Head of School
Frank believes in the tremendous value of Montessori education, and has made it his life’s work. His education includes a B.S. in Education, M.S. and Ed.S. in Education Administration, as well as doctoral work in Urban Leadership and Reading. He took his Montessori teacher training in Bergamo, Italy, in 1974, and ever since has been involved with Montessori schools as a teacher, private school director, and as a public school principal.
Frank is a life member of the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI), and has attended numerous workshops and refresher courses in Montessori over the years. He started the first public Montessori school in Kansas City, Missouri, and eventually opened three public Montessori schools there, with waiting lists of over a thousand students annually. Frank has also directed several private schools, including Mountain Shadows Montessori School in Boulder.
Frank is married to Martha Vincent, an AMI trained teacher who teaches at Compass Montessori School in Golden. Their three grown children attended Montessori schools from age three through elementary, and their three youngest grandchildren attend Montessori schools as well. Their youngest son, Paul, is also AMI Montessori teacher trained and teaches at Lincoln Montessori School in Denver.
Director of Child Care & Office Manager
Jessica received her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of WI- La Crosse and her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of North Dakota. She taught K-5th grade music classes in public schools near Milwaukee, WI, for five years. Her family recently moved to Fort Collins from Grand Forks, ND, where Jessica was a Developmental Screener and Parent Educator. She and her husband have three children who all attend Fort Collins Montessori School.
Primary Classroom Teacher
Abi Eaton received her Bachelor’s of Fine Art in Painting at the University of Central Oklahoma. After spending a few years working as a baker, she set out to become a Primary Montessori Guide, studying under Dr. Silvia Dubovoy at the Montessori Institute of San Diego. Concurrently she completed her Master’s of Education from Loyola Univerisity, Maryland. She spent two years as a Primary guide in Orange County, CA, before moving to Fort Collins to be part of the pioneering of Fort Collins Montessori School. Abi enjoys reading, hiking, cooking, coffee, and creating artwork.
Primary Assistant Teacher
Joy lived all of her life in south Louisiana up until 2012 when she and her family decided to move to Fort Collins to begin a new adventure. She has never looked back and loves her new Colorado life (although she vows to never lose her “y’all”). Joy earned her Bachelor of General Studies from the University of New Orleans and worked as a preschool teacher before becoming mama of two wonderful daughters.
After years of homemaking, homeschooling, and a now empty nest, she looks forward to taking her love of children and learning in a new direction. Joy is thankful and happy to be a part of the Fort Collins Montessori School and values the opportunity to love and serve the families and staff who make up this special learning community. In the summer of 2016 she plans to attend the Montessori Center of the Rockies to earn her American Montessori Society Early Childhood credential and hopes to teach in the future. Some of the things she enjoys are spending time with her family and friends, serving at her church, eating out, reading, and hiking.
Primary Classroom Teacher
Amber Nipp received her Bachelor’s of Social Work from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. In the years following, she worked extensively with at-risk youth, taught reading and comprehension to children with special needs, and assisted in a Montessori classroom before beginning her Primary Teacher Training at Montessori Northwest, in Portland, Oregon with Ginni Sackett and Sarah Andrews. In the fall of 2014 she will complete her Master’s of Education with a specialization in Montessori Education. She enjoys spending time in the outdoors with her fiancee, Paul, as well as crafting, gardening, cooking, reading and getting to know new people and places. Amber is very excited to be relocating to Fort Collins, and is looking forward to becoming a part of the community there.
Primary Assistant Teacher
Jennifer moved to Colorado in 2000 with her husband and two small children. She was able to stay at home for a few years and enjoyed volunteering at the kids’ schools. She has found her passion working with small children and watching them flourish. She started as an early childhood para At TPAKK in the 3 & 4 year old classroom. Outside of working she loves her dogs, camping and hanging out with her family.
