Meet Our Faculty

Annie Carlson

Head of School

Annie Carlson

Annie has made Montessori her life work for almost 40 years. “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 Owner/Head of School of Montessori Academy in 1979.

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Bonnie Fisher

Bonnie has her Bachelor’s Degree in Christian Education. She homeschooled for 12 years, worked in private preschool, public school for 5 years, and was a tutor.    She was introduced to Montessori Academy in 2007,  and  began substituting.  She became an assistant Toddler teacher in 2008 for 5 years, before moving to the office in the administrative role. She has five children (the youngest who attended MAGE from PrePrimary through Elementary), and several grandchildren.

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

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Nelly Robles 

Nelly is a veteran of the U.S Navy and has a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration.  Her interest in teaching was peaked when a friend introduced her to teaching ESL to Chinese students online.  She became interested in the Montessori Method when she began looking for ways to engage her two sons in both social and educational activities.  She is now an Assistant in the Toddler class and teaches Spanish to the Elementary Class.  Her son attends MAGE and is a part of the Pre-Primary class.

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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 and is now in Elementary. 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 almost 40 years. “ 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 became the owner and Head of Montessori Academy in 1979.  She has taught at all three levels, Toddler through Elementary.  Currently she directs the upper 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 as the director for the lower elementary. Bob and his wife have two daughters and a son. His son attends our school.

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.