Our Team

Founder and Head of School

Michelle Lee Thompson

Staff and Faculty since 1999, Founder and Head of School; Executive Director

“Leading Hand In Hand Christian Montessori is more than my job; it is my joy! I love inspiring staff and faculty, parents and children, infants through adults, both stateside and worldwide, to be all God intended!”

Campus Leadership

Sue Shields

Central Campus Director

Christine Bredemus

Lab School Campus Director

Christie Anne Cheng

Highcroft Campus Director

Stacy Thompson

Central Campus Administrator

Elin Aldrich

Lab School Campus Administrator

Tess Terhark

Highcroft Campus Administrator


Julie Erickson

NIDO Director (0-3 years)

Mary Pat Hiller

CASA Director (3-6 years)

Amie Beth Grubidge

E1E2 Director (6-12 years)

Megan Mathis

CREO Director (12-18 years)

Jen Lee

Director of Student Services

Executive Tri-Campus Core Team

Stephanie Wehman


Jeanne Savitt

Finance and Operations Director

Laura Praske

Human Resource Director

Christine Berg

CARES Director

Jean Schmidt

CMFE Director

Dayna Taylor

Advancement Director

Judy Axelson

PR and Communications Director

Jason Lee

International Programs Director

Administrative Support

Julie DuBois

Finance Manager

Mikalah Marx

Human Resource Assistant

Darcy Broerman

Development Manager

Board Members

Joshua Legband


Jessica Wohler

Vice President

Kristin Swanson


Jennifer Johnson


Pastor Mike Smith


Michelle Lee Thompson

Executive Director

Andrew Johson


Former, Distinguished Board Members

Gary Carlson, Jane Tramm, Heather Elting-Ballard, Tim Masek, Keith Jones, Angela Koehler, Jody Ternes, David Horsager, Judie McKay, Mark Bruce, Jeremy Gustafson, Rev. Dr. Morris G.C. Vaagenes, Leah Maloley, Jeremy Sizer

Past Presidents

Steve Pheneger (Advisory Board) 2002-2007, Brent Thompson 2007-2017 and Steve Whiting 2017-2021.

Campus Teams

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