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Staff

MS. JAZMIN MALDONADO

Elementary Guide

Ms. Jazmin is currently pursuing her Bachelor's degree in education. She attended the AMI Assistant Training Course in the Fall of 2016, and began AMI Elementary Teacher training in the Fall of 2018 in preparation for taking over the Elementary classroom in the 2020-2021 school year. She graduated from the Southwest Institute of Montessori Studies in December 2019. She enjoys reading, painting, and swimming with her beautiful daughter, who attends St. Peter’s. She is fluent in Spanish.

MS. WHITNEY JANUSEWSKI ROMO

Elementary Aide

Ms. Whitney is a born and raised Arizona native. Education runs in her family, and she is continuing the tradition by perusing her her bachelor’s degree in Education at NAU. She graduated from EMCC's early childhood education program in May 2019 . She completed the AMI Assistant Course in October 2019. She is happy to be part of the St. Peter’s team and is excited to see where it takes her. She loves spending time with family and loves to try new cuisines. She is the fluent Spanish-speaking aide in the Eels classroom.

MS. GLADYS MONTGOMERY

Primary Aide

Ms. Montgomery worked in the Isaac School District administration for 10 years before finding St. Peter’s. She has become passionate about the Montessori method after seeing the difference it’s made in the lives of her two children, who attend St. Peter’s. She resigned her position with the school district in order to work for St. Peter’s and possibly pursue AMI training in the future. She took AMI Assistant’s training in the Fall of 2017. She is the fluent Spanish-speaking aide for the Angelfish classroom.

MS. LAURA EMRICK

Primary Guide

Ms. Laura moved with her family from California to Arizona as a young child and grew up in the East Valley. She holds a bachelor’s degree in history from NAU. It was during her time in Flagstaff, AZ that she was introduced to the work of Dr. Montessori while working at a local Montessori charter school. After moving back to the Phoenix area to help open a local business with a family friend, Ms. Laura decided to follow her passion in the Montessori method and began training at the Southwest Institute of Montessori Studies, where she graduated with her Primary diploma in May 2019. Ms. Laura visited St. Peter’s in the Fall of 2018 as a student teacher, and was impressed with the guiding environment and welcoming community. She is pleased to now be a part of the St. Peter’s family. Ms. Laura loves to explore the arts, travel to new places, and spend time in the outdoors with her dog.

MS. DEBRA QUICK

Substitute

Ms. Quick joined the staff at St. Peter's Montessori in 2014. She graduated from Northern Arizona University with a Bachelor's degree in Secondary Education. She loves mathematics, and has worked as a math tutor and a substitute teacher in public schools. She is currently working as a Pastoral Assistant for Children's Ministry at St. Peter's Church, a position she's held since 2012. Ms. Quick is Godly Play certified. Ms. Quick is the mother of three adult--or nearly adult--children. Other interests include building homes with Habitat for Humanity, crochet, calligraphy and puzzles.

MS. SELENA GUZMAN

Substitute

Ms. Guzman joined the staff of St. Peter's Montessori School in 2012 as a classroom aide. She also serves as the Pastoral Associate for Children's Ministries at the church. Selena has worked with children for over ten years and has three boys and two girls of her own. Her two youngest children currently attend St. Peter's Montessori School. In her (very little) spare time she enjoys reading.
 

REV. DR. AMY E. JACOBER

Chaplain

Pastor Amy has been serving in ministry for nearly 25 years. She has an MDiv and PhD in Theology with particular interest in practical theology. Her interest in St. Peter's Montessori began with her three children attending beginning in 2012. She is invested in the faith formation and scriptural teaching from our youngest to most experienced students. Outside of chapel, she is a professor of Theology & Youth Ministry as well as multiple pastoral duties. She loves time with her family and can be found hiking, cooking, or playing board games around the family table.