Ms. Sharon is the Head of School and owner of La Bella Vita Montessori School. She has Bachelor Degrees in Elementary Education and Special Education and is a state certiﬁed teacher for Kindergarten through 8th Grade. She has taught at every age level, including being the principal of an Elementary school. Sharon also holds a Bachelors’ degree in Business Management, a Master’s Degree in Management, and an MBA along with her Principal Certiﬁcation. Children are her true passion and La Bella Vita is her “baby”. She always taught with “unconventional” methods and later discovered that her methods were Montessori. She then left teaching and was a site coordinator for another Montessori and audited her Montessori training. She then followed her true passion and opened her own school in 2014. Along with children, Sharon has a huge passion for dogs and is very active in multiple dog rescues. Sharon and her husband Scott have been married for 28 years and live on 10 acres in Missouri Valley. Together they have 3 labs, Sophie, Maya, Maggie and a feral kitty cat. They also have 3 labs that have passed on, Sara, Bailey and Molly who hold special places in their hearts.
Executive Director of Daily Operations
Ms. Amy has worked in a Montessori classroom for 18 years and has been the Executive Directress for La Bella Vita since 2018. She attended UNO and graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with an Endorsement in Early Childhood Education and continues to hold her teaching certificate. She also has completed her Montessori Infant/Toddler certification from the Mid-America Montessori Teacher Training Institute. She has consistently worked with young children throughout her life. She has been married for 12 years to her husband Adam and has 2 children, Enzo and Neva, who attend La Bella Vita. She has a dog named Bruce and a cat named Mashmallow. When she has time she enjoys reading, sewing, working in the yard, traveling, watching too much T.V. and spending time with family and friends.
Director of Community
Ms. Pam has been teaching in a Montessori classroom since 2009 and moved to our Director of Community in 2020. She has always loved Montessori as it is similar to her own parenting style. She enjoys watching children learn organically, figure things out on their own, explore their environment and develop a natural love of learning. As Director of Community, she loves forming bonds with the children and their families and being a support system to staff. She graduated from Marian High School, attended UNO and holds her Infant/Toddler Montessori Certification which she received from the Mid-America Montessori Teacher Training Institute. She has four boys; a 16-year-old son- Riley, a 4 yr. old son- Seamus, a 3-year-old son- Finn, and almost 2-year-old- Larkin, who all attend La Bella Vita Montessori. She lives with her husband and high school sweetheart, Joe, their boys, their dog (Peter), leopard gecko (Charlie) and guinea pigs (Pip & Freddy). Ms. Pam has a small obsession with Harry Potter. She loves coffee, enjoys cooking and baking, reading books whenever she can, crafting, knitting, photography, holidays and spending time with her family.
Ms. Ali has been teaching in Infant and Toddler Montessori for the last 12 years. She graduated from Bellevue East and completed her Montessori Infant/Toddler Certification through the Mid-America Montessori Teacher Training Institute. She has plans to continue her education in the area of Early Childhood Education. Working with children is her lifelong passion and she enjoys all the milestones they share with her along their journeys. She lives in Papillion with her husband, Dustin, two children, Peyton and Parker, and 4 fur babies. She enjoys watching T.V., reading, cooking, playing with her children, food, and spending time with family and friends.
Ms. Tina has been teaching Toddlers as a Lead Teacher since 2010, but has been working in childcare since 2005. She got her start in Montessori in 2016 at La Bella Vita Montessori School. She has an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Metropolitan Community College and completed her Infant/Toddler Montessori Certification from the Mid-America Montessori Teacher Training Institute. She has a black lab, Levi (born in 2013) and a cat, Puck (born 2001). She spends a lot of time with her nieces, Joanie (born 2011), and Elise (born 2015). She enjoys reading, writing and has a close relationship with Netflix.
