Amanda has a Masters in Music Performance (oboe) and Music History from the University of Kansas as well as a Masters in Library Science from the University of Missouri—Columbia. Having previously taught young children’s music classes at a children’s museum in near Chicago, she’s excited to delve deeper into the intersection of music and Montessori. She plays the oboe and English horn the best, but teaches piano lessons, sings, plays handbells, and can present a recognizable tune on the flute, guitar, doumbek, recorders, and a few other instruments. When not singing silly songs with her two kids, she chases her flock of urban backyard chickens, pulls weeds, bakes copious loves of bread, hikes to nowhere, or knits socks.
Creative Expressions Coordinator
Gina’s experience in art education took place over twenty years ago in her hometown of Chicago, Illinois. As a young child she was exposed to art making in her family through drawing, painting, printing, carpentry, and crafts. She shares her joy of art with family and students helping them bring their individual creative thoughts to life. She holds a degree in art education from Northern Illinois University. She has worked in both school and community settings with students of all ages and diverse backgrounds. Her hope is that the skills practiced in art will lead students to live their most colorful lives academically, socially, personally, and professionally. Outside of Main Street, Gina runs a community art program called Creative Geniuses which brings people of the community together to achieve that vision.
Physical Education Coordinator
Melissa enjoys the outdoors and spends time with her family kayaking, riding bikes and camping. She has been teaching Tae Kwon Do for seven years and has a 2nd degree black belt! Her educational background includes a B.S. in Elementary Education from Iowa State University and an Elementary certification through American Montessori Society (AMS). She has taught in a variety of Montessori classrooms over the last 15 years and all three of her children began their education in Montessori. Currently, she is a substitute teacher at Norwalk Public Schools and volunteers her time at church working with after school youth groups. In her personal time, her favorite things to do include sneaking out for breakfast, playing guitar and envisioning the possibility of crafty projects.