Head of School
Ms. Sharon is the Head of School and owner of La Bella Vita Montessori School. She can be seen daily shaking hands with the students, chatting with parents and laughing with the staﬀ. 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 has been married to her husband Scott for 26 years and together they have 4 labs, Maggie, Molly, Sophie & Maya.
Ms. Amy has worked in a Montessori classroom for 17 years and as the Executive Directress for La Bella Vita for almost 2 years. 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 11 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 Zee. 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.
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. She has an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Metropolitan Community College and has recently 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. Ali has been teaching in Infant and Toddler Montessori for the last 10 years. She graduated from Bellevue East and has completed her Montessori Infant/Toddler certification thru 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 2 children, Peyton and Parker. She enjoys watching T.V., reading, cooking, playing with her children, food, and spending time with family and friends.
Ms. Mia 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.
Ms. Brianna has worked with children in various way and in many capacities for the past 11 years, anything from babysitting as a young teenager to working in childcare teaching preschool, and child labs in college. With this, she has her Bachelor’s in Child Development from Brigham Young University-Idaho. She enjoys working with young children and is eager to learn about Montessori! She has been married to the love of her life, Austin for 4 years and moved to Omaha in 2019. Some of her hobbies include playing the piano, 4-wheeling, wave running, cooking, photography, and spending time with family. She also enjoys watching movies when she gets the chance.
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 was born and raised in Omaha, moved to California in her early twenties, and settled in Houston, Texas for twenty years. She has recently moved back to be closer to family. She has four grown children: Ben, Zack, Liz, Abby, and an amazing 8-year-old granddaughter, Kaelynn. Ms. Mona enjoys spending her free time with family and friends, finding beautiful places to watch sunsets, reading, writing, and many other creative outlets as the mood strikes. She is very strong in her faith and believes in the power of prayer.
Early Childhood Assistant
Ms. Ally has been working in the childcare field for over 6 years. This is her first experience working in a Montessori school. She is currently working on her Associates degree in the Early Childhood Education program at Metro Community College. She recently became a mother, to her daughter Zion. She enjoys spending time with family and going for adventures outside with her dog Jocko.
Ms. Pam has been teaching in a Montessori infant classroom for the past 13 years. She has always loved Montessori as it is similar to her own parenting style. She enjoys watching children learn naturally and figure things out on their own, explore their surroundings and environment and develop a natural love of exploring and learning. She especially enjoys doing art projects and forming those special bonds that are so crucial in a child’s early years. She graduated from Marian High School, attended UNO and holds her Infant/Toddler Montessori Certification. She has four boys, a 14-year-old son named Riley, who is going to school at Creighton Prep, a 3 yr. old son named Seamus, a toddler son, Finn, and her infant son, Larkin, who all attend La Bella Vita Montessori. She lives with her husband Joe, their boys, their dog Peter and leopard gecko, Charlie. Ms. Pam loves coffee, enjoys cooking and baking, reading books (especially Harry Potter), crafting, photography, holidays and spending time with her family.
Ms. Sara has been a working in Montessori since August of 2017. She has worked for 2 years with children with behavioral issues, most of whom, were non-verbal. Prior to working with children, she was a CNA (Certified Nurse’s Assistant) 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. She’s a dedicated mother of two, Benjamin (age 13) and Lillian (she 11) and will be getting married to Nathan in May of 2021. She is highly involved in her church. Rarely going anywhere without her children in tow, she enjoys Power Lifting, hiking in the woods, marathon races, swimming in lakes, painting, shooting targets, cooking and cleaning house.
Ms. RiLee has been teaching in a Montessori classroom for the last 7 years 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 teachers that have shaped the way she teaches now. She recently completed her Infant-Toddler Certification. In her spare time she enjoys reading, people watching, and spending time with her friends and family.
Ms. Angeline has worked with children of all ages and enjoys working at La Bella Vita Montessori, which 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.
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. Ms. Roshi is a wonderful addition to our teaching team. Ms. Roshi has been married to her husband for over 20 years and has a 18 year old son, Jali. Outside of work Ms. Roshi enjoys cooking, traveling and reading.
Lower Elementary Directress
Ms. Valerie has recently joined our Montessori family. 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 is currently working towards her Elementary Montessori certification. 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 quick social and cognitive development. Her family consists of her husband, Jeff, and three children, Matthew age 13, Jennifer age 11, and Rebecca age 6. Her family enjoys going to amusement parks such as Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun together. She also enjoys running and has ran the Omaha Marathon twice.