Holly | Upper Elementary
Holly Linneman teaches in the Upper Elementary classroom, as well as coordinating and teaching in the WSMS summer program. Holly is a Columbia native (go Kewpies). Holly has a BS degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. She has Montessori certification for the primary (MEPI) and upper elementary (NAMC) classrooms. Holly has a big family and most of them live close by, but in her household it’s just her one huge dog and two stubborn cats. Her favorite things to do include walking and hiking with her dog, reading and traveling.
Matt | Lower Elementary / Late hour Program Director
Matt Hawley teaches in the upper elementary. He got his BA in Outdoor Education from Sterling College in 2009. After 3 years teaching High School he transitioned to elementary and took a position teaching K-3rd. Matthew is currently pursuing a dual certification in lower and upper elementary Montessori education. In his free time he enjoys gardening, cooking, cycling, carpentry, and spending time with his wife Hope and daughter Hazel.
Michelle | Lower Elementary
Michelle Mustain teaches in the Lower Elementary classroom at WSMS. Michelle received her Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood and Elementary Education in 1992 from Central Missouri State in Warrensburg. Michelle received her primary Montessori training from MOMTEP in St. Louis in 1994 and worked at Children’s House of Columbia as a Primary Teacher from 1994-2007. In 2008 Michelle received her Lower Elementary certification from North American Montessori Center. Michelle is married to Mark Mustain and they have one child, Will who is currently 17 years old. Michelle and her family reside in Centralia, MO. Michelle enjoys reading, riding bikes, golf, and spending time with her family
Sra. Lina| Spanish
Sra. Lina Trigos Originally from Colombia, South America, Sra. Lina came to Columbia three years ago with her husband, Carlos, and six-year-old son, Sebastian. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Philology and Languages, and a Master’s in Philosophy of Language and is currently a doctoral student of Literacy Education at Mizzou. In her home country she taught Kindergarten and third grade for five years, and Spanish composition for college students for seven years. Her love for teaching extends to both kids and adults, but she particularly loves Montessori education because of a belief that kids need to grow in an environment that values their different capacities in an integral way, that respects their independence, and promotes freedom. These are principles she applies in all settings for her work. It is a fundamental goal of education to make children and people feel part of a community, feel loved, and be happy. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, traveling, knowing other cultures, and spending time with family.
Dan | “Cooker Man”
Dan Bené has been cooking for children since 1979. He is famous spaghetti, pizza, and vegetable soup. Dan and his wife Ann are the parents of five and grandparents of three
Ben | Primary
Ben Wells is a graduate of Montessori himself. He has worked as an assistant in Montessori classrooms for several years and will be working toward Montessori certification during the 2014-15 school year.
Katie | Lower Elementary
Katie Wilch has been working with children her whole life, from baby sitting to chasing her five rambunctious nephews and fearless niece. She received a BS in Early Childhood/Elementary Education and a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, both from Stephens College. Katie’s love for WSMS began when she moved to the neighborhood as a college student many years ago and watched the campus grow. She and her husband, Morgan, enjoy doing anything outdoors; especially playing disc golf with their black lab, Duke.
Dayan | Aide in Primary classroom / Late hour Program Director
Dayan Crutcher .