One of the greatest strengths of the school is the trained and qualified teachers who take a personal interest in their students and parents. Our teachers 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 Roth-Robinson, President and Director
Mrs. Roth-Robinson is 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. Mrs. Roth-Robinson feels that the biggest impact in a child's life, other than their 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 the lives of children and that is why she devotes herself to our school.
Mrs. Roth-Robinson 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 and 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-Robinson 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 Teacher
Ms. Imberi was first introduced to Montessori education when she enrolled her son, Thomas, into Mrs. Roth-Robinson'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 received her Montessori Teacher Training with Mrs. Roth-Robinson through the Lighthouse Montessori Teacher Education Center during the summer of 2007 and has been teaching in the Early Childhood classroom 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.
Mrs. Kelsy Schnell, Lead Toddler Teacher
Mrs. Joana Fowler, Early Childhood Teacher
Mrs. Fowler moved to Ammon during the summer of 2013 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 and 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, and 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 having 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!
Ms. Melanie Drake, Early Childhood Teacher
Ms. Drake 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 following are newer faculty - pictures will be added soon!
Samantha Fullmer, Assistant Elementary Teacher
Ms. Fullmer has a Bachelor's degree in History from Idaho State University. She first started working with children in high school when she was part of a tutoring program. She worked with a special education toddler/preschool class as well as a special needs elementary class. She also worked with first and second grade classes at the same time. Upon entering college she went to work in the writing lab on campus as well as special focus tutoring.
Ms. Fullmer came to Lighthouse after graduating from ISU. She works as an elementary aide. She has loved getting to know the different personalities of the children. She has enjoyed seeing how they are all so unique and flourish so well in the Montessori environment.
Steve Roth, Teacher/Administrator-Buildings and Grounds
Katherine Keefe, Secretary
Katherine Keefe (Kate) is the proud parent of two adult children and one beautiful grandson. She is a recent transplant from the sultry city of Savannah, GA. Ms. Keefe spends her free time visiting all of the wonderful places in Idaho, and making and selling 100% soy candles and tarts.
Karen Zufelt, Administrative Assistant
Mrs. Zufelt recently moved to Idaho in January of 2017 from Phoenix, Arizona. She attended a college preparatory high school in Arizona where she was positively motivated by educators who made a significant impact in her choice in pursuing a career in education. She is currently enrolled at Brigham Young University-Idaho working on her elementary education bachelors degree with an emphasis in language arts and hopes to be done in just a few short semesters.
Mrs. Zufelt is the first one in her family to further her education to receive a college degree and extremely values education as she believes that children deserve the best leaders as their role models. She has such great love, patience, and respect for children. Although she has only been exposed to the Montessori method of education through college classes, she now has been exposed to it and appreciates it first hand here at the Lighthouse Montessori Farm School.
Mrs. Zufelt is fluent in both English and Spanish and loves to dance. She recently got married in 2016 and is the oldest of four sisters. Although this weather is not her typical hiking weather, she enjoys the outdoors. For now, she admires Idaho's beautiful white scenery from windows and is extremely grateful for indoor gyms.
Sandy Pew, Bookkeeper