Roxanne Rosa is co-founder of OMS and has been Administrator for 17 years. She has a current National Administrator Credential. Roxanne comes from an extensive background in management and many years of experience with customer service. She has several years of education in Administration, Montessori and Early Childhood education. She is diligent at maintaining the integrity of a true Montessori environment. She loves working with her staff and families and strives to provide a "family like" environment at OMS.
Myra Patterson is the Administrative Assistant at OMS. She has been in this position for the past 6 years. She began working at OMS 10 years ago as a classroom assistant when her daughter started attending school here . She has several years of education in Administration, Montessori , Early Childhood education and customer service. Myra enjoys working with people and continues to support our staff and Administrator.
Ms. Jodi Henson - Toddler Class We welcome Ms. Jodi back to OMS! Her first Montessori experience was as a classroom assistant here at Our Montessori School 11 years ago. She has been a part of the Montessori community in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Virginia. She received her Montessori certification in Los, Alamos, NM. Jodi is excited to be the Lead Teacher in the Toddler classroom!
Ms. Cindy Johnson - 3-6 Classroom Cindy started her Montessori teaching career over eleven years ago at Our Montessori School. She joined the staff as a Classroom Assistant and two years later became a Lead Teacher in a 3-6 classroom. She completed her NCME Montessori Teacher Accreditation in 2000. She and her family moved to California where she worked at Little Blossoms Montessori for one year as a Lead Teacher and then moved into Administration at Sacramento Montessori where she spent the last three years as the Director. It is with much excitement that she has returned to Our Montessori School to continue teaching. She truly looks forward to meeting the families and the children this next year.
Ms. Denise Tapia - 3-6 Classroom Denise has been with Our Montessori School since 2004. She is a certified 3-6 Montessori Teacher through NCME. She has always loved working with children. Her original intention when she went to college was to get her degree in Education. As it happens so often, she changed her degree to Sociology with the intent to work in counseling with children and families. Denise graduated from the University of New Mexico with her Bachelor's degree in Sociology. She worked in many different corporate positions before realizing that her heart was still leaning toward working with children. She began as an Assistant and also ran the summer program here which she really enjoyed. She had the privilege of working with Ms. Jennifer, a former teacher here at Our Montessori School, as her Assistant where she learned a great deal. She decided to get her Montessori teaching accreditation through NCME. Denise has become a Lead Teacher and found that following her heart to teach was definitely the right decision for her.
Ms. Gay Stapleton - Music Instructor Gay has nearly 30 years of experience in early childhood care and education. She has a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Oklahoma Baptist University . Her first job out of college was teaching in a preschool. The next year she taught music in an elementary school. She did not enjoy teaching elementary children as much as she had enjoyed the preschool age children so she returned to teaching preschool children. Gay has her American Montessori Society Early Childhood Teaching Credential. She has been teaching in a Montessori classroom since 1994. Gay came to Our Montessori School in October 1997 as the Toddler Teacher. The next year she and the children became the 3-6 year old classroom. Gay has also taught the music program at Our Montessori School for the past 5 years and will continue to do so in the future. She is also a member of the Board of Directors and continues to support the Montessori philosophy at OMS.
Our classroom assistants have various education, training and experience working with children. Some of our assistants were parents of the school before they became staff members. They are trained in the Montessori philosophy and early childhood education.