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The Child's View Montessori's carefully selected and trained faculty believes in the goodness and power of human nature.  Their main task, as teachers, is to observe children in order to discover their unique developmental pattern.  As each pattern is understood, teacher and parents work together to foster, guide and support the child.  Because they spend three years together, teachers and children develop a relationship that is open, warm, and marked by mutual respect.  Each teacher knows ever child well in body, mind and spirit.  Our head teachers have an undergraduate college degree and Montessori training.  Our teachers are active learners, bringing their own experiences into the classroom.  Faculty experiences include physical education, music, art, and classroom material design.  The faculty continues to grow and retain their enthusiasm through professional development opportunities and working with students in the classroom.

Ann and Scott DeVries, Owners

Ms. Ann DeVries is native of Lincoln. She holds her Bachelor of Arts degree in Art and English. Ms. Ann is trained in the Primary (3-6) age group and has worked in Montessori for  20 years. Her partner in running the Child’s View Montessori School is her husband Scott. Ann is the director of the school and will be working in the Toddler Community this year and as a substitute in the Primary Classroom.

Scott DeVries has been a CPA with Shotkoski & Associates P.C. for 25 years. He manages the financial aspect of the school and has come to Montessori through his wife and their 18 year old twins Eric and Maria. Eric and Maria graduated from the Child’s View Montessori and completed the 6-12 (elementary) program at Prairie Hill Learning Center in Roca, NE. They are in the 12th grade at Lincoln Southeast High School. 

Primary Community:

Ms. Jeanne Schaffhausen received her AMI (3-6) Primary Montessori diploma from the Washington Montessori Institute in Washington D.C. She has 25 years of experience in Montessori. Jeanne worked at the Lexington Montessori School in Lexington, Massachusetts for 10 years. She moved back to Nebraska to be near her family and worked at Montessori Children’s Room in Omaha, NE for 10 years. Jeanne then got married and moved to Lincoln where she worked at Lincoln Montessori School for 4 years. Jeanne completed her 3-6 training for catechesis of the Good Shepherd the summer of 2015. Jeanne enjoys cooking, reading, going to art museums, and spending time outdoors. Jeanne and her husband Bill like to travel and spend time with family and friends. 

Ms. Katelynn Shumaker is a Lincoln, NE native. Observing the growth and progression of her 15 month old son sparked her interest into alternative education. She has been working as an assistant at The Child's View Montessori since May of 2016 in both the Toddler and Primary Communities. 

Ms. Barbie (Jensen) Hendricks graduated from UNL with a dual major in Elementary Education and Human Development. She taught first grade initially and then focused on Early Childhood Education as a Preschool Teacher and Art Specialist for over 22 years with Dimensions at First Plymouth. She also completed a Train the Trainers Course in Nature Explore through Doane College. She became interested in the Montessori approach through observation of her grandchildren. After joining the staff at The Child’s View Montessori she completed the AMI Assistant’s course in St. Paul, Minnesota during the summer of 2012. She has 2 sons Caleb and Joel. She and her husband Bill enjoy sports, music, and art.

Ms. Donalyn Katt has a passion in life to work with children, watching them grow and develop into self-confident and productive adults. After graduating from Doane College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education with an Early Childhood Endorsement, she taught second grade at Centennial Public Schools in Utica, NE. The last twenty five years she has worked at Dimensions Early Education and will end her time there this May. Ms. Donalyn took the AMI Assistant Course training in St. Paul Minnesota in 2012. In her leisure time she enjoys working in the yard, reading, working out, traveling and spending time with her husband, Peter, and her two sons, Benjamin and Daniel, as well as friends. 

Toddler Community:

Ms. Allie Kay attended the Montessori Institute of San Diego from where she received her AMI Assistants to Infancy (birth to 3 years) diploma. She has also received her Associates degree in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Allie attended Prairie Hill Learning Center for Preschool and Kindergarten, and went to PH summer camps annually until she was 15. She came back to Montessori in 2009 when she started working at The Child’s View Montessori.  

Ms. Sarah Baker earned an Instrumental education degree from Nebraska Wesleyan University in 2016. She taught strings for a year in Topeka, Kansas before moving back to Lincoln, her home town. Sarah is currently working towards a Masters of Arts in Education Policy and Reform at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. Ms. Sarah joined the Toddler Community in June of 2017. 

Support Staff:

Ms. Kristyl Torres is a Lincoln, NE native who now lives in Gretna.  She has a BA from UNL in Psychology and received her AMI Assistants to Infancy diploma from the Montessori Institute of Denver in 2008.  She and her husband Matthew have two children, Isaiah age 4 and Lydia age 2, and a golden retriever named Woof.  Ms. Kristyl has worked with the Child's View since its opening.  After taking a 3 year maternity leave she has returned to support the community through office management and assisting in the classrooms.