Jocelyn Scotty, Head of School

11 years of Montessori experience including as a Classroom Teacher, School Administrator and Montessori Teacher Trainer.
AMS Montessori Teaching Certification from Seton Montessori Institute.
Bachelor’s Degree in Finance.
Ms. Jocelyn and her husband have a high school age daughter who was Montessori educated from age 3. 

Joey Snyder, Primary Lead Teacher

20+ years of teaching experience as a Montessori Directress for Primary Age 3-6.
Age 3-6 Montessori Certification from Seton Montessori Institute.
Associate’s Degree in Art.
Ms. Joey enjoys time with her 5 adult children, who were all Montessori educated.

Grace Cook, Primary Lead Teacher

Age 3-6 Montessori Classroom Certification from United Montessori Association.
AMS Directress in Training.
Bachelor’s Degree in Family Consumer Sciences.
Ms. Grace, her husband and daughter recently moved to Illinois from Washington State.

Valerie DeMeritt, Primary After Hours Lead Teacher, Primary Assistant

12 Years of teaching experience.
Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with concentrations in English and Art History.
Ms. Valerie loves to cook, bake and read.  She is a runner who has participated in marathons.

Angela Salva, Primary Teaching Assistant

13 years of teaching experience.
Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education.
Ms. Angela is a Principal 2nd Violinist in the Dupage Symphony.

Priya Sriram, Primary Teaching Assistant

6 years of teaching experience in a Montessori Classroom.
Trained as a Montessori Paraprofessional by Seton Montessori Institute.
Bachelor of Science in Botany.
Ms. Priya is an active volunteer in Youth Guidance Sunday school programming, and she enjoys reading and spending time with her family.

Castley Sierociuk, Lower Elementary Co-Lead Teacher

15 years of teaching experience.
Age 6-9 Montessori Certification from Seton Montessori Institute.
Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism with ECE / ELEM Certification.
Master’s Degree in Literacy.
State Certified Licensed Teacher in the state of Illinois.
Cas was drawn to Montessori after learning how to best educate her son.

Katy Jahnke, Lower Elementary Co-Lead Teacher

5 Years of Classroom Experience.
Age 6-9 Montessori Classroom Certification from Midwest Montessori Teacher Training Center.
Type 03 Teaching Certification from the State of Illinois (Grades K-9).
Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy.
Ms. Katy loves her family, Montessori teaching and a good cup of coffee.

Breanna Cullen, Upper-Middle Lead Teacher

8 Years of Classroom Teaching Experience.
Age 6-9 and 9-12 Montessori Classroom Certification from Midwest Montessori Teacher Training Center.
Bachelor’s Degree in Outdoor Recreation with Environmental Science.
Master’s Degree in Elementary Education.
Ms. Bre loves exposing students to new things and helping develop their sense of self. 

Sarah Rodriguez, PE and Health Teacher, After Hours Lead Teacher

2 years of Classroom Teaching Experience.
Type 10 Teaching Certification from the State of Illinois
Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology with Physical Education and Health Education Certification
Ms. Sarah is an avid tennis player and enjoys participating in her three Rs: running, reading and recipe attempting.

Brigitte Daly, Reading and Language Arts Specialist

28 years of teaching experience.
Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education for grades 1-8 with a Minor in History.
7 years of experience in the Montessori environment.
Ms. Brigitte loves gardening, hiking and being outdoors with her dog, Truffles.

Stacie Benjamin, Director of Administration

30 years experience with Montessori Academy.
Completed a variety of Montessori training courses.
Food Service Certification experience.
Ms. Stacie’s daughter and son in law are Montessori Academy alumni.  Her granddaughter will graduate 8th grade in 2015.

Elizabeth Boettcher, Director of Admissions

8 Years of Corporate Marketing Experience.
7 Years as a Small Business Marketing Consultant.
Bachelor’s Degree in English / Literary Criticism.
Ms. Elizabeth is a scouting Den Leader for programs with her two sons.