Elementary Staff

Mandie Bonilla-Ortiz - Elementary Guide, Maple

Mandie is the Lower Elementary guide at SCMS since 2016. She was inspired to become a Montessori guide “after reading one paragraph about this inspiring woman named Maria Montessori.” She holds AMI certification (Milwaukee), a Master’s degree (St. Catherine University), and a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee).





Jenny Novack - Assistant, Maple

Jenny graduated from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Early Childhood Education. She completed her last semester of student teaching in a lower elementary Montessori classroom, and is excited to be at SCMS.

Jenny was born and raised in Helsinki, Finland. She now lives in Hudson, WI with her husband and their black lab. Jenny enjoys traveling, hiking, and reading.




Crystal Chance - Elementary Guide, Cedar

Crystal ChanceCrystal is our Cedar Room Elementary Guide, trained at the Montessori Center of Minnesota. She was drawn to work in Montessori education as she strongly believes in education for peace, as Maria Montessori had written. Crystal began her journey with Montessori at the Primary level, and she holds a Montessori Primary diploma from the Montessori Center of Minnesota. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Art History from the University of Minnesota, and a background in teaching English as a second language.

Crystal grew up on a farm in western Minnesota, and now resides in the east metro with her husband and two children.


Emma Gohlke - Assistant, Cedar

Emma is the Upper Elementary Assistant.  She has worked four summers in SCMS’s Summer Camp Program.  Emma graduated from the University of Wisconsin, River Falls with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with a  Minor in Early Childhood Education.

Emma is originally from Endeavor, WI.  She enjoys playing volleyball, quilting, country music, spending time with family and playing with her dog, Gus.




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