Laura Weiner Physical Education Teacher
Laura Weiner grew up in Lawrence, Kansas but spent many family vacations skiing and hiking in Colorado and always knew she would end up calling Colorado home.  She received her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology at Fort Lewis College and then moved to San Francisco where she taught Physical Education for two years at a Blue Ribbon Elementary School in Chinatown.  After having taught children for over 12 years in many different capacities teaching PE quickly became the forum she felt most passionate about and where she felt the most influential.  She loves playing sports and being active and truly enjoys inspiring children to be more active as well.  In 2012, Laura received her Masters and Licensure in Elementary Education from Regis University.
Sarah LanyiLibrary Technology Teacher
Sarah has worked in elementary education for over a decade, half as a classroom teacher and the other half as a librarian. Education includes a BA in English from the University of New Mexico, a Masters of Curriculum and Instruction from the College of Santa Fe, and a Masters of Library Science from San Jose State University. Sarah appreciates the qualities of Montessori education, especially hands-on materials, teaches independence, and allows students to work at their own level. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with my family, reading, and visiting the library!
Jerod SarloMusic Teacher
Jerod Sarlo started at MMDC just this year and is excited to be working with the students on all things music. He has a degree from the NewSchool University in NYC and has been teaching privately since 15 and in schools for the last 10 years. Jerod values individuality, creativity, and exploration which makes Montessori a perfect fit. In his spare time, he plays with different musical groups, likes to travel, swim, hike, and cook.
Mairi McCormickInterventions/MTSS Coordinator and SPED Teacher
Mairi began her educational career teaching English and Cultural Studies at Shandong Jianzu University in Jinan, China. While there, she spent time volunteering in rural primary schools and discovered a love for working with young children. Additionally, she worked at Volunteer Teaching Corps, inner city schools in Chicago, and Montessori Charter schools. Mairi holds a Master’s Degree in Special Education, Learning Behavior Specialist certification, and Elementary Montessori Teaching certificate. She loves that Montessori curriculum is rooted in a pedagogy that is centered around respecting children and supporting them in their individual pursuit of their fullest potential. This unifying philosophy connects all adults (families, teachers, assistants, etc.) and creates a unique but standard way for how to best work with and advocate for children.
Nam Fernandez ELL Teacher
Nam was born in Manhattan, New York, but grew up in Berthoud, Colorado. Her passion for Montessori education stems from her own experiences attending a Montessori preschool and kindergarten, an experience that has influenced and inspired her on every step of her educational journey. Nam completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she received a BA in Speech, Language, and Hearing Science, with a minor in Linguistics. She earned a Master’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Northern Colorado. Nam loves teaching ELL students, and as a language-learner herself, she really appreciates their unique journey! She speaks English and Thai, and is currently learning Spanish and American Sign Language. Nam’s favorite things to do outside of school include reading, traveling, seeing live theater, and spending time with friends and family.
Maria BermanELA Support
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Melissa TomlinReading Specialist
Melissa Tomlin was born and raised in Aurora, Colorado. Moving only once, Melissa attended Colorado State University in Fort Collins to pursue her Bachelors of Social Work degree. She has also earned a Masters Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Northern Colorado. Prior to working at Monarch, Melissa was working as a substitute teacher for a nearby district, but she is very excited to make the switch to Montessori learning. In her free time Melissa enjoys going to the mountains, cheering for our local sports teams, and spending time with her friends and family.
Allison BeardSpecial Education Teacher
Allison has been teaching special education since 2001, and has worked in schools in Colorado, North Carolina, and Alaska. Her Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education was completed through Presbyterian College in South Carolina and education continued through coursework in high school transitions and early childhood special education. In her spare time, Alison likes to read, quilt, garden, cook, and raise a goofball kiddo. Alison’s favorite vacation spot is Amelia Island, Florida.
Sarah DavisBehavioral Support Assistant
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