Our Staff

Leah Popova | Parent Outreach Coordinator | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. One of my greatest passions is to support other individuals through their own life journeys.  Parenting is certainly one of these adventures!  I have a B.S. degree in English Literature from the University of WI-River Falls, the AMI Primary Montessori Diploma, and a M.Ed from Loyola University.  I spent 8 years as a Children's House Lead Guide at Children's Workshop Montessori, after which I took time off to explore other paths of involvement in the Montessori community.  This led me to Mayflower Early Childhood Center, and I am excited to be here for a fourth year working closely with all the parents.  I live in Edina with my husband and daughter who attends the Toddler Community here at Mayflower ECC!

Stephanie Melander | Interim Director & Business Manager | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
I have a B.S. in Business Administration from St. Catherine University, a Graduate Certificate in Holistic Health Studies from St. Catherine University, the AMI Primary Diploma from the Montessori Center of Minnesota, and a Masters in Education from Loyola University Maryland. This is my third year at Mayflower, where I have worked both directly with the children in the Children's House, and also in the administrative capacity. I am a native Minnesotan, runner, nutrition facts lover, and animal lover.

Laura Fritz | Lead Guide, Toddler Community | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the AMI Assistants to Infancy (0-3) diploma at the Montessori Center of Minnesota, and a Masters in Education from Loyola University Maryland.  I truly enjoy changing the world and working for peace through children and the Montessori community and am excited to continue at Mayflower for a second year in the Toddler Community!  In my free time I love singing, cooking, gardening, reading, and camping.

Zara Idris | Assistant, Toddler Community
I am from Ethiopia but I have lived in the United States for 23 years.  In Seattle I worked for 9 years as a homecare aide and as a daycare provider.  I was a nanny for 7 years.  I have lived in Minneapolis for 6 years.  I have 3 boys, ages 29, 22, and 19.  In my family of origin, I am one of 11 children, so I am very comfortable with children and families.  I love children and I love working with them!  I am enjoying my second year as  the Assistant in the Toddler Community in 2015-16.  I  completed my AMI Montessori Assistant Training at the Montessori Center of Minnesota in summer 2014.  This is my 6th year at Mayflower Early Childhood Center.

Kori Shelden | Assistant, Toddler Community | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
I am originally from the great state of New Jersey. I attended Messiah College in Pennsylvania, where I graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Religious studies and Anthropology. I also lived in Tempe, Arizona before moving to Minnesota in 2011. I was fortunate enough to be apart of my two nieces’ lives in Arizona, and heavily due to this time with them, I discovered my passion for children! Also while in Arizona, it was the first time I ever heard of the Montessori philosophy. So, I moved here to pursue the AMI degree and graduated in 2013. I am delighted to now be in my second year with Laura and Zara in the  Toddler Community.  I also do Toddler After Care! Montessori is truly a peaceful revolutionary movement which I am honored to be a part of. Outside of work I run, bike, dance, sing, practice yoga, and I am a lover of nature (animals:), the arts, my family, and college basketball!

Tiffany Heaver | Guide, Children’s House 1 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
I grew up in the Twin Cities and hold a Masters in Education from Loyola University, an AMI primary diploma from The Montessori Center of Minnesota, and a B.A. in English from St. Olaf College. Before coming to Mayflower, I taught for three years as an assistant at Cornerstone Montessori School. I’ve also tutored ESL students, coached gymnastics, and interned in Ghana. My pastimes include writing, biking, and spending time outdoors with my family. It brings me great joy to join the Mayflower team!

Maggie Jenkins | Assistant, Children’s House 1

Erin Haapala | Guide, Children’s House 2 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
I am the guide in Children's House 2 and proud to say that I helped to grow Mayflower's Montessori program when it all began in 2009.  I have my Masters in Education (Loyola University Maryland) and received my Montessori AMI Primary Diploma in 2009. Before my Montessori career began I graduated from the University of Minnesota with degrees in Anthropology and Archaeology. One of my favorite things about being a Montessori guide is getting to see how all these very different children develop into independent, life long learners. 

 Anna Davis| Lead Guide, Children’s House 3
I was born in Bogota, Colombia and adopted when I was 6 months old. I grew up in south Minneapolis.  I've worked with children who have come from all different backgrounds and I enjoy every minute of it.  I worked with children in crisis at the Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery for 6 years and stumbled upon the greatness of Montessori working at Discoveries for Children Montessori for 5 years. I graduated with my AMI diploma in 2014 and I am finishing my early childhood education degree through Metro state. I enjoy traveling, (specifically to Seattle in the summers to visit family) waterfall hunting, biking, drawing, spending time with family and my pug, Bentley.  I join Erin in Children's House 2 and will cover her maternity leave in Winter 2016 as the guide of the classroom.

Alex Link | Assistant, Children's House 3 |
 I have a B.A. from Gustavus Adolphus College and have completed the Assistance Training Course   at the Montessori Center of Minnesota. I have previously worked as a PCA for children with pervasive development disorders and have been involved in yourth development programs through the YMCA.  Children have a powerful innate drive towards functional independence and I am honored to be at Mayflower.

Gaby Orozco-Delmont | Lead Guide, Children's House 4 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
I was born and raised in Mexico City. After graduating from The Escuela Mundial de Turismo, I lived abroad, studying English and French in Canada for several years. When I returned to Mexico I taught English as a second language to elementary students. My educational work also included teaching Spanish to adult foreign exchange students at the Cemenahuac Language Institute, in the city of Cuernavaca, Mexico.  I have been living with my husband and two daughters in Minneapolis for the past 13 years. I completed the AMI Primary Course at the Montessori Training Center of Minnesota in St. Paul, graduating in 2010. I also worked as a Montessori Assistant at Cornerstone and Little Flowers Montessori in recent years, before finding a great new home at Mayflower one year ago. I really enjoy my role as an Assistant in Children’s House 4, and look forward to all of the contributions that I can make this coming year

 Daja Barber| After Care Co-Coordinator |

Mingus Robson| After Care Assistant | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
I was born in Minneapolis MN, and have lived here all my life.   This is my second year working at MECC and my first year working as an assistant in the after care program.  I graduated Minneapolis community and Technical College two years ago with my AA Degree in Liberal Arts .  I  worked at Lunds and Byerlies groceries store doing customer service.   I also have worked as a PCA and a Resident Assistant in various homes for people with disabilities. I have completed the Montessori workshops this past summer, and I have always loved children and being able to connect with them as they grow. I am really looking forward to working with these children and all of you as we help to support  and guide them using the Montessori program techniques.

Tamira Omer | Aide | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
I have lived in Minneapolis for five years. I graduated from Roosevelt High School in 2011.  This is my first time working with children at a school, but I grew up with my grandma in Ethiopia. When my grandma died, I moved back with my mom.  Here in the United States I have helped care for my cousins, ages 1-5 years old!  I love being with the children at Mayflower Early Childhood Center and being close with the children!

Saleha Asim | Aide | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
I earned my AMI Primary diploma from the Montessori Training Center of Minnesota. I have been working in the education field for the last fifteen years and am keen to guide and help children in their developmental age. I have two university going children: a daughter pursuing a degree in medicine and a son in finance. My husband and I live in Eden Prairie, MN. I love to do painting, interior designing, and make artistic arrangements in my leisure time. I enjoy traveling around the globe with my family.

 

 

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Our mission is to serve an economically diverse community and
to provide high quality Montessori learning environments that meet
the developmental needs
of the whole child.

Mayflower Early Childhood Center

106 East Diamond Lake Road
Minneapolis, MN 55419
Tel: 612-825-5914

 

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