John Albright - Upper Elementary Guide
joined SCMS in 2016 as the new Upper Elementary Guide (although he spent two
weeks student teaching with Fiamma at SCMS). In Montessori education, he loves
“the flow that happens when curiosity and creativity meet spontaneity.” John
has numerous higher education degrees including a Montessori elementary teaching
certificate, Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree, and Ph.D.
hometown is St. Paul and he has a 14 year-old son. He likes gardening, his
favorite movie is Shakespeare in Love, his favorite boardgame is Sorry!, and
his favorite band is U2. If he was
stranded on an island and could choose one tool and one food for survival, he
would request a MacBook Pro and an Old Country Buffet buffet. Fun fact: he met Mother Theresa in India!
Mandie Bonilla-Ortiz - Lower Elementary Guide
is the new Lower Elementary guide at SCMS in 2016. She was inspired to become a
Montessori guide “after reading one paragraph about this inspiring woman named
Maria Montessori.” She holds AMI certification (Milwaukee), a Master’s degree
(St. Catherine University), and a Bachelor’s degree (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee).
hometown is Hudson, WI. She recently got married and she has a cat named
Cowboy. Her hobbies are making cold processed soap, knitting, cooking, and
snowboarding. Her favorite musician is Regina Spektor and her favorite game is
Settlers of Catan. One random fact about Mandie: her arm is double jointed.
David Ormberg - Elementary/Junior High Spanish Teacher
has been teaching Spanish at SCMS since 2015. David was inspired to teach in a
Montessori school because he was interested in expanding his “experience and
learning new ways to work with children.” At SCMS, he has observed that
“students are always eager to learn and help others” and his favorite moment at
SCMS was “collecting and making syrup with the children and having a pancake
feed.” David has a Bachelor’s degree in both Law Enforcement and Spanish.
Worthington, MN, David has an older brother and sister and both parents. His hobbies
are fishing and boating. If he could meet any famous person, dead or alive, it
would be Henry David Thoreau “because of his philosophy of simplicity.” If he
was stranded on an island and could choose one tool and one food item for
survival, he would choose a pizza cutter and a pizza. Fun fact about
David: he loves scary movies.
Emily Sies-Mandel - Elementary Assistant
has worked as an assistant and as the director of the summer camp program at SCMS since
2013. She has an AMI Assistant Certification (MTCM), a Master’s degree
(University of Minnesota), and a Bachelor’s degree (Luther College). She
appreciates how “the Montessori philosophy instills confidence and independence
through experiential learning opportunities within and around the classroom and
community.” At SCMS, she is happy “whenever a student is really excited to show
me something that they have worked very hard at and are proud of.” She has observed that SCMS students love the
outdoors and are eager to help one another. Her favorite moments at SCMS are
playing “lightening” basketball with the Elementary kids.
from Freeport, IL, Emily lives with her “wonderfully bearded husband and two
adventuresome kids.” Her hobbies are “painting, kayaking, being in the
outdoors, spending time with family, listening to records, writing, drinking
good coffee.” If she could meet any famous person, dead or alive, it would be “Artemisia
Gentileschi, a 17th century female Baroque painter...she helped to pave the way
for women in the arts.” Fun fact about Emily:
she is an amazing Rock Paper Scissors game player..