Acorn West Staff:
My name is Kendal Healey and this will be my eighteenth school year with Acorn Montessori School! I am a certified teacher and graduate of Northern Arizona University. I hold a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education, a Bachelor’s degree of Science in Elementary, and Special Education, along with an Early Childhood, SEI, and Reading Endorsement. Working with children is my life’s ambition. It is my belief that early childhood education is the key to a successful, long-term academic career. I plan to take advantage of this and ensure that each child has a joyful learning experience this year that will set the foundation for life-long learning. When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my husband and teenage son. We are sports enthusiasts so when we are not outdoors playing, we’re watching. Go Cubbies!
Acorn West Teachers:
Preschool 6:30am – 6:00pm, Room W4:
My name is Lyndsey Crain and I’m so excited to be one of the preschool teachers. I moved to Prescott in December of 2011 from Hawai’i. I received my Early Childhood Education Certificate from Yavapai College. I’ve been working in the early childhood development field for the past seven years in both the classroom and as a director. My experience ranges from infant age through preschool and beyond. I believe that having respect and patience for children is so important with regard to helping children learn and grow. In this classroom, my fellow teachers and I will be helping your child reach their full potential. We will have many wonderful experiences and opportunities to learn and grow in the days ahead.
My name is Ms. Caren and this will be my second year in our preschool room at Acorn. I love children and have been working with them for most of my life! I have worked with schools in the past and also teach at my church. I have really enjoyed the preschool at Acorn teaching bible study and just spending quality time with the children!
My name is Julie Baldinelli and I have 25 year of experience in early childhood! I recently moved to Prescott Valley from South Carolina. I am originally from New York and have also lived in Phoenix and Las Vegas. I have been married for 24 years and I have four amazing grown sons and three beautiful granddaughters. I am so excited to be a part of Acorn Montessori, and I am looking forward to watching your children grow and learn!
Chloe Olenick, Preschool Para
Shasta Simmons, Preschool Para
Pre-K 6:30am – 6:00pm, Room W5:
Hello, I’m Miss Tanya the lead teacher in pre-k. I have my associates degree in elementary education. I believe children learn the most when they are having fun which is why most of our learning is play based. When I’m not teaching I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.
My name is Mr. Nick. I have worked at Acorn for seven years now and love working with children. I love to dance, there isn’t much about computers that I don’t know, and while working out has become a priority, I still enjoy a juicy, greasy burger!
Hello, I’m Mrs. Jesi and this is my first year working at Acorn as a teacher in the pre-k class. My background is in special needs, more specifically Autism and ABA training. When I’m not at work I enjoy being outdoors and spending time with my loving husband and adorable daughter.
My name is Ms. Bri. I was born and raised in Prescott Valley and am the mom of a one year old little boy named Brody. Kids are my passion and I have always dreamed of working in a classroom. This will be my second year at Acorn working in the preschool room and I have valued my experience with preschool students, pre-k students, and children with special needs. I am looking forward to the school year ahead and all we will accomplish with the children.
Kindergarten 8:15am-2:30pm, Room W6:
My name is Ms. Maria Brubaker and this is my first year teaching at Acorn Montessori Charter School! I have a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Arizona and my NES certification for K-8. I have been working with children for four years and enjoy each day I spend with energetic, creative, young minds. When I am not in the classroom I enjoy hiking with my dog Luna, practicing yoga, and baking muffins.
Hello, my name is Mrs. Rose. This is my second year with Acorn Montessori. I am a paraprofessional in two first classes this school year. My husband, Jon and I, have been married for 37 years and we have two children and two beautiful grandchildren. When I am at home, I love to spend time with my family, read, garden and teach classes in card making and scrapbooking. It is my passion to help people keep their memories preserved.
Kindergarten 8:15am-2:30pm, Room W1:
My name is Mrs. Jennie and this is my ninth year teaching here at Acorn Montessori Charter School. I have a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education and I have taught grades ranging from kindergarten through 3rd grade. I absolutely love teaching and am very excited about the upcoming school year. I am married to my wonderful firefighter husband and have three delightful (and sometimes crazy) children. I love to read, hike, go camping, play games, and watch movies.
I have worked with Jennie here at Acorn for 6 ½ years. I am married to my tech-savvy husband and we have three charming boys. I enjoy leading a very natural and healthy lifestyle and my hobbies include: reading, watching movies, listening to music, exercising at the gym, and hiking. I am going to school to get my degree in child psychology.
