Cathedral Hill Montessori School

"A person is what he is, not because of the teachers he has had, but as a result of that which he has done for himself."
– Dr. Maria Montessori

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Meet Our Board

Andrew Gibbons, President

Andrew Gibbons joined the board in August 2015.  Andrew has been a CHMS parent for over 3 years, and currently has two children enrolled at CHMS, Georgie and Stella.  Andrew has been thrilled with the experience his daughters have had with a Montessori education and within the CHMS community.  Andrew is an attorney at a Minneapolis law firm, practicing in the areas of energy and environmental law.  He received a B.S. in Geophysical Sciences from the University of Chicago, an M.S. in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy form the University of Minnesota Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, and a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School.  Andrew is honored to have been elected Board President, and is excited to be more involved in and contribute to the CHMS community.

Erin F. Wendorf, Vice President

Erin Wendorf is a founding board member of Cathedral Hill Montessori School.  She started in 2011 as President when the school was a merely an idea being formed in Whitney Blessing’s mind.  Erin is passionate about Montessori education, having some of her best memories resulting from her own Montessori experience as a child. Now as a mom, her oldest daughter attends Montessori at Mayflower Early Childhood Cent

Erin earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota (PR major/Business minor) and has worked in commercial real estate since 2005, currently as a Vice President in office brokerage for Transwestern. Erin leverages her background and experience to bring a business and marketing approach to the board – advocating in the school’s best interest financially and contractually.

Alex Jude, Treasurer

37f1c26Alex joined the CHMS Board as Treasurer in August 2016. His interest in joining stems from his family’s increasing involvement in the CHMS community, as he now has
two daughters attending CHMS, one in Children’s House and one in the Toddler Community. CHMS has been an integral part of his daughters’ development, and he looks forward to making sure that CHMS continues to thrive, particularly by helping the Board tell the school’s financial story and by maintaining a meaningful financial dialogue with families.

Alex’s strong financial background makes him an ideal fit to fulfill the Treasurer role on the Board. He earned a B.A. in Economics from St. John’s University and an MBA in Finance from the University of Minnesota before going on to work in commercial banking, helping small businesses and non-profits secure funding. Currently, Alex manages financial planning and analysis for 3M’s Health Care Business Group.

Jenifer O’Leary, Parent Committee Chair

jeniferJenifer O’Leary joined the Board in summer 2015. Jenifer has two children who attend and thrive at CHMS. Jenifer is highly interested in early childhood Montessori programs and language immersion learning opportunities for children; Jenifer attended a Spanish language immersion elementary school and her husband attended Montessori schools through eighth grade.
Jenifer is a lifelong resident of Minnesota who grew up in Minneapolis/Duluth, went to college in Saint Peter, and established her adult life in Minneapolis and Saint Paul. Jenifer received an undergraduate degree in French and Psychology with study abroad time in France and later worked as an advocate for adults with Severe and Persistent Mental Illnesses for several years after graduation. Jenifer then enrolled in law school and received a juris doctorate degree with study abroad time in Hungary and has worked primarily in criminal law and child protection for the District Court of Minnesota as judicial legal staff and as a county prosecutor. In her personal time, Jenifer enjoys lap swimming and fiction book clubs.


Anna Sipprell, Events/Fundraising Committee Chair

AS headshotAnna Sipprell is the mother of Nora in the All Day Children’s House at CHMS. The Sipprell family lives in the Cathedral Hill neighborhood and have been a part of the CHMS community for over a year now. Professionally, Anna works as the Marketing Manager for Henricksen, a full service commercial furniture dealership located in downtown Minneapolis.

Anna has a Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design from the Art Institute and works in a creative role to market to the design community in an effort to connect with architects, interior designers, real estate professionals and business owners about the industry trends as well as products and services her company provides. As the Marketing Manager, she generally works to support sales efforts. She loves to collaborate with team members to create effective client presentations and deliverables.

With an increasing awareness of the Montessori Method, Anna is thrilled to be able to contribute to the success of CHMS by serving on the board and looks forward to assisting in marketing efforts and event planning, among other things, during her term.

Nadiya Rapp, Board Member

Image 4Nadiya Rapp is a Montessori enthusiast and educator. She began her career in education when she completed a Bachelor’s degree in Foreign Language Instruction and a Master’s degree in English as a Foreign Language at the North-Kazakhstan State University.

When the opportunity presented itself, Nadiya became a toddler teacher at Little Flowers Montessori School in Saint Louis Park, MN. During her seven years of work with toddlers she witnessed firsthand how the Montessori method fosters independence from an early age.

In 2012 Nadiya joined the team of Cathedral Hill Montessori School. During the two years of working as an assistant teacher in the Children’s House, she acquired more insight into the Montessori method and its implementation with the primary children.

In 2013, Nadiya was inspired her to pursue an elementary Montessori diploma from the Montessori Training Center in Saint Paul. After working for many years with young children in a Montessori setting, Nadiya was intrigued to learn how the Montessori method works in the elementary level. She also became an active member of the Association Montessori Internationale.

Nadiya is still undergoing her training and is expected to graduate in August 2015. She welcomes an opportunity to work as an assistant teacher at Cornerstone Elementary School in Saint Paul in the upcoming school year.

Besides working with children, Nadiya also teaches a Russian language course for the Department of Continuing Education at Minneapolis Community and Technical College in Minneapolis.

Dagmar Hoebertz, Board Member

Dagmar 001Dagmar Hoebertz is excited to join the board at Cathedral Hill Montessori School. She earned her Primary diploma from the Montessori Training Center of Minnesota in 2007 and has since then worked as a lead guide at Cornerstone Montessori School and Mayflower Early Childhood Center, two AMI accredited schools in the Twin Cities. Dagmar grew up in Germany and earned her Masters degree in Elementary Education at the University of Cologne. After teaching 1st through 4th grade in Germany and German language classes at the Germanic American Institute in St. Paul, Dagmar got introduced to the Montessori way of education through her three sons who attended Oak Hill Montessori School in Shoreview for nine years. Her oldest son is now in college in Madison, WI; her twins are sophomores in High School. Dagmar is currently in the process of becoming a consultant for the Association Montessori Internationale as well as substituting at local Montessori schools for the school year. She has mentored trainees and new teachers and is part of the workshop committee at the Montessori Center of MN. Dagmar enjoys spending time with her family and dog Otis, hiking, cooking and reading.

Scott LeGere, Board Member

IMG_2926A Montessori Child himself (exact dates not important), Scott LeGere has played key roles in the ownership and operation of audio recording facilities, independent record labels, media schools, and commercial music production companies. During this time he has engineered Grammy nominated albums with some of his musical idols and produced Clio, Emmy, and Cannes Lion award winning commercial spots for clients including Target, Bauer Hockey, and BluDot among others.

In addition to his industry endeavors, Scott chairs the Music Business Department at the McNally Smith college of Music, attempting to distill some wisdom from the above “career” to his students- most of whom would rather just make records or play guitar than worry about business issues. He doesn’t blame them.

The father of Lena in Children’s House 2, Scott ardently believes in the power of the Montessori Method for developing self-confidence, curiosity, and creativity in individuals both young and old.