 3 sons.  Kim loves to cook, boat, camp, read and go to garage sales!  She loves dogs, horses, and most other animals. Kim loves children of all ages! As a mom of 3 sons, Kim learned the struggles of working parents. In her quest to figure it out, Kim decided this was her calling.  Kim really enjoys working with children, it makes her happy to be a part of their lives.

Favorite Things
Favorite Color: Green, Pink
Favorite Flower: Peony
Favorite Scent: Rose, Peony, Sandalwood
Favorite Candy: Chocolate, Twizzlers, 3 Musketeers
Favorite Drink: Chai
Favorite Food: Pasta, Chinese, Mexican
Favorite Fruit: Watermelon
Favorite Restaurant: Great Scott’s, Outback Steakhouse
Favorite Animal: Dogs
Favorite Book/Author: Scary books or Romance
Favorite Magazine:
Favorite Places: Mountains, Home
Hobbies: Day trips with my Husband
Things I collect: Dogs, Bears, Turtles
How I like To Relax: Relax at Home
Items I Would Like For My Classroom: Gift Cards

 

 

Sarah Hubbard
Lead Teacher
Classroom: Toddler 2
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Sarah recently moved from California with her husband where she worked for the YMCA.  Her interests include hiking, cooking, and crafting.  Sarah loves working with children and “seeing the joy on their faces when they discover something new”.  Sarah is currently working towards her degree in Early Childhood Education.

Favorite Things
Favorite Color: Green
Favorite Flower: Sunflower
Favorite Scent: Mint
Favorite Candy:
Favorite Drink: Chai Tea
Favorite Food:
Favorite Fruit:
Favorite Restaurant:
Favorite Animal: Cats
Favorite Book/Author:
Favorite Magazine:
Favorite Places:
Hobbies: Gardening
Things I collect:
How I like To Relax:
Items I Would Like For My Classroom: Stickers, Paint, Cloth Napkins

 

 

 

 

 

Ryan Pfau
Lead Elementary Teacher
Classroom: Elementary
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Ryan Pfau, has been with AML for 2 years now. Originally, from Illinois, Ryan has resided in Colorado for about four years now. When not at school, he enjoys spending time with my friends, exercising, fishing, camping, and learning about the world. Ryan’s favorite part of teaching is building relationships with children, families, and the people he works with, in the classroom. Ryan’s favorite subjects to explore with the students are math & geography.

Favorite Things
Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite Flower: Rose
Favorite Scent: Lavender
Favorite Candy: Sour Patch Kids
Favorite Drink: Water
Favorite Food: Burger
Favorite Fruit: Peaches
Favorite Restaurant: Park Burger
Favorite Animal: Dog
Favorite Book/Author: Anything Historical Fiction
Favorite Magazine: National Geographic
Favorite Places: Buena Vista
Hobbies: Exercise, Friends, Yoga, Reading
Things I collect: Pendants, Jewelry
How I like To Relax: Naps, T.V, Phone
Items I Would Like For My Classroom: Theatre Style Books

 

 

 

 

Ronata Medina
Support Teacher
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Ronata is originally from Thornton, CO, and is married with 3 children of her own. When she is not taking her children to and from their various sports events, Ronata enjoys reading and relaxing. She has always enjoyed working with children, and when her own children were old enough to begin attending school, she decided she wanted to enter into the field of Early Childhood Education. Her passion is for helping children to reach their full potential.

Favorite Things
Favorite Color: Red, Pink
Favorite Flower: Roses, Lilies
Favorite Scent: Vanilla, Cherry
Favorite Candy: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Chocolate
Favorite Drink: Dr. Pepper, Starbucks
Favorite Food: Nachos
Favorite Fruit: Grapes, Oranges, Strawberries
Favorite Restaurant: Wing Stop, Old Chicago
Favorite Animal: Panda
Favorite Book/Author: All Books
Favorite Magazine:
Favorite Places:
Hobbies: Reading, Disney Puzzles
Things I Collect: Candles, Lotions
How I Like To Relax: Reading
Things I Would Love For My Classroom:

 

Laura Wyrick
Lead Teacher
Classroom: Primary 1
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Ms. Laura was born in Germany but raised in Italy by her American father and an Italian mother. She grew up in Italy where she also pursued her education. She feels very fortunate to be bilingual. Laura has been in the education field for 10 years and also taught Italian to the students (primary to lower elementary).

