Teachers & Staff
A garden requires patient labor and attention. Plants do not grow merely to satisfy ambitions or to fulfill good intentions. They thrive because someone expended effort on them.
Liberty Hyde Bailey
RECENT NEWS ABOUT US
Miss Blair and Miss Sarah have been long time friends and co-workers. Together they have over 25 years of experience in Montessori teaching and early education. With support from family and friends, they decided it was time to venture out and open their own school, Wildflower Montessori, in November 2017. They had full intentions of eventually grow their school over the course of a few years; but to their surprise, only six months later, they were presented with an opportunity to expand into an adjacent building west of their original one. Here they are in November 2018, only one year later, standing in their bright, beautiful, brand new building with over forty new students and fourteen new employees who have recently joined the Wildflower Family. They could not be more excited and proud of what they've been able to accomplish in the first year and a half of their journey as business partners. None of this would be possible without the encouragement and support from their families, friends, students and employees.
I was born and raised here in Kansas City and currently reside in the Northland with my 2 year old daughter, Bella, and husband, Ananda. I attended UMKC and have a background in early childhood education and curriculum development. My passion for teaching began in high school when I had the opportunity to work at a summer camp with inner city youth. During my time in college, I began teaching part time at a local Montessori school and fell in love with the philosophies and time I spent with the children. After college, I continued working at that school for 11 years and played many roles such as director, teacher and staff development coordinator, curriculum specialist and parent liaison.
Owning my own school and creating a space for families and their children to feel safe, loved and comfortable was always a dream of mine. In January 2017 our good friends and business partners, Sarah and Ryan Jordan, decided it was time for us all to make that dream come true. Wildflower Montessori is a space for children to grow, laugh, learn and be loved unconditionally. As parents, the hardest choice to make is “who will care for my child while I am at work?” At the end of the day, our hope is that families feel at ease making the decision for Wildflower Montessori to be a part of their lives.
Miss Sarah J.
Assistant Director and Preschool Teacher
I am a preschool teacher and one of the proud owners of Wildflower Montessori. I am Montessori trained and have been teaching for the past 12 years. During this time, I've worked with children between the ages of one and five. My favorite part about teaching is watching the kids get excited to learn and discover the world around them. To be a part of this is truly magical. My husband, Ryan, and I have two beautiful children together, Grey and Poppy. We also have four dogs, a cat and a fish. I look forward to becoming a positive and important part of your family's life. In my free time, I enjoy traveling and spending time with my family and friends, as well as being a tap dance enthusiast.
I am originally from Atchison, Kansas...the birthplace of Amelia Earhart! I don't have any younger siblings, but I always loved being around children. After I began babysitting, I discovered my passion for teaching and decided to go to school for Early Childhood Education. My favorite part about teaching is the hugs I get everyday. I love watching them grow and learn. It's rewarding when I see a student catch on to what I'm teaching them and are able to apply it to the next subject. I love being part of their learning process. Outside of the classroom, I enjoy photography, makeup, painting, drawing, fishing, hunting and being outdoors. I help my fiance work on vehicles and I try to volunteer at my church as often as I can. It puts a smile on my face and strengthens my faith.
Kindergarten and Grade School Teacher
I am beyond excited to be part of the Wildflower family! Being the oldest of five, my passion for education started young and has only gotten stronger. I have been teaching Montessori in Kansas City for the past five years and I absolutely love what I do. I went to college planning to obtain a traditional teaching degree and was then introduced to the Montessori philosophy. My sister is special needs and the concept of "follow the child" always made so much sense to me. I like the independence and complete love-of-learning the Montessori curriculum instills so I decided to get both degrees. I attended Xavier University in Cincinnati and received both a traditional teaching degree preschool - 3rd grade; as well as a Montessori accreditation for 2.5 - 6 year olds through AMS - American Montessori Society. The modified Montessori approach here at Wildflower has allowed me to take everything I have learned from numerous early childhood philosophers to teach to each specific child's individual needs. I am also a 200 hour accredited yoga teacher and love to teach yoga both in and outside of the classroom. I currently teach a weekly kids yoga class at the YMCA in Prairie Village as well as adult classes at Core Power Yoga on the Plaza. If I'm not with children or teaching yoga, you can usually find me playing with my adorable dog, Sadie, or spending time with my wonderful new husband. I also love to read, play piano and sing!
I am originally from Kansas City, Missouri and I’ve been at Wildflower Montessori since April 2018, but have been in childcare for over 4 years. Miss Blair, our director, was my co-teacher at a different school and continues to inspire me to put my whole heart into teaching. She is a true example of what it means to be a leader in the classroom and as a business owner. I am Montessori certified and strive for each family to trust me in guiding their child through toddlerhood with a strong sense of self-awareness, self-confidence and self-motivation. When I’m not in the classroom, I love playing disc golf, going to concerts and visiting local breweries.
