Additional Services Staff

Laura Lawson, Day House, CH-1st Early Arrival, CH Late Pick Up

Laura has been a Montessori Assistant since 2003. She earned her Montessori Assistant Credential from the Montessori Training Center of MN. She attended Rochester Community and Technical College where she had training in Child Development and earned an endorsement in TMA/NA. She also worked as a special education paraprofessional for 2 years.

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Diane Betzolt, 2nd-5th Grade Early Arrival

Diane began with RMS in Feburary of 2010. However, Diane has been a child educator since 1979. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education with a specialization in Learning Disabilities/Social and Emotional Disorders from Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, Illinois. She has completed graduate work in Reading, Language Arts, and Guidance and currently maintains her teaching licenses in Illinois and Wisconsin.

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Jessica Nelson, CH Late Pick Up

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Sally Johnson, Toddler Late Pick Up

In addition to her position as a toddler guide, Sally also works each afternoon in the extended late pick-up services program for toddlers.  She holds paraeducator and Montessori assistant certificates.  Sally came to RMS in October, 2010.  

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Sarah Dennis, Toddler Early Arrival

Sarah has been with Rochester Montessori School since 2005 serving both as an assistant and for two years, as a guide. Previous to her experience at RMS, Sarah conducted childcare programs out of her home. 

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Greg Anderson, Middle School Early Arrival

Greg, a native of Minnesota, has taught both middle and high school for over a decade. Greg holds two public school certifications, one in general science and one in earth and space science. In addition to a Bachelor of Science degree in geology, Greg is a certified Montessori middle school teacher. Greg has completed training sessions for the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program in the areas of Design and Science.  He is also a naturalist with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Greg teaches middle school science, math, and design.

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Open, E2, Middle School Late Pick Up

Tina Xie, E1 Late Pick Up

Tina, whose real name is Tieying, comes to us from China where she earned an Environmental Engineering degree and was a project manager and senior Engineer for 12 years. In 2011 she received a Certificate of Teaching English as a Foreign Language from BRIDGETEFL and trained with CGMS for Classroom Leadership, Adventures in Art, and Observation from 2012 through 2014. Tina has taught Chinese language classes in Rochester for over a decade and tutors all ages from preschoolers to adults. She has been at RMS since 2006 teaching Chinese in the after school studio programs.  In addition to her position as a Birches Assistant, she also provides before and after school care and fills a substitute role when needed.



Niniek Pranoto, Day House

Niniek was a subtitute in 2003 with the Rochester Montessori School before attending training to becoming an official assistant.  She earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Trisakti University in Jakarta Indonesia.  She graduated from the Rochester Community and Technical College receiving her Associate Degree and certification in Child Development.

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