Additional information about individual teacher qualifications can be obtained though the Main Office upon request.
Jen received her first Early Childhood certificate through the Utah Montessori Education Foundation in 1999 with Dr. Lois Bobo. She was lucky enough to have the opportunity to go through a second AMS Early Childhood Montessori certification program in 2010 at Westminster College. Jen has been teaching for 15 years in Early Childhood classrooms. Her first year was at Willow Creek Montessori. She then was able spend the next ten years at the Montessori Community School of Salt Lake City followed by two years at Evergreen Montessori in South Ogden. Jen has been at Maria Montessori Academy in North Ogden for the past two years. Jen is in the process of getting a degree in Elementary Education through WGU. Jen is involved with the Montessori teacher training program at Westminster College
Jen was born and raised in Utah. She lives in Clearfield with her husband and 3 boys and enormous dog Knox. She loves the outdoors especially skiing (in the water or the snow). She also enjoys spending time with her family doing whatever boys like to do. Right now this includes riding four wheelers, fishing and hiking. Her favorite food is chocolate and her favorite colors are green and blue. She loves teaching and feels blessed to have an occupation that allows her to work with such amazing small people each day.
Martha Trease earned a Bachelor of Science degree with a dual major of Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education She also received a license in Special Education. She recently earned a Master of Education degree with Curriculum and Instruction as her major and with a concentration and emphasis on Special Education from Weber State University. She has also taken several courses with the Institute for Guided Studies which is accredited with the Montessori Education Program International.
Martha is in her sixth year working at Maria Montessori Academy. She started as an assistant in the Special Education program, and then worked two years as a teacher in the Special Education program, and now she is in her third year working as one of the Early Childhood teachers. She loves children of all ages and abilities and is thrilled to be a part of this wonderful Montessori community.
Martha has lived in Utah all her life. She married her high school sweetheart 41 years ago. They have four grown children and twelve grandchildren. Her favorite pastime is anything to do with spending time with her family. As a family they look forward to vacationing at Lake Powell and spending time together.
Lower Elementary Teachers
Karen Clements graduated from Westminster College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education, emphasis in severe. She also completed her Montessori certificate through AMS at Westminster College and is a trained Lower Elementary Montessori teacher. Karen is trained in the Higher Steps program through the University of Utah Reading clinic.
Karen has worked in Montessori schools for nearly 5 years in both the Toddler and Lower Elementary Departments. Before working at Maria Montessori Academy, she worked at Elizabeth Academy in Salt Lake City. Karen’s experience includes inclusive environments where students with disabilities are incorporated into general education classrooms.
In the fall of 2017, Karen received the Teacher of Tomorrow award from the Utah Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development. She was nominated by the faculty at Westminster College as a promising student teacher.
Karen is a mother of four children, all of whom attend Maria Montessori Academy. A native of Northern California, Karen is coming to love the open skies and snow covered mountains of Utah. When she is not teaching, Karen enjoys traveling with her family and on her own, and can often be found on I-80 heading west to California and pine trees. She enjoys singing, learning about animals and plants, and working with children.
Karen’s current projects and focus involve fostering an inclusive environment where all students can thrive. Karen intends to pursue a Master’s Degree, but is taking a breather and enjoying some much needed time with her children.
Krista Curran has been a part of Maria Montessori Academy since it opened in 2010. Ms. Krista holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities from Thomas Edison State College and has a level 2 teaching license. She has also received her certification as a lead teacher in the Montessori lower-elementary classroom through the Institute of Guided Studies. Previous to working at MMA, she worked at Ogden Valley Montessori School.
As a teenager, Ms. Krista had the unique opportunity to spend eighteen months in Saudi Arabia. While there she was able to educate herself and choose what she wanted to study. Through this experience she learned firsthand that students learn best when given a choice in their education. As an adult, Ms. Krista also lived in Hong Kong. She has traveled to various parts of Europe and Asia, and loves to immerse herself in the rich cultural heritages to be found around the world. She has a great interest in history, art, language, and music. She also enjoys reading, piano, biking, learning new things, and especially spending time with her family.
Ms. Krista loves teaching the children and truly respects them as human beings. Her greatest priority as a teacher is to help each child feel loved, appreciated and welcome in her classroom, so they will have the confidence to reach their highest potential in all aspects of their life.
Holly Gladwell attended Weber State University and earned a Bachelor's of Science Degree and has a level 2 teaching license. She completed her Lower Elementary and Upper Elementary Montessori Certification through Institute of Guided Studies. She receive her teacher endorsement through the State of Utah. She has been working at Maria Montessori School since it opened in 2010.
