Elementary Faculty

Mary joined the MSLF teaching staff as an assistant in August 2008.  She is experienced in teaching, and HR services, technology and training.  Mary’s son, Alejo, attended MSLF’s Lower Elementary program.  Mary earned her BA with an emphasis in Political Science and Women’s Studies from DePaul University in Chicago.  She completed her Elementary training at the Montessori Institute of Milwaukee in 2013.  Mary’s aim is to nurture children along their path to becoming confident, independent, respectful, resourceful and responsible students.  Through their love of learning, she hopes to help the children explore the universe, the limits of their current capacities and knowledge, and stretch to new abilities.



Kathryn joined the MSLF faculty in August 2002.  She has worked in Montessori education since 1975, developing a solid grounding in both Montessori pedagogy and traditional educational theory, also serving as a Montessori teacher, consultant, and guide to student teachers.  Kathryn holds a BS in Home Economics, and Montessori Primary training from St. Mary-of-the-Woods College in Indiana.  Kathryn earned both Montessori Elementary training, and a Benincasa Diploma for Montessori Special Education through Sion Hill Montessori College at Blackrock in Dublin, Ireland.  She earned a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Montessori Elementary Education from Cleveland State University, in Cleveland, Ohio, as well as a MS in Earth Literacy from St. Mary-of-the-Woods College. She holds a Wisconsin Teaching License for grades 1-6, among other graduate degrees. Kathryn attends annual Montessori refresher courses and workshops to keep current with Montessori theory and practices.


Debbie joined the Upper Elementary staff in the fall of 2017. She is a trained and experienced Montessori Elementary teacher who has taught in several capacities in different Montessori schools. She first discovered Montessori education when she assisted in a Primary classroom in Yokkaichi, Japan, and soon after enrolled in the Elementary training course at the Montessori Institute of Milwaukee, which she completed in 2006. As she and her husband traveled in pursuit of his career as a journalist, she continued to work in Montessori schools, and completed her Masters in Montessori Education at Loyola University in Maryland in 2007. Since then she has worked in several schools, including Brooklyn Heights Montessori in Brooklyn, NY, and Chiaravalle Montessori School in Evanston. Debbie believes strongly in the Montessori philosophy and strives to help her students become independent, responsible, confident children who love to learn. In her spare time, Debbie enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. Her daughter Juniper joined the Primary community this past fall.