Valerie Olson - Head of School
Valerie is St Croix Montessori’s Head of School. Before becoming HOS, Valerie was a Children’s House Teacher for 22 years. She has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and discovered Montessori Education after college. From that moment on, she found that Montessori Education was a perfect fit for how she believed children should experience learning, in an environment prepared specifically with them in mind. Valerie holds her AMI Primary diploma from the Training Center of Minnesota. She is looking forward to working in partnership with SCMS families to convey her love of Montessori Education.
Valerie was born in Germany and has traveled to many different countries and lived in many different places as the child of an Army family. Together with her husband Greg, they are parents to two Montessori Junior High graduates. Her son, Sam is just entering his first year of high school and her daughter, Maddie is a Primary Montessori Teacher in Duluth, MN. If Valerie were stranded on a desert island she would hope she could bring her French Bulldog, Louie along (although it would have to be a cold weather island as Louie cannot tolerate the heat).
Kathy Beigle - Office Manager
Kathy Beigle is SCMS’s indispensable Office Manager and has been with the school for almost 9 years. She enjoys working at SCMS because “children simply amaze me.” As the first person that people see when they walk into the school, Kathy is expert at remembering people’s names, greeting them warmly, and fielding their questions about life’s quandaries.
Kathy lives in Oakdale with her husband. She has three sons and a new daughter-in-law. She enjoys gardening, dirt bike riding and four-wheeling. Her favorite song to sing and dance to is Greased Lightning. If she was stuck on an island and had to choose one tool and one favorite food for survival, it would be a bow and arrow and pasta with meat sauce.