Administrative Staff

Kelley Flanders, Head of School

Kelley’s passion for Independent Education started as a child. She had the privilege of growing up as a faculty child and attended Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, Connecticut for Preparatory School. After Choate, she received a BA in psychology and English Literature from Lake Forest College and an M.Ed from Loyola University Maryland. Kelley was the Dean of Admission at Stuart Hall School, taught English and ESL, as well as coached varsity soccer and softball, and organized student activities. She has managed a large retail store as well as owned her own retail business for 14 years. Kelley relocated to Minnesota from Virginia, where she served as the Head of School for Staunton Montessori School for 12 years. Kelley has also served on numerous local non-profit Boards of Directors.

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Michelle Merchant, Operations Manager

Michelle has been a part of the RMS community since 2017 when her oldest daughter started in Children's House.  In 2020, Michelle joined the administrative team at RMS as the Operations Manager. Michelle brings a variety of operations and management experience with her and specializes in streamlining systems to create efficiency in school operations.  Previously, she was the Director for Bright Horizons at Rochester and Mayo Employees Back-Up Care Center for 3 years. Prior to her work in Rochester, she also worked with the McGaw YMCA in Evanston, IL where she served as the Early Childhood Director for 7 years. Michelle’s degrees include an MS in Education Law from Nova Southeastern University and a BS in Educational Studies with a Child Care Emphasis from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee.

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Mary Jones, Office Assistant

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