Staff & Faculty

A strong passion for education

Highly Trained Instructors

Using a team teaching model, our certified Montessori teachers focus on the needs of the whole child: social, emotional, and cognitive. Our highly trained Montessori instructors guide children to their fullest potential, instilling a deep sense of personal independence and responsibility to self, to others, and to nature.

MCR teachers are qualified specialists in early childhood and elementary education. We are proud of the retention rate of our staff, which adds continuity to our school community. Each classroom follows a team-teaching approach with two professionally trained American Montessori Society instructors who guide the children through the carefully prepared environment.

Mary Boden Anderson

Mary Boden Anderson

Head of School

Mary serves as Head of School and has been active in Montessori education for 30+ years. As one of the original founders of Montessori Children’s Room, her goal is to assure a top-quality education for each child who attends MCR. She received a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from College of St. Mary in 1976 and holds an active Nebraska teaching certificate. Her Montessori teacher certification includes Primary level (3-6 years old), Elementary I (6-9 years old), and Elementary II (9-12 years old). All levels of training are certified and endorsed by the American Montessori Society. Mary has been actively involved in each level of teaching over the years since the school began. She is also the author of the booklet, The Outdoor Classroom, with more than a thousand copies sold across the country. Mary has been a featured speaker at several national Montessori conferences on the benefits of gardening with children.

Mary Stormberg

Mary Stormberg

School Administrator

In her role as school administrator, Mary oversees the day-to-day school operations. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Public Administration from University of Nebraska at Omaha. Mary obtained an Administrator Paraprofessional certificate from MECA-Seton in Chicago. She joined the school in 1992.

Molly Winquist

Molly Winquist

Business Manager

Molly Winquist graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in accounting and finance. Upon graduation she acquired her Certified Public Accountant certificate working at a regional accounting firm in the Chicagoland area. There she worked primarily as a financial auditor. She moved to Omaha in 2013 to be closer to home and her family. Molly attended MCR as a child and wanted her children to attend the school as well. She is now the business manager at MCR and the HR manager.

Miss Patti

Miss Patti

Elementary II 4-6 Grade

Patti holds a Bachelor of Science in Geology and a Bachelor of Education in Elementary Education from the University of Calgary, Canada. She holds an active Nebraska teaching certificate, as well as Elementary I and II teacher certificates from Mid-American Montessori Teacher Training and American Montessori Society. In addition to teaching for five years in the public school system, Patti has 14 years of Montessori teaching experience. She has been at MCR Elementary since 2009.

Miss Stephanie

Miss Stephanie

Paraprofessional Elementary II

Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Wayne State College, an active Nebraska Teaching Certificate, and both Elementary 1 & 2 Montessori certifications from Mid-America Montessori Teacher Training Institute and American Montessori Society. Stephanie has taught in both E1 & E2. She joined MCR in 2008.

Miss Becky

Miss Becky

Elementary I Lead Teacher

Becky has a Nebraska Teaching Certificate, K-6 and holds a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Bachelor of General Studies, both from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She also holds a Montessori Elementary 1 Teaching certificate from the University of Nebraska Kearney and the American Montessori Society. Becky joined MCR in 2019.

Miss Megan

Elementary I Lead Teacher

Megan received a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from University of Nebraska at Omaha and a Master’s in Elementary Education from Plymouth State University. She has a Nebraska Teaching Certificate, K-6 and is certified as a Montessori Elementary 1 teacher from Mid-America Montessori Training in Omaha. She taught Montessori in the Millard Public school district for eight years. Megan joined MCR in 2021.

Miss Courtney

Miss Courtney

Paraprofessional Elementary I

Courtney holds a Bachelor of Science in Family Sciences from the University of Nebraska. She is completing her Primary teaching certification from Mid-America Montessori Teacher Training Institute and American Montessori Society. Courtney attended MCR as a child and previously worked at a Montessori school in Nashville, Tennessee. She joined MCR in 2009.

Miss Alex

Miss Alex

Primary Classroom A

Alex holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She received her Montessori Primary certification from Mid-America Montessori Teacher Training Institute and American Montessori Society. Alex joined MCR in 2015.

Miss Stephanie

Miss Stephanie

Primary Classroom A

Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Illinois and Master’s in Early Childhood Education from Erikson Institute in Chicago. Stephanie joined MCR in 2021.

Miss Kandi

Miss Kandi

Primary Classroom D

Kandi holds a Primary Montessori Teacher certification from Mid-America Montessori Teacher Training Institute and American Montessori Society. Kandi joined the school in 2014 as a team member of our after school program.

Miss Malesha

Miss Malesha

Pre-Primary

Malesha holds a Primary level Montessori certificate from North American Montessori Center. She joined the school in 2015 as a team member of our after school program.

Miss Nikki

Miss Nikki

Primary Classroom B

Nikki received her Primary level Montessori certification from The Montessori Academy in Kansas City in 1982. She has worked in Montessori classrooms for many years in both Kansas and Nebraska and came to MCR with a wealth of information to share. Nikki joined MCR in 2013.

Miss Hope

Miss Hope

Primary Classroom C

Hope holds a Primary Montessori Teacher certification from Mid-America Montessori Teacher Training Institute and American Montessori Society. She comes with many years of experience in Montessori working at several area Montessori schools in Omaha. Hope joined MCR in 2021.

Miss Jessica

Miss Jessica

Primary Classroom B

Jessica received an associate degree in Early Childhood Education from Metro Community College and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the College of St. Mary. She is currently enrolled at the University of Nebraska Kearney working on her Primary level endorsement from the American Montessori Society. Jessica joined MCR in 2021.

Miss Franny

Miss Franny

Primary Classroom D

Franny holds a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from the University of Nebraska Lincoln. Franny has been a MCR parent of three children and volunteer for the past five years. Franny joined MCR in 2021.

Miss Kristyl

Miss Kristyl

Pre-Primary

Kristyl holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Nebraska. She received her Birth-3 years of age Montessori certificate from the Montessori Institute in Denver. Kristyl joined MCR in 2019.

Chantal Samuel

Chantal Samuel

French Instructor

Chantal is our French teacher who works with the children on a weekly basis. She holds a Primary level Montessori teaching certificate from Great Plains Montessori Teacher Training and American Montessori Society. Chantal also holds a Bachelor of Arts in French Literature from the University of Haifa in Israel. She follows the AIM methodology, which promotes rapid language acquisition through the use of gestures, theater, music, and carefully chosen vocabulary. She joined the school in 1999.

Margy Simons

Margy Simons

Kitchen Manager

After 22 years in the corporate world, Margy followed her culinary passion to the kitchen of MCR. Since 2009, Margy has been preparing healthy, nutritional lunches using a variety of ingredients from the school garden. She attended Peru State College and recently completed the Live Well Omaha Kids Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment in Child Care program.

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Jackie Bonham

Sous Chef

Jackie’s love for organic cooking and gardening led her to MCR where she works side by side with Miss Margy and the garden staff. She joined MCR in 2020.

Mr. Nick

Mr. Nick

Elementary Outdoor Classroom

Nick holds a Bachelor’s in Foreign Language from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, but his true passion is organic gardening. He became serious about organic agriculture during his late teen years and has been on a continuous journey to restore native plants that are essential to safeguard the biodiversity of our planet. Nick joined MCR in 2019.