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Children’s House Guide

Jenny Olson 

Jenny is in her 17th year at HPMS. She earned her Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) Primary  Diploma from the Montessori Center of Minnesota, and her M.Ed. from Loyola University in Maryland in 2003. Jenny earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Theater Arts from Mankato State University in 2001.

Jenny began her career at HPMS as an Assistant teacher, then as the Aftercare Program Guide, and since 2009, as a Children’s House Guide.

Montessori teaching runs in Jenny’s family: she herself attended a Montessori school.  Jenny’s mother was a Guide for over 20 years in St. Cloud, and her sister is a Primary Guide in California. Jenny has a wonderful rapport with the children and understands their needs.

Children’s House Assistant

Tina Ross

Tina is in her 3rd year assisting in Jenny's Children's House. Before that she volunteered to work with Darlyn on Art Day projects. Both of her children, Will and Izzy, attended HPMS. But wait, it gets better:  Tina is a graduate of HPMS! She was in Wendy's Children's House.

Children’s House Guide

Daralyn Sachs

Daralyn is in her 9th year at HPMS. She earned her Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) Primary Diploma from the Montessori Center of Minnesota in 2016 and her AMI Assistants Certification in 2014. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration and Two Dimensional Studio Art from the University of St. Thomas in 1993.

Daralyn has had close ties to HPMS since 2003, when her son Cooper enrolled, and again in 2008 when her son Miles started. In Miles' first year, Daralyn was The Art Lady, and in 2009, she began working as a trained Assistant. In May 2016, Daralyn earned her Primary (3-6 yrs) AMI Diploma from the Montessori Center of Minnesota. Last fall, Daralyn had the opportunity to work with Gaby's children and found that experience very rewarding. Now upon Gaby's retirement (after 25 years here!), Daralyn has confidently stepped into her new role as Children's House Guide. 

Children’s House Assistant

Myles Bryant

Toddler Community Guide

Sarah Terrell

Sarah earned her Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) Assistants to Infancy Diploma (0-3 years) from the Montessori Center of Minnesota in 2015.  Sarah earned her AMI Primary Diploma in 2009.    

Sarah’s journey in Montessori education began with her daughter and Sarah has been hooked ever since! Sarah’s introduction to HPMS came when she worked as a Nanny for a family whose twin daughters were attending the school. The more Sarah became acquainted with the staff, the method and the children, the more she wanted HPMS to be a part of her own daughter’s life. Sarah has worked at HPMS as a volunteer, Assistant Teacher and for many years as the Afternoon Program Guide.

Toddler Community Assistant

Gina Hoffman

Gina Hoffman earned her Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) Assistants Training Certificate in 2016.  She has a B.S. from Saint Catherine University in Childhood Enrichment. 

Afternoon Program Guide

Nanette Nagel

Nanette is in her 4th year as our Afternoon Program Guide. Nanette earned her Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) Assistants Training Certificate in 2005. 
Nan has worked in Montessori environments, a children's farm school and as a Toddler Teacher before joining HPMS in 2014. She has created a warm and beautiful environment for the children to explore in the areas of arts and crafts, a library, building blocks, puzzles, games and cards, trains, and practical life activities. The children learn songs to sing and songs to sign. Nanette has been learning about and working with young children most of her life. She provides a loving and nurturing environment for the children in her care. 


Stephanie Clark

Stephanie begins her 5th year as Director of HPMS and her 19th year with close ties to the school. She earned her Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) Primary Diploma from the Montessori Center of Minnesota and her M.Ed. from Loyola University in Maryland in 2005-06. Stephanie earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Macalester College in 1988.

Like Daralyn and Sarah, Stephanie began her Montessori journey as a parent. The amazing experience her oldest son had at the school was enough to change the course of her own life. While her second son attended HPMS, Stephanie worked as an Assistant at the school and then took the primary training. Before returning “home” to HPMS, Stephanie worked as a Guide in three Montessori schools (with long commutes!) across the Twin Cities.

It is with deep appreciation for Wendy Warren, who taught and lead HPMS for 35 years (and is our beloved sub-Guide), that Stephanie takes on her role at HPMS.

Meet the HPMS Board of Directors

 Tina Marisam, President

Tina and her partner Jason have three children: Flora, a graduate of HPMS, Waldo, who is in his kindergarten year, and Huck, who attended the school's toddler program and is now in his first year of Children's House. Tina works at the University of Minnesota's Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action.  

Nicole Olson, Vice President

Carrie Brand, Secretary

As an alum of the school, HPMS has always held a special place in my heart and I am honored to serve on the Board.  My husband Tony and I have 3 girls – Lauren (3.5) in Jenny’s class, Sophia (2.5) in Gaby’s room, and Olivia (9 mo).  I have an accounting degree from UW-Madison and an MBA from UT-Austin. In Seattle, I worked at Microsoft in the marketing and business development disciplines, but am currently staying home with my girls. 

Lincoln Kallsen, Treasurer

I am the Director of Institutional Analysis in the Office of Budget and Finance at the University of Minnesota.  I am responsible for many budgetary and financial analysis projects at the campus and system level.  I have been with the University for 20 years in a variety of capacities, including overseeing capital planning, providing long-range financial forecasting, and participating in financial analysis of the University's child care center.  As a young child, I attended Montessori schools and am happy to be of service to Highland Park Montessori.

Rachel Morris, Member

Rachel is a Children's House Guide at Lake Country School in Minneapolis.