Jesse is a seasoned educator and holds a degree in Elementary Education from the University of Arizona. She has experience working as an assistant in both lower and upper elementary Montessori classrooms. Jesse has lived and worked in Silver City with her family for the past six years, is fluent in Italian and in ASL, is a great lover of all things science and nature, and spent time teaching English in Rome. Jesse is currently enrolled in the AMI Primary Training course and is set to complete her training in the summer of 2022.
Erin Fitzgerald was raised in a family that loves travel and new experiences, but their home base was always the beautiful landscape of Southern New Mexico. After completing her degree in Cultural Anthropology and Creative Writing in 2013, Erin moved back to Silver City and found the Guadalupe Montessori School community. Erin had the opportunity to assist at each level of Montessori education offered at GMS (Toddler, Primary, and Elementary) before finding her niche as an Administrator. Erin and her partner have two children, Lydia and Arlo who are also vibrant and lively members of the GMS community. Although Erin’s passion is early childhood development and understanding cultural backgrounds of families, she also loves to hike, craft, cook, read and play with her children, and get her hands dirty while working with the earth. She is currently enrolled in the AMI Primary Training course and is set to complete her training in the summer of 2022.
Rylee has been with us for three years now, moving from assistant to Co-Lead in the Sunflower classroom. Rylee's tenacity and dedication in the classroom over the past year during the pandemic have been nothing short of heroic and we applaud and greatly appreciate her contributions to our school community!
Joanie joined us in 2017 as an assistant and then moved into the Lead Guide position in the Fall of 2018. She completed her AMI certification last summer and has recently added a beautiful baby boy to her growing family! After spending the spring semester at home with her family, she is now rejoining the classroom as the Lead Guide in the Agave Classroom.
Nicole moved to Silver City from Douglas, AZ. She has always loved children and started babysitting at the age of 9. Nicole has two sons, and two grandchildren. She enjoys being outdoors helping her husband with his yard cleaning business and woodcutting. She has been with GMS since 2018.
Liz moved to Silver City with her husband, Ob, in 1991. They opened a music store named Tune Town Music Exchange in downtown Silver, which they ran until 2012. Liz also worked at the Down to Earth School, where she raised her three children while she taught- for close to 20 years! During this time, Liz earned degrees in History and Sociology from WNMU, and graduated with honors in 2015. Liz has been working at GMS since the summer of 2017, and enjoys watching the children of this town grow into fabulous adults and seeing the generations turn their kids on to great music and alternative education. In her spare time, Liz loves to cook, read, travel, and spend time with her family and friends.
Izzy has been a dirt worshiper and plant whisperer since she was young. Hailing from New Jersey originally she grew up in a home with two Waldorf teacher parents and has always loved being a part of alternative education and the communities supporting them. She has worked in farms from Morocco to Maine and in Waldorf education as an assistant in New Jersey. The Montessori garden is yet another blessing that combines a beautiful outdoor classroom and beds bursting with produce for the kitchen and Izzy is grateful to be its shepherd for this school year.
Tenisha Fell is a full-time mother of three. She grew up in Silver City and moved away after high school to attend college. While in college she married her husband and they moved to TorC for his job at an ambulance company. The family moved back to Silver City when her husband excepted a job at the Silver City Fire Department. Tenisha began working in a Pre-K class at Little Lambs Daycare and quickly moved up to become director. She was the Director of Little Lambs for 6 years after which she moved to Calvary Christian academy to teach 2nd and 3rd grade. While at CCA Tenisha was moved back into the position of a Pre-K teacher and director. She took on the role of primary caregiver of her disabled sister and took a part-time job at the county extension office working with children taking agriculture education into schools. Due to Covid, the position was cut and she found a place here at GMS. Tenisha has an early childhood degree as well as a certificate in business fundamentals and business management.
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