Fairbanks Montessori School, Fairbanks, AK

“The child is both the hope and a promise for mankind.”

-Maria Montessori

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Meet the Teachers

Patti Campbell “Mrs. Campbell”

The Vole Hole-Room 1

patti-campbellPatti Campbell is a life-long Alaskan and she has been employed at Fairbanks Montessori School for 22 years. She received her Early Childhood Development training from the University of Alaska and her Montessori teaching degree from St. Nicholas Montessori Foundation in Windsor, Ontario.

She feels that using the Montessori Method to teach is extremely challenging but at the same time, equally exciting and rewarding. “It is a wonderful profession for anyone who loves to be present for the miracle of the development of children.”

Six of Patti’s grandchildren began their educational journey here at FMS and beginning next summer her seventh grandchild will begin. Montessori permeates Patti’s personal as well as professional life.

Patti loves her work which she sees as creating a prepared environment where children can learn independence, make decisions, create order and develop self-control. She feels that this leads to creative imaginations and perfecting children’s learning efforts.

Patti loves the rain, reading, gardening and fall in Alaska.

Rocio Bussell – “Señora Chio”

Casa Del Niño- Room 2 

senora-chioSeñora Chio was born and raised in Trujillo, Peru. She moved to the United States in 1988 after experiencing a year abroad as an AFS (American Field Service) exchange student and attending College.  She studied at the Universidad Nacional de Trujillo and received a degree in Business Administration.

Chio first became exposed to the Montessori world when she worked as an after school assistant in a Montessori School in the Northern Virginia area in 1991. She remembers one of her duties was to clean a classroom every afternoon. She was captivated by the beautiful rooms and wondered how those materials were used during the day.

A few years later, she had the opportunity to work as assistant in a Primary class under the direction of an inspiring teacher. It was an eye-opening experience. Chio received her Montessori Preschool/Kindergarten Teaching Diploma from the North American Montessori Center.

She has been at Fairbanks Montessori School since 1998 when her family moved to Alaska with the U.S. Army. Like many others who move to this state, she decided to stay. Chio worked as a classroom assistant during her first year and as a teacher every year that has followed.

Both of her daughters attended Fairbanks Montessori School and she credits their leadership skills and independence to those early years spent here.

She fell in love with the Montessori Classroom in 1991 and it has been her life’s work ever since.

Keaton Jones – “Miss Keaton”

The Tundra- Room 3 

Screen Shot 2016-08-11 at 3.58.03 PMKeaton Jones is from Etna, CA, a rural town in Northern California. She spent her first two years of college at Washington State University studying Sociology
, then transferred to Humboldt State University where she became passionate about Anthropology. Keaton received her B.A. in Anthropology in 2014.

After graduating, Keaton fulfilled a lifelong dream of traveling to Alaska. She immediately fell in love with the people and nature, and has since decided to call Fairbanks “home.”

Keaton began working at Fairbanks Montessori School in 2014 as an Assistant for Mrs. Campbell. She is currently completing an 18 month course to receive her Primary Montessori Teaching Certificate from The Center for Guided Montessori Studies. She is looking forward to watching the children in her class develop a love of learning, and see them grow!

Carolyn Hanneman- “Mrs. Hanneman”

Squirrel’s Nest- Room 4

carolyn-hannemanCarolyn Hanneman was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta. She has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Montana State University and an AMI (American Montessori International) primary diploma from Phoenix, AZ. She taught for five years at the Montessori Preschool of Calgary and then moved to Fairbanks in 1994 to teach summer school at FMS. Not long after, she met her husband Keith, and got married. She continued teaching at FMS until her son (Andrew) and daughter (Clare) were born. After an extended time away to raise her children, Carolyn returned to the classroom in 2007 as the morning teacher in room 4. The half day schedule works well with Carolyn’s lifestyle because it provides her an opportunity to stay involved at her children’s schools. Carolyn recently wrapped up seven years on running Weller Ski Club and looks forward to helping out as both of her children move into middle and high school.

Emi Stuart – “Miss Emi”

Toddler Room – The Cub House

screen-shot-2016-10-13-at-12-24-39-pmEmi Stuart  was raised in and around the St. Louis area, where her and her family moved to from Tokyo, Japan. “Emi” is the Japanese form of Amy. Emi met her husband, Matt, in St. Louis over ten years ago. Matt was born and raised in Fairbanks and Anchorage. 

Emi originally attended college for business and finance until her and her husband moved to Fairbanks. While working as a school district tutor with the Fairbanks Native Association, she discovered her love for teaching and children. 

Emi has an Associates of Arts from UAF and is working toward a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Development. 

While going to school, being in charge of her own Toddler classroom and learning more about the Montessori Method Emi is also in the midst of earning her CDA (Child Development Associate credential). Emi has fallen in love with the scenery and the sense of community here in Fairbanks, and all it has to offer as they raises their son, Archer. 

Emi loves to travel and go on adventures. She has been all over North America. Her family hopes to explore South America in the near future. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her guys and doing anything outdoors; camping, fishing, or off roading.