She discovered the Montessori philosophy while working at Ogden Valley Montessori School as an assistant teacher. She became inspired to be a Montessori teacher at Maria Montessori Academy and applied at the opportunity. Holly was furthering her education in the science profession at this time and made a career transformation. She observed that children were learning respect for themselves, the environment, and for others. The environment was prepared for the sensitive development of the child. The child revealed personal insight through manipulation of the materials. They developed confident personalities as they engaged in prepared lessons and activities with classmates. She was charmed to a world of education that enlightened the minds and hearts of children and gave them the tools to become leaders. It is exciting for her to be part of an educational philosophy that does not inhibit the development of the child's mind, body, and spirit.
She is currently taking Merpati Putih an Indonesian Martial Arts. She has a love for learning and enjoys music, art, camping, biking, hiking, cooking, sewing, reading, and traveling. Family is a huge part of her life.
Ms. Christina began her Montessori journey in 2011 when she began looking for alternative education methods for her children that addressed their needs in a more holistic way. After discovering the Montessori method and theory, she enrolled her oldest son in preschool and quickly discovered that she wanted to be more than just an involved parent. She put herself through Early Childhood training through the Center for Guided Montessori studies and received her certification in May 2017. She has worked exclusively in public Montessori schools and loves the inclusive nature of public education when combined with the individualized approached of Montessori.
Ms. Christina has lived in more than a dozen places all around the world, including Indiana, Thailand, Texas, North Carolina, Spain, Delaware, Singapore, Kentucky, Mississippi, Illinois, England and now Utah. She loves to travel and experience new cultures, especially local foods. Cooking and eating is one of her passions, along with reading, playing the piano and many outdoor activities.
Jalee Schofield grew up in the small town of Woodruff located in Northern Utah. She is the 7th of 10 children. She currently lives in North Ogden with her husband Eric, their daughter, Sloane, and their new baby boy Sawyer who was born in March of 2016. Sloane is a very active and independent 2 year old. Sawyer has Down syndrome. He is a healthy, growing boy who may come with some challenges in the future but is most definitely a great blessing to their family and home.
Jalee graduated in 2009 from Utah Valley University with her Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education. She currently holds a Level 2 Utah State Teaching License. She is a Montessori certified Classroom Director of Elementary Education, ages 6-9 through the Institute of Guided Studies.
In the fall of 2010, Jalee began her teaching career when she was hired as a Special Education Assistant Teacher at Ogden Preparatory Academy. She worked there for one year specializing in building up and helping children in reading recovery classes. She was also privileged to tutor a young autistic student after school. She began working at Maria Montessori Academy in 2011, one year after it opened. For her first year she was the assistant to Ms. Kaley Parsons. Not only did this year give her a chance to form a strong lasting friendship with Ms. Kaley, but it allowed her to grow as a person and a teacher as she went through the process of growth as a Montessori teacher. In 2012, Jalee was blessed with the opportunity to become the lead teacher in her own classroom. The last 4 years, have been a wonderful journey of growth and love.
Jalee enjoys being with her family, especially her husband and children. She loves to find time to spend with her younger siblings and reminisce about growing up. Her favorite season is Autumn, and she loves living in a place where all the seasons are so different. Some of her favorite things are reading, laughing, being with her family, being with her students, hamburgers and fries (especially Red Robin and Five Guys), Sweedish Fish, Starburst, the color blue, and being outside.
Her husband says she is an “awkward gift receiver,” but she loves to give to others.
Her goal as a Montessori teacher is to continue to grow in peace education and be able to share her love of learning with her students and let them know she loves and believes in them.
Mikaela earned a Bachelor’s of Communication in 2015. She then received her lower elementary Montessori certification from the American Montessori Society in June 2018. She completed her teaching practicum at Walden School of Liberal Arts in Provo, Utah during the 2017-2018 school year. Mikaela is currently working on a Master’s in Education. She is excited to begin her first year of teaching at Maria Montessori Academy.
Mikaela has lived in many places across the United States. She has a goal to travel around the world. Her hobbies include: singing, dancing, teaching, getting to know people and going on random adventures.
Mikaela’s love for children is strong. She has wanted to be a teacher since she was 2 years old, when she would play pretend school with her siblings and stuffed animals daily. It is almost unreal that her dream has become a reality! She is thrilled to work with amazing little humans who, she says, actually teach her more than she teaches them.
