Faculty and Staff

The New School Montessori’s highly credentialed, professional staff combines many years of Montessori teacher experience.

The ISACS and AMS accreditation report commended the faculty for “creativity, expertise, devotion and collegial work.”

Our teachers and administrators are encouraged and supported financially to take advantage of professional development opportunities. They routinely attend and give presentations at local and national Montessori conferences and meetings as well as teach in in adult education programs. As a partner with Xavier University, The New School Montessori provides internship experiences for teachers seeking Montessori credentialing. Each year we open our classrooms to teacher-observers from all over the world.

Montessori teachers and administrators are also actively involved in supporting independent school organizations by serving on boards, supporting accrediting team initiatives and offering consultation services.

Administration

Jeff Groh

Jeff Groh,
Director

Ceara Comstock, Admissions Director

Ceara Comstock,
Assistant Director

Karen Borgmann

Karen Borgmann,
Business Manager

Ann Baumgardener

Ann Baumgardner, Communications Director/Office Manager

Ryonen Ignatius

Ryonen Ignatius,
Office Assistant /
Community Engagement /
Auxiliary Clerk

Sarah Crane

Sarah Crane,
Nurse

ROB CLARK, FACILITIES MANAGER

Rob Clark,
Facilities Manager

Cuisine Team

Audrey Cobb,
Kitchen Manager

Robin Hallett

Robin Hallett,
Chef Assistant

Montessori Teachers

PREPRIMARY (3-6 years)

Maureen Simon, TEACHER (North)

Maureen Simon,
Teacher (North)

Holly Lottman

Holly Lottman,
Assistant Teacher (North)

Caroline Evelo

Caroline Davis
Teacher (South)

Emily Broderick

Emily Broderick
Teacher (South)

Nadja Nether

Nadja Nether,
Assistant Teacher

Sarah Strietmann

Sarah Strietmann,
Teacher (West)

ROBBY LEWIS

Robby Lewis,
Assistant Teacher
(West)

Colleen Blumer, Teacher/
Head Ex-Day Teacher

DEBBIE WEINSTEIN

Debbie Weinstein,
Teacher

Brendan Blumer

Brendan Blumer,
Assistant Teacher

LOWER ELEMENTARY (6-9 years)

gina sabato, TEACHER

Gina Sabato,
Teacher
(Morning Room)

Catherine Pray Bollmann, Teacher

Catherine
Pray-Bollmann
Teacher
(Morning Room)

Jean Eschenbach

Jean Eschenbach,
Teacher (Great Room)

Sophia McAllister

Sophia McAllister,
Teacher (Great Room)

Mandy Crouch

Mandy Crouch,
Support Specialist

UPPER ELEMENTARY (9-12 years)

LAURA SLANKER, HEAD TEACHER

Laura Slanker,
Head Teacher

Emily Olexsey

Emily Olexsey,
Teacher

NANCY BUCHMAN

Nancy Buchman,
Teacher

Amber Neff

Amber Neff,
Support Specialist

EXTENDED DAY

COLLEEN BLUMER

Colleen Blumer,
Preprimary Ex-Day Head Teacher

Nadja Nether

Nadja Nether,
Preprimary Ex-Day Assistant Teacher

Brendan Blumer

Brendan Blumer,
Elementary Ex-Day Assistant Teacher

Ximena Flores

Ximena Flores,
Elementary Ex-Day Assistant Teacher

THE ARTS, PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND CIVICS

ROBIN HARTMANN

Robin Hartmann,
Art Teacher

JEANNE SPEIER

Jeanne Speier,
Dance Teacher

JOHNNYÉ WHITE

Johnnye White,
Civil Rights/Civics

XIMENA FLORES

Ximena Flores,
Spanish Teacher

alexa abner

Alexa Abner,
Farming Teacher

melissa robinson

Melissa Robinson,
(9-12) Music Teacher/
Orchestra Director

matt olexsey

Matt Olexsey,
Physical
Education Teacher

rebecca smithorn

Rebecca Smithorn,
(6-9) Music Teacher