Guidepost Montessori at Spruce Tree is a new Montessori community in the North Raleigh area. At the core of our school is our belief that children thrive when given freedom and responsibility in Montessori environments prepared especially for them. Our bright, beautiful classrooms and caring staff members will nurture your child’s joy in learning. We welcome your family to our community! Our beautiful campus and welcoming community is the perfect place for your child to explore her own potential.
Our beautiful campus and welcoming community is the perfect place for your child to explore her own potential.
Guidepost Montessori classrooms are light, airy, calming, aesthetically beautiful spaces. Each material is carefully chosen and carefully displayed — to inspire and entice your child to explore.
Children's House Classrooms
Jina Gonzalez, Head of School
Ms. Jina Gonzalez earned a Master's degree in Public Administration from State University at Brockport College. She has earned her bachelor's degree in Child Care Management from State University New York Empire College. She has earned an Associates degree in early childhood teaching from Monroe Community College. She has 20 years in the early childhood field. She has fallen in love with the Montessori Method. She has decided to continue her training to hold a Montessori Primary Certificate and immerse herself in the Montessori Methods. She loves to read, make crafts and spend her time with her children out in nature.
Nikolle Marrero, Assistant Head of School
Ms. Nikolle Marrero is a passionate and dedicated educator from San Juan, Puerto Rico. She earned a Master's degree in Educational Neuroscience with a graduate certificate in Educational Therapy from the Interamerican University, a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Puerto Rico and completed her 0-3 and 3-6 Montessori Training with The Prepared Montessorian. Nikolle has more than 8 years of experience working with infants, toddlers and preschoolers and enjoys mentoring guides (teachers) as they begin their teaching careers. She is passionate about learning and spreading the Montessori method, educating parents, guides and building a strong community.
Reagan Ward, Administrative Assistant
Ms. Reagan Ward earned a bachelor's degree in Psychology with a focus in adolescent development from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. While attending UNCW she completed her internship at Topsail Elementary, where she fell in love with the idea of working with children. Upon graduating she found her self working as teacher in a local childcare center for the past 2 years. In her free time, Reagan loves hanging out with her husband and two dogs.
Audrey Gerringer, Lead Guide Nido
Audrey holds bachelor's degrees in Psychology and Forensic Anthropology from Western Carolina University. She is currently completing an Early Childhood Education diploma. She has also completed the Nido and Toddler Montessori training with The Prepared Montessorian. Audrey has worked with children under the age of six for about a year and a half and is especially fond of working with infants and toddlers. She found and fell in love with the Montessori Method early in her childhood education studies and is excited to be a part of it. She enjoys yoga, reading, and taking care of animals in her free time.
Caitlin Meggison, Lead Guide Toddler
Ms. Caitlin has been a part of the Montessori community since she was a child. Growing up in the Montessori community was one of her favorite parts of her childhood. Ms.Caitlin began her teaching journey 4 years ago in the Montessori toddler community and has loved every minute of it. She completed her 0-3 Montessori training with The Prepared Montessorian. In her free time Ms.Caitlin enjoys working out, hiking , and trying out new restaurants with her husband.
Karina Ballesteros, Lead Guide Toddler Spanish Immersion
Ms. Karina earned a bachelor's degree from New Mexico State University. She's been working with children for the last 8 years. Ms. Karina started teaching at a local day care in Las Cruces, NM in 2011, where she had the opportunity to teach infants, toddlers, and pre-preschoolers. Following her love for teaching, she decided to teach Kindergarten bilingual in a traditional school for two years. Now, she has joined the Guidepost Montessori family. In her free time, Ms. Karina loves to watch movies, read and spend time with her family.
Angelli Parra Palma, Lead Guide Toddler Spanish Immersion
Ms. Angelli is from Barranquilla, Colombia and recently moved to the Raleigh area. She has a bachelor's degree in Industrial Design from Jorge Tadeo Lozano University. Ms. Angelli has also worked as a ballet teacher's assistant in Colombia and as a kindergarten teaching assistant in Spain. She completed her 0-3 Montessori training with the Prepared Montessorian.
Amanda Sasieta, Lead Guide Children's House
Amanda Sasieta is currently pursuing her degree in Child & Adolescent Developmental Psychology at Southern New Hampshire University, expecting to complete by 2020. She received her Early Childhood Credential certification for Montessori Primary through the International Montessori Council in January 2018. Her first Montessori classroom she ever wandered into was when she moved from Alaska to Seattle in 2015 which immediately caught her interest and is when her Montessori journey began. She has volunteered her time towards environmental awareness functions such as beach naturalist programs and animal empathy courses. Aside from her love of working with children, she also enjoys cooking, painting, reading, gardening, and exploring new places.