Elementry Assistant Teacher
Kari believes she has come full circle with Montessori. She first found a love for self-regulated education 20 years ago when she worked as primary teacher at Seattle’s Discovery Montessori School. Her love for experience vs. instruction led her to Western Washington University, where she received her bachelor’s in Environmental Education/ Curriculum Design in 2002. This path presented a variety of educational settings as she taught PE, ESL, Environmental Education Camps, homeschool biology and finally 7 years with her own children in a multi-age Democratic School in Bellingham. She is a devoted soccer mom, although she prefers to spend her time on “extreme play” – climbing, river SUP, snowboarding and mt. biking with her husband, boys (9 & 14) and puppy. Her family moved to Fort Collins in 2013 to be closer to family and attend graduate school, although her Plan B may very well be AMI training through the summer education program.
Elementary Classroom Teacher
Ever since her first experience in a Montessori environment 8 years ago, she has been deeply commited to her exploration, growth, and practice of the Montessori philosophy. It continues to be a source of inspiration and deep satisfaction.
Jennifer received her elementary AMI diploma from Hershey Montessori Training Institute and her Bachelor of Arts in Humanities from the University of North Texas.
When not in the classroom, Jennifer enjoys traveling, editing video projects, seeing live music, and spending time in the Poudre Canyon. Jennifer is thrilled to be part of this great adventure at Fort Collins Montessori School!
Elementary Assistant Teacher
Jolynn has worked with children for several years in varying roles. She first met her husband, Benjamin, in Hong Kong while they were both nannying for two different American families. Jolynn worked as a teacher in South Korea for one year as a kindergarten teacher for Korean children in an English immersion program. She taught as a substitute teacher for all ages in the Fremont County Public School system. Jolynn also taught math, English, Biology, and Economics in Japan to Japanese children in a multi grade class setting.
Jolynn completed her bachelor’s degree in International Studies at Trinity Western University near Vancouver, British Colombia. A few years later she completed doula training, and discovered that working with families in a supportive role, especially during the beautiful season of birth is her passion. She is currently working on her certification as doula and birth educator.
Jolynn is very excited to be a part of the Fort Collins Montessori School community, to learn the holistic approach of Montessori education, and to be an elementary classroom assistant.
After Care Staff
Ryan Mathews is an artist and educator from Denver CO. Mathews earned her BFA in education/Art-painting in k-12 education/CO certification 2015. She is currently developing educational non-profits in Denver CO as resources for special education. She also partners with Non-profit museums in Denver such as the Children Museum and Denver Art Museum for, commissions, access days and public events. Mathews is currently a Grad student and will receive her Master’s degree in Education, Leadership and Emerging Technologies in 2016. She is also a practicing artist in large representational, social justice and mural forms, usually community integrated. Mathews is very excited to be a part of the Aftercare environment at Fort Collins Montessori School, here she also wishes to gain more Montessori experience, as Montessori education methods and charter schools are a large focus for her. During her free time she focuses on running marathons, painting and professional development opportunities.
After Care Staff
Ali Warner graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Biological Aspects of Conservation in 2013, and has worked extensively in the fields of experiential education and wilderness therapy for the last 7 years. She followed the call of the mountains and moved out to the front range in the fall of 2015, and is currently pursuing her Masters in Education. In the summers, Ali leads extended wilderness trips for high school girls, and she hopes to continue working with youth in an outdoor setting for the foreseeable future. Ali believes in the power of experience and play and building a strong, supportive community. In her free time, Ali likes to ski, run, camp, and take her canoe out on Horsetooth Resevoir, no matter the weather.
After Care Staff
Marissa “Eastar” Muzaca absolutely loves children and enjoys her Montessori work just as much as she loves painting faces, twisting balloons and impersonating Disney’s Belle at her second job as a family entertainer. Marissa earned her Associate’s degree in Baking and Pastry from Johnson & Wales University and loves making tasty treats for her family and friends. She is also employed at Buttercream Cupcakery and looks forward to making some delicious cupcakes for the people of Fort Collins! When she isn’t entertaining, creating in the kitchen, or working with kids and families, Marissa will most likely be found singing, dancing or doing yoga. Marissa is currently taking classes in African dance, Bellydance, and Modern/Ballet and Hula Hooping.