Directress & Teacher:









Jean Chorbajian

Jean received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mathematics from Iowa State University. She has worked in research at the Geophysical Institute in College, Alaska and worked on her doctorate in Applied Mathematics and Physics at the University of Alaska.

After the birth of her first daughter, Jean learned about Montessori as her daughter attended a school in Pittsburgh. When the family moved to Toledo and found there were no Montessori schools, Jean took Montessori training from Dr. Helen Billings and opened her own Montessori school. She operated that school for 15 years before moving to Colorado. Jean loves to see the children learning so many things that will help them in their later school years- especially mathematics.


Preschool Lead Teacher:

Mignon Mead-Shikaly



Athena Dubois joins us from Patience Montessori, where she has been a lead teacher in the primary classroom for 4 years. Prior to that she was a lead teacher at Lyons Community Montessori for several years. Prior to her work at Lyons Community Montessori, Miss Athena taught at both Central Elementary and Spengler Elementary School in Longmont. Miss Athena is an AMS-certified Montessori teacher. Miss Athena spent 14 years in Holland and is fluent in Dutch. Her multicultural background combined with her passion for children makes her a strong and effective teacher.  In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family.



Coordinator &
Preschool Teacher:

Beth Weekley






Beth Weekley was educated by Montessori preschool classroom since she was a toddler and as a preschooler she attended her mom's Montessori school. After graduating with a Masters in Medical Physics and a Masters in Mathematics, she has continued to assist Jean with all aspects of her school. Beth worked for nearly 10 years as a software engineer in the Medical industry and at NCAR in Boulder. Just before her son Owen was born Beth completed the Montessori Infant/Toddler training. Beth opened a home Montessori Infant/Toddler program, Petunia Montessori, after learning her son has a lung disease that was treated with 24/7 supplemental oxygen 2. Since January 2013 she has moved her toddler program into a classroom at Montessori Academy. Beth enjoys being part of the children's early learning years.

Toddler Lead










Ann Meijer is a native of Sweden. She has experience in many different areas. The Montessori philosophy was an early part of her life. Her three younger siblings went to a Montessori school and she, as a teenager, helped out in a Montessori school.
When her own children started attending a Montessori school Ann started studying Montessori at St. Nicholas Montessori school in London, where she has a degree for the age group 2,5-7 years. While in Sweden, she among other things, started a Montessori School Co-Op where she was the Director. Not only does she have many years of Montessori experience but she also has a degree in Intensive care Nursing and an experience from work as a Neurosurgery intensive care nurse.
The last three years Ann has enjoyed working with and supporting the “Toddlers” and their eager to learn.
In her spare time she enjoys the outdoor, skiing and golfing and riding the motorcycle.



Toddler Teacher:

Karen Michalski









Brenda Arely Meza Trejo was born in Chihuahua, Mexico and was raised in a small town inside of Chihuahua. Her family consists of her mom and little sister.  As a child her family moved to Colorado.  Her family has lived in the city of Lafayette for over 17 years.  Her interest in Early Childhood Education began after she graduated from high school.  She began to work as a floater at a center, which gave her experience with all age groups.  Later she attended college to becomve an Early Childhood Teacher.  She is continuing school to get her BA in Early Childhood Education.  She has enjoyed working with toddlers and infants for the past three years and loves their sense of curiosity.  Brenda loves living in Colorado and she enjoys hiking in the mountains.  She also enjoys going on walks with her dog and her boyfriend, playing sports, dancing, reading books and the practice of Karv Maga. 



Music Teacher:



Ms. Amy Haywood, singer, storyteller, writer, and mother of two, grew up in Asia and sang in bands throughout high school. She worked summers in an orphanage in Viet Nam, which sparked a lifelong devotion to young children. Amy obtained a BA in education and a second BA in English Literature at Guilford College with a minor in Music. She has been teaching Musicare since 1987. In 1999, Amy and four other Musicare instructors created, Camp Oonie Koonie Cha, an early childhood music camp in Winston-Salem. Musicare and Camp OKC, nourish Amy's profound interest in children. In addition to educating children, Amy conducted workshops for teachers through Smart Start in North Carolina, and she was a key note presenter at the South Carolina early childhood educators conference. Amy and her music partner, Claire Valine have won two Parents' Choice Awards for children's music recordings. They have five works.
Amy resides and teaches in Boulder, Colorado. She is working on publishing "Miss Ellie", the story from her "Rockin in the Rabbit Hole" cd".
Amy is available for, assemblies, special occasions and classroom enrichment. Email her at:

Music Teacher:Jeff Kagan



Jeff Kagan has been sharing nature-based music with kids and parents for over a decade. He currently makes his music and his home in Boulder, Colorado. His concerts and classes are generally science and nature focused and themes include Colorado wildlife, energy conservation, safety in the woods and love the of great outdoors. Jeff loves to write his music while hiking on the trails!


Preschool Spanish