Staff Bio

Alden Montessori Staff

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“The children are now working as if I did not exist”- Maria Montessori

Our Dedicated Staff

The educational practices of our school and faculty are based on the principles taught by Dr. Maria Montessori. With the understanding that children hold within themselves a natural curiosity for learning, Alden Montessori teachers are well-trained to assist in the intellectual, emotional, social, and physical growth of each child within their care. The teachers thoughtfully and carefully prepare the classroom environments to be rich in content and materials.

We are fortunate to have experienced and dedicated staff devoted to the care and nurturing of each child, engaging them in activities to foster the growth of mind, body, and character. Our school is grateful to our staff, knowing the wide range of opportunities available to them; but each has chosen Alden as their preferred school community. Their commitment and dedication is illustrated in the following At-a Glance facts as of 2017:

  • Total number of teaching/admin staff: 20
  • Montessori credentialed teachers: 13
  • Admin/Coordinator staff: 6
  • Associate Degrees: 2
  • Bachelor Degrees: 8
  • Master Degrees: 3

 


Administrators and Program Coordinators

Jere Albanesi – Head of School
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Jere Albanesi – Head of School

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design
  • CME- Accredited Montessori credential
    • Lower Elementary (ages 6-9)
  • Montessori experience
    •   6 years teaching
    • 25 years administration
    • 11 years at Alden
Karyn Dole – Head of School
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Karyn Dole – Chief Financial Officer

  • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry & Biology
  • AMS- Accredited Montessori credential
    • Early Childhood (ages 3-6)
  • Montessori experience
    •   3 years teaching
    • 15 years administration
    • 11 years at Alden
Ruth Austin – Director
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Ruth Austin

  • Undergraduate Studies in Childhood Education
  • MEPI-Accredited Montessori credential
    • Early Childhood (ages 3-6)
  • Montessori experience
    •   8 years teaching
    • 16 years administration
    • 10 years at Alden
Pam Kubie – Nutrition Coordinator
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Pam Kubie

  • Texas Food Manager certification
  • Montessori experience
    • 16 years
    •   8 years at Alden

Lower Elementary Community – 6 to 9 years

Paul Vinson – Clydesdale Class
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Paul Vinson – Clydesdale Class

  • Bachelor of Arts in Literature
  • Master of Education
  • AMS-Accredited Montessori credential
    • Early Childhood (ages 3-6)
    • Lower Elementary (ages 6-9)
  • Montessori experience
    • 19 years teaching
    •   6 years at Alden
Irene Arevalo- Clydesdale Class
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Irene Arevalo – Clydesdale Class

  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Master of Business Administration
  • AMS-Accredited Montessori training
    • Lower Elementary internship (ages 6-9)
  • Montessori experience
    • 6 years teaching
    • 4 years at Alden

 


Preschool/Kindergarten Community – 3 to 6 years

Michelle Blanchard – Arabian Class
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Michelle Blanchard – Arabian Class

  • MEPI-Accredited Montessori Credential
    • Early Childhood (ages 3-6)
  • Montessori experience
    • 20 years teaching
    •   4 years at Alden
Magaly Garay – Arabian Class
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Magaly Garay – Arabian Class

  • DCCA-Primary Montessori credential
    • Early Childhood (ages 3-6)
  • Montessori experience
    • 8 years teaching
    • 5 years at Alden
Adriana Hernandez – Bronco Class
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Adriana Hernandez – Bronco Class

  • MEPI-Accredited Montessori Credential
    • Early Childhood (ages 3-6)
  • Montessori experience
    • 23 years teaching
    •   8 years at Alden
Sabrina Mills – Mustang Class
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Sabrina Mills – Mustang Class

  • Associate Degree-Business
  • AMS-Accredited Montessori credential
    • Early Childhood (ages 3-6)
  • Montessori experience
    • 14 years teaching
    •   5 years at Alden
Lindsay Kuhlengel – Mustang Class Class
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Lindsay Kuhlengel – Mustang Class

  • Undergraduate Studies
  • AMI-Assistants to Infancy Course
    • Infant Toddler (ages 0-3)
  • Montessori experience
    • 10 years teaching
    •   4 years at Alden
April Nelson – Thoroughbred Class
Helena Hakaste – Thoroughbred Class
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Helena Hakaste – Bronco Class

  • Master of Science in Engineering
  • Montessori experience
    • 15 years teaching
    •  8 years at Alden

 


Toddler Community – 2 to 3 year olds

Sharon Carlson – Appaloosa Class
Nicole Sizemore – Appaloosa Class
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Nicole Sizemore – Appaloosa Class

  • DCCA-Primary Montessori credential
    • Early Childhood (ages 3-6)
  • Montessori experience
    • 8 years teaching
    • 5 years at Alden
Vesna Dizdarevic – Shetland Class
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Vesna Dizdarevic – Shetland Class

  • AMS-Accredited Montessori credential
    • Infant/Toddler (ages 0-3)
  • Montessori experience
    • 20 years teaching
    •   7 years at Alden
Bruna Fortune – Shetland Class

April Nelson – Appaloosa Class

      • Undergraduate studies
      • AMS-Accredited Montessori credential
        • Early Childhood (ages 3-6)
      • Montessori Applied to Children at Risk certification
      • Montessori experience
        • 13 years teaching
        • 10 years at Alden

      Samantha Robinson – Sheltland Class

 


After Care Program Teachers

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