PROGRAM DIRECTOR, LEAD TEACHER AND OWNER
Casey is one of the founders and the Program Director for Monarch Montessori School. She is also the lead teacher for the Garden Classroom. Casey has been a teacher in the Montessori setting since 1997 and has been a lead teacher in Montessori schools since 2001. She has a bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Kansas and has American Montessori Society (AMS) Early Childhood Certification from the Montessori Education Center of the Rockies in Boulder, CO. She received extensive training and experience at Raintree Montessori in Lawrence, KS. Casey is also licensed with the state of Kansas as a preschool Program Director. Casey is a teacher by vocation and by nature. She has worked as teacher, tutor, CASA advocate, reading specialist, and volunteer since 1997. Casey is committed to providing an authentic Montessori education for each child, but the Montessori method is more than the materials in the classroom or the teacher giving lessons. At the heart of the Montessori philosophy is the teacher’s understanding of the nature of the child. It is Casey’s attitude toward children and the way that she understands the unique nature of each child that allows the children in our school to grow and develop to their fullest potential.
Rebecca Clark is a Kansas City native and has more than eight years working in early childhood development. She started as an artist and advocate for children in Phoenix, AZ where she formed and ran GrowOp Boutique, an art collective and community garden. She ran the children’s arts and garden education workshops there and worked hand in hand with local coffee shops and community gardens to promote the program. When she moved back to Kansas City, she worked at Gymboree as an instructor, birthday party coordinator and office administrator for more than four years. Currently she runs her own professional childcare service, Little Owlettes, where she matches families with qualified childcare professionals who meet her strict standards of care. Her goal has always been to create a community where children benefit from the education of art and nature and to provide services that focus on helping families. Rebecca comes to Monarch with her knowledge and love of children and to help aid in the operations of the school.
Kensley comes to us from Lawrence, KS where she has been working in the Montessori community for many years. She is an American Montessori Society (AMS) certified Early Childhood Montessori teacher from the Kansas City Center/Montessori Education in Kansas City, MO. Kensley started in 2009 as an assistant teacher at Sunshine Acres Montessori where she worked with one- to three-year-olds and was a substitute in the primary classrooms. In 2013, she moved to Lawrence Montessori School where she was an assistant teacher in both the toddler and primary classrooms. She was a nanny starting in 2005 for several families in Lawrence and worked as a teacher’s aide at Emporia State University’s Center for Early Childhood Education. Kensley joined the Monarch community in summer of 2014 and quickly immeshed herself into the Monarch Montessori School methods and culture. She carries with her glowing recommendations from her colleagues, former employers, and Montessori training instructors. Kensley has a bachelor’s degree in visual arts / design and ceramics from the University of Kansas and plans to pursue her Master’s degree in early childhood development with an emphasis in Montessori. Kensley has great intuition and a natural connection with the children, and we are excited to have a committed and experienced Montessorian as the lead teacher in the Atrium classroom.
ASSISTANT TEACHER / CO-TEACHER
Kim is an American Montessori Society (AMS) certified Early Childhood Montessori teacher from the Kansas City Center/Montessori Education in Kansas City, MO. She comes to us from the Lavonna Peterson Early Childhood School where she was a lead teacher for preschool age children in one of their Montessori classrooms. She has also worked at Libby Lane Montessori as a lead teacher and started her career as an educator in 2012 as a substitute teacher in the Lee’s Summit School District. Kim attended Emporia State University and University of Central Missouri and grew up in rural South Dakota and Blue Springs, MO. Kim has a very caring and compassionate nature. Her calm, gentle demeanor reflects her profound respect for children. She has great passion for music and was a member of the National Honors Choir and All-State Choir and received various top awards at vocal solo and ensemble contests. We are excited to integrate into our school the music curriculum that she has created. As the daughter of a minister, she was taught to have excellence in everything she does. She recognizes the hard work it takes to be a great teacher, but she lovingly knows that it’s worth it because this is her calling in life. She speaks basic Spanish and Korean, and she has a great sense of humor. We are so proud to have two AMS certified Montessori teachers guiding the children in the Atrium classroom.
Jamie is a teacher at heart. Her kindness, patience, and respect for children shine everyday. Her approach is always calm and peaceful. She is very professional, bringing her best self to work everyday. Originally from Belton, Missouri, she has been working in early childhood development for over five years. She started as a para professional at Grace Early Childhood Center. She was a lead teacher at The Goddard School. Jamie has worked in both public and private schools in the Kansas City area. Her degree is in Community and Family Services with a minor in Psychology from Pittsburg State University. Jamie has a true passion for working with children to help them grow, learn, and reach their fullest potential. She loves interacting and being involved with the children in all of their daily work.
Erika is an experienced childcare provider She has worked with young children for
the past three years. Joining Monarch as an Afternoon Fun Teacher, Erika now
works as a Morning Assistant as well. She is kind and gentle with the children.
Always treat them with respect and approaching them with a sense of humor.
She loves spending time with each individual child, learning their personalities and
finding what works for them. She is an amazing artist. She shares her studies of
drawing, ceramics, and creative writing with the children. She enjoys putting
together art projects that allow each child to use their imagination and explore.
Betsy is an experienced childcare provider, teacher, and artist. She is a substitute teacher for the Shawnee Mission School District, works part time at an in-home daycare caring for infants and toddlers, and is an assistant teacher of martial arts to young children. She established and implemented the art program at Plaza Academy School, and she worked for 10 years as an instructor of art at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art teaching preschool and school-age children. She has a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the Kansas City Art Institute as well as K-12 art certification from Avila College. She has been recognized for her outstanding artistic skill as well as the joy that she brings to students. Betsy loves working with the children who stay for our extended day program. She always has interesting art projects for them to attempt. Together they do weaving projects, clay work, jewelry making, giant watercolor paintings, and so many others. She enjoys teaching and practicing yoga and simple martial arts moves with the children. Most of all, she just likes playing with the children and encouraging their creativity. Betsy is an energetic, kind and steady teacher, and we are so glad she is continuing to be with us each afternoon and evening.
Toddler Lead Teacher
Janelle Crawford-Hine, with American Montessori International training, is a Lead Teacher in the Toddler Community. Daily she guides the children as they explore and discover, growing in the areas of self-care, independence, coordination, concentration, and peace. She has worked in several Montessori Toddler Communities as well as led a Primary Classroom. She was a Montessori child, graduating from Raintree Montessori School in Lawrence, KS at the completion of her sixth grade year. She is also an artist. You can find her beautiful work designed to delight both children and adults through Janellabee Studios. Her nurturing, gentle approach will help the children feel comfortable as they explore and learn in a home-like environment that is catered to their needs.
Kylee grew up in Prairie Village and lives there currently. She completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Kansas. Kylee is currently pursing her Masters Degree in Art Education from The University of Missouri Kansas City. She thoroughly enjoys working with children and has decided to combine her two loves, art and children! We are excited to welcome her to the Monarch Community! We look forward to all of the art projects and art exploration ideas she will share with us!
Jessica has worked with children of all ages as a nanny and a mother to her own daughter. Caring for young children comes naturally for her. She has the patience, confidence, and passion required for working with little people. She also loves learning about nutrition, preparing healthy meals, biking, and camping. We are so glad that she has joined the Monarch family!
Toddler Afternoon Fun
With over 12 years of experience teaching preschool, we are excited to welcome Julie to our Toddler Community. While she is experienced in helping kids learn and grow, it is the joy and excitement she brings to the classroom each day that really set her apart. You can see in her smile that she is dedicated to taking the absolute best care of our smallest students.