Laura moved to the United States in July 2018 and started as a primary assistant in a Montessori school in Florida while achieving her Montessori certification.

In 2019, she became a lead teacher and Assistant Director. Laura’s dream place was Colorado and she is very grateful for this opportunity to move here and grow professionally even more.

laura@adventuremontessori.com

 

Favorite Things
Favorite Color: Green, Black, Pastel Colors
Favorite Flower: All Flowers
Favorite Scent:
Favorite Candy:
Favorite Drink: Espresso Pods, Wine
Favorite Food: Everything Except Hot/Spicy food. (Vegetarian)
Favorite Fruit: All Except Orange and Pineapple
Favorite Restaurant: Any Except Fast Foods
Favorite Animal: Bunnies
Favorite Book/Author:
Favorite Magazine:
Favorite Places: Mountains, Italy, Travelling
Hobbies: Hockey, Kayaking, Water Rafting
Things I collect:
How I like To Relax: Massages, Pedicure, Wine
Items I Would Like For My Classroom: Books, 48 Piece Puzzles

Claudia Jauregui
Toddler Support Staff
Classroom: Toddler Community
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Ms. Claudia enjoys being a part of the learning journey of children.   She previously worked in children’s ministry in Savannah, GA before coming to Colorado in 2019.   Originally from Mexico, Claudia feels a special connection with children and enjoys the process of getting to be part of their lives.  Ms. Claudia holds a degree in Architecture and completed ECE credentials in 2021.   She is excited about how the future will further unfold in her pursuit of a profession in Early Childhood education.  Her hobbies include hiking, and arts and crafts.  She particularly enjoys drawing and painting and spending time with the children and her family.

Favorite Things
Favorite Color: Pink
Favorite Flower: Rose
Favorite Scent: Vanilla
Favorite Candy: Sour Candies
Favorite Drink: Pina Colada
Favorite Food: Mexican Food
Favorite Fruit: Strawberries
Favorite Restaurant: Taco River
Favorite Animal: Horse
Favorite Book/Author: Bible
Favorite Magazine: Better Homes and Gardens
Favorite Places: Museums, Parks
Hobbies: Movies, Crafts, Drawing, Hiking
Things I collect: Purses
How I like To Relax: Hot Baths
Items I Would Like For My Classroom: Flowers, Puffs, Positive Messages/Quotes

 

 

Alyssa Smith
Lead Teacher
Classroom: Primary 3
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Ms. Alyssa has a Bachelor of Science in Education from Northern Arizona University and Primary Montessori certification from Houston Montessori Center.  She has 14 years of teaching experience working in Montessori schools in various states, including Arizona, Texas, and Colorado.  She is passionate about giving children the best possible learning experiences that will develop and prepare them for their lives.   In her spare time, she can be found exploring the outdoors or attending sports and concert events.  

Favorite Things
Favorite Color: Pink
Favorite Flower: Rose
Favorite Scent: Vanilla
Favorite Candy: M&M’s
Favorite Drink: Mocha Macchiatos, Oat Milk
Favorite Food: Steak and Mashed Potatoes
Favorite Fruit: Strawberries
Favorite Restaurant: Saltgrass
Favorite Animal: Dog
Favorite Book/Author: Anything by Mona Delahooke or Kids books/Dr. Seuss
Favorite Magazine: Football related
Favorite Places: Nature, Target, Button Rock Bakery, Coffee Houses
Hobbies: Hiking, Football, Yoga, Concerts, Baseball, Hockey, Cooking
Things I collect: Coasters, Autographed Sports Memorabilia
How I like To Relax: Baths, Yoga, Hiking, Nature, Ocean, Coffee, Food Places – French Bakeries
Items I Would Like For My Classroom: Musical Instruments

alyssa@adventuremontessori.com

 

 