Sandy Walker, Lead Guide Children's House
Ms. Sandy has two Montessori primary certifications (3-6) from Montessori World Educational Institute & Association Montessori Internationale. She has a Bachelors of Art in Mass Communications & English. Since 1994, she has worked in several reputable Montessori schools in NC, SC, TX, Costa Rica & British Virgin Islands with both primary & toddler communities. Most recently, she was the assistant-to-trainer for the GMI/AMI primary certification course. She enjoys sharing her love of Montessori, books & nature with children and in her spare time is usually discovering new trails with her 10 year-old Weimaraner or strumming her Ukulele.
Marcela Tapia, Lead Guide Children's House Spanish Immersion
Ms. Marcela earned bachelor's degree in Tourism Engineering in her country Chile. Ms. Marcela worked in the airline industry for eight years and has developed a strong sense of customer service and a lot of patience. Ms. Marcela received her 0-3 and 3-6 Montessori training from The Prepared Montessorian She gives her heart and passion on guiding the children in their learning journey. In her free time, she loves spending time with her husband and her son in the outdoors and traveling overseas.
Barbara Martinez, Lead Guide Children's House Spanish Immersion
Ms. Barbara earned her associates in arts from Wake Technical Community College. She started working in child care after graduating from high school in 2014. Since then Ms. Barbara has worked with children of all ages and enjoys watching them learn and grow. Ms. Barbara completed her 3-6 Montessori training with The Prepared Montessorian.
Children are compelling in every way. They are fascinating, intriguing, charming, heartwarming creatures with infinite variation in personalities, tendencies, and interests.
The unique joy and sacred responsibility of a child's caretakers is to learn about her — to discover and fall in love with her as she grows, to let careful observation and observant care guide her development, and to get to know her well enough to help her shape herself. A child's teachers and parents are collaborators in this process that is at once scientific discovery and heartfelt nurturing.
To that end, our school is designed to further connect you with your child, to bring you into a community of valuable resources and education-minded people, and to make it as easy as possible for you to understand and support your child as she grows.
Insights into Your Child
The Montessori approach emphasizes careful, theory-informed, individualized observation of each child's development. We don't want to keep what we see to ourselves! The impact of these observations is greatest when shared with a child's parents.
At Guidepost, parents receive regular, detailed updates about their children. Classroom guides are available outside of class hours by phone, email, or for scheduled in-person meetings. Your child’s guide will also meet with you for regularly-scheduled conferences about your child's learning and growth.
We see these conversations, both periodic conferences and frequent exchanges, as critical for both giving and receiving information. They allow teachers to hear from the people most expert and most observant about a child: his parents.
Parents will also receive written progress reports two to three times per year, each a summary of a teacher's observations of the child over the course of the previous months. Meanwhile, day-to-day and week-to-week, parents receive regular updates from the teacher, in the form of photographs and written anecdotes about their child.
And finally, parents are able to directly access Transparent Classroom, the web-based system we use for careful record keeping and observations about your child. Transparent Classroom offers you an on-demand window into the lessons and classroom life of your child.
A great school offers the incredible resource of a trusted partner for parents in the education of their child. The simplest way to amplify that resource is to offer more of it: to offer it at flexible hours so that you can access a trusted, caring partner during days and times when you need us the most.
At Guidepost, we offer an extended school day program, where children thrive in the Montessori approach all day long. Early morning and late afternoon times offer children the downtime and free time they need in order to assimilate all that they have learned during the school day. Each child can find time to develop interests outside the classroom with expert guidance, and to explore an environment rich with opportunities.
To ensure that parents can rely upon a consistent social and recreational experience in a warm and expert school setting, our extended day schedule is offered inclusively with the cost of our programs: there is no extra charge for morning and afternoon extended day hours.
In addition, extracurricular programs are offered during the afternoon extended day, after class time is over. Parents and children can choose from a wide variety of optional activities designed to spark your child’s passion in some way.
Guidepost Montessori runs year-round. We know that we need to be available as a support for your family, so we minimize school closure days as much as we can. For enrolled families, a full calendar will be available on our Parent Portal.
Our typical school day runs from about 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM, depending on the program. However, because we believe so strongly in supporting a partnership between home and school for families needing greater accessibility, our all-inclusive tuition price includes the option to utilize our extended day program. This means that your family can drop off as early as 7:00 AM and pick up as late as 6:00 PM.