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 teache
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!

 

 

 

 

 

My name is Colleen Miller-Keys and I am pleased to return for my second year (first full) at LMP. I have enjoyed getting to know you and your child(ren) and am anticipating an exciting and outstanding 2017-18 school year!

My husband, Daryl, and I moved to La Crosse from metro Detroit in 2009. While in Michigan, I earned a B.S. Education, Cum Laude, from Eastern Michigan University. My areas of study were elementary education and middle school social studies. Upon graduation, I worked at Creative Montessori Academy in E1 and E2 and began working toward my Montessori certification. I continued with my Montessori studies after relocating to Wisconsin and earned my E1 certification from NAMC. I also obtained my teaching license from the state of Wisconsin. I spent several years substitute teaching until Istepped away from the workforce to concentrate on raising my daughter, Avery.

Avery attended LMP for 4k last year and is now in kindergarten. I am a strong believer in Montessori education and its focus on independence, confidence , and holistic learning. Through Montessori education, I have witnessed growth in my own child and am confident, you will see it in your child(ren) as well.

When I am not working; I am a hockey, dance, gymnastics mom that enjoys spending time in the kitchen, reading, and playing games with my family. I have recently taken up gardening (most of my plants died but I did manage to grow carrots, four strawbe
rries, a handful of blueberries and what i think might be broccoli) and running. I am training for my first 5k and I haven’t fallen over yet (I did trip over my dog while running but gracefully recovered).

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

Hola, my name is Laura Burrows and I’m originally from Mexico City. I moved to La Crosse 11 years ago. I live with my husband Taje (Ty), our 6 y/o daughter Gretchen, and our 9 y/o big baby sweet heart Doberman Eugene. I like painting, drawing, crafting, singing, travelling, shopping and cooking (Mexican food of course ☺)

I have a Bachelor Degree in accounting and have worked over 10+ years in that field, but once I moved to La Crosse, I re-directed my life toward working with children, so in order to do so, I got the Entry-Level Training for Child Care Workers for the State of Wisconsin. I’ve worked as a Teacher Aide, and as a Spanish Translator for Head Start in Sparta, and as a lead Teacher for La Crosse Day Care Centers Inc (Child First), then my daughter came along, and my husband and I made the decision for me to quit my job and raise our daughter for her first years at home. Now she is “all grown up” and this fall 2017, she will be a 1st grader. For the last year, I’ve been teaching Spanish to toddlers and preschoolers at a daycare center in Onalaska and Holmen, using bilingual conversations and immersion techniques (according to the children’s ages) so they easily learn the language through stories, games, movement, repetition (loooots of repetition) and music (I love singing!!), so with this said, don’t be surprised if at the end of every Tuesday you find yourself singing Old McDonald had a Farm or counting 1 to 10 en Español ☺

I’m so excited to be part of the LMP and looking forward to work with your niños y niñas.