What a Unique History!
Dr. Maria Montessori was the creator of what is called “The Montessori Method of Education,” which was based on her scientific observations of young children. She was among the first women's physicians to graduate from the University of Rome, Italy in the late 1800s. She became involved with education as a doctor treating children labeled as retarded or developmentally delayed.
In 1907, she was invited to open a child care center for poor children from the slums of San Lorenzo. She began to develop materials that enhanced the children's individual learning styles. Her philosophy spread to other countries including: India, Russia and the United States.
Interest diminished, however, in the United States until it was reintroduced in the mid 1950s and has gained much recognition as an excellent method of learning for children. This method of learning continues today right here in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
In 1978, Betty Ann Beirele began The Montessori School of Cheyenne. It was first located in the basement of a church and later moved to 3619 Evans Ave., which is now the Red Cross facility near the airport. At that time, the school offered one morning class for approximately 15-20 children. It began as a 501C(3) non-profit organization and continues with this status. We are thankful to Betty Ann Beirele for the foundation she laid for those of us who followed.
Today, the Montessori School of Cheyenne is located at 5401 Yellowstone Road. We are celebrating 30 years of continued quality education and thank everyone who has been involved or supported us over the past years.
Thank you again to all of our wonderful parents, alumni, volunteers, staff and to the community; who gladly help out to support our school. Remember, it is the Children that bring the blessings of each day. The hugs, the smiles and the giggles are priceless! We are thankful for what they teach us!
Celebrating more than 30 Years!
Biographies of Teachers
Leslie Wilson, Director
I have been with the Montessori School of Cheyenne since 1997. However, I have taught in a Montessori environment since 1993. I received an Associate of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education from LCCC in 1996. I received my Montessori certification in Infant/Toddler from the Montessori Education Center of the Rockies in Boulder, CO in 2004. I am a certified PITC trainer (Program for Infant/Toddler Caregivers). Additionally, I am an American Red Cross First Aid/CPR instructor, and am the fundraising coordinator for MSC. My wonderful husband, Brian and I have one daughter, Taylor, who attended Montessori as a young child.
Rebecca Meerscheidt, Administrative Assistant
I came to MSC in 1996 and it has been a true blessing to have had the privilege to help guide so many children through our Montessori program. I graduated from Abilene Christian University in Texas and received a B.S. in Education with a teaching certification. I received Montessori training from the St. Nicholas Training Centre of London, England. I then received my Early Childhood Certification from the Montessori Education Center of the Rockies in Boulder, CO. I taught three years at the Children's House Montessori School in Rodenbach, Germany while our family was stationed there with the Air Force. I was a Directress for 10 years in the Primary class here at MSC. I have been married to Rives since 1969. We have one daughter, Shana, who is a Toddler Montessori Directress; and our son Troy, is deceased. We now have a sweet little grand-girl! I have semi-retired from the classroom and enjoy giving education to parents, but I assist wherever needed.
Karla Kosiba, Toddler Directress
I joined the Montessori School of Cheyenne in 2002 as a substitute. I immediately fell in love with the Montessori philosophy. Soon after, I decided to do my Montessori training. In addition to my Montessori certification in Infant/Toddler, I also have a degree in Fine Arts, my other passion. I have two fantastic sons, Collin and Joshua.
Mona Hernandez-Jagoditsh, Primary Directress
I have been with MSC since 2004, and am a Primary Directress. I received my Montessori training from Montessori Education Center of the Rockies in Boulder, CO. I have attended the University of Wyoming and LCCC in Cheyenne. I have two daughters, Demi and Peyton. I play bells, dance, and sing in the "praise band" at church. I love to paint, play the flute and piano. I look forward to what the future will bring to our school.
Lindsey Lane, Toddler Directress
I have been at MSC since 2000. I received my Bachelor's degree from University of Wyoming in Professional Child Development in 2007. Soon after, I received my Montessori certification in Infant/Toddler from the Montessori Education of the Rockies in Boulder, CO. I am also a certified PITC (Program for Infant Toddler Caregivers) trainer. I have a handsome baby boy, Owen.
Kathryn Bigelow, Primary Directress and Kindergarten Teacher
I received my Bachelor's degree in 2007 from the University of Wyoming in Elementary Education with a specialty in Early Childhood Education. I have been at MSC since 2008 and completed my Early Childhood Montessori certification in May of 2010. I am thrilled to be a part of this wonderful school and look forward to many years of sharing the Montessori philosophy with each child.
Alaina Blakely, Primary Directress
I have been at the Montessori School of Cheyenne since 2000 and I’m working towards being a Primary Direcress. I graduated with my Associates of Fine Arts from LCCC in 2007. I will complete my Montessori training in August. I have been married since 2010 and have two wonderful step children, Harrison and Grace.