Meet Our Faculty

Head of School

Annie Carlson

Annie has made Montessori her life work for over 30 years. “And I owe it all to my youngest brother who was in Montessori when I was studying Child Development in college.” Observing her brother’s Montessori experiences inspired her to pursue her Montessori Certification. She is trained in Infant-Toddler (birth – 3 years), Pre-primary (3 – 6 years) and Elementary I and II (6 – 12 years). Annie took the reins as the Director of Montessori Academy in 1979 and has taught at all three levels, Toddler through Elementary. Annie is the owner and head of school of MAGE. She also is the director of the Elementary classroom.

Stephanie Eby

Stephanie Eby

Stephanie earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Illinois at Chicago and worked as a nurse for 10 years before starting a family. She spent the next 12 years at home with her children, homeschooling and attending births as a doula, supporting women through pregnancy and childbirth. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family & friends and volunteers many hours a week sitting on the Board of Directors of Prairie Food Co-op, working to open a community-owned grocery store in Lombard. Her 3 children attend Montessori Academy and she enjoys getting to know the entire MAGE family in her role of Office Manager.

Bonnie Fisher

Bonnie has her Bachelor’s Degree in Christian Education. She has worked in private preschool, public school, was a tutor and is an experienced homeschooler. She was introduced to Montessori by her eldest daughter who taught in our toddler class. Bonnie began substituting at Montessori Academy in 2007 and then became an assistant teacher for 5 years, before joining the office team. She took the Montessori Fundamentals course in 2008. She and her husband have five children (the youngest who attended MAGE from age 3 through elementary), and grandchildren. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading and projects of all sorts. She is the Administrative Assistant.

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Roxana Acevedo 

AMS infant toddler certified teacher. Her deep love for children led her to explore different methods of early childhood education. It was during this process that she discovered Dr. Maria Montessori’s method. She has been a Montessorian for several years, leading a toddler classroom and also assisting in a primary classroom. She is our toddler directress and also teaches Spanish in our elementary classroom.

When she is not in the classroom Ms. Roxy enjoys photography and the art of cake decorating.

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Jyotsna Raina

Lead teacher for our PrePrimary class, Jyotsna enjoys teaching and is passionate about working with young children. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and is AMS certified (PrePrimary) with several years of experience working in early childhood education. She enjoys cooking, traveling to new places, and likes creativity in home decorations and art.

Kathy Bonilla

Katherine Bonilla

Kathy comes from Chile and has lived in the states for 12 years. She has experience volunteering with district 203 of Naperville in the dual language program. She came to Montessori Academy in 2015 as a substitute teacher in the Pre-Primary classroom. She is now an assistant in the Pre-Primary class and also helps with Spanish immersion. Kathy has 2 grown daughters.

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Anet McIntyre

Anet has always enjoyed teaching and has had experience with Early Childhood in her native country of Uruguay. She also has a Bachelor’s Degree in International Affairs and Commerce and has worked for the Airline Business. Her son attends MAGE for his third year and is now in First grade. Getting to know more about the Montessori Method inspired her to go back to teaching. She started as a Substitute teacher and is now an Assistant in the Pre-Primary Class. She also enjoys travelling and cake decorating.

 

Annie Carlson

Annie Carlson

Annie has made Montessori her life work for over 30 years. “And I owe it all to my youngest brother who was in Montessori when I was studying Child Development in college.” Observing her brother’s Montessori experiences inspired her to pursue her Montessori Certification. She is trained in Infant-Toddler (birth – 3 years), Pre-primary (3 – 6 years) and Elementary I and II (6 – 12 years). Annie took the reins as the Director of Montessori Academy in 1979 and has taught at all three levels, Toddler through Elementary. Annie is the owner and head of school of MAGE. She also is the director of the Elementary classroom.

Bob Walley

Bob Walley

Bob has had many years working with children as a Sunday School teacher. He was exposed to Montessori education when his children enrolled in a Montessori school. He was impressed with the Montessori style and took the Elementary training at Seton Montessori Institute. He is working with Ms. Annie in our Elementary classroom. Bob and his wife have two daughters and a son. His son is part of our Pre-Primary class.

Don Carlson

Don Carlson

Don trained as an attorney, earning his BA in Philosophy at Wheaton College before attending the University of Illinois College of Law. He learned of Montessori philosophy from his wife, Annie Carlson, and after reading more, realized his best educational experiences mirrored these methods. After many years working as a lawyer, he left his practice and came to MAGE where he worked for 4 years in the 3-6 classroom before training for the Middle School. He worked for 3 years at other Montessori middle schools but is happy to be back at MAGE as the Middle School Director.