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.
Lynnette began her teaching career as an Assistant Teacher at Raintree Montessori in Lawrence, KS in 1995, and she and Casey worked together from 1998 to 2000. Because they were guided and trained under the supervision of the same lead teacher at Raintree, their teaching styles and understanding of the Montessori philosophy are very similar. She is a Love and Logic certified teacher and works with Bob Sorenson, Parenting With Love and Logic author and founder of the Early Learning Foundation. Lynnette is a certified children’s yoga instructor from Karma Kids Yoga in New York, NY and is certified to do child developmental screening by the Gesell Institute. Lynnette joined us after many years as a teacher at St. Paul’s Episcopal Day School. She was a preschool lead teacher from 2002 to 2004 and a toddler classroom lead teacher from 2007 to 2013. Lynnette has been a part of Monarch from its inception. Her daughter attended Monarch in the inaugural class of Spring 2010, and Lynnette taught music once a week at Monarch. Music is a central part of Lynnette’s life. She and her husband are canters at their church and music education is integral to her teaching style. Lynnette has a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Life from the University of Kansas, with a minor in Biology, and she is working on her master’s in Early Childhood Special Education.
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.
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.