Meet the Teachers
Lakeesha Sconiers- “Ms. Lakeesha”
Executive Director – Fairbanks Montessori
Born and raised in Augusta, GA. She earned a B.A. in Sociology from Augusta State University and a Master’s of Education with specialization in reading and literacy from Walden University. Prior to FMS, Lakeesha taught traditional Kindergarten for six years in Hinesville, GA.
She believes that the foundational years are the most important and strives to provide the best educational experience for all children in the hopes that they will become lifelong learners.
This is her third school year at FMS. The first year she held the position of Assistant Director. Last year she
was the Interim Director. And this year she began her position as Executive Director.
Lakeesha is married and has three sons, one who is a graduate of FMS, one who is currently attending FMS and one son attending Chinook Montessori.
Patti Campbell “Mrs. Campbell”
The Vole Hole-Room 1
Patti 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
Señora 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.
Rachel Mayne- “Ms. Rachel”
The Tundra- Room 3
Rachel Mayne was born and raised in Selawik, Alaska. She moved to Fairbanks in 1978 where she attended the University of Alaska and received a Bachelor’s in Education specializing in Early Childhood Education. She worked as a tutor, liaison and substitute teacher both in the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District as well as other rural school districts.
Rachel received her Montessori training from the North American Montessori Center and has been working as an assistant for five years at Fairbanks Montessori School. This is her first year working as a full day teacher. She greatly enjoys observing all the exploration and learning that occurs every day in our school.
Rachel has four grown children and five grandchildren. One of her granddaughters attended Fairbanks Montessori and she feels like it gave her an excellent head start. When she is not in the classroom Rachel enjoys fishing, berry picking, and gardening. She loves to relax by quilting, knitting and crocheting. Some day Rachel hopes to tour some of the continents that we learn about in the classroom.
Carolyn Hanneman- “Ms. Hanneman”
Squirrel’s Nest- Room 4
Carolyn 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.