Upper Elementary Teachers
Kotie (Stephanie) Ellis
Kotie Ellis began life in the deep south. Moving up and down the East coast within large and small cities, she gained insight and exposure to persons of many cultures, religions and backgrounds. This exposure also built a strong passion within her to learn all she could and eventually, teach. In time, Kotie studied English Literature and Composition at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, Ga., earning her Bachelor’s Degree. After long searching, she found Montessori education when her daughter was born and proceeded to earn her Master’s in Education from Loyola College alongside her Elementary Certification in Montessori from Washington Montessori Institute, an AMI accrediting agency. In addition, Kotie’s license in teaching hails from Weber State University. Her passion for Montessori education and learning in general are evident in her every action. Continuing to educate herself to better serve her students, she gleans knowledge from conferences, seminars and articles. Kotie has two children of her own, a teen and a very young one. She loves travel, science, handwork, puzzles, and anything culturally diverse. She plans to travel to Thailand this summer with some colleagues to support local schools with their reading programs.
Kirsten grew up in Biloxi, Mississippi as the youngest of seven children. She moved to Utah in 1998 and graduated from Weber State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Child and Family Studies in 2000. She continued her education by pursuing her level 1 Utah teaching license and being trained as a lower and upper elementary Montessori guide by the Institute for Guided Studies. She has worked as an assistant teacher for two years and a lead teacher for three years in an upper elementary classroom at Maria Montessori Academy.
Kirsten is the proud mother three amazing daughters. She loves spending time with her family, taking walks, bike rides, and reading books. She also loves teaching using the Montessori philosophy as a guide. She enjoys building relationships with her students and watching them grow and progress through the curriculum. She plans to pursue her level 2 Utah teaching license and continue learning and growing as a teacher.
Laura Hughes is originally from North Idaho where she graduated from the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho with her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science with an emphasis on ecology and conservation biology. Before pursuing teaching as a career, Laura traveled the west and worked as a research assistant for the Forest Service in the Wenatchee/Okanogan National Forest in Washington, a tour guide for the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in California, and a National Park Service Ranger at Oregon Caves National Monument, Oregon. She discovered a passion for education through tour guiding and spent three years as an instructor with High Trails Outdoor Science School in the San Bernardino National Forest, California. She found Montessori when a group of students visited High Trails from a Montessori Academy based in San Diego, California.
A new passion for Montessori education and a love of the outdoors brought her to Utah where she is currently pursuing her AMS credentials for Upper and Lower Elementary as well as her Master of Education from Westminster College in Salt Lake City, UT.
When she is not studying or teaching, Laura enjoys being outdoors in any capacity including skiing, hiking, and rock climbing. Weather not permitting, she loves spending a day filled with knitting, reading, or Zelda.
Jr. High Teachers
Sarah Dalton received her Bachelor’s degree from Utah Valley University in Music with an emphasis in voice (performance emphasis). She later graduated with a Master’s in Music Education as well as a teaching license from the University of Northern Colorado. Sarah has conducted school and community choirs for over 7 years. She has also had experience teaching guitar, piano, and voice lessons in school settings as well as private studio settings.
In Sarah’s undergraduate degree a large area of focus was performance. She had the opportunity to perform in theater; choirs; and operas, and has since aided in theatrical productions on a junior high level.
Sarah has currently started her Orff levels (a kinesthetic, exploratory, and movement based approach to teaching music), and is excited to finish up and implement what she has learned from this certification. Sarah believes that students often learn best when they are physically involved in the learning process and thus has developed a kinesthetic approach to teaching.
Sarah has 2 of her own children who are her world. Outside of school her family loves hiking with their golden retriever and rock climbing.
Sarah has a special love for junior high students, and is excited to be a part of the Maria Montessori team.
Richard Madsen is a recent graduate from Weber State University, where he earned a B.A. degree in German with a European Studies minor. Richard had a rich university experience, during which time he lived and studied for one year in Bayreuth, Germany, translated archival letters from World War Two, and poured his soul into every research paper. It was also in university that Richard found love in a girl whose family ties lie in the land that captivates him almost as much as she does.
Though new to the teaching career, Richard brings diverse experience and a personal philosophy to the classroom. He served as the official German tutor at Weber State and also gave private lessons; additionally, he has gathered insight by contrasting his experiences in the American and the German classroom.
Learning through cultural comparisons can help us achieve a more efficient classroom, but is also a crucial skill for life as an adult. It helps us understand where other people are coming from and how we can work with them. Culture forms the core of Richard’s class subjects and he introduces it to students as the expression of humanity across time and space. Everyone of every age is an individual, and the only thing that separates us is culture. By helping students identify culture in their own place and time, they can celebrate others and themselves for their uniqueness. It is the lesson that helps stop bullying in the classroom of today and egocentrism in the governance of tomorrow.
