Staff & Faculty

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 (AMS) instructors who guide the children through the carefully prepared environment.

This page will be updated soon for the 2021-2022 school year.

  • Mary Boden Anderson

    Head of School

    Mary serves as Head of School and has been active in Montessori education for over thirty 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 degree 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 (three to six year old), Elementary I (six to nine year old), and Elementary II (nine to twelve year old). All levels of training are certified and endorsed by the American Montessori Society (AMS.) Mary has been actively involved in each level of teaching over the thirty one years since the school began. Mary is the author of the booklet, The Outdoor Classroom, and has been a featured speaker at several national Montessori conferences across the country.

  • Mary Stormberg

    School Administrator

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

  • Patti Braack

    Elementary II Fourth-Sixth Grade

    Patti holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology and a Bachelor of Education degree 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 fourteen years of Montessori teaching experience. Patti has been at MCR Elementary since 2009.

  • Stephanie Porta

    Paraprofessional Elementary II

    Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Science degree 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. Miss Stephanie has taught in both E1 & E2. She joined MCR in 2008.

  • Alex Mainelli

    Primary Classroom A

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

  • Jailyn Hagaman

    Primary Classroom A

    Jailyn holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art from Doane College. She received her Primary Montessori certification from Mid-America Montessori Teacher Training Institute and American Montessori Society. Jailyn joined MCR in 2013 with several years of Montessori experience.

  • Nikki Zabawa

    Primary Classroom C

    Nikki received her Primary level Montessori certification from The Montessori Academy in Kansas City in 1982. Nikki has worked in Montessori classrooms for 25 years in both Kansas and Nebraska and comes to MCR with a wealth of information to share. Nikki joined MCR in 2013.

  • Courtney Stormberg Hinrichs

    Paraprofessional Elementary I

    Courtney holds a Bachelor of Science degree 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.

  • Kandi Petznick

    Primary Classroom B

    Kandi is currently completing her Bachelors degree in early childhood education from the University of Nebraska Omaha and 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.

  • 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. Miss Chantal 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

    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. Margy attended Peru State College and recently completed the Live Well Omaha Kids Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment in Child Care program.

  • Becky Hepperlen

    Elementary I Lead Teacher

    Miss 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 Omaha, and has completed all course studies of her Montessori Elementary 1 Teacher Training through the University of Nebraska Kearney. Becky joined MCR in 2019 as a Paraprofessional while taking courses for the Montessori Elementary Training.

  • Matt Cronin

    Outdoor Classroom

  • Nick Bonham

    Outdoor Classroom