Meet Our Faculty

Roxana Acevedo

Roxana Acevedo 

Roxana was born and raised in Mexico. She has a background in early childhood education. 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. In her free time Ms. Roxy enjoys photography and the art of cake decorating. She is our toddler directress and also teaches Spanish in our elementary classroom.

Veronica Rivera

Veronica Rivera

Veronica is a Montessori mom who stepped into the classroom as an aide to Ms. Roxana. She took Montessori Training at Seton in 2016 and has joined the toddler classroom as the assistant. She leads a yoga class for the Middle School and has assisted in the elementary classroom. Veronica has 2 daughters at our school.

Cote Garceau

Cote Garceau

Originally from Chile, Cote has been teaching since she came to the United States in 2004. She took the training to be a Montessori director in 2014. As a native Spanish speaker, language is important in the Pre-Primary classroom. Cote’s gentle approach to teaching Spanish allows the entire class to feel comfortable and confident as they learn another language. She has worked alongside Don Czerwinskyj, a Master trainer for Montessori, and has trained in art. As an herbalist, she loves to share nature with children and adults alike, and inspires our staff and students with her passion for the natural world. Cote is the Pre-Primary directress.

Jyotsa Raina

Jyotsna Raina

Jyotsna enjoys teaching and is passionate about working with young children. She has a Bachelor’s in Computer Science, several years training and teaching in early childhood education, and is currently finishing her Montessori certification from Seton Montessori. She enjoys cooking, traveling to new cities, and likes creativity in home decorations and art. She is assisting in the Pre-Primary class. Jyotsna has two children and her youngest is in our Pre-Primary class.

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.

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.

Veronica Rivera

Veronica Rivera

Veronica is a Montessori mom who stepped into the classroom as an aide to Ms. Roxana. She took Montessori Training at Seton in 2016 and has joined the toddler classroom as the assistant. She leads a yoga class for the Middle School and has assisted in the elementary classroom. Veronica has 2 daughters at 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.

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 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.