Ms. Tammy has been working in Montessori for over 30 years. She thoroughly enjoys observing children as they delight in new discoveries and guiding them through the learning process. She has a BA degree in Elementary Education from the University of Sioux Falls and a MS degree in Elementary Education through the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She took the Montessori Infant/Toddler Training through the Mid-America Montessori Teacher Training Institute in the early 90’s and recently took it again to update her Montessori certification. She has completed the Early Childhood Care and Education Management Training Course and has taken classes towards an Early Childhood Endorsement. She holds teaching certificates in both Nebraska and Iowa. She lives with her husband Chris in Council Bluffs. She is active at Walnut Grove Baptist Church, where she serves on the Board of Christian Education, the Board of Elders, teaches Children’s Church, and helps wherever needed. In her free time she enjoys music, movies, sports, taking pictures, crafts, going for walks, continuing her education, and spending time with family and friends.
Ms. Mia began working at La Bella Vita Montessori in 2019 and has over 7 years of experience working with children as a nanny. Her commitment is to provide loving care and guidance, to encourage education, and to promote physical, emotional, and social development to children in partnership with parents. She currently attends UNO and is working towards her BA in Psychology, focusing on child development with a minor in Spanish. She comes from a large family with whom she spends much of her time. Outside of school and work, she loves anything involving music and art, going to shows and supporting local artists whenever she can. Most evenings, she enjoys crafting, researching a variety of topics, and watching tv.
Early Childhood Staff
Early Childhood Directress
Ms. Mona has over 20 years of experience as a Montessori teacher. She knew she wanted to be a teacher since the second grade and she began her Montessori career in 1999 as an assistant. Having discovered her passion for the Montessori way, she enrolled in an Early Childhood training program a few months later. She spent the next 18 years teaching ages 3-6 and has loved every minute of it! She has four grown children: Ben, Zack, Liz, Abby, and an amazing 10-year-old granddaughter, Kaelynn. Ms. Mona enjoys spending her free time with family and friends, exploring new places around town, reading, writing, and playing the ukulele. She is very strong in her faith and believes in the power of prayer.
Early Childhood Directress
Ms. Courtney started her Montessori journey close to 10 years ago, as an Assistant Toddler Teacher, she was then given the opportunity to lead her own Toddler Classroom for 4 years. After discovering that Montessori was her passion, she wanted to grow even more and was given the opportunity to go through the Montessori training and to lead her own Early Childhood classroom. She has been an Early Childhood Lead Teacher for the past 4 years. When she is not busy being a teacher she is at home with her 2 daughters, Melodi and Everli, and her dog, Hoagie. Her second home is Costco, TJMaxx, and Bath and Body Works. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, catching up on her favorite shows, baking with her oldest daughter, listening to music, and drinking cold brew!
Early Childhood Assistant
Ms. Claudia started at La Bella Vita Montessori in 2021 as an assistant in our Early Childhood Class but has previously working in Montessori for over 10 years both as an Assistant and Spanish teacher. She fell in love with its philosophy that’s filled with care and attention to each child. She loves the respect towards kids and helping them reach their maximum potential that Montessori provides. The method reminds us that each child is unique, has their own feelings, personalities, and is full of teachings that we as parents often forget.
Later in her career she was given the opportunity to apply the Montessori method, but with even greater responsibility in teaching Spanish in Montessori classes. From there she realized that the best way for these kids to learn Spanish is by ensuring they’re having fun while doing it. In this was it becomes an extension of their own curiosity and thirst to learn more. Being able to teach them in this style has been one of her passions since she started working as an assistant and Spanish teacher. She looks forward to bring her experiences and style of teaching to LBV.
Early Childhood Assistant
Ms. Emily began working at La Bella Vita Montessori in 2021, comes from a family of educators, and has been working in libraries for the last seven years. In addition, she has been volunteering with her church’s nursery and vacation bible school programs since high school and has worked as a substitute teacher and paraprofessional as well. While doing so, she has discovered how much she enjoys teaching and is excited to be starting this new chapter of her education career at La Bella Vita. Ms. Emily has two Bachelor’s degrees from UNO, one in Library Science and one in German Language and Literature. She also is about to finish her Master’s in Library Science. In her free time, she enjoys reading, artwork, costume design, and playing board games with friends.
