Jessica Petersen - Trustee - Jessica and her husband Gary
live in Stillwater with their three children; Jaden (11), Jayla (9), and Julia
(7). Jessica has a degree in Chemical
Engineering from the University of MN and has worked at 3M for the past 21
years. The Petersen family has been a
part of the SCMS community since 2009 and is firm believers in the Montessori
method of education.
Nick Malm - Trustee - Nick, his wife, Maria, and
son, Isaac (11), live in Woodbury. He is strong believer in the Montessori
philosophy and is passionate about living and sharing its values. Both Nick and
Maria attended Luther College and he works for Coca-Cola in Eagan. Maria is a
Montessori educator with 18 years experience. Isaac's favorite part of St Croix
Montessori is the outdoor environment - he loves to explore!
Gudrun Willett - Trustee - Gudrun, Ben, Sascha (2), and Sebastian (11) live in Stillwater. Gudrun and Ben are cultural anthropologists
with Ph.D.'s from the University of Iowa.
Gudrun became a firm convert to Montessori education while Sebastian was
attending Primary and she was conducting post doctoral research on the the
effects of similar approaches to teaching and learning at the college
level. She has published a book and
articles on this research. Gudrun and
Ben now apply their anthroplogy expertise to market research with their
company, Ethnoscapes Global, LLC. Beyond
pedagogy, the family loves the school's caring environment and are excited for
Sascha to be joining Sebastian this Fall.
Eli Vogen - Trustee - Eli and his wife Erin live in Afton with their three children: Hasle
(7), Sawyer (5), and Ole (1). Eli has
degrees in Economics and Hispanic Studies from St Olaf College, where he met
Erin, and has worked for Securian Financial Group for 14 years. Erin's degree
is in Psychology and she has worked in the health care industry for her entire
career. The Vogens are strong supporters
of the Montessori method of education and particularly the way it is employed
at St. Croix Montessori.