Ashley Steurer is a graduate of Xavier University, where she found the Montessori Method for the first time. When Ashley stumbled upon the Montessori Method, she fell in love with the idea of educating the whole child, not just teaching to read and write but to prepare them to make a difference as adults and to learn to live in peace with all people. While at Xavier, she received her Bachelor of Science in Montessori Education and obtained her American Montessori Society Primary (Preschool/ Kindergarten) certification, as well as her State of Ohio teaching license (P – 3, Reading P – 3). She received her AMS Elementary I (Grades 1-3) and AMS Elementary II (Grades 4-6) Montessori Certification from Mid-America Montessori Teacher Training Institute in Nebraska. Ashley also has her Orton-Gillingham Licensure to aid children with dyslexia in learning to read and is a teacher trainer at the Global Montessori Educators Institute.
Ashley recently relocated to Wisconsin and is excited to join the Adeline Montessori staff and families.
Lauren Gordon joins AMS with a lifetime of education. She has an Associates Degree in Liberal Arts, a Bachelor of Arts in English, a Masters in Writing, an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education, and is currently completing a second Masters in Elementary Montessori Education with the University of Wisconsin River Falls. She brings over ten years of teaching experience, eight years of parenting experience, a mountain of debt, and an uncanny ability to stay positive. She/Her are her preferred pronouns.
Lauren believes in educating the whole child, which means meeting individuals where they are and as who they are. She is an advocate of meaningful, equitable education and human rights and has found Montessori’s philosophy to align very closely with those fundamental beliefs. Dr. Montessori wrote that “establishing lasting peace is the work of education” and it resonated so soundly with Lauren that it became her cosmic calling to educate children using that pedagogy.
Lauren lives with her partner, Joel, and their eight-year-old daughter, Natalie, in Waukesha. Outside of the classroom, she enjoys cooking, music, reading, video games, board games, gardening, and any excuse to have a good laugh.
Kristin Polk is a summa cum laude graduate of UW-Milwaukee, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary and Middle-Level Education with a Minor in Language Arts. She brings 16 years of experience teaching multi-age, third grade, and fourth grade in the fully inclusive and 1:1 technology-device New Berlin Public School District. She has been a proud parent and community member of a Montessori environment for eight years and has taught as an assistant in a Lower Elementary Montessori classroom for one year. She has completed her Paraprofessional Montessori Training and is currently enrolled in a teaching program to earn her certification as a Lower Elementary Montessori guide. Kristin believes every child is a unique individual with unique learning abilities and needs. She fosters a calm, respectful, and safe learning environment by building supportive alliances with students and their families.
While not in the classroom, Kristin enjoys spending quality time with her family. Her favorite pastimes include taking road trips, reading, singing along to Disney or Broadway musicals, and doing projects around the house. Kristin and her husband are excited to have their two children join the Adeline Montessori learning community!
Life is good, every day, for Mindi Eineichner, who is in her fourth year teaching Upper Elementary after realizing her long-time dream of being a Montessori teacher. Mindi Eineichner was born and grew up in northern Wisconsin. She attended the Milwaukee School of Engineering and the University of Alabama at Birmingham to gain both a B.S. and an M.S in Biomedical Engineering, respectively. Before finding her passion in a Montessori classroom, Mindi worked for 17 years at a medical device company helping educate physicians, nurses, and co-workers on implantable device technology, including pacemakers and defibrillators.
Mindi lives in Waukesha with her wife, daughter, two dogs, and three cats. Mindi’s hobbies are cooking/baking, gardening, walking her dogs, being surrounded by trees, bonfires, puzzles, and traveling.
Lauren Huyke holds a lifetime teaching license for the state of Wisconsin in grades 1-9 and is currently enrolled in Secondary I & II training through the Global Montessori Educators Institute. She grew up in Waukesha and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in education from Carroll College in 2004. Shortly after graduation, Lauren was introduced to the Montessori philosophy and went on to spend the last 15 years working in academic administration and teaching at a Montessori school.
She is committed to teaching children where they are academically, socially, and emotionally to help them become who they want to be and feels the child-centered approach to Montessori education has the potential to be successful for all learners.
Outside of the classroom, Lauren loves watching movies and playing video games with her husband and their three children. She also enjoys spending time with her dog and the family rabbit, Eddie, will join her in Elementary II.
A student of life, with a passion for learning and teaching every single day, Mike Richter has spent 12 joyful years as an educator in a Montessori environment. During the years of his teaching experience, Mike has been a physical education specialist & afterschool coordinator (12 years), director of enrichment (3 years), summer program coordinator (3 years), and art teacher (2 years). Mike earned an Associate of Arts degree and Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from The University of Wisconsin – Whitewater. Mike also holds a paraprofessional training certificate, is trained in Transgender Education, responsive trauma, and by Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Diabetes management. Mike’s philosophy in the classroom is a three-pronged approach – help the child realize their potential, help the child stay safe, and most importantly – have fun!
Mike is an avid aquarist and maintains many fish tanks at his home. A jack of all trades, he enjoys woodworking, crafting, painting, making and playing music, jigsaw puzzles, fishing, playing competitive slow-pitch softball, golfing, laughing with friends, and watching every Wisconsin based sports team. Mike is excited for his next chapter of teaching, and working with the team at Adeline Montessori School.