Meet The Montessori In The Park Team
Our educators are dedicated to providing a positive learning experience that will last a lifetime.
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Tara Mott -- Education Director & Elementary Guide, AMI Primary & Elementary Certified
Mrs. Mott has worked in the field of education since 1997. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Regular and Special Education from Northern Arizona University. Tara holds both an AMI Primary and Elementary Certification, as well as a master’s degree in Education. Tara joined Montessori in the Park in 2007. In her free time she enjoys hiking, reading, raising chickens and spending time with her family.
Jodi Qualters -- Elementary Guide, NAMC Lower-Elementary Certified
Mrs. Qualters has worked in the field of education since 1991. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Regular and Special Education from Duquesne University. Jodi joined Montessori in the Park in 2007 and earned her NAMC Diploma in 2008. She was drawn to the nature of Montessori as it allows children to progress at their own pace in a non-competitive environment.
Jennifer Bloomberg -- Elementary Art Teacher, AMI Primary Assistant/Elementary Assistant Certified
Mrs. Bloomberg has worked professionally in the field of Visual and Performing Arts since she was a young girl. She has starred in several independent films and commercials and is a published artist. She was introduced to Montessori as a parent. She has since earned both an AMI Primary and Elementary Assistant Certificate. She enjoys sharing her love of art and inspiring young artists.
Tatiana Sanchez -- Elementary Volunteer
Grandma Tatiana worked for 15 years as a classroom assistant in Tuba, Arizona. She attributes her love of baking, sewing, and crafting to growing up in Mexico City where learned these skills at a very young age. Tatiana has helped raise her 10 grandchildren and is passionate about sharing and teaching these skills with other young children.
Kim Doll -- Primary Guide, AMS Primary Certified
Mrs. Doll has worked as a classroom assistant at a local private school for 6 years prior to finding her place at Montessori in the Park in 2009. She earned her AMS Primary Certificate in 2013 and works as a Primary Guide. She finds great joy in her students and their appetite for learning. She enjoys spending time with her son and husband.
Pam Hogan -- Primary Guide, AMI Primary Certified
Mrs. Hogan has worked in the field of education for over 30 years. In 1979, she earned her AMI Primary Certificate and has been a lead guide in both primary and toddler programs. After attempting to retire in 2016, Pam joined Montessori in the Park in the Primary Program. She enjoys reading, working in the yard and watching British mysteries.
Kaley Qualters -- Primary Guide, AMI Primary Certified
Ms. Kaley graduated from the University of Arizona in 2015. She began teaching in 2015 and earned her AMI Primary Certificate in 2016. She joined Montessori in the Park in 2018 as a Primary Guide. In her free time, she enjoys writing, reading and binge-watching television shows.
Melissa Janton -- Primary Assistant, AMI Primary Assistant Certified
Ms. Melissa lived in Alaska for 11 years prior to moving to Arizona with her family. She has previously worked as a Caregiver for the elderly. She was drawn to Montessori after enrolling her son and earned her AMI Primary Assistant Certificate in 2018. She enjoys bird watching and mermaid memorabilia.
Cassandra Barroso -- Pre-Primary Guide
Ms. Cassandra joined Montessori in the Park during the Fall of 2019 to guide our youngest students in Pre-Primary. Since 2010, she has worked with students between the ages of 6 weeks and 12 years old. She has had a passion to work with children from a very young age and plans to pursue her AMI Assistants to Infancy training in the near future.
Jessica Mott -- Pre-Primary Guide
Ms. Jessy joined Montessori in the Park as a student in 2007. She graduated High School in 2018 and began assisting in the Elementary Class. She is in the process of obtaining her AMI Assistant to Infancy Certification in August of 2020. She is guiding our Pre-Primary inaugural program beginning the Fall of 2019. She is a very experienced child care giver and has a great passion for working with children.
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