In his free time Richard enjoys recreating medieval history through hobbies like interpreting historic music with his voice and handcrafted oud and fencing with the longsword according to
15th century German manuscripts. He also kicks back by playing strategy games on the computer and exploring his girlfriend’s love of zoology in Utah’s great outdoors.
CTE and ELA
CTE and ELA
Lisa Molyneux graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Arts in English. Her emphasis was British Literature with a minor in Editing.
Lisa has a love for literature and the power of words. She is looking forward to sharing this excitement with the 9th grade English Language Arts and Mythology students.
Andria Yost holds a Masters degree and teaching license from Marylhurst University in Portland, Oregon, and a Bachelors degree with dual majors in Art and Psychology from Weber State University. Maria Montessori Academy has been home to Andria for over a year, where she started as an upper elementary assistant. Now, while the Jr. High is growing, she is eager to be a part of the Arts and life with the MMA family.
Sculpture is an expressive tool for Andria, and her work has been exhibited in galleries and publications. The mentor-student relationship has always inspired her work and given her a great passion for education, with a desire to share her love of learning and the arts.
Andria is from Ogden, and has been with her husband, Adam, for 9 years. Adam taught her how to snowboard and in return, she taught him to play chess. They met in art school, and are still developing creatively which each other. Together, they have a new baby boy, Theo. Her family loves to travel and go rock hunting; once, they found a crystal mountain.
Andria is currently a member of the Junior League of Ogden, and Chair of Oasis Community Garden in Ogden. These works are important to her because of their impact on her hometown. Working regularly with volunteers, gardeners, and other board members, she is able to see the great influence of those who are dedicated to the success of Ogden.
Dana Archuleta has a Master of Education from Texas Tech University and is licensed in Special Education and Elementary Education. Dana comes to Maria Montessori Academy from Albuquerque, New Mexico where she taught for 21 years. Dana started her career teaching at the New Mexico School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. She was there for 10 years. For the last 11 years, Dana has been a teacher in an inclusion classroom and the Head Special Education Teacher at a public Elementary School.
As the Special Education Coordinator at MMA, Dana would like to create a Special Education Program that gives all students the same opportunities and a quality education.
Dana moved to Utah in May 2016 to join her wife Stacey. Together they have 3 boys. Their oldest son is in college, and their two youngest son’s attend MMA. As a family, they enjoy kayaking, paddle boarding, and playing a variety of games.
Special Education Teacher
Special Education Teacher
Special Education Teacher
Amy Jo Proctor
Special Education Teacher
Amy Jo Proctor attended Weber State University and earned Bachelor of Science degrees in Zoology and Microbiology. She also enjoyed many classes in Botany, Astronomy, Physics and Mathematics. She worked at the Ott Planetarium providing Science Education and Outreach to the local community from 2004-2015. She is a producer, writer, and animator of several planetarium shows shown world wide; these were produced with an emphasis on the educational content while still providing enjoyment for the students and their families. Prior to attending Weber State, Amy Jo taught at a preschool and daycare for 8 years providing early childhood education for children in Ogden. Amy Jo feels education is an everyday adventure and enjoys learning new things. She is excited to become part of the Montessori community and learn more about the methods used in elementary education. Amy Jo believes that every person has the right to an enjoyable educational experience and wants families to be able learn and grow together.
Family is extremely important to Amy Jo, she has been living in Utah her entire life in order to maintain strong family bonds. She and her husband have been married for 11 years and have two boys who attend Maria Montessori Academy. As a family they enjoy doing science experiments and raising chickens. Along with her husband she is the cofounder and producer for Physics Foundry, which produces educational content for planetariums. She enjoys cooking, sewing, traveling, reading, playing the violin, and spending time exploring the wonders of nature.
Lynette Whitehead graduated from Utah State University earning a Bachelor of Science degree in special education with an endorsement for mild/moderate disabilities. The 2017 to 2018 school year marks her third year at Maria Montessori Academy. She has had the opportunity to work with students in the regular education classroom setting as well as in the special education setting before coming to MMA. She continues to learn through a variety of continuing education opportunities. Ms. Lynette enjoys working with students at Maria Montessori Academy.
Ms. Lynette enjoys warm weather the most, even though she is a native of Utah. Being outside and spending time with family and friends are great pleasures in her life.