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 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!
Stephanie Henderson, Preschool Para
Ariel Aschenbrenner, Preschool Para
Pre-K 6:30am – 6:00pm, Room W5:
Chelsea Roussaeu, Pre-K Lead Teacher
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.
Sydnei Mason, Pre-K Para
Courtney Atkins, Pre-K Para
Kindergarten 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.
Kindergarten 8:15am-2:30pm, Room W6:
Christina Ford, Lead Teacher
Hello, my name is Rose Wilson. This is my third year with Acorn Montessori school. I am a paraprofessional and will be in one of the Kindergarten classes. My husband, Jon & I, have been married for 38 years and we have two children, one daughter-in-love and two grandchildren. In my free time, I love to spend time with my family, teach paper crafting classes (scrapbooking & card making), reading, and gardening.
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.
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.
Angelica Brown, Para
1st Grade 8:15am-2:30pm, Room W1:
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 Ganci, 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.
Sara Jenkins, Para
2nd Grade 8:15am-2:30pm, Room W7:
Christie Olney, 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!
Gina Vogel, Para
2nd Grade 8:15am-2:30pm, Room W8:
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.
Lindy Friedrich has been at Acorn since 2013. She has over 100 hours of continuous education towards early childhood. She is striving to achieve her Bachelors degree.