Erin Walsh, Head of School
Erin completed her undergraduate studies in Elementary Education at the Franciscan University of Steubenville and holds a Master of Education from the University of Dayton. She began her career teaching in a multiage classroom in rural Ohio and was recruited to serve as Principal and Preschool Director at the age of 27. Six years later, she transferred to a larger school to continue her Principal role and launch a new preschool program. All told, Ms. Walsh has served as a school administrator in private schools for 14 years. Born and raised on the coast of New Jersey with family roots in Newfoundland, Erin loves spending time fishing, boating, camping, and doing anything outside. She has been an avid photographer for 13 years. In her free time, she can also be found cooking, experimenting with recipes, jogging, and doing any kind of exercise. Erin is the proud mother of two boys who are entering middle school and high school. She believes that educational opportunities should foster independence, creative problem solving, and perseverance, and that we are all lifelong learners. She is thrilled to join the Guidepost Montessori family!
Tricia Moseley Bäk, Admissions Specialist
With over 20 years of Montessori and early childhood education experience, Tricia Moseley Bäk has dedicated her career to supporting children, families, schools, and the communities surrounding them. Having lived all over the world, she has worked in early childhood centers and Montessori programs in Southeast Asia and various areas in the United States and Canada. She also has worked with clients in Europe and Great Britain. "Montessori speaks a universal language and contributing to these programs and families has given me a truly authentic experience."
Tricia studied at the Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies (IAMS) to earn her American Montessori Society (AMS) certification at the primary level (ages two and a half through 6 years of age). She continued to earn her master's degree in early childhood education with a concentration in Montessori Studies. Having taught for thirteen years, Tricia found her interest shifting towards administration, offering support to early childhood centers and Montessori school communities.
Tricia now finds herself representing Guidepost Montessori as the Director of Admissions at Guidepost Montessori Virtual School. She is very excited about being a part of the Guidepost school family and look’s forward to getting to know you all.
When Tricia is not working, you can find her hiking, camping, bike riding and spending time with her husband, Brent and their two Labrador Retrievers.
Daneen Goncalves, Community Director
Daneen is a mom to two energetic Montessori boys, wife to a Brazilian native, and a dedicated Montessori educator. Her personal and professional journey reveals a deep commitment to improving the lives of others and helping communities thrive.
After working in nonprofit management for three years, Daneen discovered Montessori education and felt it's scientific and societal foundation was the key to improving the individual human experience and creating positive communities worldwide.
In 2012, Daneen obtained her Montessori elementary teaching diploma from AMI and a Master's in Education from Loyola University in Maryland. She taught lower and upper elementary at both public and private schools for eight years.
She moved on from the classroom two years ago, and since then worked as a Montessori Growth Strategist and Consultant providing business development, consulting, and thought leadership for Montessori schools worldwide. While consulting, she developed a 5-part framework for parent journey mapping that builds a systematic foundation for healthy relationships and directly impacts a school’s growth potential.
Kassarah Gudmunson, Early Years Lead Guide
Kassarah has had a passion for the Montessori Method since she was a teenager. She began her Montessori teaching journey while she was a nanny in high school, where she organized stations for one child in the comfort of their home. Fascinated by how the child reacted to the prepared environment, Kassarah researched Maria Montessori in her free time to deepen her understanding of human behavior. She attended a non-traditional, Socratic-style high school, built off the principles of Montessori, which furthered her passion for independent exploration and education by experiencing the method from a student's perspective. At Colorado Christian University, she pursued behavioral neuroscience, where she studied the human brain and how it retains information. In 2018, she moved to back to her hometown of Leander, Texas to raise her family. After a year as a stay at home mom, Kassarah directed her passion for education and early childhood development to her career at Guidepost Montessori. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking and experimenting with taste in the dishes she prepares for her family.
Jen Rothmeyer, Early Years Lead Guide
Ms. Jen earned a bachelor's degree in Psychology with Honors and master's degree in Montessori Teacher Education. She holds a Montessori Early Childhood Credential from the American Montessori Society. Ms. Rothmeyer has over six years' experience teaching in early childhood with experience both in family child care and a child care center. In her free time, Ms. Rothmeyer enjoys reading books, gardening, and spending time with her husband and four children.
