Lead Guides

Miss Regina | Nido Lead Guide

Mom bioHello! My name is Miss Regina, and I am the Nido Lead Guide at MCS. My love for children came at an early age, coming from a family of seven children. Being in a big family the idea of independence, responsibility, and natural consequences were understood at a young age. These ideals helped foster my love for Montessori in everyday life, and helped me to understand that Montessori isn’t simply a teaching method, it is a way of living that allows children to develop into beautiful and independent members of society. Because of this, I fell in love with Montessori, and it became only natural to me. I followed this passion and started a Home Day Care in Rocklin, Ca, until my husband, myself, and two daughters moved to Santa Cruz. During the following years, I went on to have four additional children, raising them through my Montessori knowledge.

When time came to find a Montessori school, my husband and I looked all over the county and couldn’t find one that we liked. This led to a wonderful idea of starting our own! We started this school in 2003 with the help of my in-laws. Since the start of MCS, I have been a large part of the development and operations. The last couple years my children have gotten older, and haven’t needed me as much, so I was delighted to step in and become the Nido Lead. I am excited at the opportunity to continue my love for guiding infants. Their growth is amazing, both mentally and physically, and I love to nurture and guide that development.

Miss Roxie| Puffins Lead Guide

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Hello, my name is Roxie! I have worked in early childhood education since 2006 and have lived in Santa Cruz for 8 years and counting.  I have a B.A. in psychology from UC Santa Cruz, an M.Ed from Loyola University Maryland, and received my Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) Assistants to Infancy (0-3) Montessori teaching certification at Montessori Institute Northwest in Portland, Oregon.  I have also worked as a behavioral therapist for young children in the past, and completed graduate-level coursework in pediatric occupational therapy.

In my spare time, I enjoy practicing yoga, dance, music, creativity, and hanging out with my two year old nephew.

 Miss Foruzan | Dolphins Lead Guide

Foruzan'Hello, my name is Foruzan! I began my Montessori journey when I sent my first child to a Montessori school. I was amazed at how the Montessori environment helps children develop to their full potential by using all of their senses and working at their own pace. This encouraged me to pursue a primary diploma (AMS) and become a Montessori guide. I have been working and guiding children since 2009, and have been with MCS for almost 5 years now.

I also hold a BA in political science and worked as a librarian and researcher in the international institute of political science for twelve years.

I moved from Ottawa, Canada to Scotts Valley in 2003 and have lived here since. I have two amazing and joyful boys whom I am extremely proud of. I enjoy reading, swimming, walking and baking.

 Miss Joy | Otters Lead Guide

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Hello. My name is Joy. I am the “Otter” primary class lead guide.

I have been a Montessori primary guide for close to twenty years now. I first became interested in Montessori while living in France and teaching English as a second language. During a discussion about different educational methods, Montessori came up. I was intrigued by a way of teaching that followed the child’s interests and fostered independence, self motivation and a love of learning. I chose to do my training in Mountain View, California and received my AMI certification in 1989. The following year I moved to Paris, France and worked in a bilingual Montessori school for several years. My daughter was born while I was in France, and I decided to return to the United States to spend some time being a stay at home mom with my family close by.  Later, I moved to Santa Cruz and began teaching again at a Montessori based school in the Santa Cruz mountains. I recently joined the team here at Montessori Community School. It is great to be a part of such a warm, friendly community!

In my free time I enjoy running, hiking in the mountains and at the beach, reading, travelling when I can, and spending time with my wonderful family.

Miss Madelynn | Head of School

Madelynn bioHi there! My name is Madelynn, and I am the Head of School here at MCS. I have been thoroughly entwined in the Montessori philosophy since I myself went to a Montessori preschool. Growing up, my parents and grandparents had a deep love for the methodology, and during my middle school years they decided to start this wonderful school, MCS.

I received my BA in Business Administration from Saint Mary’s College, and began as Assistant Head of School soon after graduation. After 3 years of working  at MCS, I am now Head of School, delighted in the opportunity to work with parents, teachers, and our incredible children.

Currently, I am pursuing my Masters in Business Administration from Notre Dame de Namur, and looking forward to applying my education to our school.

When I am not hard at work or in school, I love to hike, swim, travel, and spend time with my family.