Our Staff

One of the greatest strengths of our school is the trained and qualified teachers who take a personal interest in their students and parents. They care about the whole person and see education as much more than simply the training of fine minds. These dedicated teachers form the foundation of a caring community in which children develop and learn to become responsible, loving human beings.

staffRothMrs. Laurie A. Roth, our school President and Director, is also our Elementary lead teacher as well as the instructor for our Montessori Teacher Training classes for adults. She founded our school, and her incredible vision continues to fuel and shape it. Although her experience and training are impressive, it's her extraordinary love of children, and her desire that they have a chance to learn in a way that promotes a lifelong love of learning, that really sets her apart and lights our school. She feels that the biggest impact in a child's life, other than their own family, is their school environment. She wants children to have a place to learn where they are nurtured and can develop their full potential; where they feel success, love, acceptance and freedom to speak. She has a deep desire to make a positive difference in children's lives and that is why she devotes herself to our school.

Mrs. Roth has taught in the classroom for 30 years and has been involved in school administration for 27 years. She has a degree in early childhood education from Vancouver University, received her American Montessori Society 3-6 level certificate from Midwest Montessori Teacher Training Center in Chicago, Illinois. She continued her education at the 6-9 level in Los Alamos, New Mexico, and completed her 9-12 training in San Diego, California.

Mrs. Roth has six children, four of whom attended Montessori schools, three having attended from age 3 until 6th grade. Her children are now grown and she is a grandma.



staffImberiMs. Emily Imberi, Early Childhood 1 teacher, first came in contact with Montessori education in when she put her son, Thomas, into Mrs. Roth's Montessori Early Childhood class in 2005. She was later asked to volunteer in the classroom and was amazed by the capabilities of children in the 3-5 year age group.  Emily did her Montessori Teacher Training with Mrs. Roth through the Lighthouse Montessori Teacher Education Center during the summer of 2007 and has been teaching in the Early Childhood classroom ever since.

Mrs. Imberi has a gift for running a peaceful classroom with happily working children.

Mrs. Imberi loves to teach and is very social by nature. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, reading, gardening, being outside (when it's warm) and she loves chocolate. She says that the Montessori Method has been a wonderful thing for her son, and for their family.




Miss Marily Black, Early Childhood 2 teacher,  studied for her American Montessori Credential at the Montessori Teacher Education Center in the San Francisco Bay Area and completed her Montessori internship at Lighthouse Montessori.  She received her Bachelor’s degree in University Studies from BYU-Idaho.

Miss Black has enjoyed teaching since she was young and created activities and stories to help her siblings with their school work.  She was introduced to the Montessori environment as a substitute teacher and was impressed by how much freedom the method allows children while balancing that with structure and order.  She loves how the Montessori Method allows the teacher to individualize the curriculum to each child’s needs and interests.  She is very motivated to help each child increase their love of learning and gain a strong educational foundation for their life.

Miss Black enjoys spending time with her family and friends, singing, reading, writing, watching movies, dancing, gardening, learning interesting things on YouTube, and enjoying nature (especially Yellowstone National Park).



2011-2012 AshleyMrs. Ashley Goodrich, lead Toddler teacher, holds a Bachelors Degree in Child Development from BYU Idaho.   Miss Ashley started as a student intern in our toddler class in spring 2011.  During her internship, we learned what a gift she has for working with children.   The following school year, she joined our regular staff and continued to be mentored under Miss Margaret.  She has now moved into the lead Toddler teacher position.

Ashley has a very calm, quiet manner and loves working with children. She says she loves their innocence and intriguing desire to explore and know about the world around them. She likes learning why children do what they do and what works for them. She looks forward to raising a family in the future and would like to run an in home preschool.

Ashley grew up in Sugar City and met her husband through girl friends at work. In her free time she likes to sew, scrapbook, do any type of craft, take pictures, look at crafting blogs, spend time with her husband and family, watch movies, and go 4 wheeling and camping. She loves the beauty of Idaho; especially the mountains, lakes and snow.

We are excited to have Ashley as part of our staff and feel that she and Margaret together make a truly outstanding teaching team for our toddler classes!



staffMeachamMrs. Shauna Garner is our afternoon Kindergarten teacher.  Mrs. Garner has been teaching Montessori for the past 13 years.  She started out as a classroom assistant at Raintree Montessori in Lawrence, KS.  Mrs. Garner was so impressed with Montessori education that she decided to take training a year later.