Jessica Judd, Early Years Lead Guide
Ms. Jessica holds a Montessori Primary Certification from the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) training center in Costa Rica. She is in love with exploring the world and her journey around the earth began in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her voyage continued when she moved to Minnesota where she completed her Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies. Life brought Ms. Jessica back to Albuquerque where she taught Italian to high school students and this is where she fell madly in love with teaching! The earth kept spinning and Jessica found her feet planted in Madrid, Spain where she completed her Master’s in Bilingual and Multicultural Education. She had the most amazing experience teaching young children English and this brought her into the wonderful world of Montessori. Ms. Jessica was enthused to complete her Children’s House training in Costa Rica. After receiving her training she jumped right into working at a Montessori school in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her favorite thing about Montessori is helping children explore and learn about the amazing world in which they live. She is very excited to use all of her experiences to help connect with children around the world in the new and exciting world of virtual learning! Ms. Jessica loves to mountain bike, hike, surf, snowboard, practice yoga, garden, travel, and spend time with her friends and family.
Lucy Chen, Early Years and Kindergarten Mandarin Lead Guide
Ms. Lucy Chen earned her master's degree in developmental psychology from Teachers College at Columbia University. She also holds a Montessori Early Childhood Credential from the American Montessori Society (AMS). Thanks to years of studying the cognitive and neurological benefits associated with bilingualism, Ms. Chen has become a strong advocate of early childhood second-language exposure. She has many years of experience teaching at various schools and is simply fascinated by the Montessori Method. Ms. Chen is thrilled to continue her passion for guiding children in developing into the fullest expression of themselves in the beautiful Montessori environments that Guidepost provides. It is with great pleasure and excitement that she has joined the Guidepost community!
Carissa OBrien, Kindergarten Lead Guide
Carissa was a student in her mother's Primary classroom as a child and has been in classrooms as a student or teacher ever since. She earned a BA in Cultural Anthropology from UCSC, an AMI Diploma from Montessori Northwest and a Master's Degree in Education from Loyola College in 2004. She has taught at schools in Oregon, Washington and Hawaii. Carissa is dedicated to serving children throughout the country through her work as a Virtual Guide. In her free time she enjoys trying new recipes, tending her garden and exploring the NW wilderness with her husband, two children and their adventurous pug.
Inbal Levin, Elementary Lead Guide
Inbal has spent the majority of her career in Jewish education. Her first year into teaching in a mainstream preschool, she knew there was a method out there that was in line with her education values. The very next year, Inbal began her career in Montessori education and has never looked back! While she has taught various ages and grades, elementary has always been her passion and the age she has the most Montessori experience with. Inbal received her lower and upper elementary Montessori certification through the Center for Guided Montessori Studies in 2017, and was the lead guide for her lower elementary Montessori classroom for three years. At the same time, Inbal loves empowering and guiding teachers as well. She is developing a teacher coaching program to empower fellow Montessori guides to facilitate quality learning to their students. When she isn't creating lessons or consulting teachers, Inbal loves to style and model clothing.
Ellen Feather, Elementary Lead Guide
Ellen Feather earned her Masters of Education from Loyola University, and her AMI Montessori Certification from the Montessori Institute of Atlanta. Ms. Feather was a Montessori child. The philosophies of appreciation, exploration, independence and interdependence drew her into becoming a Montessori Guide at the age of 27. Almost 10 years later she is still inspired by Montessori's vision of the child as a hope for humankind and wishes to serve the world by inspiring children to become their best selves. In her free time Ms. Feathers lives an eclectic life with her husband on a sailboat. She hopes to travel the world while teaching. She enjoys playing the violin, guitar, singing, gardening, dancing, being in nature, and connecting to local communities.
