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Jed Burchett

Head of School

Jed is a graduate of Sonoma State University and holds a Bachelors degree in Art History. He attained his Montessori teaching credential through the Maria Montessori Teacher Training Center with graduate units through California State University East Bay. Jed also attended the Adolescent Teacher Training Program in Hershey, Ohio. Before joining the teaching staff at BCMS in 2005, Jed worked as a counselor in a group home for deaf teenagers in the foster care system. He shares his knowledge of American Sign Language with his students at BCMS. Jed lives with his husband in Sebastopol with their many pets.

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Jessica Omar

Head of Operations

Head Teacher, Sequoia Classroom (Upper Elementary, ages 8 – 11)

Jessica has taught at Brush Creek Montessori School since 2004. She holds a Montessori teaching credential from the Maria Montessori Teacher Training Center. She graduated from Sonoma State University with a BA in education and Liberal Studies. In addition, she completed her Elementary Training at the Montessori Teacher Education Center of the San Francisco Bay Area. Before joining the BCMS staff, Jessica spent a year working at Little Oaks Montessori in Petaluma, CA. Jessica lives in Windsor with her husband and their two sons.

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Pauline Gutierrez

Admissions Director

Head Teacher, Eucalyptus Classroom (Lower Elementary, ages 6 - 8)

Pauline is a graduate of Prescott College with a BA in Education. She also completed her Montessori Teacher Training at Clay Platte Children's House in 1984. She has worked as a Montessori Head Teacher in the Preschool and Lower Elementary Classrooms for 30 years. Pauline is married and has four grown children.

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Susan Morrell

Head Teacher, Redwood Classroom (Primary, ages 2.5 – 6)

Susan Morrell is a graduate of Sonoma State University with a BA in Liberal Studies. She earned a Montessori teaching credential from the Maria Montessori Teacher Training Center. Before joining the staff at BCMS in 2006, Susan spent six years as an Assistant Teacher at the Montessori School of Petaluma. Susan is married and has two sons.

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Kim Mrad

Head Teacher, Redwood Classroom  (Primary, ages 2.5 – 6)

Kim Mrad majored in child development at the Santa Rosa Junior College, where she received an Associate Teacher Certificate. Before joining the staff at BCMS, Kim was an assistant teacher at the Montessori School of Petaluma for four years. While working at MSOP, she received a Montessori early childhood assistant teaching certificate from the Montessori Teacher Education Center in the San Francisco Bay Area. She completed the Montessori Teacher Training program in 2013. Kim is married with a son and daughter.

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Denise Gage-Collins

Head Teacher, Amber Classroom (Primary, ages 2.5 – 6)

Denise has been teaching young children for more than 20 years.  She worked as an assistant teacher in Montessori classrooms, including with Jed between 2007-2011. She earned her Montessori Teaching certificate through the Maria Montessori Teacher Training Center in 2009.  Denise also has extensive training in ballet and modern dance, and uses these talents in her classroom environment.  Denise has a grown son and lives in Santa Rosa.

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April Rossi

Head Teacher, Saplings Classroom ( ages 18 months-2.5 years)

 

April joined the BCMS team in the fall of 2017 as our toddler teacher.  She brings many years of experience in ECE and has a passion for the Montessori method, having worked at other non-Montesssori programs before.  April shares her love of gardening, animals and nature with her students.  In the spring of 2019 April joined the BCMS board of directors as teh staff liason.  April has two sons, 2 grandchildren and lives with her husband and her finches, lovebird, and precious doggie Gigi.

 

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June Lee Saler

Music Teacher (Elementary Programs)

June Lee Saler has been the music teacher for both elementary classes since 2009. She also teaches in the Lower Elementary classroom on Fridays.  She holds a Masters of Fine Arts from California State University, Fullerton as well as a California Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential. June Lee organized the BCMS Band in 2012. She accompanies school choirs from elementary through college levels, specializing in musicals, and currently holds private piano lessons after school for our students. She has four college-age children.

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