Ms. Sara first started working in Montessori at La Bella Vita School in August of 2017. She has also worked with her Church teaching Vacation Bible School and Christian Dicipalship Training for 2nd & 3rd graders for 4 years. Ms. Sara has 2 years experience working with children with behavioral issues at Brook Valley (ESU#3), most of whom, were non-verbal. Prior to working with children, she was a CNA certified by the State of Nebraska through Metropolitan Community College. Sara then obtained an Associates of Applied Science through ITT TECH, working in private security for 6 years. She recently completed her Infant-Toddler Montessori Certification through Mid-America Montessori Teacher Training Institute. She’s a dedicated mother of two, Benjamin (age 16) and Lillian (she 12). She recently married her husband, Nathan, in May of 2021. Sara enjoys Power Lifting, HIIT training, hiking in the woods, swimming in lakes, painting, shooting targets, and cooking. Sara has a love for animals, has 7 fresh water tanks and one 190 gallon salt water tanks, two cats, Barbara and Cecilia and one dog, Alistair. She also has a million plants!
Ms. RiLee has been teaching in a Montessori classroom since 2013 in both the infant and toddler classrooms. Growing up she always liked working with the children in her mother’s preschool room. She has studied under many great Montessori directresses that have shaped the way she teaches now. She recently completed her Infant-Toddler Montessori Certification in 2020. Her family means the world to her. In her spare time she enjoys reading, creating art, people watching, and spending time with her friends.
Ms. Chelsea works in our Nido room and has been with La Bella Vita Montessori since 2019, and prior to LBV, she has seven years of background experience working with children of all ages. Her first 5 1/2 years of her career she worked as a teacher aide for OPS after school care (Kids Club). She continued to work with children at several other child care facilities from 2012-2018. She currently attends MCC part-time to acquire a degree in Early Childhood Education, along with over 100 hours of educational training contributing to her Child Development Associate certification. She is a mother to two children ages 7 (Kaden) and 3 (Karter). She has a dog (Loui) and a hamster (Chester). When she has time she enjoys reading, journaling, adult color books, playing cards, binge watching Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime and of course spending quality time with the ones she loves – especially her two boys, six nieces and one nephew.
Lower Elementary Directress
Ms. Roshi is a fully certified Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) directress at the Early Childhood and Elementary levels (children 3 – 12 years of age). With close to 30 years of classroom experience. Roshi has taught in Sri Lanka, Ireland, New York and now in Omaha. She is a wonderful addition to our teaching team. Ms. Roshi has been married to her husband for over 20 years and has a 20 year old son, Jali. Outside of work Ms. Roshi enjoys cooking, traveling and reading.
Lower Elementary Directress
Ms. Valerie has been a member of our Montessori family for three years. She has her Bachelor’s Degree with a double major in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education from the University of Northern Iowa and holds her Nebraska Teaching Certificate. She has her Elementary Montessori certification from the University of Nebraska in Kearney. She comes to us after working with ages birth to 5 in an Early Head start program for the past 7 years. She enjoys seeing the children’s eyes light up with new discoveries of how the world works around them. Her family consists of her husband, Jeff, and three children, Matthew age 14, Jennifer age 12, and Rebecca age 8. Her family enjoys going to amusement parks such as Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun together. She also enjoys running and has run the Omaha Marathon twice.
Ms. Angeline has been with La Bella Vita Montessori since 2018 and has worked with children of all ages. She is our “floater” who helps out full time in all the classrooms as needed. This helps her to continue her passion for broadening her knowledge of teaching methods, such as Montessori, to strengthen herself as an educator. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance and Theatre from Doane College in 2014 and has since been a private vocal instructor to students in the Omaha area. She is the youngest of 5 in her family and loves spending time with her 9 nieces and nephews. Angeline and her husband Michael love grocery shopping, playing music, walking their dog Pearl, and being creative in any way they can. She recently had a baby, Lars, in 2020 and can’t wait for him to come to school and join the LBV Family!