“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 twenty 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 - Preschool - K5

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.

Amanda Ramsey

Amanda Ramsey

Teacher Assistant

I am so happy to be part of Small World Montessori as a teacher assistant. I have wanted to be a teacher my whole life, and have a passion for early childhood education as this is an exciting time of growth and learning in a young child's life. Coming to work each day and helping the children develop a love of learning is very rewarding to me. Prior to coming to Small World I worked in the medical field. In addition, I have spent time volunteering with children in local schools where I grew up. Currently, I am in college working towards a degree in early childhood education. In my free time I enjoy spending time with family and friends, and my cat, Buddy. I also enjoy cooking, reading and spending time outdoors.

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.



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.

Julie Konen

Julie Konen

Teacher Assistant

Cynthia Ladd

Cynthia Ladd

Assistant teacher - Montessori Enrichment Program

Lindsay Fay

Lindsay Fay

Assistant Teacher

 

 

 

 

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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.
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