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.
Mrs. Laurie A. Roth, our school’s owner and Director, is also our Early Childhood 2 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 29 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.
Ms. 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).
Mrs. 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!
Mrs. Margaret Meacham, Toddler teacher, is an amazing educator and we are thrilled to have her at our school. She has a Masters degree in education from ISU, a B.S. in Child Development and Elementary Education from Utah State University, and Montessori training from St. Nicholas Montessori Training Centre (Birth-6 years). She has an Idaho State Teaching Certificate for K-8 and Early Childhood Special Education. She has 14 years experience as a private preschool teacher, 17 years experience in the public school system as a preschool teacher of mixed typically developing children and developmentally delayed children, and then as an early childhood special educator in District 91. Working with 3-5 year old children with delays caused Margaret to be curious about what could be done during the infant to toddler ages to avoid these delays. She has developed an incredible toddler program for our school, using Montessori philosophy and developmentally appropriate activities especially suited to toddlers. It is apparent to anyone observing "Miss Margaret's" class that it's a great program, but what they may not recognize is that included in the toddler's activities are those that are especially designed to help with optimal development in all areas. She says she's a researcher at heart and loves working with 2 year olds; figuring out what makes them tick and then accommodating that. Miss Margaret is a mother to 5 boys and grandmother to 8.
Mrs. Leah Schneider,school administrator, has been with Lighthouse Montessori School since August 2005. Miss Leah’s goal is to support our school’s teachers, students and parents with all their needs. If you have a question or concern, Miss Leah is here to help. She keeps the school running smoothly by keeping parents well-informed, handling the application and enrollment process and managing our school’s fundraising efforts.
|The child can develop fully by means of experience in his environment. We call such experiences 'work'.|