Lizzie Forristall
Lead Teacher
Classroom: Primary 4
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Ms. Lizzie received her Child Development Associates degree in 2015 from Texas State University and her Montessori Certification in 2017.  She began her career in early childcare in 2011 and then was with Adventure Montessori from 2015-to 2020, returning in 2021.  Ms. Lizzie has always loved being around children.  The children’s sense of discovery and imagination is dynamic to watch. The privilege of helping guide children in their development to their highest potential is a task she does not take for granted.  Originally from Texas, Ms. Lizzie moved to Colorado in 2015 to be closer to the mountains. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, camping, and paddleboarding.  She also enjoys cooking and hosting dinner parties and continuing to brush up on Montessori philosophy methods.

Favorite Things
Favorite Color: Purple
Favorite Flower: Hibiscus
Favorite Scent: Lavender
Favorite Candy: Life Saver Gummies
Favorite Drink: Coffee
Favorite Food: Pad Thai/Sushi
Favorite Fruit: Cantaloupe
Favorite Restaurant: Uchi
Favorite Animal: Elephant
Favorite Book/Author: Tom Robins
Favorite Magazine: National Geographic
Favorite Places: Beach
Hobbies: Hiking, Camping, Concerts
Things I collect: Gems & Minerals
How I like To Relax: Nature, Baths, Reading
Items I Would Like For My Classroom: Plants

lizzie@adventuremontessori.com

 

Chasity Lor
Assistant Teacher
Classroom: Primary 1
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Ms. Chasity Lor started studying the field of Early Childhood in 2013.  Since then, she has been actively working in Early Childhood with various age groups since 2018.  Chasity was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and raised in Colorado.   The oldest of four children, she discovered the joy of being a natural caregiver in her family for her younger siblings and took on a nurturing role at a young age.  She desired to continue cultivating the love and patience she experienced in working with children as they learn and grow and continued on into a career in Early Childhood.  In her free time, Chasity enjoys being with her family and friends, playing volleyball, kickball, and going fishing.

Favorite Things
Favorite Color: Blue, Red, Purple
Favorite Flower: Roses
Favorite Scent: Dream Angel from Victoria Secret
Favorite Candy: Watermelon Sweet Tart Ropes, Sour Gummies
Favorite Drink: Sweet Passion Fruit Tea from Starbucks
Favorite Food: All Except Seafood
Favorite Fruit: Peaches
Favorite Restaurant: Guadalajara
Favorite Animal: Leopard
Favorite Book/Author: Don’t have one but loves Barns and Noble
Favorite Magazine: National Geographic
Favorite Places: Outdoors, Beach, Mountains
Hobbies: Working out, Biking, Art
Things I collect: Hoodies, Shoes, Jewelry
How I like To Relax: Spa Days, Naps
Items I Would Like For My Classroom: Beautiful Plants

Tamara Digrazia
Teaching Assistant
Classroom: Toddler 3
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Tamara Digrazia comes to us with over 20 years of experience in Montessori Early Childhood.  She possesses an Associate of Arts in Child Development, a Bachelor of Science in Child and Adolescent Development, and additional specific training in Early Childhood.  Born and raised in California, she moved to Colorado in 2007.  She is the mother of two girls and loves to read, hike, and listen to music in her free time.  She began interacting which children at a young age and her love for watching and supporting their development have grown through the years.

Favorite Things
Favorite Color: Purple
Favorite Flower: Daisies
Favorite Scent: Coconut, Peppermint
Favorite Candy: Gummies, Dark Chocolate
Favorite Drink: Chai Tea, Coconut Water
Favorite Food: Indian, Mexican
Favorite Fruit: Strawberries
Favorite Restaurant: Teocalli Cocina, Taj Mahal III
Favorite Animal: White Tiger
Favorite Book/Author: Kristen Hannah, Catherine Ryan Hyde
Favorite Magazine:
Favorite Places: Estes Park
Hobbies: Reading
Things I collect:
How I like To Relax: Reading, Massage, Hiking/Walking, Sitting by a Stream
Items I Would Like For My Classroom:

 

Priscilla Leon
Teacher Assistant
Classroom: Primary 4
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Priscilla Leon is working on her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and has 3 years of experience in Early Childhood working with children.  She is from Leadville, CO, and enjoys anything outdoors.  In her free time, she enjoys hiking with her dog, and friends, and listening to music.  She enjoys taking in the culture of live music with friends and family as well. She appreciates observing children in ECE and being captivated by their curiosity and their desire to acquire learning and knowledge.  She recalls the great role models that her teachers were to her, and desires to invest in children the same way her teachers did in her.

