Our Staff

Working together as an educational team, we create an environment conducive to creative learning, the catalyst for freeing every child’s potential. Our greatest success is to be able to say, “The children are working as if I did not exist.” (Maria Montessori)

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Jeanne Johnson
Administrator
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Candie Massey
Finance Director
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Lea Ann Jacobs
School Secretary
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About Lea Jacobs

Lea Ann Jacobs was born in California but has lived in Southeast Idaho most of her life. After raising her children, she attended Idaho State University and Brigham Young University–Idaho. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in university studies from BYU-I, with a minor in sociology and clusters in psychology and history. She came to the school in 2018 and has worked as a TA and office assistant. She enjoys reading, sewing, and spending time with her family, especially her two grandchildren.

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Teachers

Lower Elementary

Mauro Cabral
Grades 1-2
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About Mauro Cabral

Mr. Cabral is Brazilian. He attended the Federal University of Ouro Preto in Brazil. He holds a BA of Arts with a specialization in English, Portuguese, and Italian. He is fluent in Portuguese, English, Italian, and Spanish. He also has a postgraduate degree in teaching a second language. He holds an Early Childhood Montessori Certificate and School Administrator certificate, both from the American Montessori Society - AMS since 2001. He worked for five years in a montessori school and training center in Chicago where he was a coordinator. He ran his own language school in Brazil for 18 years. He worked at the American School of Campinas in SãoPaulo, Brazil. He has more than 20 years of teaching children and adults. He enjoys spending time with his family, gardening, and listening to music. He has two sons, Lauro and André, who are attending this school.

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Linda Rivers
Grades 1-2
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About Linda Rivers

I am originally from Salt Lake City, Utah. I have lived in Anchorage, Alaska most of my adult life. I moved to Idaho to be closer to my family. I have been teaching for 27 years, working in the Anchorage School District for 22 years. I have many years of experience in the classroom and worked as a social emotional health specialist. The gifted program was another experience I had in Alaska. I was also a teacher for 10 years in the Japanese Partial Immersion Second Language Program.  

I am truly excited to be at Monticello Montessori Charter School. I have always wanted to work in a Montessori program. I love working with the primary students. Everyone at this school has been so welcoming and nice. Thank you for allowing me to join your program and staff. I am excited to be here!

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Middle Elementary

John Adams
Grades 3-4
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Nancy Coburn
Grades 3-4
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About Nancy Coburn

Mrs. Coburn is from Buenos Aires, Argentina, born and raised. She studied at Brigham Young University - Idaho and became a certified elementary education teacher. She has six years of experience as an ESL teacher and now she enjoys teaching at a Montessori school. “Mrs. C.”, like her students call her, is married and has a five year old son. Her favorite pass times are crafting and watching movies with her family.

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Upper Elementary

Richard Gines
Grades 5-6
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Taylor Wilhelm
Grades 5-6
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Taylor Wilhelm grew up in Saint Cloud, Florida. He graduated from Brigham Young University-Idaho with a B.S. in Health Psychology, and is working on his Teacher's Certification through the ABCTE program. Taylor loves reading and loves helping others love reading, too. He has an 11-year-old dog and two cool cats.

Taylor came to Monticello Montessori as a CBRS and was recruited as the school Counselor. He soon discovered his love for teaching and when a teaching position opened at the school, he applied.  Taylor has a great rapport with the students and looks forward to working with them as their teacher. 


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Middle School

Ralph Armstrong
Grades 7-8
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Ralph Armstrong is originally from San Diego, California. He graduated from BYU-Idaho with a B.S. in sociology and is currently enrolled for certification through ABCTE. He plans to pursue his master's degree in education. Mr. Armstrong has worked as a teacher's aide, PSR worker, Title I instructor, and substitute teacher during the past two years at Monticello Montessori. Buddy loves to engage the children in the classroom and also on the playground. He has two young boys ages three and six that he loves to tease and stay active with.
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Sally Mills
Grades 7-8
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About Sally Mills

Sally Mills is originally from Portland, Oregon where she acquired a life-long love of learning and a passion for inspiring others. She earned her BS in natural resources/ecology from Oregon State University. With that degree she was employed with Oregon State Parks as an environmental educator and the Oregon Zoo as a conservation educator. In 2008, she earned her master’s in education from Oregon State University. She has since held positions with Sauvie Island Academy and Scappoose Middle School, both in Oregon. She had the fabulous opportunity to develop place based education and project based education programs at these schools. Sally has written numerous grants for school technology and STEAM funding and resources and is a two time award winner of the VOYA Unsung Heroes grant. This grant allowed her to create an ecolab with Lighthouse Montessori in Idaho Falls and the Scappoose FabLab, a STEAM creation space. She is extremely excited to work with the students and staff at Monticello Montessori!
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Prekindergarten & Kindergarten

Pauline Asche
Kindergarten
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About Pauline Asche

My passion for Montessori education began after receiving my bachelor’s degree in social work from San Diego State University. I had worked with groups, ranging from the homeless to individuals three to 18 years of age with Autism or developmental delay. I received a master’s degree in education Montessori 3–6 from Notre Dame de Namur University. Before joining Monticello Montessori, I had taught pre- kindergarten and kindergarten for 17 years in the private sector. I continued my education by earning a master’s degree in education, school psychology at Idaho State University. This is my first opportunity to teach Montessori kindergarten at a public school. I am very excited about this new adventure.

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Support Team

LeAnn Marudas
Title I
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About LeAnn Marudas

LeAnn was born in Minnesota and went to college at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in education. She moved to Virginia in 2005 and taught fifth and first grade. She then moved to South Carolina with her husband who is in the US Navy and taught first grade for a few years. She moved back to Virginia in 2013 and took a break from teaching for a few years to spend time with her children. They transferred to Idaho in 2016. LeAnn and her family love to go camping and just be outdoors and enjoying what Idaho and the bordering states have to offer.

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Douglas Tedford
Special Education
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Dr. Doug Tedford comes to Monticello Montessori with 11 years of experience in educational administration roles in Texas and Idaho for two school districts and an eight-state migrant/ seasonal Head Start provider. For all of these he has continued in his life’s work of accelerating learning processes for low performing students in mainstream classroom settings.

His classroom teaching began in 1988 in East Los Angeles for a USC-based bilingual k–6 school. He is the author of a high school English learning series, Identities, published by Cengage Mexico, a soon-to-be published k–6 English learning series for Editorial Santillana and designed the training program for the NEFEC ESOL Basic 60 teacher credentialing program. He has developed curriculum projects for schools in Asia and Latin America including being a trainer for the Guatemalan Ministry of Education. His doctorate from Walden University is in administrator leadership for teaching and learning, his masters is from the University of Southern California in curriculum and instruction/elementary education, bilingual cross-cultural emphasis (Spanish), and he attended Brigham Young University. Doug is a native of Illinois, grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, and he and his family are residents of Rexburg, Idaho.

His work in educational development has received honors nationally and internationally, including a commendation from Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Rigoberta Menchú. Doug is fully fluent in Spanish with ACTFL high-advanced and high-mid ratings due to ten years living and working in his wife’s home town, Mexico City, where he was an editor and product manager for McGraw-Hill and Simon & Schuster.

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