Ms. Estelle, Toddler Two










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 childrens’ 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.

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Lead Assistant: Ms. Brittany

Afternoon Assistant: Ms. Grace B.

Leah McGaw  - Co-Lead Teacher - Primary Two Classroom

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Afternoon Assistant: Ms. Rachel


Samantha O'Dell, BA, AMS-IT - Co-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 Co-Assistant Director. Samantha loves being outdoors, reading and spending time with friends, family and her two cats.

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Ms. Brittany, Primary Three

Lead Assistants

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. 

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Lead Assistant: Ms. Kaitlin

Afternoon Assistant: 

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.

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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. 

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Lead Assistant: Ms. Amber

Afternoon Assistant: Ms. Lexi

Faculty and Staff

Spencer Kelly, BA, AMS-IT, Lead Teacher - Toddler Three Classroom

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. 

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Lead Assistant: Ms. Haley

Afternoon Assistant: Ms. Samantha J. 

Ms. Amber, Primary One

Primary Lead Teachers

Ms. Nicole, Primary Five

Ms. Hannah, Primary Four

Where exploration fosters a love of learning

Ms. Kaitlin Toddler One

Toddler Lead Teachers

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. 

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Lead Assistant: Ms. Estelle

Afternoon Assistant: 

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.

Denisha White, Lead Teacher - Primary Five Classroom

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Lead Assistant: Ms.

Afternoon Assistant: Ms. Grace G.

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 28 years, but is new to Montessori and loves learning new Montessori work right along with her students!

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Lead Assistants: Ms. Hannah

Afternoon Assistant: Mr. Caden

Additional Faculty & staff

​President: Tracy Hucke

Vice President: Jeremy Gross
Treasurer: Seth Davidson

Board Members: Ashlee Martindale, Caroline Shanor, Shaina Case

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Alyssa Trevathan, BS, AMS-EC - Lead Teacher - Primary Two Classroom

Hello, I'm Alyssa! I've been a part of MSC since January of 2019, contributing my passion for education. With a BS in elementary education earned in 2016 and a Montessori certification in 2021, I'm dedicated to fostering young minds. Outside of work, you'll find me in the company of four adorable cats and an unexpected companion – a snail! Alongside my wonderful husband, I balance my time between various hobbies. From diamond painting and Magic: The Gathering, to engaging in epic D&D quests, my interests are as diverse as they are thrilling. Cooking up new creations in the kitchen and immersing myself in anime worlds are just a few more ways I embrace life's adventures.

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Alaina Blakely, MS, AMS-EC - ​Assistant Director

Alaina started working at MSC in 2000. She loves the Montessori philosophy because it allows the child to have the freedom to explore his or her surroundings within a safe environment. During her time at Montessori, Ms. Alaina has been an afternoon assistant, lead assistant, and lead teacher. She also worked on earning her Master's degree in Human and Social Services. In her free time, Alaina enjoys running and spending time with her husband and two children, and her dog Zoey.

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Ms. Haley, Toddler Three