 
 

Favorite Things
Favorite Color: Purple
Favorite Flower: Lilly
Favorite Scent: Lavender
Favorite Candy: Peanut M&M’s
Favorite Drink: Coffee
Favorite Food: Pho
Favorite Fruit: Grapes
Favorite Restaurant: Teocali
Favorite Animal: Pandas
Favorite Book/Author: Hidden Life of Trees
Favorite Magazine:
Favorite Places: Beach, Mountains, Rivers, Lakes
Hobbies: Hiking, Fishing, Camping
Things I collect: Rings
How I like To Relax: Manicure & Pedicures
Items I Would Like For My Classroom: Beautiful Plants

Luisa Espinoza
Lead Teacher
Classroom: Infant 1
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With a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Minor in Spanish, Luisa is bilingual and is in the process of pursuing her Montessori certification for ages 0-3. Born in Mexico, Luisa has lived in Colorado since the age of 6. Her interests include a love for psychology, art, dogs, reading, painting, and being outdoors and with friends. Being a teacher has always been a passion for her as it provides the opportunity to play a crucial role in the early years of the child’s development.

Favorite Things
Favorite Color: Lavender, Olive Green
Favorite Flower: Wildflowers
Favorite Scent: Lemon, Fresh, Botanical
Favorite Candy: Chocolate
Favorite Drink: Chai Tea, Iced Matcha
Favorite Food: Chick-Fil-A
Favorite Fruit: Pineapples, Berries
Favorite Restaurant: Chick-Fil-A
Favorite Animal: Tigers, Otters
Favorite Book/Author: Fictional/Young Adult Novels
Favorite Magazine: TIME
Favorite Places: Too Many
Hobbies: Reading, Art
Things I collect: Squishmellows
How I like To Relax: Sleep
Items I Would Like For My Classroom: A Dog/Class Pet

Ella Lee
Teacher Assistant
Classroom: Primary 2
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Ms. Ella holds a Bachelor’s degree in English Education and a Masters degree in Teaching English as a Second Language with ten plus years of experience in Education, with emphasis in Montessori Education beginning in 2019. Born and raised in Jeju South Korea, she came to the United States to pursue her Master’s degree. She has two children of her own, and her hobbies include sewing and crocheting. She has always felt drawn to work with children since an early age. Her mother was a Kindergarten teacher in Korea, and having first hand interaction and hearing the stories from her mother fueled the interest to become invested in the field of education.

Favorite Things
Favorite Color: All
Favorite Flower: Peonies
Favorite Scent: Fresh Cotton
Favorite Candy: No Candies
Favorite Drink: Coffee, Passion Tea
Favorite Food: Noodles, Chicken
Favorite Fruit: All Fruit
Favorite Restaurant: Cheesecake Factory
Favorite Animal: Birds
Favorite Book/Author: Bible
Favorite Magazine: Vogue
Favorite Places: Joann Fabrics, Hobby Lobby
Hobbies: Sewing, Crochet
Things I collect: Fabric, Yarns
How I like To Relax: Sleep
Items I Would Like For My Classroom:

Amber Adams
Assistant Teacher
Classroom: Primary 1
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Ms. Amber began her journey into the ECE field at the young age of 16, and has currently accumulated over 20 years of experience in the Early Childhood Education as a teacher, with 11 of those years being specifically in Montessori Education. Born and raised in Colorado, in her spare time she enjoys riding her horse, off-roading in her jeep, being present for her teenage son in his sports events, and spending time with her extensive family. Her passion is children. The privilege of watching the moment of excitement when a child expresses the joy of mastering a task is the moment of reward for being a part of a child’s life for their success.

