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 Staff

Meet our staff, the people who work hard every day to make sure our students are being the best learners they can be.

Maya Verjovsky, Head of School

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Maya Verjovsky was the founding guide of Children’s House 2 at Cathedral Hill Montessori School (2013-2016), and is honored to serve the community once again as the Head of School. She is a native of Saint Paul, a graduate of Saint Paul Public Schools, a BA in Religious Studies, an AMI Primary trained guide with a Masters in Education, and the mother of two daughters. Her own research in undergraduate studies and her daughter’s early experience in Montessori education led her to complete her AMI training and MA at the Montessori Center of Minnesota in 2012. Soon after, Maya began working at CHMS, taking on the task of gradually building a second Children’s House at CHMS over a period of three and a half years. Watching children develop independence, mastery, and peacemaking skills is an inspiration to Maya, and she hopes to continue to create cohesive partnerships with families in support of their children.

Maya is an active member of the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) and Montessori Administrators Association (MAA). She has served as an album reader and oral exam volunteer for teachers-in-training at the Montessori Center of Minnesota (MCM) and is an active participant in the AMI-MN Heads of School Group. Maya can be reached at .

Sam Mickle, Administrator

Sam was born and raised in Canajoharie, New York for the first nine years of his life, then moved with his family out to North Mankato, Minnesota.  He earned his B.A in History at Saint Olaf College, where his experience working with children in the Northfield community sparked his passion for working in education.  He’s been at it ever since, with stints in Minnesota Math Corps and Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes, and is excited to see what he can do in a Montessori setting.

When he’s not at school, Sam enjoys playing board games with his friends, walking around the lakes, reading, watching movies, and enjoying all the diverse food the Twin Cities has to offer.  Currently, he lives in Saint Paul.

Amanda Wooden, Children’s House 1 Guide

Amanda’s initial introduction to Montessori began seven years ago as an assistant at the toddler and primary levels of a small Montessori school in Indianapolis, Indiana. She was enamored by the beautiful environment and the amazing potential of the children. Soon after, she pursued primary training at the Montessori Center of Minnesota and a Master of Education from St. Catherine University.

She is also trained as a birth doula and prenatal/postpartum yoga instructor. These experiences have affirmed her sense of personal connection to the daily work of guiding children in a Montessori environment.

She has recently relocated to Minneapolis where she lives with her husband Levi, a restoration ecologist and arborist, and their dog Juniper and cat Pidge. She enjoys reading literature at all age levels and weaving on her rigid heddle loom.

Clara Iwaszek, Children’s House 1 Assistant

Staff - ClaraClara has been a member of the CHMS community since it was founded in 2011. She is Saint Paul native who lives with her husband Geoff and two daughters, Mirabelle and Phoebe.

In her spare time, Clara enjoys spending time with her family, riding her bike, arts and crafts, traveling, trying new recipes, and supporting the local music scene.  She earned a B.A. in Child Psychology from the University of MN and Clara plans to pursue an advanced degree in Family Psychology.  She also completed the AMI Assistants Course training from the Montessori Training Center of MN.

Heidi Quiring, Children’s House 2 Lead Guide

Heidi Quiring has had the privilege of working in primary and elementary Montessori environments for the past 19 years. Heidi completed her Primary training at the Montessori Training Center of Minnesota last year. Montessori education has been Heidi’s passion since she first experienced it as a parent 20 years ago. Since then all three of Heidi’s children have had a Montessori Education from toddlers through Upper Elementary.

Heidi is thrilled to be working with the children and families in Children’s House Two at Cathedral Hill Montessori and is looking forward to many years of service to the families. Through her years of experience, she has come to learn that each child is an amazing gift. The child from 3-6 whom Montessori describes as a conscious worker has amazing potential and the right to a peaceful education through freedom of movement and a prepared environment. Aside from deepening her understanding of Montessori, Heidi enjoys cooking, painting, laughing, and spending time with her family.

