Toddler Room Staff

Christine Winkelman - Guide

Christine WinkelmanChristine has worked at SCMS since 2007 and is starting her first year as Toddler Guide in 2016. She was inspired to teach Montessori because she attended Montessori school as a child and she “loves learning about it!” As well as a certificate in Montessori education, Christine earned a degree in Communicative Disorders (University of Wisconsin, River Falls). She enjoys working with students at SCMS because “every day is a chance for something new to happen. You come into work never knowing what you are going to hear or experience with the children...especially toddlers - they develop faster than we expect sometimes!”

Christine is married and has two sons. Her hobbies are reading, exercising, hanging out with family, riding in a golf cart with her husband, and cooking. If she could choose a superpower, it would be a “mood changer (get others out of their funk, make them hopeful, not afraid, brave..).”

Abbi Ramirez - Assistant

Abbi RamirezAbbi has been the Toddler Aid since February 2017. She is excited that she will be able to spend an entire school year with the children this year. Abbi has a lot of experience working with Toddlers. She comes from a large family and has always been involved working with infants and toddlers. She has experience working with children with special needs. Abbi was inspired to work at SCMS when she learned about Montessori education, especially “How amazing it is that a child can take charge of their own learning and meet their needs, They can be so independent!” She loves working with children at SCMS because, “They are so energetic and eager to learn and that they grow and change so quickly.”

Abbi is married and has two young children, ages 3 and 1. She enjoys being with her family, speaking Spanish and cooking Mexican dishes with her husband. Her favorite book/movie is The Hunger Games. If she was stranded on an island and could choose only one tool and one food item to bring with her she would choose a utility knife, “Because those things are good for everything” and she would ask for pasta “it is my favorite food and it goes with everything.”

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