Brandi Hawthorne is a mother of two young Montessori boys. She's worked at JMS as an AMI-trained assistant from 2014-2016, and has embraced the philosophy and the school.

Brandi has a love for real estate, small town boutiques that sell refurbished furniture and home decor. She has a slight addiction to chipotle and you can win her over with cheesecake!

She has a wanderlust for new adventure...



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Taryn Bender

B.S in Education, Masters in Education 

AMI Certified

Taryn loves to be outdoors.  Lake life is her life on the weekends. Camping, campfires & live music are her loves. She has a beautiful niece and nephew whom she adores.




Maria Libra

AMI Certified


Maria enjoys reading, cooking, traveling, spending time with her family and sharing her Spanish language and culture with the students & their families. 

With over 20 years of experience in both traditional and Montessori education settings, Maria found a home at JMS for over 10 years.  One of her special interests is to continue learning about children with special needs so she can better help them. She enjoyed being part of the Orton Gillingham Program as well as ADHD courses, as it is important for her to stay up-to-date on anything related to child development.

Kasey Meyer

AMI Certified

Kasey has been at JMS since 2010. She loves to paint, do arts & crafts, and spend time with family & friends. She's an avid reader, enjoying historical fiction. In the summer you'll find her tending to her community garden.



Ka Xiong
Administrative Assistant

Hmong, Lao & Thai

Ka is the mother of four, very busy, little ones! She loves art and drawing portraits.  Born in Laos, Ka speaks Hmong, Lao & Thai!

Ka has been working in Montessori environments for three years and is passionate about the Montessori method.


Megan Wylie

AMI Certified



Mindi Dahl

B.S. in Elementary Education, Masters in Educational Leadership, Ed. Sp. - Administration

Mindi is a dog lover! She likes her kids too! She really enjoys their sporting events and taking them camping.  On the weekends you can find her in the garden, during the week you can find her in JMS' garden.


Nikita Valentini

Current Student at Rasmussen

Kita's love for children brought her to JMS is 2016. She also loves photography and has her own photography business. In summer months she drag races snowmobiles on asphalt. 



Sara Sarpong

Child Development

Sara came to JMS in 2016 too. She and her husband have three boys, all which attended JMS. She's very involved in her church. At the top of her list are Coffee, Traveling & Zumba!

Photos taken by Brown Sparrow Studios