Faculty Bios

Gladys Quinones
Director of Staff
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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 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

 

 

Hilary Fielder
Administrative Assistant
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Hilary Fielder is a Colorado Native who went to the University of Northern Colorado and graduated in 2014 with a degree in Interdisciplinary studies with minors in Elementary Education and Geography. She is currently in completing courses in ECE. Her passion for being in Education was sparked from her mother, who was an Elementary teacher for 30 years. Hilary enjoys seeing how children light up when their interest is encouraged and connections are made. She is amazed by how intelligent children are– often beyond the level for which they receive recognition.

Hilary@adventuremontessori.com

 

 

Stephanie Van Fleet
Director of Education/Elementary Lead Teacher
Classroom: Lower & Upper Elementary
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MA-Montessori Education, AMS Elementary I & II Credential, CO Large Center Director Qualified.  Stephanie began training as an assistant in a Montessori primary classroom in 2000 and was recommended for elementary training.  She joyfully took Montessori elementary training in 2001 and completed her MA in Montessori Education in 2015. Stephanie was privileged to be a part of the American Montessori Society Emerging Leadership Fellowship. She is also serves an elementary instructor and field consultant at the Montessori Education Center of the Rockies.

stephanie@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

 

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 4 years.  Her husband and her 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 BBQ’s, 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 for 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!

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!

 

Alley Wasinger
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 my 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”.

alley@adventuremontessori.com

Kim Binger
Support Teacher
Classroom: Infant Rooms
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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 love 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 enjoy working with children, it makes her happy to be a part of their lives.

 

 

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

Bella Rojas
Lead Teacher
Classroom: Infant 1
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Bella is from Chihuahua Mexico, and has been living in Colorado for the past 17 years. She is fluent in both English and Spanish. She loves to travel with her husband and taking long walks with her dog. Ever since her mom has done in-home babysitting Bella has loved to help her. Bella created bonds with children and that is what pulled her into the field. Bella fell in love with the Montessori philosophy in 2018 and in 2020 Bella attended the Montessori Education Center of the Rockies where she obtained her 0-3 AMS certification.

bella@adventuremontessori.com

Sarah Hubbard
Assistant 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 children and “seeing the joy on their faces when they discover something new”.  Sarah is currently working towards her degree in Early Childhood Education.

 

 

 

Ryan Pfau
Assistant Teacher
Classroom: Elementary
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Ryan Pfau, has been with AML for 2 years now. He is currently pursuing his Montessori credential from The Montessori Education Center of the Rockies. 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.

 

 

Stephanie Cavinder
Lead Teacher
Classroom: Toddler 2
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Stephanie is originally from Texas but spent most of her childhood in Indiana. She moved to Colorado ten years ago with her husband and two dogs. Stephanie’s passion for working with children came from being one of the oldest of a large family. Stephanie has been working in Montessori for almost ten years. She started by working in Primary classrooms as an assistant but found her heart belonged with the toddler age group. Stephanie has an Infant and Toddler credential from the American Montessori Society. She is currently working on her BA in Children’s Learning and Development from the University of Massachusetts. When Stephanie is not teaching toddlers, she is an aspiring gardener and very amateur baker.

stephaniec@advenutremontessori.com

 

 

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 in helping children to reach their full potential.

Kelcie Dexter
Infant/Toddler Support Staff
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Kelcie was born in Boulder, and grew up in Longmont. She enjoys hiking, a good book, and spending time with her Golden Retriever, named Jasper. She has always felt a connection with children and started working in childcare in local Early Childhood School in Longmont, CO in 2020. She has a passion for watching children grow and learn for themselves of the beautiful world around them.

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 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 and goal was Colorado and she is very grateful for this opportunity to move here and grow professionally even more.

laura@adventuremontessori.com

 

 

Michelle Madorsky
Support Staff Teacher
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Ms. Michelle studied Therapeutic Recreation in the School of Education at Boston University. Multi-cultural education and inclusion of children with disabilities was of importance during her studies. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in 1991. Michelle also holds a certification in Natural Health Care as well as in massage therapy.
In 1996 she moved from the New England area to the West Coast and became a certified yoga instructor. She then attained a Montessori certification for children ages 3 to 6 years.
Michelle is a devoted mother of two children and cares deeply about future generations becoming excellent leaders for our planet.
Michelle spends her free time cooking Ayurvedic as well as painting and walking outdoors in nature.

Vivian Isola
Lead Teacher
Classroom: Toddler 1
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Ms. Vivian studied sociology at Rutgers University, then graduated from John Robert Powers Finishing School, where she went on to teach and working in administration. She holds a Montessori Certification from NAMC, and her expereince in Early Childhood education began in 1994.   She has a love for children and enjoys getting to be part of their educational journey.  Vivian appreciates the way that children view the world and all of the moments of realization that they pass through in their learning journey. This is a marvel to witness.  Vivian is originally from Deleware, and lived in New Jersey before moving to Colorado to be closer to family.  Her hobbies include baking and being outdoors in the mountains.

vivian@adventuremontessori.com

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 for how the future will further unfold in her persuit of a profession in Early Childhood education.  Her hobbies include hiking, and arts and crafts.  She particulary enjoys drawing and painting and spending time with children and her family.

Esmeralda Rojas
Assistant Teacher
Classroom: Toddler 1
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Ms. Esmeralda has many years of experience with children, particularly babysitting.  She decided to pursue a career in Early Childhood and has a heart for being able to help others. The prospect of making an investment in a child’s future holds a rewarding promise toward this end.  In her free time, she enjoys socializing and being in the great outdoors.

Alyssa Smith
Lead Teacher
Classroom: Primary 1
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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.  

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 2015-2020, 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 paddle boarding.  She also enjoys cooking and hosting dinner parties and continuing to brush up on Montessori philosophy methods.

lizzie@adventuremontessori.com

Kimberly Hallet
Lead Teacher
Classroom: Toddler 3
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Kimberly has a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from Boston University and a Montessori Infant and Toddler Certification from Montessori Education of the Rockies.  She has 20 years of teaching experience, is the mother of three sons, and is moving to Colorado from Georgia to be closer to family.  Her passion for Early Childhood Education comes from realizing the impact that could be made in the crucial early years of his or her learning journey.   When Kimberly is not with children, she enjoys gardening, baking, reading and taking long walks.

kimberly@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.