Administrative Team

The Monarch Leadership team provides strategic vision and implementation of school goals.  They provide leadership, support and assessment to ensure that every child is prepared to excel in education and in life. These leaders allow a high level of achievement for both teachers and students. They foster education, child development, research, health and safety, quality assurance, emergency planning, and Montessori curriculum to provide students with an home-like, nurturing quality educational environment.

“The greatest sign of success for a teacher is to be able to say ‘The children are now working as if I did not exist.'” ~ Maria Montessori

Laura Pretty
Laura PrettyExecutive Director
Laura has worked in education for nearly two decades. In addition to teaching in Colorado, Texas and Mexico, she also has spent time directing programs at the district, city and state level supporting learner-centered approaches to learning through strong support of teachers and school leaders. Laura has been active in organizations that focus on learner-centered educational alternatives and education reform, and she is constantly learning about a variety of educational models around the world. This work led to her love for the Montessori method, and ultimately to her current work at Monarch. Laura is bilingual, with a Masters degree in Bilingual and Multicultural Education, and she loves being part of a diverse, globally-aware Montessori school that offers children a peaceful community and freedom in learning. Laura is also the proud parent of a long-time Monarch student.
Ann Massengill
Ann MassengillDirector
Ann Massengill has been working as a teacher since 1981. For three years, she owned and ran Prairie Montessori School. Ann has a BFA with a concentration in music and a Master’s Degree in Education. She is Montessori certified in Primary, Lower Elementary, and Upper Elementary as well as an Alternative Principal’s License. Ann loves that Montessori educators are always searching for the needs of the students and the ways that they can create a prepared environment in their classrooms to meet those needs. She also loves the independent thinking and peacemaking abilities that students develop as Montessori students. In her free time, she I performs at the Jesters Dinner Theater in Longmont. Ann loves spending time with her husband, six children and five grandchildren. Her favorite destination is the beach!
Luisa Martin
Luisa MartinCharter Enrollment & Communications
Luisa Martin moved here in 2011 from Murcia, Spain. She has a double Bachelor’s degree in Media Broadcast and Journalism from Murcia University. After school she interned in television news studios before coming to the US. Luisa has been working with children for over 10 years and loves being around the little ones. Her other passions are traveling and spending time with her family.
Tahmea (Mea) Brunson
Tahmea (Mea) BrunsonAdministrative Assistant
Mea has grown up around childcare her whole life, her Mother was a teacher and later a director. Mea joined the Monarch team in April 2013. She loves that Montessori philosophy recognizes that children are not made to stay in the same mold. The Montessori environment builds confidence, even in the infant program. And, it is something that is easy to teach in the home! Mea’s hobbies include travel, watching movies, and spending time with family and friends. Her favorite vacation spot is Ireland…so far.
Eliana CardozaOperations Coordinator
Bio coming soon
Noel MageeHR & Payroll Specialist
Noel Giametta Magee is a founding member of Monarch Montessori and a key player in the formation of the school’s mission and growth over the years. Noel has 6 years teaching experience, prior to becoming employed as a school administrator. Administrator specialties include grant writing, building expansions, balancing budgets, HR, compliance and payroll. Noel’s educational background is centered around Early Childhood Education; including a BA in Human Development with a Minor in Early Childhood Education, and Graduate Degree from the University of Colorado in Early Childhood Special Education. Additional credentials include; Early Childhood Teaching Certification, Large Childcare Center Director Certification, and a Montessori Teaching Certification. Noel volunteers with educational programs in the community working part-time at Anchor Center for Blind Children and is a Board member/ECE Committee Chair of New Legacy Charter.