“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 - Preschool - K5

After graduating from the UW – Madison, my career path led me to managing Toys R Us. It is there my love for children began. After having my first child, I embraced my new role as a stay at home mom. When my child turned 3, I visited numerous schools and the peaceful, busy Montessori classroom was the best fit. Soon after joining Small World the teachers that were here for 26 years decidided to retire. I, along with my sister-in-law, Lori Geisler, applied for the jobs and the rest is history. This has been the most rewarding experience, aside from being a mother and wife.

Amanda Ramsey

Amanda Ramsey

Teacher Assistant - Preschool - K5

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 Teacher - Preschool - K5

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.



Cynthia Ladd

Cynthia Ladd

Assistant teacher - Preschool - K5

I graduated from UW-Parkside with a BA in English/Writing Emphasis. I then went on for my teaching certification in Elementary Education at Cardinal Stritch University University. I pursued a course in Autism Studies at Marion College and then obtained my Special Education Certification at CESA#1. After retiring from Racine Unified, I wanted very much to keep my hand in teaching. As a result, I began working at Small World Montessori. It is a pleasure to be a part of this community of dedicated teachers. I have been so impressed with the Montessori Method which brings dignity and respect to each child. I enjoy watching the children progress and achieve mastery. As for my other interests, I enjoy being a wife and a mom of 3 boys. I particularly enjoy 5 little people who call me "Grandma".

Rachel Sura

Rachel Sura

Lead Teacher - Toddler

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 Toddler 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 addition, I also enjoy leading Small World's Parent and Infant playgroup, Montessori First Steps. 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 Fay

Amber Fay

Assistant Teacher - Toddler

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- Toddler

Though I always had a desire to work in education, it wasn’t until I began working in childcare following the birth of my son that I found my passion for early childhood. It wasn’t too long after that when I became intrigued by the Montessori approach to life and learning. I was very excited to join the Small World community, and have been incredibly inspired by the peaceful, homelike environment and the engaging and logical Montessori curriculum. I will be returning to school in the fall to complete my bachelors degree in education, with hopes of one day having my own classroom. Outside of the classroom, I love being with my family, visiting new places, and reading.

Lindsay Fay

Lindsay Fay

Assistant Teacher - Preschool - K5

I began my position at Small World in 2016. In the last few years, I have learned so much about the Montessori Method and have come to love the respect and independence it naturally brings out of each child. I enjoy spending each day working with the children and watching them learn and grow. Outside of work I love to spend time with my daughter especially doing crafts and gardening.

 

 

 

 

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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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