Primary Faculty

lanni_carolynCAROLYN LANNI – PRIMARY 1

Carolyn joined the MSLF teaching staff as an assistant during the 2009-2010 school year. Previously, she taught English in Taichung, Taiwan to students age 4 through adult. She graduated from Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin with a BA in Anthropology, summa cum laude. She also holds a Masters in Teaching from Dominican University. She completed her AMI Primary training at the Montessori Center of Minnesota in 2013. She has been the director of Primary 1 since the 2013-2014 school year.






Mia began her Montessori journey as a Primary student in 1969. She has fond memories of scrubbing, spooning and, of course, building the pink tower. During her junior year in college, Mia became reacquainted with Montessori when she conducted a study as part of a marketing class. Mia received her BA in Business from Lake Forest College. She went on to obtain a Primary Montessori Certificate from the Montessori Institute of Milwaukee and has taught at the Primary level since 1988. From 2000-2003, Mia took a three year sabbatical from teaching to serve as MSLF’s Admission Director. Her daughter, Gianna, graduated from the Adolescent Program in June 2016.




levandowski_tamiTAMI LEVANDOWSKI – PRIMARY 4

Tami grew up in Wyoming and attended the University of Wyoming, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education and worked in both a local public school and the Montessori School of Cheyenne, in Cheyenne, WY. She came to MSLF in 1996 and worked as an assistant for two years. After observing how independent and confident the children were, she decided she wanted to become a Montessori teacher. She completed her Primary Montessori training at Midwest Montessori Teacher Training Center in Evanston in 1999. Tami believes strongly in the Montessori philosophy and strives to help her students become independent, responsible, confident children who love to learn. Tami enjoys working with the children year-round, leading her Primary class during the school year and helping to run a fun, educational summer program June through August. Tami’s son Griffin joined the Toddler community in summer 2015.





Monica joined the MSLF faculty in 2002. She previously worked as a full-day teacher at Western Pennsylvania Montessori School in Allison Park, Pennsylvania. She received her Montessori Primary training from the Montessori Education Center Association (MECA) in Clarendon Hills, IL. One of Monica’s aims is “to provide a nurturing, peaceful environment for children and adults.” She holds a BS in Child Development with a minor in Psychology from Illinois State University.






Eva has worked at MSLF since 1996, first as a substitute in the Toddler program, and then as a Primary Assistant. Her three sons have attended and worked as counselors in MSLF Summer Sessions. Eva completed her Primary training at the Ohio Montessori Training Institute in Cleveland, Ohio, in 2004 and she is now a Primary Teacher, heading up the Primary After School Club. Eva has created a Club Room that is a beautiful, welcoming, and homelike environment for the children. The Primary Club Room includes Montessori materials and lessons, and embodies Montessori philosophy, so that children are able to enjoy pursuing their Montessori lessons with children from other classrooms. This helps to enrich children’s individual social development and the life of the entire Primary community. In addition, Eva has been teaching Chinese lessons throughout the school since 2008. Primary Club Children naturally enjoy more Chinese lessons in Eva’s Club Room. Before she came to the United States, Eva worked as a preschool teacher for many years in Hong Kong. She holds a Kindergarten teaching degree from Grantham College of Education in Hong Kong, and also a Certificate of Music in Pianoforte Playing and Theory from The Royal School of Music in Hong Kong.