My name is Kate Boud, I began my career in child education and development as an assistant director at Camp Del Mar in San Diego, California from 2007-2013. After leaving the San Diego area, I acquired a position as a student supervisor at High Point Academy in Pasadena, California. For two years I gained valuable experience working at High Point until I decided to make yet another move to Northern California where I fell into the retail industry for a brief period of time. Never feeling satisfied with retail, I decided to return to my passion of mentoring children. I feel my experience, knowledge of procedures and safeguards, and high level of standards will ensure that the students at Acorn Montessori receive the highest level of care possible.
1st Grade 8:15am-2:30pm, Room W2:
I’ve been working with young children for 12 years and Acorn has been my home for 7 years now. I have a bachelor’s degree of Graphic Arts and my NES certification for K-8. My favorite part of teaching is helping young minds grow and watching them blossom throughout the year. I’ve been married to my husband for 8 years and we just adopted our two amazing sons, Elijah (6) and Lucas (4). Painting, singing, and teaching are just a few of my passions. I’m also big on sweet tea and collecting coffee mugs. It is amazing to be able to come to work daily knowing I have the opportunity to change the lives of each and every one of my students.
Hola! My name is Jeanette Martinez I was born and raised in Southern California. I attended Pierce College where I majored in Early Childhood Education. I love taking any opportunity to enhance and implement new teaching strategies. My husband and I have two beautiful children. We moved to Prescott Valley almost six years ago. This will be my 16th year teaching young children and my fourth year teaching at Acorn.
Wendy Faffler, Paraprofessional
1st Grade 8:15am-2:30pm, Room W3:
Hello! My name is Ms. Hannah Little and I am this is my first year at Acorn Montessori Charter School! I graduated from Northern Arizona University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Special and Elementary Education. I am from Mesa, but have lived in Flagstaff the last four years while I attended NAU. I enjoy reading, walking my dog, Ringo, and spending time outdoors.
I always knew no matter where life takes me I will inspire children and I was lucky enough to accomplish such a wonderful achievement. I firmly believe that, “You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives.” With that being said, I will never give up on a child even when they want to give up on themselves. Teaching is more than common core math, reading and writing. Teaching is a gift and when you have such a special gift, you cherish, hold tight, and do anything to protect the little minds of children. I have worked with all ages and I am so grateful for that opportunity. I have worked at Acorn since I was sophomore in high school so a total of 6 years. I look forward to continuing my education and to many more years inspiring and educating students at Acorn.
Angelica Brown, Paraprofessional
2nd Grade 8:15am-2:30pm, Room W7:
Hello, my name is Shellie Ritter, this will be my twelfth-year teaching and my second year at Acorn. I have two beautiful children, my son is 8 and my daughter is 6. I currently hold a Bachelor’s degree of Science in Elementary Education along with a SEI Endorsement. I am working towards getting my Early Childhood Endorsement. My favorite subjects are math and science and I love to implement STEM into the classroom whenever I can. I am thrilled to be part the Acorn team and strongly believe in its philosophy to foster the growth of children through small groups, hands on learning, and differentiated instruction.
Hello Acorn Families. My name is Nancy Ludwig this will be my 7th year working at Acorn Montessori. I have three children, two of which some of you parents went to school with and one will be a senior this year, four grandkids, and one big puppy. I have been in kindergarten; third grade and this year will be in second grade. I look forward to working with Mrs. Shellie again this year. Also, it is going to be exciting to be with some of the same great students and families from kindergarten.
2nd Grade 8:15am-2:30pm, Room W8:
Kendra Goad, Lead Teacher
Hello, my name is Melina Lee. I’ve been married for 17 years to the love of my life, and we have 3 amazing children who all began their education at Acorn! I’ve been working with children for about 20 years, and began working at Acorn in 2013. I am currently working towards my Bachelor’s degree of Science in Elementary Education. Working with children is my passion. I’m looking forward to an exciting year!
Hi, I’m Ms. Amanda. I’ve worked at Acorn for the past 6 years. I have taught from pre k to fifth grade at Acorn and I also have experience with behavioral children as well as High Schoolers. I have three amazing boys, one in high school, one in fifth grade, and one in second grade. Teaching has brought such joy and completion to my life.