Meet The Montessori In The Park Team

Our educators are dedicated to providing a positive learning experience that will last a lifetime.

Administrative Team

Kim Anderson

Kim Anderson

Head of School

Melanie Riefkohl

Melanie Riefkohl

Office Manager

Tammy Chavet

Tammy Chavet

Business Manager & Acting Zone

Tracy Pierson

Tracy Pierson

Office Assistant

Tara Mott

Tara Mott

Education Director

Elementary Teachers Team

Tara Mott

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

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

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

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.

Primary Teachers Team

Kim Doll

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

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

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

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.

Pre-Primary Teachers Team


Perla Kaplan -- Pre-Primary Guide

Ms. Perla joined Montessori in the Park during the Fall of 2019 to guide our youngest students in Pre-Primary. She has assisted in a Montessori toddler program since 2011 and moved to Arizona in the summer of 2019. 

Jessica Mott

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.

“There must be provision for the child to have contact with nature, to understand and appreciate the order, the harmony and the beauty in nature.”

-Maria Montessori



I love, love, love this school! My family was looking for an alternative education for our son and he's been here since kindergarten (3 years now). We plan to keep him here as long as possible. The staff is friendly, small campus, one-on-one attention, and they do what they can to make it affordable for families. We'd highly recommend them to West Valley families.

Michelle Everson


Such an amazing school! My 4yr son has sensory issues and this school has been amazing for him. He has opened up significantly and has just grown so much because of the teachers and staff at this school. The fact that I am able to have a constant communication with his teachers as well as the option to be fully involved with this school makes it a perfect choice for me and my family.

Melissa Janton


The teachers are passionate about the learning process and uniquely gifted in bringing out the best in each child. I'm especially grateful for the community, friends and relationships we've built.

Ericka Strachan


My two children love going to school every day... I only wish she would have gone here sooner. It is an amazing school that does not apply the one size fits all rule to education.

Daniella Hauptmann


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