A Montessori student is motivated by their inherent desire to investigate and explore.

Our role is to encourage and uncover their potential by providing a fun, engaging learning environment for our students.

Montessori teachers are trained to assist the children, both individually and through small groups, in the use of the equipment located throughout the classroom.

‘Wait while observing.’ That is the motto of the educator.
— Dr. Maria Montessori

By following the child’s lead we observe where your child’s interests and needs are and guide and nurture them in their development. We are careful not to interrupt the children during work, or to force a lesson beyond the children’s interest. We also set the example for children to respect one another so that they can mutually learn from each other.

Our classroom is a lively area where children actively explore and investigate the world and its wonders. We serve as guides, not instructors.


GAY Canseco / Director, Lead TEacher

Ms. Gay has been a part of LHMS since June 2003. She completed her Montessori education in January 2004. Her favorite thing about teaching at LHMS is the amazing people: the students, parents and other teachers. She is a native Minnesotan who actually enjoys winter. Her interests include botany and reading, specifically books related to women’s history. She also enjoys embroidery, beading and painting. She has two nieces, Lily and Magdelena, who she loves to spend time with.


Florence Bambu / Lead Teacher

A part of LHMS since September 2008, Ms. Florence is an early childhood/elementary teacher from Sudan, Africa who has completed her Montessori training. Her favorite thing about LHMS is teaching the children and getting to see their progression each day, as it is amazing to witness. When not at LHMS, she likes to cook and maintain a beautiful home for her husband and her four children: Emma, Loro, Yike, and Joan.

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Athena Gorsuch-Reichenberg / Teacher

Athena grew up in Arizona and moved to Minneapolis in 2003. She first started at LHMS in 2004 and completed her Montessori preschool training in 2005. In 2010, Athena took a year sabbatical to pursue college in South Dakota. During this time, she met her husband to be. Athena returned to LHMS in 2011, then left in 2012 to North Dakota where she married and started her family. After the birth of her son, she completed Montessori training for infant/toddlers. In her last years working in ND, she worked in the special education department where she developed a passion for occupational therapy. Athena returned to LHMS in 2019 and is here to stay! Athena enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, hula hooping, traveling, meeting new people and making people laugh. Her favorite thing about LHMS is the uniqueness of the school, the amazing families it attracts, and the positive sense of community it’s created.


Rane Mickelson / Teacher, administrative assistant, SIGN LANGUAGE

Ms. Rane has been with LHMS since May 2017. She first discovered her passion for working with children while pursuing a music degree and teaching music lessons. Soon, it was clear that her love for music was outweighed by her love for little humans. She earned a B.A. in Child Psychology from the University of Minnesota in May 2019. Ms. Rane also teaches our students American Sign Language and has completed four levels of training to do so. She enjoys playing guitar, painting, and relaxing at home with her cat and boyfriend. Ms. Rane’s favorite thing about LHMS is the unique environment and helping our students expand their creative minds.


Ezekiel Bautista / Teacher

Mr. Ezekiel began working at LHMS in August 2017. He is a native Spanish speaker. He was born in Colima, Mexico and received a language teaching degree at the University of Colima in Mexico in 2012. He has been working as a preschool teacher in a Spanish Immersion preschool in Minneapolis since 2015. He loves kids and their energy. Mr. Ezekiel loves summer, fall, activities outside, cooking, and sharing his food with friends. He is interested in learning more languages and learning to play the piano. He enjoys working at LHMS and feels very honored to have the chance to work with such a wonderful team.


loro lako / aide

Mr. Loro began working at LHMS in the summer of 2015 and has been a part of the school since. While being a student at Normandale, he plans to achieve a career in computer science, and learning new things every single day. Being around children is a great joy for him, and working here has given him many meaningful interactions and lessons he will carry along the way.

Emma Lako / AIDE

Ms. Emma started working at LHMS in the summer of 2017 and continues to come back every summer since then. She is pursuing a degree in biology at the University of Iowa. Even though she plans to enter the science field, getting to help and connect with the children at LHMS is a very rewarding experience for her. She hopes to continue to teach, and even learn from all different children and families that she meets along the way.


Willow Hoaglund / Substitute Teacher

Ms. Willow’s bio will be posted soon!

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Joe Loney / Substitute Teacher / Drag queen story hour

Joe is a local drag entertainer in the Twin Cities, and has been reading to the kids as “Giselle” since September of 2018. Striving to help the children achieve a deeper understanding of gender and inclusivity, he began substitute teaching in addition to Drag Queen Story Hour. His mission here is to encourage these young ones to embrace their individuality, and to accept others for their own.


Ms. Olga / Spanish

Ms. Olga has been teaching Spanish to LHMS kids for over ten years. Her Spanish lessons include songs, games and movement. She uses many visual aids and interactive lessons to retain kid’s interest. Often she brings in interesting cultural items from Mexico, Central and South America. Her lessons include Spanish language instruction as well as introducing Latino culture to the kids. Her warmth and kindness make her a well-loved teacher at LHMS.


Ms. Niza / Yoga

Yoga is a fun way to get our children moving in an expressive way, while increasing their ability to concentrate. The principal focus of the yoga class is to nurture a strong, healthy body, and a calm mind. In every class the children practice elements of Hatha yoga. They are also encouraged to use their imagination by creating poses, and through games. Each class has a different theme such as: A Visit to the Farm, Ancient Egypt, Deep Ocean Dive, or African Safari.