Vickie began her journey with Alpine Montessori in 1993 when her son Tyler was enrolled in the preschool class. As a former public school teacher, she became very interested in the Montessori teaching philosophy and was delighted when offered a position as assistant in the 6-9 class. In 1995 she became a certified 6-9 Montessori teacher and taught until 2000. After a 13 year hiatus Vickie truly loves being back at AMS as the Director and continues to have great plans for the school's future.
Amelie has been with the Montessori school since enrolling her oldest son in the primary class in 2007, first as an involved parent and volunteer, then joining the staff in 2009. She can't say enough about the positive influence the school has had on their whole education. She says "Montessori establishes a love for learning early on — and that, to me, is priceless."
Amy began her path at Alpine Montessori as a volunteer in the school's library. The school quickly recognized her prowess in organization and hired her as the office assistant in 2012. After witnessing first-hand the benefits of the Montessori method in both her own child and the student population at AMS she decided come on board full time by applying for a position in the elementary classroom. She is certified for both lower elementary (ages 6-9) and upper elementary (ages 9-12). Amy enjoys helping the children to explore their areas of interest and expand their powers of observation — especially in the outdoor environment.
Lower Elementary Teacher
Irene has worked with Alpine Montessori since 2011. She began her work with us assisting in the primary and covering after-school care. She quickly picked up on the language and philosophy of Montessori. She is certified for the lower elementary (ages 6-9), and is continuously expanding her knowledge base with further studies. She enjoys observing children in their natural, inquisitive state and looks forward to guiding them through their explorations.
Kristy's Montessori journey began in the spring of 2003 when she accepted a position as assistant teacher at Alpine Montessori School. She was enthralled with the philosophy and decided to pursue a Montessori 3-6 certification. She began training in the fall of 2003 through North America Montessori Center. She taught at Alpine Montessori School until January of 2005 when she was asked to be lead teacher at Marfa Montessori School, where she taught for 2 ½ years. She then accepted a teaching position at ABC Christian Montessori School in Fredericksburg. She was there for 1 ½ years before moving back to Alpine. She implemented the Montessori philosophy and teaching methods into the Bridge-K program at Alpine Christian School, where she taught for 4 years.
She completely embraces the Montessori method and cannot imagine teaching young children in any other way. In 2013 she was happy for the opportunity to “come back home” to Alpine Montessori where her teaching experience began.
Rhea's Montessori journey began in 1998 when she enrolled her then three-year-old daughter, Makenzie, at Alpine Montessori School. She fell in love with the school! When her 2nd child, Owen, turned three in 2003, she signed on as an aide at the school and soon knew she wanted to become certified. She trained with fellow primary teacher Kristy Webb and they both became certified in the Fall of 2003 through North American Montessori Center. She served as an assistant and then co-lead teacher in the Alpine primary classroom until leaving the school to pursue other ventures in 2007. She was very happy in 2013 to come back to her roots, back to Alpine Montessori, a community she holds so dear to her heart.
Primary Assistant Teacher
Shay Leyva has returned to the Montessori school after taking some time off to rear her growing family. Shay has many years of experience implementing the Montessori method at schools in the area and we are fortunate to have her kind and patience approach complementing the prepared environment at AMS. After a year as director of the after-school care program, Ms. Shay is now an assistant in the primary classroom with her eyes on full Montessori certification.
Primary/Elementary Teacher Emeritus
Before her retirement in 2016, Susan was a long-standing and very versatile teacher at AMS, having joined our staff in 2000. She began her Montessori career over 30 years ago when she began to assist at her young son's school in Hawaii. There she received extensive training and then moved to Tuscon, Arizona where she continued to teach the 3-6 age group. Though her experience was vast, it wasn't until she relocated to Alpine that she began studying for her Montessori certification, opting to broaden her credentials in the elementary curriculum. Susan taught in both primary and elementary classes and was considered an excellent instructor in reading skills. In honor of her years of service to the school, the Susan B. Wright Library was dedicated to this kind and gentle soul at the graduation ceremony in May 2016.