Birch Children’s House Staff

Jen Bremer - Montessori Guide

Jen BremerJen has worked as a Children’s House Guide at SCMS since 2009.  She earned a Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and her AMI Primary Certification from the Montessori Training Center of MN.

Jen’s home town is Red Wing, MN.  She lives in St Paul with her husband Brad and three sons (two of whom attend SCMS).  She enjoys reading, camping and watching baseball.




Maria Malm - Assistant

Maria MalmMaria began her Montessori journey in 1998, working as a primary assistant and aftercare teacher in the northern metro. She earned a Bachelor’s in Theatre/Dance and German (Luther College, Deborah, IA) and a Montessori certificate (Center for Contemporary Montessori Programs, St. Paul, MN). Maria especially enjoys the many opportunities SCMS students have to collaborate, help and inspire one another; not only within their particular classrooms but throughout the school.

Originally from the Chicago area, Maria lives in Woodbury with her husband Nick, son Isaac (SCMS alum), and their sheepadoodle Indy. Maria enjoys reading, knitting and is learning to play the ukulele.



Cathy Stangroom - Float Assistant

Cathy StangroomCathy joined SCMS in 2017 as a ‘float’ assistant, allowing her to have experiences in all the classrooms of SCMS. She is now in the Outdoor Environment. She has a BS in Biology from Denison University and a ‘Masters’ in life lessons and problem solving.

Prior to moving to Osceola, WI in 2016, she lived in the Lowcountry of South Carolina for over 20 years. The majority of that time she ran an equestrian center, where she taught children and adults riding and horsemanship skills. “I find many similarities with SCMS in developing a child’s love of learning, in turn helping them acquire life skills, confidence and the ability to work with others.”

She and her husband have two children, two granddaughters (one is a current SCMS student), three horses and four dogs. She loves horseback riding, kayaking, paddle boarding, gardening and snow

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