Meet the people who are dedicated to helping your child succeed. 

IMG_5832.jpg

Sarah Nichols

School Director

Mrs.Sarah has been with Fairbanks Montessori School as the Executive Director since Fall 2018. She first discovered FMS as her first borns son's first scholastic experience 3 years ago. It was then the spark of the amazing world of Montessori Education began. She holds a degree in Theater from Texas A&M University and also a Teaching Certificate for Middle Grades from the state of Florida. Since moving to Alaska in 2012, she worked as the Director of the Boys & Girls Club of the Tanana Valley for three years and then became a stay at home mom when her second son was born. Her and her husband own and operate Fairbanks Nissan. Mrs.Sarah is very excited to continue her education by working on Early Childhood Education and Montessori Education classes and continuing to grow the community of Fairbanks Montessori School.

IMG_4876.jpg

Debbie Potter

Office Administrator

Mrs.Debbie has been with us for 11 months, she previously owned her own in home care center for 24 years, is a free spirit and loves to makes people laugh.

IMG-9402.JPG

Riley Laws

Fundraising and Event Coordinator/ School wide Assistant

Mrs.Riley has been with us for a little over a year, has previously taught both preschool and toddler classes and has over 4 years of working with Girl Scouts of America. Mrs.Laws loves being outdoors and spending time with her family.

IMG-9498.JPG

Patti Campbell

Room 1 Lead Teacher

IMG_1591.jpg

Chelsea Woods

Room 1 AM Assistant

Ms.Chelsea has been with us for 3 years and has been working in a school setting since 2005. She is the youngest of 10 kids, with 6 sisters and 3 brothers.

IMG-9434.JPG

Andrea Hagen

Room 1 PM Assistant

Mrs. Andrea has been with us for a year, has over five years of childcare experience. Mrs. Hagen enjoys hiking, reading and doing makeup.

IMG-9512.JPG

Chio Roderick

Room 2 Lead Teacher

Mrs.Chio has been with us for 20 years! She has a business background and has a Primary Montessori Certification. Mrs.Chio enjoys collecting heart shaped rocks and loves everything pumpkin flavored.

IMG_5244.jpg

Colleen Hummel

Room 2 AM Assistant

Mrs.Colleen has been with us for 3 years, has a BA in English Literature, and has over 7 years of experience in financial services. Mrs.Colleen loves to downhill ski in her spare time and has visited a new national park every year for the past five years.

Room 2 PM Assistant - Lauren Winterton

Mrs.Lauren has been with us for 7 months and has a technical degree in Health Care. Mrs.Lauren lived in Europe for 15 years in Germany and Italy.

IMG_1815.jpg

Keaton Jones

Room 3 Lead Teacher

Ms.Keaton has been with us for 4 years and has a B.A. in Anthropology and is Montessori certified for ages 3 to 6 years old. Ms.Keaton is a middle child out of 7 brother and sisters.

IMG_4865.jpg

Nelum Perera

Room 3 AM Assistant

Mrs.Nelum has been with us for seven months and previously taught Montessori in Sri Lanka. She has a teaching certificate from India and a cultural dance certification. Mrs.Nelum is honest and very dedicated to her work.

IMG-9524.JPG

Joni Johnson

Room 3 PM Assistant

Ms.Joni has been with us for almost 2 years and has previously worked in our toddler room and for Head Start. In her spare time she loves doing make up and special effects makeup.

IMG-9631.JPG

Carolyn Hanneman

Room 4 Lead Teacher

Mrs.Hanneman has been with us for 17 years, she has a BS in Elementary Education and has her AMI Montessori Primary Diploma. Mrs.Hanneman moved to Alaska only expecting to live here temporarily for a year and has now lived here for over 25 years.

IMG_1817.jpg

Shania Perkins

Room 4 AM Assistant

Ms.Shania has been with us since July of 2018, she is currently working on her degree in Psychology including developmental studies. In her spare time Ms.Shania loves to travel.

IMG-9501.JPG

Evonne Johnson

Room 4 PM Assistant

Ms.Evonne has been with us for 5 years and has a BA in Early Childhood Education. Ms.Evonne lived in Japan for 6 years, where she attended a Japanese PreSchool.

IMG-9482.JPG

Jordan Twitchell

Toddler Room Lead Teacher

Mrs.Jordan has been with us for 2 and half years and has a Bachelors in Early Childhood Development and Education combined with Early Childhood Special Education and is currently working towards her Montessori certification. Mrs.Jordan’s first job in Fairbanks was working on the Trails Crew in Denali National Park working on the Savage Alpine Trail.

Amanda Samson- Toddler Room AM Assistant

IMG_1808.jpg

Cayla Alexander

Toddler Room PM Assistant

Ms. Cayla has been with us for 3 months and is currently attending UAF for her bachelors degree. Ms.Cayla enjoys playing competitive basketball in her free time.

IMG-9435.JPG

Nadiia Rogers

School Wide Substitute

ruby staff photo.jpg

Ruby Mazion

School wide Movement Instructor