Favorite Things
Favorite Color: All
Favorite Flower: White Daisies, Sunflowers, Roses
Favorite Scent: Vanilla, Coconut, Cucumber
Favorite Candy: Milk Chocolate, M&M’s, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
Favorite Drink: Smoothies, White Chocolate Mocha with Coconut Milk
Favorite Food: Burgers, Fries, Pizza, Steak
Favorite Fruit: All Fruit
Favorite Restaurant: Red Robin, Texas Roadhouse, Pelican Joe’s, Thai Basil
Favorite Animal: Horses, Dogs
Favorite Book/Author:
Favorite Magazine:
Favorite Places: Football Field, Horse’s Barn
Hobbies: Taking Photos, Riding My Horse Teddy, Watching my Son play Football
Things I collect:
How I like To Relax: Watching Netflix in my Jammies or Having Coffee on my Front Porch
Items I Would Like For My Classroom: Books, Montessori Works, Art Supplies

Isabella Kraft
Assistant Teacher
Classroom: Toddler 3
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Ms. “Izzie” a love of children and personal experiences caring for children from a young age, as she comes from a large family with five younger siblings. Currently pursuing coursework in ECE, Ms. Izzie is enjoying the interaction with the Toddlers and appreciates the privilege to get to be part of their world of development during their early years.

Favorite Things
Favorite Color: Green
Favorite Flower: Sunflower
Favorite Scent: Cinnamon
Favorite Candy: Almond Joys
Favorite Drink: Gatorade – Artic Blitz
Favorite Food: Broccoli
Favorite Fruit: Mango
Favorite Restaurant: BJ’s
Favorite Animal: Wolf
Favorite Book/Author:
Favorite Magazine:
Favorite Places: Mountains
Hobbies: Drawing
Things I collect: Rocks
How I like To Relax: Listening to Music while Drawing
Items I Would Like For My Classroom:

Emily Kraft
Support Staff
Classroom: Toddler
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Ms. Emily has a passion for working with children as she comes from a family with 5 siblings and engaging with children comes naturally. She enjoys getting to do crafts and artistically interact with the children in an enriching way that brings joy to all. Currently pursuing coursework in ECE, Emily is looking forward to continuing to expand her knowledge and experience in the field of ECE.

Favorite Things
Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite Flower: Rose
Favorite Scent: Red Wood
Favorite Candy: Air Heads
Favorite Drink: Coffee
Favorite Food: Eggs
Favorite Fruit: Watermelon
Favorite Restaurant: Red Robin
Favorite Animal: Elephants
Favorite Book/Author: Percy Jackson Series
Favorite Magazine: Fashion Week
Favorite Places: Beach
Hobbies: Sewing
Things I collect: Cowgirl Boots
How I like To Relax: Swimming
Items I Would Like For My Classroom: Cute Drawings

Jasmine Manislovich
Elementary Teacher
Classroom: Lower Elementary
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Jasmine holds a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education and Science and has two years of experience in Montessori Education and she has also completed training through MECR (Montessori Education Center of the Rockies). Originally from Green Bay, Wisconsin, she went to college in Eau Claire, WI. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, writing and doing crafts. She loves music of all kinds and comes from a family of five siblings who all live in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ms. Jasmine sees the value that a involved teacher contributes in the support of not only a child’s education but also their growing up experiences. Having teachers that believed in her as a child, she felt the difference that having this connection brings to a child as it gave her the support she needed to push herself. She wants to be that for her students; the force of unconditional support that challenges them, while at the same time enjoying life with them. She also sees that a creative mind is stimulated when it is surrounded by creativity, and aims to create this for her students to optimize their learning experience.

