MIM StaffWho We Are
A high degree of self-discipline, commitment, and a professional attitude is required in the preparation of adults who are about to undertake work with young children. Our staff members are dedicated to providing the highest quality of education for our students which creates a strong foundation for the Montessori community.
Andrea Fleener–Executive Director and Director of Elementary Training
Andrea holds AMI diplomas at both the 6-12 and 3-6 levels. She has a B.A. in Germanic Languages and Literatures from the University of Kansas and a M.Ed in Montessori Education from Loyola University in Maryland.
Andrea has over 10 years of teaching experience as an AMI trained lead guide, in 6-9, 6-12 and 9-12 age groupings. She has served on various Montessori task forces and is a past chair of the AMI-EAA board of directors. Andrea has worked with the staffs of public and private Montessori schools and has lectured on AMI courses around the world. Andrea enjoys cooking, canning, sewing and listening to music.
Naoko Ogawa–Director of Primary Training and AMI Primary Consultant
Naoko holds AMI diplomas at both the 3-6 and 6-12 levels. She has a B.A. in Childhood Education from Tokyo Gakugei University and a M.Ed in Montessori Education from Loyola University in Maryland. Naoko taught children for 7 years in a Montessori Primary environment.
Naoko has worked with the staffs of public and private Montessori schools and has lectured on AMI courses around the world. Naoko loves creating, crafting and making materials!
Jo Ellen Gray, Administrative Assistant, Primary Course Assistant
Jo Ellen holds an AMI diploma at the 3-6 level and her state teaching license in Wisconsin. She has a B.S. in Early Childhood Education from University of Wisconsin in Madison. Jo Ellen taught Montessori in the public school system for 17 years.
Jo Ellen has worked with the staffs and individual teachers in a variety of schools in Wisconsin as a consultant, mentor and support person. She loves, hiking, being with her grandchildren and reading.
From Our Executive Director
“Montessori Institute of Milwaukee has a long history of training and supporting AMI teachers. The strength of our foundation comes from the dedicated, life-long Montessori practitioners who have contributed to building MIM over the last three decades. However, we are also a future-looking organization, with a vision that looks to how to better serve the community, train more teachers and prepare them for the classrooms they will enter today. This is the unique vision of MIM…working in the present while honoring the past and looking toward the future.”
– Andrea Fleener
Montessori Students in Milwaukee
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Location: 3400 South 43rd Street, Milwaukee, WI 53234
Telephone: (414) 481-5050
Fax: (414) 481-5164
The Montessori Institute of Milwaukee, Inc., does not discriminate with respect to its faculty, staff, students, employees or any other relationship within the corporation on the basis of race, color, sex, handicap, religion, national or ethnic origin.