Our Staff


I am Kristy Knoble, Director and Lead Teacher at La Crosse Montessori Preschool.  I began my time with LMP many years ago as a parent of two crazy little boys.  Next, I became a community member of the Board of Directors.  After that I became an assistant teacher when my daughter attended LMP.  I left my assistant position to return to school and finish what I started when I was young.  I graduated from Winona State University in 2013 with degrees in Elementary and Early Childhood Education. Of course I came right back to LMP, this time as the 4K Teacher and Assistant Director.  I received my Montessori Certification through NAMC in 2014.  Lmp has been a very important part of my family’s life for the last 14 years and I could not be happier than where I am right now.  It is a beautiful thing when your passion turns into your lifelong career.

Those crazy little boys are nearly grown now. Myles is a freshman at UW Eau Claire and Rylan is a Senior at Logan High School.  My daughter Kalli is in 8th grade.  I have a house full of amazing and still crazy teenagers, making my job even more precious. I get to spend my days with the young ones for a change of pace from home life.  Although there are more similarities than I care to admit!


Hello! My name is Peggy Thomas and I am in my second year as an  Assistant at LMP. I love the Montessori Philosophy and enjoy watching children develop independence, concentration, order, and coordination through their work with the wonderful materials created by Maria IMG_5950Montessori. I have two grandsons in Montessori settings. One attended LMP and is now a 4th grade E-2 student at Coulee Montessori and the other is a student at the Coulee Montessori Adolescent Program. In the past I have operated my own daycare, acted as a Head Start Assistant, and was both a Girl Scout and Boy Scout leader. I also have experience as a Substitute Teacher Assistant and Health Assistant for the La Crosse School District and done extensive volunteering at Coulee Montessori. As one of nine children in my family, I grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan taking care of younger siblings. I live in La Crosse with my husband and we are the proud parents of three grown children. In my spare time I love to bake and garden. I so love my job, the children and their families, and the wonderful LMP staff. I consider myself fortunate to be a part of such a wonderful “family” working together to make each child feel safe, confident, and respected in his/her learning environment.