Faculty Bios

Christi Burdo
Head of School
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BFA-from Regis University, Montessori Credential in Primary, MA coursework from CU Denver, Director Qualification from the State of Colorado.  Montessori education has been my passion and belief system since the first time I experienced it as a parent of a young child. I started out by volunteering at my daughter’s Montessori school and fell in love with the Montessori method. It was then I knew I needed to pursue a career in Montessori. I started out by being an assistant in a classroom, then went on to take the Montessori training at MECR, in Boulder, Colorado from there I completed an internship in the Denver area. My first permanent teaching position was in the Golden area. I soon realized I needed to open my own Montessori school in the Southeast area of the city, where I owned and operated my own school for eleven years. I went on to run a prestigious Montessori program in the inner city of Denver for over two years. I am very pleased to find my new home with AML, were I am looking forward to many years of service to the families and staff. Through my years of experience, I have come to learn that a leader is not only to lead by example, but to be of service to the community in which one serves.

Gladys Quinones
Registrar & Administration
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Bachelors Elementary Education, ECE-Director Certified, Primary Montessori Certified- I am from Puerto Rico. I have two children.  My hobbies are gardening, baking, and spending time with my family. I have been working in ECE since 1993. I have been with Adventure Montessori since 2004.  I graduated from Catholic University of Puerto Rico as a Secondary Education teacher. I love teaching Spanish at Adventure Montessori and watching the children become fluent in a secondary language.

Stephanie Van Fleet
Program Director/Lead Teacher
Classroom: Lower & Upper Elementary
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MA-Montessori Education, AMS Elementary I & II Credential, CO Large Center Director Qualified-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 and career passion.  Very happily married to a talented and successful artist; proud mother of three beautiful and fantastic children. I struggled in academics in traditional education and wanted more success for my children. I thought I wanted to home school, but sought other methods as well. I began learning as an assistant in a Montessori primary classroom and was recommended for elementary training.  I joyfully took the Montessori elementary training in 2001.  I completed my MA in Montessori Education in 2015.

 

 

Bethany Saba
Lead Teacher
Classroom: Lower Elementary
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Lower Elementary Montessori Certification MECR May 2018-I am from Florida. I have a wonderful husband, Billy and we have three beautiful children.  I enjoy camping, swimming, hiking, bike riding, and scrap booking.  We love cooking together and Water World is our favorite family spot. 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!

Angela Gray
Lead Teacher
Classroom: Primary 1
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BA-Fine Arts, Naropa University, Primary Montessori Certification MECR May 2018-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.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.

Caitlin Knutson
Intern Teacher
Classroom: Primary 1
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ECE Certification-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.

Masako Brauneis
Lead Teacher
Classroom: Primary 3
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ECE Certification, Primary Montessori Certification MECR, AMS ECE Credential, Director Qualifications in progress-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. 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
Lead Teacher
Classroom: Primary 2
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AA-Criminal Justice,BA-Psychology/Sociology, Primary Montessori Certification from MECR. May 2018-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. 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 MECR 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!

Lizzie Forristall
Lead Teacher
Classroom: Primary 4
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My name is Lizzie Forristall.  I moved to Colorado in 2015 from Texas where I studied Early Childhood Education at Texas State University.  I grew up in a family of educators and knew at a young age this was my passion.  I have worked in many different teaching environments but absolutely fell in love with the Montessori Method.  I moved to Colorado to further my Montessori education and to be closer to the mountains and friends.   In 2017, I received my Montessori Certification; in 2016 I completed my National Accreditation for Child Development.  In my spare time I love spend time with my friends and family, see live music, going hiking, camping and swimming and always brushing up on the Montessori philosophy.

Elena Pogliano
Assistant Teacher
Classroom: Primary 4
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BA-Art History, Pyramid Plus certification, I was born in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, but I call the wonderful state of Minnesota home!  After graduating college I moved to Florence, Italy to study Italian and travel. Graduate school brought me to Colorado where I love to paint, knit, and see live music in my spare time.  I have always wanted to be a teacher and consider myself a forever student continually learning something new!  With my art history background, I am able to foster the unlimited creativity in the early childhood field.  Young children see the world with an unbiased lenses containing endless possibilities.  It is such a privilege to be a part of their lives!

Mary Patrick
Assistant Teacher
Classroom: Toddler 1
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ECE Certification, Director Qualifications-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! 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!

Katy Reidy
Lead Teacher
Classroom: Toddler 2
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BA-Classics, MA-Education-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.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!

Olivia Dengah
Lead Teacher
Classroom: Toddler 3
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ECE Certification-I was born and 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. 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!

Lisa Russell
Lead Teacher
Classroom: Infant 1
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Lisa 0-3 Montessori Certification-MECR-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. 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
Lead Teacher
Classroom: Toddler 1
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0-3 Montessori Certification-MECR-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. 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!

 

Alley Wasinger
Lead Teacher
Classroom: Infant 2
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BA-Business Administration, 0-3 Montessori Certification in progress- 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. 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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 ECE Certification-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! 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.

Tracy Sosa
Assistant Teacher
Classroom: Toddler 3
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I am a Colorado native.  I graduated from Mountain Range High School in 2013.  I love spending time in nature and painting.  I also enjoy making circus props.  My family is from Peru and they are very supportive of me. I was drawn to the field of ECE because I love teaching being able to help children grow.  Children are great teachers too.  They have helped me grow as an individual and have taught me a lot.

Crystal Fetterhoff
Elementary Aftercare/School-wide support
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I am a Colorado native.  I have a very close family of which I have 3 siblings.  I have 2 younger brothers and 1 sister.  I am closet to my sister and niece.  My main interests are traveling out of state when I can and photography.  I plan to go to school for photography and I would like to open my own photography studio.

I cam to AML because I love working with children.  I love to watch them grow and learn.  I am constantly amazed by their creatively and curiosity.  Early childhood education helps children grow into the next generation of caretakers of our society and our world.

Ellen Land
Assistant Teacher
Classroom: Primary 2
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I have 30 years of experience working with young children and many years in Montessori.  I am a mother, grandmother and a great-grandmother.  I enjoy gardening, the outdoors, sewing and reading.  I came from the corporate world and discovered the fulfillment of Early Childhood Education.

Rebecca Behory
Support Teacher
Classroom: Infant Rooms
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I moved to Colorado 25 years ago where I gained years of experience working with children of all ages.  I have a love for early childhood and so I completed my CO director qualifications and trained at MECR.  I knew I always wanted to be a teacher as I love caring for them.  I also have two sons of my own.