Thank you for the privilege of befriending your children at Little Sprouts Montessori. I am Jean Kassen from Shawnee and have retired from teaching some seven years ago with 40 years’ experience in traditional and Montessori programs, hoping for opportunities to continue Montessori possibilities like this one with Ms. Natalie. I have spent 27 years in Montessori itself and another 13 in modified Montessori classrooms including kindergarten levels. My travels have taken me from KC, Kansas, to Saipan, CMI, in the Pacific, Topeka, Missouri, Florida, and Minnesota, where I have taught in and out of Montessori systems. I have been a substitute teacher at Little Sprouts since 2014 and returned to the classroom full-time in 2019.
I am Sarah Frances Smith, a co-teacher at Little Sprouts; currently working on primary certification through the Age of Montessori. I received a BFA in art therapy at Millikin University and studied at Park University to be an elementary art teacher. For 10 years I taught in Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools, where I created art with thousands of children, collaborated with students and teachers on sets for musicals and talent shows, helped hang art shows, and wrote district art curriculum. I left public school teaching to pursue massage therapy training while working part-time in a Montessori school. I’ve been working in Montessori schools ever since, drawn to gentle guidance, peace, and sense of purpose in their unique classrooms.
I am the oldest of three children, born and mostly raised in Kansas City, Missouri by two awesome parents; an excited auntie of a 6-year-old niece and two nephews, 2 and 4 years old; and a long-time cohabitant with one interesting cat. My time is filled with sewing, playing chess, biking, windowsill gardening, and reading. I aspire to one day teach anatomy to future massage therapists, develop a massage practice for children and families, and continue working in innovative schools promoting confidence, cooperation, play, self-directed learning, and joyful discovery for a healthier planet and more peaceful humanity.
I am Ms. Morgan Schoob, a co-teacher at Little Sprouts. I am currently completing my training through Montessori Education of the Rockies. Prior to my training, I created and managed a yoga business that was focused on teaching yoga to children in the Denver metro area. I have 7 yrs. of teaching experience. I have always loved teaching children and I am thrilled to be immersed in the Montessori pedagogy. I come from a background of theater and music, I love teaching children how to express themselves!
I also enjoy reading the “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho by the fireplace and I am forever inspired by the lessons of Martin Luther King Jr. I am grateful to be a part of the harmonious teaching staff at Little Sprouts Montessori.