Taylor Keast, BA, Business Accounting & Art- Lead Teacher - Primary Three Classroom

I grew up in Colorado and moved to Cheyenne in 2015. I worked my way through three bachelor’s degrees (Studio Art, Business Administration and Accounting), graduating from Western State Colorado University in 2012. I have a wide breadth of professional experience in restaurant management, office and human resource administration, accounting and bookkeeping, designing educational and promotional materials, real estate, ceramic art, mountain living, and motherhood. I started teaching at MSC in 2021 when my children began here and am currently working to become certified by the Authentic Institute of Montessori. I am passionate about understanding and respecting all living things. While far from fluent, I enjoy using ASL to the best of my ability with my family and classroom; I learned when I was small from my 2 deaf aunts! I love to play outside in dirt of all kinds, and believe it is our duty as humans to protect the natural world we live in. I am excited to share in children’s wonder and discoveries! If there is something they are interested in, we will learn together. The MSC community feels like home and I am very happy to be a teacher here.

Contact Ms. Taylor: primary.three@montessorischoolofcheyenne.org

Ms. Abby, Teacher Breaker

Leah McGaw - Lead Teacher - Primary Two Classroom

Leah has been working in the Early Learning field for 10 years. She was born and raised in SW Colorado. She has two children and a new grandbaby that is the apple of his mama's eye.

Leah loves to learn, explore, and have new adventures every day. As a teacher, she is both a scientist and an artist. Leah loves when her students are curious, want to learn new things, and ask questions. She hopes that her students will love to take chances, make mistakes, and get messy! 

Contact Ms. Leah: primary.two@montessorischoolofcheyenne.org

Kaitlin Steege, BA, Lead Teacher - Toddler Three Classroom

Miss Kaitlin has been working at MSC since 2023 but has been working with infants and toddlers for over 10 years as an infant/toddler teacher and a private nanny. She has a bachelor's degree in Family Consumer Sciences with a minor in Early Childhood Education from the University of Wyoming. She completed her Montessori training specializing in infants and toddlers in 2024. Her favorite part of Montessori is the love of learning in the classrooms and watching the children become their own unique individual. In her free time, she enjoys going to the movies, watching live music, and relaxing at home with her husband, cat, and dog.

Contact Kaitlin: toddler.three@montessorischoolofcheyenne.org


Ms. Haley - Lead Assistant- Toddler Three

Samantha O'Dell, BA, AMS-IT - Assistant Director

Samantha O'Dell started working at MSC in 2009. Samantha has a BA in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood and earned her Montessori Infant/Toddler Certification in 2017. Samantha loves that Montessori focuses on the individual child and their potential, offers mixed ages in the classroom, and fosters independence. Samantha worked as an afternoon assistant, lead assistant and a lead teacher before becoming the Assistant Director. Samantha loves being outdoors, reading and spending time with friends, family and her two cats.

Contact Ms. Samantha: ADSamantha@montessorischoolofcheyenne.org

Ms. Audrey - Afternoon Assistant- Toddler Two

Ms. Lexi - Afternoon Assistant- Primary One 

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Ms. Hattie, Substitute 

Ms. Charlene - Lead Assistant- Toddler One

Brittaney Stewart, BS, AMS - IT - Lead Teacher - Toddler One Classroom

Brittaney has loved being a part of MSC for the past 6years! There are many things that Brittaney likes about Montessori education, but her top two reasons are fostering each child’s independence within the classroom and meeting the child’s needs where they are developmentally. When Brittaney is not in the classroom you can find her taking road trips, spending time with friends and family, or reading a book.  She currently has three cat fur babies named Sophie, Rowdy, and Meeka. 

Contact Ms. Brittaney: toddler.one@montessorischoolofcheyenne.org

Ms. Emily - Afternoon Assistant- Primary Three 

Ms. Cyan, Teacher Breaker And Afternoon Assistant

​​​​Additional Primary staff

Georgie Johnson, BA, AMS-EC  - ​Executive Director And Kindergarten Teacher

Ms. Georgie graduated with a BA in Elementary Education from the University of Wyoming in 2016. She has worked with a wide range of children, spanning from 6 weeks of age to 3rd grade. Ms. Georgie moved to Cheyenne in 2019 and immediately fell in love with the school's culture and the Montessori Philosophy. She earned her Montessori Early Childhood credential from the Montessori Education Center of the Rockies in May 2021. Following the child, cultivating a peaceful and caring community, and fostering independence are some of her favorite aspects of Montessori education. Outside of school, Ms. Georgie enjoys supporting local businesses, experiencing music, and spending time with her husband and daughter.

