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Candace Mackey

Head of School

Candace is a graduate of Smith College with a BA in Music Education. She went on to attain her MBA in Sustainable Enterprise from Dominican University. She obtained her teaching credentials, K-8 in both Massachusetts and then Colorado, working in a middle school setting. Most recently, she was the owner and teacher at Santa Rosa Children's music, facilitating classes for families with children aged 3 months to 7 years old. She shares her joy in music with the school, often singing to and with the children.  She lives with her husband in Santa Rosa with her two sons, 18 and 5 years old.

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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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Luke Snyder

Head Teacher, Eucalyptus/Sequoia Classroom (Elementary, ages 6 – 13)

Luke Snyder has earned a B.A. in Geography from CSU, Chico, a Multiple Subject Elementary Teaching Credential from CSU, Chico, and an elementary level AMS Montessori Credential from the Montessori Teacher Education Center San Francisco Bay Area. When not at school sharing the magic of The Trinomial Cube, Luke enjoys gardening, hiking, and spending time doing simple things with his wife, daughter, two cats, 6 chickens and 10,000 bees. 

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Shannon Wilson

Head Teacher, Sapling Classroom  (Toddlers, ages 18m – 3yr)

Shannon Wilson is a graduate from Sonoma State University, where she earned a B.A. in Art Studio with a concentration in ceramic arts. She has studied child development at Santa Rosa Junior College as well as at Sonoma State University. She is in the process of completing her certification through the Maria Montessori Teacher Training Center. Shannon has been a preschool teacher since 2015, and has been at BCMS since 2017. She lives in Rohnert Park with her husband and her cat.

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