Favorite Things
Favorite Color: Lavender
Favorite Flower: Sunflower
Favorite Scent: Eucalyptus
Favorite Candy: Dark Chocolate
Favorite Drink: Yerba Mate
Favorite Food: Pizza
Favorite Fruit: Mango
Favorite Restaurant: Snooze A.M.
Favorite Animal: Elephant
Favorite Book/Author: Rupi Kaur
Favorite Magazine: National Geographic
Favorite Places: Mountains, Coffee Shops
Hobbies: Lifting Weights, Hiking, Crafting, Concerts
Things I collect: Shoes, Books
How I like To Relax: Yoga, Writing
Items I Would Like For My Classroom: Chime Balls, Bean Bag Chair

Olivia Smith
Toddler Support Staff
Classroom: Toddler
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Olivia possesses a 0-3 years of age certification in Montessori from the Montessori Education Center of the Rockies, and has been with Adventure Montessori in the past from 2014 – 2020 in both the infant and toddler communities, and we are delighted to have her with us now for support of our Toddler Department. Born and raised in Indonesia, Olivia has lived for many years in Colorado, (2012-2020), and has just returned from Albuquerque, New Mexico to resume life in Colorado in 2022. She has always enjoyed working with children and watching them grow and bloom. In her free time, she enjoys cooking Indonesian food, hiking, swimming and guitar playing.

Favorite Things
Favorite Color: Pink, Green, Light Blue
Favorite Flower: Any
Favorite Scent: Eucalyptus, Fall, Key Lime Pie
Favorite Candy: Twix, Ferrero Rocher
Favorite Drink: Anything from Starbucks, Ziggi’s, White Wine
Favorite Food: Noodles & Company, Chick-Fil-A, Indian Food
Favorite Fruit: Pineapple, Mango
Favorite Restaurant: Noodles & Company, Chick-Fil-A, Indian Food
Favorite Animal: Dogs
Favorite Book/Author: True Crime Books
Favorite Magazine:
Favorite Places: Beach, Mountains
Hobbies: Hiking, Swimming, Cooking
Things I collect: Southwestern Nic-Knacks
How I like To Relax: Massage, Mani/Pedi, Bath Bombs
Items I Would Like For My Classroom:

Eleni Kirby
Infant Support Staff
Classroom: Infant
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Eleni possesses a CDA in Infant and Toddler Certification and she has ten years of experience in Early Childhood education from 2012 – present. Born and raised in Longmont, CO, Eleni enjoys having her parents and family close and spending time with them. She also is a professional photographer on the side and loves to write and paint and express artistically, with the aspiration of one day being an author. She has always had a love of children, especially infants, ever since she was a child herself. She enjoys the nurturing role of being a vital part of a child’s early experiences in their growth and development. She enjoys watching the world through the eyes of the child in their enthusiasm and discovery of life in their early years.

Favorite Things
Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite Flower: Carnations
Favorite Scent: Cinnamon, Fall Scents
Favorite Candy: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
Favorite Drink: Sweet Iced Tea or Iced Vanilla Latte
Favorite Food: Cookies
Favorite Fruit: Pineapple
Favorite Restaurant: Chick-Fil-A
Favorite Animal: Panda
Favorite Book/Author: C.S Lewis
Favorite Magazine:
Favorite Places: Cheese Importers, Italy, Coffee Shops
Hobbies: Writing, Photography, Painting
Things I collect: Gnomes
How I like To Relax: Coffee and a Book/Writing poetry cuddled in comfy PJ’s
Items I Would Like For My Classroom: Fun Colored paper – always!

Katelynn Lockling
Primary Support Staff
Classroom: Primary
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Ms. Katie has many years of experience with working alongside children in their development and is currently pursuing ECE credentials. Born and raised in the Colorado Front Range, she is the mother of a two year old and in her free time, she enjoys hiking, camping and creating and listening to music. Making a difference in the lives of children is a passion for Katie as she has come to know how vital and crucial the role of a supportive and encouraging educator is for the early years of a child’s life.

Favorite Things
Favorite Color: Maroon
Favorite Flower: Stargazer Lily
Favorite Scent: Rain or Lavender
Favorite Candy: Sour Patch Kids
Favorite Drink: Iced Lavender Latte
Favorite Food: Chicken Wings
Favorite Fruit: Raspberries
Favorite Restaurant: Cinzetti’s
Favorite Animal: Snow Leopard
Favorite Book/Author: Diana Gabaldon
Favorite Magazine: National Geographic
Favorite Places: Seattle, WA/Estes Park, CO
Hobbies: Drawing, Playing Games
Things I collect: Crystals
How I like To Relax: Bubble Baths, Walking Around the Park
Items I Would Like For My Classroom: