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. 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 owning 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 operatations 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 a MS in Education Law from Nova Southeastern University and BS in Educational Studies with a Child Care Emphasis from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee.

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Heather Gjervik, Front Office Coordinator

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 as the front office coordinator. 

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Stefanie Meunier, Bookkeeper

Stefanie has over 6 years of experience in bookkeeping and payroll for both nonprofit and for-profit organizations.  She is passionate about improving and strengthening the accounting processes and supporting her colleagues at RMS.  As a former teacher and parent of Montessori-educated children, Stefanie is thrilled to be in a school environment that so strongly reflects the Montessori philosophy.  She received her BA in Spanish Education, Social Studies Education, and Hispanic Studies from St. Olaf College.

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