Willow Children’s House Staff
Molly Ramsay - Montessori Guide
Molly has been a Children's House Guide with the school since 1993. She began her journey in Montessori education while pursuing a Master’s degree in Elementary Education. She “realized that everything they said was best practice in teaching, we were doing in the Montessori and they weren't doing in conventional schools. I couldn't continue with the conventional path. I followed what soon became my passion.” Molly earned a Bachelor’s degree in French (St. Catherine University, Pi Delta Phi French Honor Society and Phi Beta Kappa) and her Montessori Primary certificate. At SCMS, she appreciates “seeing a child become engrossed in challenging work. The look of sheer joy on a small face as success is attained” and “the daily hugs.”
Molly grew up in Stillwater, MN and lives in Hudson, WI with her husband and “naughty but adorable dog, Bo.” Her grown sons both live a bit farther East in WI. Her favorite activities are reading, swimming and walking
Michelle Mehmen - Assistant
Michelle is the Assistant in Willow Children’s House. After 3 ½ years in administration, Michelle is excited to be back in the classroom. Michelle began her Montessori journey three years ago as an Assistant Infant and Toddler Teacher. Michelle has been working with children for more than 20 years and has her Director’s Credential through NAEY and is currently pursuing her degree in Early Childhood Education.
Michell loves seeing the excitement, wonder and pride in children as they learn and grow in their environment. To observe the concentration in children as they work is amazing to her.
Michelle lives in Roseville with her husband, two children and their dog, River Pancake. She enjoys karaoke, reading, camping and hiking.
Sarah Nelson - Assistant
Sarah has worked at SCMS since 2014 as the Montessori aftercare director. She has a Master’s of Education in Advanced Montessori Programming, a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science (minor in Nutrition) and holds an AMI Primary Diploma. Sarah was inspired to teach Montessori because “I wanted to be a teacher but believed that if children grow at different rates, (I wondered) why they are forced to learn at the same rate. Montessori fell into my lap at this time and I dove in headfirst. Haven’t looked back since.” At SCMS, she appreciates “building one on one relationships with all of the students, and not just one age group.”
Originally from Lino Lakes, MN, Sarah enjoys scrapbooking, quilting, reading, going to the theater and travel.