Kelli Shomion, All Day Afternoon Assistant

Kelli was born and raised in Saint Paul, then moved to Missoula, MT to attend the University of Montana where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Social Work and a post-baccalaureate degree in Elementary Education. It was in Missoula that Kelli discovered the Montessori method and received an early childhood teaching diploma from North America Montessori Center. In her free time Kelli loves to spend time with her cat Scout, family, friends, hiking, camping, yoga, gardening, and cooking.

Mark Kiperstin, All Day Afternoon Assistant

Mark joined CHMS in 2020, after a career in the legal profession.  Looking to pursue a new adventure supporting, motivating and engaging young, vibrant children, Mark chose CHMS as his landing spot.  Perhaps his natural feel for the children stems from his own family history.  His Mother was a pre-k teacher/director in Minneapolis for decades, and his sister followed suit as a school principal in Chicago and Los Angeles.  The slogan ‘in his blood’ seems appropriate, as Mark has quickly forged connections with so many of the children.

Mark received his law degree from William Mitchell College of Law, and an undergraduate degree in political science and criminal justice studies from the University of Minnesota.

When away from all his school friends, Mark enjoys the full cultural scene the Twin Cities has to offer:  Live music, plays, art fairs and museums, nature preserves and many, many, gardens.  And baseball.  Lots and lots of baseball. Mark resides in Minnetonka.

Molly Hoyt, Children’s House Morning Assistant

Staff - MollyBorn and raised in Saint Paul, Molly attended a Montessori school from ages three to six. Later she went to a performing arts high school where her emphasis was in Theatre. She is a certified postpartum doula. Molly discovered the joy of working with children at a young age, and has been doing so ever since.   Recently, she completed the AMI Montessori Assistants Course, earning her diploma as a Montessori-trained Assistant.

In her free time she enjoys long bike rides and taking advantage of everything the Twin Cities has to offer. She also enjoys cooking unique recipes from all over the world. Molly loves being a part of the CHMS community!

Maegan Schock, Toddler Community Guide

Maegan has been a part of the CHMS community since 2011 and the Toddler Community Lead Guide since October 2013. She has worked in various roles in local Montessori schools since 2005, all but one of which have been with Toddlers. She holds BA diplomas in Political Science and History from The University of Minnesota, a AMI Assistants to Infancy Diploma from The Montessori Institute, Denver, CO, and a MAEd in Montessori Education from Loyola University Maryland. Maegan considers Toddlers to her “people” and is passionate about supporting young children in finding their own paths as people and members of a greater community.

Maegan resides in Northeast with her partner Christopher and their small mutt, Peanut. In her free time, Maegan enjoys reading, gardening, cooking, and sewing.

Laura Tracy, Toddler Community Assistant

Staff - LauraLaura has been the Toddler Communty assistant since 2013. She began working in a Minneapolis Montessori as a substitute from Nido to Children’s House in Spring 2011. Laura moved into a toddler assistant role in fall of 2011, and became a Toddler Guide in summer 2012-fall of 2013. In 2013, Laura came to CHMS to continue working with Maegan, whom she had worked closely with at her previous school. Laura received her AMI Assistants to Infancy Assistant Certificate in 2017. Laura graduated with a BS in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a focus on Speech and Language Pathology. During and after college, Laura worked with adults with disabilities including cerebral palsy, speech and language disorders, autism, and seizure disorders. Laura currently lives in Minneapolis with her many houseplants and lots of books.

 Breanna Wilson, Toddler Community Afternoon Assistant

Breanna is a graduate of Augsburg University with a major in Psychology. Eventually she intends to continue her studies to earn a Master’s degree in child development and forensic psychology. Breanna is looking forward to working with the toddler age group to round out the many years she has tutored and mentored school-age students. Breanna has a keen interest in helping under-served children and has served as a youth counselor and a volunteer advocate.