Administrative Staff

Deborah Summerson, Interim Head of School

Deborah received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Southwest Missouri State University and her Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall School of Law.    Out of college, Deborah worked as a juvenile probation officer before transitioning into a career in human resources where she focused on the identification of staffing needs, recruitment, orientation and staff development.    Deborah has been an advocate of education and the Montessori philosophy since her oldest daughter started kindergarten at Montessori at Franklin in 2012.   By 2014, Deborah moved both of her children to Rochester Montessori School.   Deborah served more than three years as an officer on the RMS Board of Directors before being placed in the interim head of school position.  In effort to strengthen her skills and abilities for this role, Deborah completed an AMI Montessori School Administrators Certificate Course in the summer of 2019.  

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Michael Wridt, Program Director

To effectively inspire and guide students, staff and the community, my values and principles have always been closely aligned with Montessori philosophy.  Leadership is a behavior, not a position.  The best way to influence and promote ownership in others, affect positive change and chase a future vision is by letting your actions speak louder than your words. What people see has a far greater impact than what people hear.  Leading also means making an impact.  You must understand your staff, their needs and how you can support them just as you would a child.  Forming collaborative environments where communication is open and respectful fosters innovation and engagement that impacts everyone.  Unity is   strength.   Everyone has a voice.  Everyone matters.  I am  excited to be apart of the wonderful Rochester Montessori School community.  Together WE can change the world. 

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Kristine Malone, Bookkeeper/Accountant

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Heather Gjervik, Front Office Coordinator

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Heather received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Science and Disorders from the University of MN in 1999.   She was introduced to Montessori while working with a student for the MN Autism Center after graduation.   She received her International Montessori Teaching Diploma from the North American Montessori Center. Heather ran her own Montessori  Preschool  for 7 years before coming to RMS where she was a Co-Guide in the Birches classroom in 2014-2015.   She worked as the front office coordinator at a dental office before returning to RMS this year as the front office coordinator. 

 

Craig LeVan, Technology Coordinator

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