Faculty

Jennifer Shoemaker

(Miss Jennifer)

Executive Director

Email: jshoemaker@lehimontessori.com

Jennifer was born into a Montessori home and has been involved in Montessori her whole life. She has worked in several classrooms as a Montessori Aide over the years. Jennifer worked for Mesa Public Schools for many years running and maintaining their auditoriums, while training students in theatre basics. Jennifer taught Drama and stagecraft classes at Heritage Academy for 16 years. During that time she trained students to run sound and lighting, equipment as well as basic carpentry skills, costuming, time management, and cooperation. Jennifer's children have been in Montessori schools for the last 13 years. She considers the years involved in Montessori as a big part of what has shaped her love of learning. She is excited to be a part of Lehi Montessori's future.

Skye Jones

(Miss Skye)

Elementary Teacher

Email: sjones@lehimontessori.com

My name is Skye Jones and I am excited to be back again on the Lehi Montessori team as the lead teacher! I received my B.A. from Grand Canyon University. I began my career in education at Heritage Academy as a Beginning Stagecraft Teacher. Since then I have worked with students in multiple roles at Westwood High School, Actor’s Youth Theatre, Montessori House, BASIS Chandler South Primary, and BASIS Phoenix South Primary. Throughout my years of teaching, I have found that students who are the most successful have had a love of learning instilled in them. Because of this, my desire is to guide each student on the journey.

Jill Middlebrook

(Miss Jill)

Elementary Teacher

Email: jmiddlebrook@lehimontessori.com

My family and I have been residents of Mesa for approximately 20 years. During this time I have received my AMI Diploma and my NAMC Diploma for primary and elementary training. I have 7 adult children, most of which attended a Montessori classroom through 8th grade. I love how that experience of Montessori helped shape each of my children into the individuals they are today. I have worked in a Montessori environment for most of my time spent in Mesa. I have worked with toddlers through elementary at different times of my employment. I have the unique experience of having worked in a large 60 student elementary classroom. My experience in having worked with such a broad range of children in age, maturity, learning style and individual personalities has given me a wealth of teaching tools and management skills.

Megan Henderson

(Miss Megan)

Kindergarten and Preschool Teacher

Email: mhenderson@lehimontessori.com

Megan was born and raised in Arizona. She was home schooled and then attended Heritage Academy where she graduated in 2000. She was first introduced to Montessori when she was employed as an aide in the primary class at Montessori House in the fall of 2002. She received her AMI training from Mrs. Namal Vas and received her certificate in May of 2005. She has been teaching Montessori ever since.

Alex Klingler

(Miss Alex)

Kindergarten and Preschool Teacher's Aide

I’m Alex Klingler and I’m so excited to be back! I had the pleasure of being here in Lehi from 2008 to 2013 when I graduated with my AMI diploma. I got my feet wet and tried a few different Montessori schools and wished I could come back to Lehi. I was thrilled to be able to come back. Lehi Montessori is the best! In my spare time I like taking drives, learning about nature, playing games and watching movies with my husband and two children. I’m looking forward to teaching and getting to know the children. It’s going to be a great year!

Karen Lewis

(Miss Karen)

Kindergarten and Preschool Teacher

Karen was born and raised in Mesa, Arizona. She graduated from Mesa Heritage Academy and Mesa Community College. Karen was introduced to the Montessori Method through a college course on Child Development. She is thrilled to watch creative minds at work as they learn and grow. She is accomplished in piano and the organ. Karen is in her 8th year of teaching piano. She specializes in early to late beginners. Karen currently volunteers to play for her church. Besides playing the piano, she loves singing, dancing, reading, exploring, and creating special moments with her friends and family.

Emlee Campbell

(Miss Em)

Secretary

Email: ecampbell@lehimontessori.com

Danielle Duke

(Miss Danielle)

Kenpo Karate

Danielle Duke was born in Laos, at the age of 3 years old her family decided to move to France where she grew up for 18 years speaking the language when her native language was Laotian.

She has lived in Arizona, married to Jon Duke for 26 years, they have four children who all attended and graduated from Montessori House.

She started teaching martial arts at Montessori when her children were in kindergarten. Now most of them are all grown up and married. She still continues to teach the children, of Montessori, because of the love she has for them. She enjoys seeing a change in their minds and spirits as she watches them grow.

In addition, she also teaches at a charter school in Queen Creek at the Gateway Heritage Academy campus .

She has taught martial arts, for 15 years specializing in American Kenpo. Working with all ages of men, women and children. Her classes are fun and energetic.

She loves teaching and still continues to train learning from her husband.

Besides martial arts, she loves to cook especially for her friends and neighbors.

She’s a very active person and enjoys challenges that help her grow in as many ways possible.

The only thing is… she’s scared to death of snakes!

Lila Shoemaker

(Miss Lila)

Sign Language and Ukulele

Lila was born in Mesa Az. She graduated Mesa High School and Mesa Community College. She is married with 6 children and 27 grandchildren with another grandchild on the way. She is proficient in piano, violin, ukulele, guitar, and music composition. She has been teaching strings and guitar for over 15 years now. Lila learned American Sign Language in 1973 and has worked among the Deaf ever since. She interpreted at Westwood High School and South Mountain Community College and currently volunteers to sign for her church.

Sara Stapley

(Miss Sara)

Choir

Sara has been teaching piano privately and accompanying choirs in the valley for over 20 years. She received both her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in piano performance and accompanying from ASU. Currently, she teaches Let's Play Music out of her home and is very happy to be apart of the Lehi Montessori Family. Her philosophy on teaching music is to send each child home knowing that they are important and can do great musical things!