Award Winning Teachers

In January, Sonnet Montessori School & Child Care and Seeds to Seedlings Child Development Center and the Yellow Brick Road Early Childhood Development Centers (our sister schools) came together to reflect on the last year and to celebrate the people who make it possible: each of our teachers and support staff.

During the evening, we had the opportunity to honor a few of the teachers and support staff who have gone above and beyond in 2023 in embodying our core values, and consistently demonstrating them to the children and their parents as well as their coworkers. 

YBR holiday party
L-R, Jessica Johnsen, CEO, Kylie Schrader, COO and Betsy Martin, Family Liaison, presented the awards during the annual Holiday Party.

A BIG congratulations to the overall winner of the Golden Brick Award for Communication, Seethu Bhagianathan!  One of our Infant Community teachers at our Prior Lake school, Ms. Seethu always has a smile on her face and is positive and upbeat. She is always ready to support her coworkers and we are so thrilled to have her on our team.

We also want to recognize ALL of our nominees at Sonnet Montessori:

Collaboration

Carleen Bartunek

Carleen takes time to learn how each child likes to start their day and makes sure she supports that. She has a big smile and a welcoming voice, always seeing the positive in any situation that may arise. She is always willing to help out wherever needed and lend a helping hand.

Meghan Ottman

Meghan Ottman

Meghan is a team player and when she is pulled away from her administrative responsibilities, enjoys supporting all the classrooms as needed. She is very flexible and brings positivity to the school!

Communication

Michele Burns

Michele Burns

Michele believes in Sonnet’s mission to “put good humans into the world and to leave the world better than we found it” and truly exemplifies our core values, and her team knows that they can count on her. She is effective at communication and following through within the classroom, amongst staff and with parents.

Innovation

Megan Haas

Megan Haas

Megan is amazing at putting together new and creative work for the children in her classroom! She loves to explore local shops to piece together unique, intriguing, and educational materials to keep the children engaged and excited to learn! She also enjoys supporting her colleagues and both the Sonnet Montessori schools with her experience and knowledge.

Gita Kamath

Gita Kamath

Gita is experienced in the Montessori method and applies her knowledge in the classroom. She works to support the children’s learning in her classroom and encourages their curiosity and sense of wonder.

Nurturing

Rani Ramakrishnan

Rani Ramakrishnan

Rani is very patient, loving and kind with the children. Her approach is always gentle and she enjoys taking care of them and meeting their needs.

Alexis Wade

Alexis Wade

Alexis shows grace and compassion to all the children in her care and builds strong relationships with the families. She comes to work with a big smile and a positive attitude, greeting each child with a warm and welcoming smile and “hello” as they enter her classroom!

Positivity

Carolee Closemore

Carolee Closemore

Carolee brings a positive energy to the classroom and always willing to help with extra tasks, including organizing and cleaning! She is eager to nurture the children and guide them in the classroom, and she is adored by the children and a pleasure to work alongside

Tori Martin

Tori Martin

Tori always has a smile on her face, and her optimism and energy are contagious. She makes her coworkers laugh and smile and enjoys being silly with the children.

Fun

Kelsey Soll

Kelsey Soll

Not only does Kelsey express grace and gentleness with all the children in her classroom, her joy in working with them is evident! She loves making sure all the children are safe but also having fun, and enjoys taking them on nature walks. She incorporates fun work, art projects and activities into the classroom and work cycle!

Alicia Reilly

Alicia Reilly

Alicia loves interacting with the children and getting involved with them. She can often be found exploring the playground with the children during recess, getting down at their level and talking to them, and bringing some fun into their day!

A huge thank you to ALL of our amazing team members at Sonnet Montessori –
You are the real MVPs of our schools!

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