• “Our care of the child should be governed, not by the desire to make him learn things, but by the endeavor always to keep burning within him that light which is called intelligence.”
    – Maria Montessori

  • Lori Geisler

    Lori Geisler

    Administrator

    I began my journey at Small World fifteen years ago as a parent. From the moment I came into Small World I loved the peaceful, academically enriched environment. As I watched my son flourish in his first classroom experience, I wanted to become more involved. The next year I joined parent board. Years later, when my daughter joined the Small World family, I decided to pursue my Montessori certification and become the lead teacher in the Willow classroom. After nearly 10 years of teaching, I became the administrator of Small World. I feel that I now am able to utilize all of my experience as a parent, board member, and teacher. This latest opportunity allows me to continue my work in making Small World Montessori the best it can be for the children of our community.

  • NIkki Rose Miller

    NIkki Rose Miller

    Lead Teacher - Peapod Room

    I was born and raised in Racine and come from a family with a long line of teachers. I attended UW-Parkside and Gateway Technical College majoring in early education. I am Montessori Certified through the United Montessori Association. I love working with children and the sense of community at Small World. Prior to teaching I spent eight years working at paint-your –own pottery studio. While working there, I was able to develop my love for art. I have been involved in the Downtown Public Art Project for the past three years. In my free time I enjoy gardening and bike riding.

  • Lisa Harris

    Lisa Harris

    Teacher Assistant - Peapod Room

    I graduated from the UW – Madison with a Bachelors of Science. After observing other preschools and then the classroom environment at Small World, I knew that this method of education was right for my daughter when she started at age three. When my daughter was five, the current Small World Montessori teachers were retiring. I believe in this education so much that I decided to go back to work and applied for the job with my sister-in-law, Lori Geisler. When I took the Montessori training for assistants it "spoke" to my inner child and I knew, without a doubt, that this was the education I had craved nearly my whole entire life. It has proven to be the most rewarding experience aside from being a mother and wife.

  • Angie Molina

    Angie Molina

    Teacher Assistant - Willow Room

    I have always had a passion for early education and have been working with young children since 1998. I have worked as a teacher, line therapist with children on the Autism Spectrum, family child care providers, and administration. The first time I visited Small World Montessori I knew it was where I wanted to be and I'm very happy to be joining SWMS as the Willow Room's assistant! I am married and a mom of 5. I enjoy spending time with my family; some of our favorites are camping, hiking, fishing, boating...anything that includes the outdoors.

  • Rachelle VanOfferen

    Rachelle VanOfferen

    Lead teacher - Montessori Enrichment Program

    I have had a passion for working with children my entire life. I worked in childcare at the Sojourner Truth House(a home for battered women and children) in Milwaukee while going to school at UWM for elementary education. While living in California, I helped found a project-based learning school in my home town. I taught there for 7 years as a combined 3-5th grade teacher and then as a fine arts teacher. I discovered Montessori education after I went to visit my sister at the school that she worked at. I feel like I had finally found the education style that I had been searching for. I love working at Small World because of the sense of community. The parents, staff and children become family here. In my free time, I play in a band called Folkswagon.

  • Amanda Harvey

    Amanda Harvey

    Teacher Assistant - Toddler Program

    I have always wanted my children in a Montessori school setting. When I got out of the military and moved back to Wisconsin I found Small World Montessori and new it was the right choice for my children. When I received the opportunity to work at Small World I jumped at it. I love working with the toddlers and spending time with the all of the children in the afternoon. Outside of work, I go to school full time and spend every minute I can with my boys.

  • Rachel Sura

    Rachel Sura

    Lead Teacher for Introductory Classroom - Owlet Room

    I’m passionate about the birth to three age group because the children are curious, energetic and independent. Their unconscious absorbent minds take in everything in their environment. Additionally teaching this age group involves working with the children’s families, which is immensely rewarding. As the Owlet Teacher, my job combines the best of both worlds – intellect and emotion. I get to apply Montessori philosophy to child development while caring for an amazing group of children. In the next year I’ll be completing a second practicum focusing on Parent-Infant Communities. A P-I community is a beautiful bridge between home and school as the parent or caregiver brings the young child to explore the Montessori prepared environment. It allows both parent and child a measure of independence and parents time to observe their child and possibly make new friends.

  • Amber Fey

    Amber Fey

    Assistant for Introductory Classroom - Owlet Room

    I began working at Small World in 2008 as a childcare teacher. When our toddler program opened in 2012 I became the assistant teacher. I received my assistant training at the Midwest Montessori Teacher Training Center in Evanston, Illinois. I love Montessori education and I am so excited to be able to work with our two year olds in a beautiful, peaceful Montessori setting. In my spare time I provide care for my friends and family's little ones and volunteer at the Racine Theater Guild.

  • Amy Paulson

    Amy Paulson

    Lead Enrichment Teacher – Beehive Classroom

    I come to Small World Montessori School with over 20 years of early childhood experience. I found out about Maria Montessori late in my education at UW-Parkside and began reading more about her methods and observing in Montessori schools early in my career. I believe in the power of the Montessori method to help a child reach their full potential. Over the years I have tried to incorporate as much of those methods as I could in other child care settings so I am thrilled to be working in a true Montessori school. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my husband and daughter. We especially enjoy biking, kayaking and camping.



  • a little about..

    SMALL WORLD STAFF

    The teachers, assistants and board members of Small World Montessori School are truly a part of something special. It is a community of loving, hard-working individuals who believe in the benefits of educating, enriching and guiding children as they grow up into the BIG world.