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.
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.
Rane Mickelson / Teacher, administrative assistant, SIGN LANGUAGE
Ms. Rane has been with LHMS since May 2017. She is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in child psychology at the University of Minnesota and will graduate in May 2019. After that, she plans to attend St. Catherine University to earn her Montessori certificate and a Master’s degree in early childhood education. Ms. Rane has a passion for teaching 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 how creative the students are.
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.
Willow Hoaglund / Teacher
Ms. Willow’s bio will be posted soon!
loro lako / aide
Mr. Loro is Ms. Florence’s son. We will post a biography for him soon!
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.