Mary Broeckling
After earning my teaching certificate in the state of Missouri to teach Art K-12 I stumbled upon the Montessori philosophy and never looked back! This is my 18th year of teaching in a Montessori environment. I earned my IT Credential at Seton Montessori Institute just outside of Chicago in 2010. I currently am a lead guide in a Toddler classroom at the Montessori School of Denver. Last year I began as an instructor at MECR teaching Child, Family, and Community. I also started consulting with several schools around Colorado. This year I will continue as an instructor at MECR, consulting, and I will take on Field Consulting.
Bachelor's Degree in Art History, University of Missouri

Rebecca Howell
When I returned from the Peace Corps, I had trouble finding a job. I had a friend who I had served in Cote d'Ivoire with who had recently moved to Denver as well. She was working at a new Montessori School here in Denver as the Director, and hired me as an office assistant. I so enjoyed working with the children and subbing in the classrooms, and the philosophy of independence and respect resonated with me. The school was a lab school for the Montessori Institute, so I took my training and became an AMI certified Infant Toddler teacher.
Masters in Education, Loyola College in Baltimore

Melody Patton
I first discovered Montessori because of my children. I was looking for a part-time program for my 15 month old daughter and discovered a nearby Montessori school. Knowing nothing about it previously, I felt drawn to the calm, peaceful, respectful and home-like atmosphere of the Toddler environment. As a parent, I learned so much from my daughters’ teachers, and the Montessori philosophy provided a beautiful framework for parenting.
Both of my daughters attended Montessori school until they went to Kindergarten. When my youngest daughter started Kindergarten, I decided to leave my career in technology consulting and get my Montessori Infant and Toddler certification at MECR. After several years of teaching in the Toddler classroom, I returned to MECR to complete my Early Childhood training. Montessori has become my life’s passion and I love sharing it with parents and those who want to become Montessori teachers themselves.
I’ve been a supervising teacher, instructor, field consultant, level coordinator and practicum coordinator for MECR. I am the founder and Head of School at School in the Woods Montessori which serves children from birth to age 6 in Denver, Colorado.
MBA, University of Denver

Rachel Regan
After a few years working in the non-profit and marketing world, I discovered Montessori! I moved to Colorado, took my Infant & Toddler training at MECR, and became a classroom teacher. A few years later, I completed the Administrator Course, and took on the Infant & Toddler Level Coordinator position at MECR. It has been a joy to work with fellow Montessorians at MECR!
BA in Communication & Women's Studies, Wesleyan College

Valene Rodriguez
I have always loved children so when I had the opportunity to work at a Montessori School when I was 6 months pregnant with my first child I was so excited. I was an assistant for a few years and then fell in love with the philosophy. I knew I needed to take my Montessori Training. I took my training at The Montessori Institute. I have experience working with the Nido environment and the toddler environment.
Masters Degree, Loyola University

Lisa Russell
While dealing with a severe medical condition I was not able to work full time. I had a friend who worked at a Montessori school that had infants and I asked if I could work part time for her just to give me something to do. I had been in the ECE field for many years and was over qualified to be a part time assistant but I needed something to do. I fell in love!
AA ECE, Colorado Metro State