Upper Primary Lead Guide
Cindy was born and raised in Juneau and graduated from JDHS; she has three children and one new daughter-in-law. Cindy worked in retail for thirteen years and was in the original group that set up and opened the Juneau Fred Meyer store in 1984. She loves fashion and adding accessories to outfits, in fact one of her hobbies is designing and making jewelry. Cindy also worked as a substitute for the Juneau School District and then moved to the district office. Her family moved to Washington, where she worked as a medical transcriptionist at a physical therapy office. She began her schooling in the medical field, but found that she missed working with children and completed her degree in Early Childhood Developement. Cindy moved back to Juneau to care for her mother who has Parkinson's. We were thrilled when she accepted the job to work at JMS. Cindy is energetic, happy and always smiling. You'll find Cindy cooking with the children, chasing and being chased on the playground, trying to hula hoop and giving and receiving hugs when needed.
Lower Primary Lead Guide, Acting Administrator
Born and raised in Sacramento, California Emily found her way up to Juneau in 2004. A short time later she stumbled upon JMS and the Montessori theory and never looked back. Over the past 10 years she has worked for JMS in every capacity and in every classroom. In 2009 she received her Montessori Diploma from the Montessori Institute Northwest in Portland, Oregon and returned in Juneau to teach in the downstairs casa. In 2011 she made the very difficult decision to resign from the lead teaching position to pursue her studies at the University of Alaska Southeast to complete her undergraduate work. It has been a long road, but she is incredibly happy and proud that she is just 5 short semesters away from receiving her BA in Elementary Education. Although she plans to dedicate her career to Montessori education and theory, she is grateful for the knowledge and opportunities her degree will contribute to her career. Last year she had her first child, Alexander, who is now in the toddler room. He has shown her how to be even more patience and understanding and he continues to push her to become the best person and teacher that she can be. She looks forward to meeting and getting to know all of the new families of Juneau Montessori!
Toddler Room Lead Guide
Growing up in Maine, Molly has always been fond of the outdoors and fresh seafood; naturally, she was drawn to the great state of Alaska! Since moving to Juneau in 2014, she has taught photography and become a passionate naturalist. Her secondary schooling was spent studying international business, Chinese and visual journalism; however, a lot of her free time and part-time jobs have involved children. Children have been apart of her world and a huge part of her heart since she can remember. From after school care to swim lessons to outdoor education she has been working her way to teaching in a classroom. Although a windy road, she is beyond honored to be leading the toddler classroom at Juneau Montessori School.
Sharon Dodd (Berenize)
Toddler Teaching Staff
I am originally from Peru and Spanish is my native language. I have lived in Juneau for six years. I love animals almost has much as I love kids. I have three children, two of them attend the local elementary school and one attends at JMS. I am happy to be a part of the JMS community and to have the opportunity to teach and learn along side of your children.
Upstairs Primary Lead Assistant
Rachael was born and raised in Ketchikan, Alaska. She moved to Juneau and took a job at JMS first as the Afternoon Lead and is now the Upstairs Primary Lead Assistant, working with Miss Cindy. Fun Fact: Rachael studied Ballet for 2 years!
Kassandra was born in Chicago, Illinois, and due to having a father with a career that took him all over the country, has moved around many places. After graduating high school in Frederick, Maryland, she went to Honduras to teach English in an orphanage for 6 months. When she returned to the states, she began school at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, changing her major many times but settling on special and early childhood education. She followed her family up to Alaska in 2011 and began working at Reach. She moved onto work as a Case manager at Juneau Youth Services and then began a family of her own and took some time off to raise her son. She is very excited to be here, especially with her son, Noah, starting in the toddler room.
Aubree was born and raised in Juneau, graduating from JDHS last year. She has been babysitting since she was in middle school, has worked in 2 daycares as well as working part time at Spunky Sprouts to keep an eye on her foster sister. Now Aubree is working at JMS, which she loves coming to every day. Aubree enjoys going to the movies, going shopping, singing, visiting her dad and family in Seattle, going on trips during the summer and playing sports such as bowling, volleyball and softball. She earned her high school diploma through the Transitions Program at JDHS. She loves working here because she loves to see the kids smile.
Downstairs Primary Lead Assistant
Marleni was born in the Dominican Republic where she studied psychology while working in a Montessori school. Marleni came to Juneau with her son, Luigi, and has worked in many capacities at Juneau Montessori School but is now the Downstairs Primary Lead Assistant with Miss Emily. Marleni has been studying hard and has almost completed her CDA.
From the time he could remember Mark had always wanted to visit Alaska. Growing up watching “Wild America” on PBS did nothing more than nurture that desire. Moving from Palisades Park, New Jersey, he’s lived in Juneau for seven years. During this time his son was born. He loves working with children and facilitating the ‘sparkle’ that lights their futures. He is excited about actively pursuing his education in child development and enjoys his work at JMS.
Toddler Room Assistant
Helmi was born and raised in Petersburg, Alaska. After graduating in 2003, she set off to obtain a Bachelors degree in Psychology. She was fortunate enough to live abroad in Italy where she taught English as a Foreign Language and as well as lived in rural Guatemala for many years. Helmi has her our own coffee roasting business in Juneau, which she started with her husband in Guatemala. Helmi enjoys traveling, cooking and going on adventures with family and friends. She is new to the Montessori community but has found it to be a wonderful fit and looks forward to learning and growing more within the school.