Alex Lin-Meyer, Elementary Lead Guide
Alex Lin-Meyer began his career as an aerospace engineer, but felt a powerful calling to become a teacher. After earning his master’s in teaching at Seattle University, he spent seven years working in K-8 public schools throughout the Puget Sound region. When his family moved to Portland, he decided to pursue guide certification through Montessori Northwest’s AMI elementary training program. Alex has always been a champion for individualized learning and social consciousness—both of which are foundational elements of the Montessori philosophy. As a Montessori guide, he seeks to create an inclusive classroom environment that welcomes all learners, nurtures curiosity, and inspires children to care for themselves, for others, and the community. He enjoys sharing his love for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) with his students, and loves guiding them on their learning journey.
Stacie Seipel, Elementary Lead Guide
Ms. Stacie holds a Montessori Elementary Credential from Midwest Montessori Teacher Training Center in Chicago, IL and a Montessori Early Childhood Credential from Princeton Center for Teacher Education in Princeton, NJ. Ms. Stacie has been a Montessori teacher for over 15 years. Her love of the Montessori philosophy began when reading about it prior to the birth of her first daughter. Now, all three of Ms. Stacie’s children have attended Montessori school and the foundation and life skills that has offered them is priceless. In her free time, Ms. Stacie enjoys taking bike rides with her husband, three children, and adopted furry pup. She also enjoys fixing up her home, attending musicals and plays, practicing mindfulness and yoga activities, and frequent dance parties at home with her children!
Kevin Pope, Elementary Lead Guide
Mr. Pope earned a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. While completing his degree, he found the Montessori Method of educating children and pursued his formal Montessori training. He holds the Montessori Elementary I and II certification from the American Montessori Society. Mr. Pope started his Montessori career 29 years ago. He has held positions in Teaching, Administration, and Teacher Education. His passion and joy for working with children has guided him back to the classroom. He enjoys observing the potential, growth and possibilities in each individual. In his free time, he enjoys cooking and spending time at the beach with family and friends.
Caitlin Brash, Elementary Lead Guide
Caitlin earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resources Conservation from Virginia Tech in 2010. She also holds a Montessori Elementary certification from The International Montessori Council. Caitlin started her teaching career in 2013 in Fayetteville, West Virginia, and fell in love with the Montessori Method. In her free time, she loves paddle-boarding, taking her dogs on adventures, knitting, and gardening. Caitlin has a passion for nature and peace-education, all of which she aims to incorporate into the classroom.
Carrie Puello, Elementary Lead Guide
This is Ms. Carrie! She is a certified American Montessori Society lower elementary teacher, as well as a traditionally trained elementary teacher. She received her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her AMS certification from Seton Montessori Institute, located in Clarendon Hills, IL. She is a passionate teacher, and truly appreciates the organic nature of the Montessori Method. Ms. Carrie has taught as a classroom teacher for 9 years, and specifically in a Montessori environment for 7 years. She is originally from Chicago, but currently lives in the Richmond, Virginia area, and she loves it! She has two kids, ages 11 and 8, who are both Montessori born and raised.
Iris Feischl, Elementary Lead Guide
Ms. Feischl earned a Masters degree in Early Childhood Education from Loyola University in Baltimore, Maryland. She holds both Primary and Elementary certifications from the Association Montessori Internationale. Ms. Feischl started her teaching career 10 years ago as a Primary Montessori Guide in Atlanta, GA, but decided to pursue an Elementary certification 3 years ago. In her free time, Ms. Feischl loves reading, baking and spending time with her family.
Rachel Webb, Elementary Lead Guide
Ms. Webb earned a bachelor’s degree in Marine Biology from Eckerd College and a Master’s in Education from Loyola College. She also holds a Montessori Elementary certificate from Association Montessori Internationale. Ms. Webb started her teaching career seventeen years ago teaching science in a traditional school in St. Petersburg, Florida but moved home to Missouri to be closer to family. She was hired as an Elementary Guide in a Montessori school, where she established and guided an Upper Elementary classroom for fourteen years. In her free time, Ms. Webb loves swimming, hiking, and spending time with her husband, son, and three rescue dogs.
Meera Chhaya, Elementary Lead Guide
Bio coming soon!