Who We Are

Faculty & Staff

Amy Shen

Head of School

Master of Education, Independent School Leadership, Columbia University
Master of Arts in Teaching, School of International Training
Bachelor of Arts, Carleton College

Jenae Pedersen

Administrative Assistant

Bachelor of Business Administration, Organizational Management, University of Minnesota

Claudia Gisonda

Elementary Lead Guide

Master of Education, Special Education, Hofstra University
Bachelor of Arts, Villanova University
AMI Elementary Certificate: Ohio Montessori Training Institute

Carmen Climent

Bilingual Elementary Assistant Guide

Ph.D. (ABD), Educational Psychology and Development, University of Valencia (Spain)
Master of Art, Educational Psychology, University of Valencia (Spain)
Bachelor of Art, Elementary Education, Jaume I University (Spain)

Catherine Bauer

Children’s House Lead Guide

AMI Primary Certificate: Montessori Training Center of Minnesota
Associate Degree, Normandale Community College

Cora McGlauflin

Children’s House Lead Guide

Bachelor of Science, Outdoor Education & Psychology, University of Minnesota
Teaching Licensure: The College of St. Scholastica
AMI Primary Certificate: Montessori Training Center of Northern California

Daphne Amundson

Children’s House Assistant Guide, Assistant to the Head of School on Special Projects

Master of Divinity, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
Bachelor of Arts, Elementary Education & History, University of Texas
AMI Primary Certificate: Montessori Training Center of Minnesota

Brenna Kightlinger

Children’s House Assistant Guide

Bachelor of Arts, Spanish & Elementary Education, Wellesley College

Samantha Simonson

Children’s House Childcare Assistant

Bachelor of Science, Exercise Science & Psychology, University of Wisconsin

Rebecca Bryan

Extended Day Care Assistant

Master of Environmental Education, University of Minnesota
Bachelors of Science, Wildlife Biology, University of Alaska

Coral Stephens

Childcare Assistant

Early Education, The College of St. Scholastica
Certified Nursing Assistant, Lake Superior College

Brook Crossen

Extended Day Care Assistant

Kayla Watt

Extended Day Care Assistant

Bachelor of Science, Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Minnesota


Governance: Montessori School of Duluth is led by a self-perpetuating Board of Trustees. The Board is comprised of up to 12 members, including independent professionals, parents, parents of former students, and alum.

Jim Keith, Board President

Administrative Center Director, University of Minnesota Medical Center, Duluth

Mia Thibodeau, Board Member

Attorney, Fryberger, Buchanan, Smith & Frederick; Current parent

Amy Shen, Ex-Officio Board Member

Head of School

Nicole Bakken, Board Member

Current parent

Joe Wicklund, Board Member

Director of Enrollment, Marshall School