Contact Ms. Georgie: director@montessorischoolofcheyenne.org

Ms. Luz - Afternoon Assistant- Primary Four

Faith Barnes - Lead Teacher - Primary One Classroom

Faith has been at MSC since February 2020. She worked as a lead assistant in Primary One for 3 years and is now taking over the lead position! At MSC, she has found a love for learning, teaching, and watching the children grow into independent members of a caring community. She is passionate about introducing children to the Montessori philosophy and preparing them for life through a self-paced learning environment. 

Contact Ms. Faith: primary.one@montessorischoolofcheyenne.org

Faculty and Staff

Spencer Kelly, BA, AMS-IT

Spencer first joined MSC in 2009 as an afternoon assistant. Since then, they have worked in a few other preschool environments, however MSC is the place they call home. In prior preschools they have been in the position as afternoon assistant, lead assistant and lead teacher. They got their Bachelor's of Science in Human Development of Family Science in 2015 from the University of Wyoming and finished their Montessori training specializing in infants and toddlers in February of 2023. Their favorite part of the Montessori Method is to foster independence. In their personal time, Spencer enjoys spending time with their dogs, Reina and Kenai, hiking and watching scary movies. 

Ms. Amber - Lead Assistant- Primary One 

Mr. Lex, Floating Toddler Substitute 

Primary Teachers

​​​​​Additional staff

Denisha White, Lead Teacher - Primary Five Classroom

Contact Ms. Denisha: primary.five@montessorischoolofcheyenne.org

Lead Assistant: Ms. Nicole

Afternoon Assistant: Ms. Gracie G.

At the Montessori School of Cheyenne, we feel very lucky to have caring, highly qualified, and loyal teachers and administrators. Many of our teachers have been at the school for over five years and some staff have served the school for 10-20 years. Many of our teachers hold degrees related to children and education and all of our teachers are certified by the American Montessori Society (AMS).

Each classroom has one Montessori-certified lead teacher as well as one assistant teacher.

The strong educational backgrounds and substantial classroom experiences of our faculty make them highly trained and knowledgeable in the area of early childhood education. The Montessori School of Cheyenne supports ongoing professional development for all of our staff through internal and external staff training and other educational pursuits.

​President: Tracy Hucke

Vice President: Jeremy Gross
Treasurer: Franz Fuchs

Board Members: Ashlee Martindale, Caroline Shanor, Shaina Case, Eli Carpenter

Contact MSC Board:  boardmsc@googlegroups.com

Ms. Carol, Substitute and Teacher Planner 

Karla Nelson, AA, AMS-IT, Lead Teacher - Toddler Two Classroom

Ms. Karla has been with the Montessori School of Cheyenne since 2002. She began as a sub and quickly realized she loved working with the toddlers. Her favorite part of Montessori is watching each child's unique personality blossom.
In her spare time, she likes to hike, read, listen to music and paint. She has three children- two adult sons and an 8 year old daughter. 

Contact Ms. Karla: toddler.two@montessorischoolofcheyenne.org

Ms. Gracie - Afternoon Assistant- Primary Five

Ms. Samantha J. - Afternoon Assistant- Toddler Three

Ms. Christine - Afternoon Assistant- Primary Two 

Ms. Jordan - Lead Assistant- Primary Two 

Ms. Estelle - Lead Assistant- Toddler Two


Ms. Nicole - Lead Assistant- Primary Five

​​​​Additional Toddler staff

Toddler Teachers

Ms. Hannah - Lead Assistant- Primary Four

Ms. Rachel - Afternoon Assistant- Toddler One

Ms. Brooke, Substitute 

Ms. Brittany - Lead Assistant- Primary Three 

Ms. Bella, Floating Primary Substitute 

Angela Weigel, BA, AMS-EC - Lead Teacher - Primary Four Classroom

Angela began working at MSC in 2018. She believes that Maria Montessori is right when she says, "it’s not enough to love a child." Angela's is thrilled to love, nurture and watch the children in her classroom grow. Angela has been a part of the teaching community for 34 years and is Montessori Certified. She loves teaching the Montessori work to all her students and anyone else who wants to learn! 

Contact Ms. Angela: primary.four@montessorischoolofcheyenne.org

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