Shauna holds her bachelor's degree in Communication from Fort Hays State University, and 20 hours toward her Master's Degree in Special Education from Central Missouri State University.

Mrs. Garner holds a 3-6 Montessori credential from the Montessori Education Center of the Rockies in Boulder, Colorado.
Her youngest child had the opportunity to attend school at Raintree Montessori.  
Mrs. Garner has also taught full day Montessori Kindergarten when she lived in San Antonio, TX.




leahMrs. Leah Schneider,Assistant Director, has been with Lighthouse Montessori School since August 2005.  “Miss Leah” works in the front office to support our school’s teachers, students and parents with their needs.  If you have a question or concern, Miss Leah is here to help.  Maintaining positive relations with parents and community members is an important aspect of Leah’s responsibilities.  She keeps the school running smoothly by keeping parents well-informed, handling the application and enrollment process and managing our school’s administrative needs.  She believes Lighthouse Montessori School is more than just a school, rather it is a community of children and families built on a foundation of respect, collaboration and a shared love of children.  Seeing children learn, grow and become independent, supporting our families and working on a daily basis with our dedicated teachers, are just a few of the reasons she looks forward to coming to work each day.  Miss Leah is pleased to be a part of the Lighthouse Montessori community and enjoys watching it grow.



Miss Fowler Mrs. Joana Fowler moved to Ammon in summer of 2013 all the way from France. Joana says being part of the Lighthouse Montessori School family is a true blessing for her and her children. Joana is one of the Early Childhood 2 & Kindergarten teachers at LMS and assists in the elementary classroom in the afternoons.

Joana was born in Switzerland and after having lived with a "Montessori family" as an Au-Pair, she knew Montessori was her passion.  She felt this was how every child should be treated and educated.  As soon as she turned 18, Joana moved to London to be trained at the AMI Maria Montessori Trainings Organization to become an early childhood Montessori Directress, and later continued her Montessori education at the North American Montessori Center to be a Lower Elementary guide. Joana is also a certified counselor for children and adolescents and enjoys doing continuous training to support her work with children, no matter what their needs may be.

Traveling, learning about new cultures, meeting people from all walks of life, and hearing their stories, is definitely Joana’s passion, but she is glad to have found her home here in Idaho and is ready to settle down.  Having worked in different countries and had the chance to be a team member of a few Montessori Schools, Joana has never experienced a place where she felt parents and children were as much appreciated as here at the Lighthouse School, where everyone seems to always be happy, friendly and loving.  She is proud to be part of the team, insisting that she has the best job in the world!



Mrs. Janel Hope Mrs. Janel Hope has worked at Lighthouse Montessori School since August 2013 as the lead teacher in our Toddler Community.  Janel’s gentle, caring manner helps the children feel secure and happy as they enjoy their first school experiences.  Janel says she felt the love and connection between the children and adults when she first entered our school and knew this was an environment that would help her share her love of helping children grow to their fullest potential.

Mrs. Hope holds a Bachelor’s degree in Child Development and Marriage & Family Studies from BYUI and has been working with children of all ages since she was a young girl. She has five years experience working at a Developmental Agency that specialized in one-on-one interactions for children with disabilities. She also led and directed an after-school program for school-aged children for 3 years.

When Janel is not at the school she enjoys spending time with her husband and family, being outside, crafting, and cooking or baking. She has immensely enjoyed working at Lighthouse Montessori School and watching it grow.  She appreciates the opportunity to be part of the lives of the children that she works with daily.  Janel says it has been a great pleasure to work alongside such inspirational teachers and see first-hand what it is to be a true Montessori directress.er children. Joana is one of the Early Childhood 2 & Kindergarten teachers at LMS and assists in the elementary classroom in the afternoons.



Melanie PageMrs. Melanie Page, Early Childhood Assistant Teacher, began teaching with Lighthouse Montessori in 2013.  She was first introduced to the Montessori Method in 2009 when she enrolled her son into the Toddler program.  Melanie volunteered in the classroom every year and quickly fell in love with the philosophy where children are treated as equals and respected as individuals.  She feels that her two children have flourished at Lighthouse Montessori School and is excited to pass that along to other children.  Melanie graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Idaho State University and is currently pursuing her Montessori training and education.

The first idea that the child must acquire, in order to be actively disciplined, is that of the difference between good and evil; and the task of the educator lies in seeing that the child does not confound good with immobility, and evil with activity.