I am from St. Louis Missouri and grew up in a family with a lot of younger cousins. I always loved playing “teacher” with them so being a toddler teacher in my adult life, I feel like it’s a childhood dream come true. I have worked at Wildflower since May 2018 and have had the privilege of watching my young students learn, grow and “graduate” to preschool classrooms. It’s rewarding to know that I’m making a significant impact on who they are as a person and I hope to instill the love of learning into each child as they continue their time here are Wildflower and beyond. In my free time I enjoy singing, shopping and watching my friends race motocross!
I’m from Kansas City, Missouri and have been in childcare for four years and for two years I was a lead/directress with my own classroom. My passion for teaching came from helping my mother with my younger siblings. I love seeing my children grow and learn every day. My favorite aspect of the Montessori philosophy we teach at Wildflower is that it helps create a well-rounded child by enhancing their practical life skills as well as preparing them for a more traditional learning environment that they may encounter as a grade schooler. I’m a mother of two beautiful girls and like to spend a lot of time at the park or visiting fun places all over Kansas City! We enjoy spending quality time with family and friends.
I am originally from Taipei, Taiwan, a tiny island in Asia. I have worked at Wildflower Montessori for a month, but before I immigrated to the United States, I worked at an English school for two years with kids ages 7-12. I realized my passion for teaching through my younger sister. I loved helping her explore everything and teaching her how to cook, do housework, draw, etc. I am a big kid at heart so I find it fun, joyful and rewarding to explore the world with young children. I received some unique training from an English summer camp that was held near a temple in Taiwan. We spent a whole week in the temple learning how to live like monks. We slept, ate, woke up, and did everything together. It was interesting to learn and immerse myself into a different culture. As a volunteer teacher, I was asked to help kids learn to complete activities and participate in learning competitions. In the Montessori teaching method, I like that the kids can decide which activities they want to do to develop their own interests. I also enjoy seeing them help, share and support each other. When I’m not at Wildflower, I love going to the gym, playing volleyball, traveling, baking, watching movies and exploring new things and different cultures.
I’ve been working in childcare for the past three years and I’ve been at Wildflower since November. I worked in the Liberty School District before I became certified NAMC – Montessori. The best part of Montessori is watching the child grow and explore activities that are of interest to them. Being a part of their daily lives is truly a blessing to me. Outside of the classroom I enjoy cooking, reading and spending as much time with my children, grandchildren and friends as possible.
I was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. I started at Wildflower in June of 2018. While working at Wildflower Montessori, I am pursuing my Bachelor’s in early childhood education, in order to pursue my career as a teacher. I found my passion for kids through my three young nephews. As I started at Wildflower, I realized that teaching is what I want to do, and this is where I belong. Seeing the kids come into school, excited and ready to learn makes this job fun and makes me excited to come in every day. Outside of the classroom I have a huge passion for animals, especially my dog Lola. I also enjoy listening to music and watching movies.
I'm from Kansas City, Missouri and have been working at Wildflower since December 2018. As the oldest grandchild, I always helped take care of my cousins. My passion for working with younger kids was a natural, God given gift, that eventually turned into a career for me in childcare. I have a college education is Child Development and have been working with children for over eleven years. I love to see their excitement when they learn something new. When I'm not in the classroom, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, reading, and serving in my church and community.
I have lived in Baltimore, MD and Stonewall, LA but have been in Kansas City, MO since 2010. I have worked with preschool-aged children in high school from 2015-2016 and interned at an elementary school in 2017 before I started working at Wildflower in January 2019. After interning at a local elementary school, I realized my passion for education and decided that teaching is what I wanted to do as a career. I am currently a sophomore at Park University and will be graduating with an Early Education degree in 2021! My favorite part about using the Montessori teaching method is watching children acquire information and using that new skill to problem solve on their own. It's rewarding to see them learn one their own and discover their own interests. When I'm not in class or at Wildflower, I enjoy going to the gym, taking care of my animals, discovering new places in Kansas City, and traveling around the US!
I was born and raised in Pasadena, California. I recently started working at Wildflower in March 2019 and have three years of childcare experience. I received a bachelor's degree with a background in Elementary education and a minor in Spanish. I always knew I wanted to work with children. They have the purest hearts and a natural desire to learn. Children are little sponges, ready to soak up new information. I enjoy watching them master Montessori lessons on a daily basis. When I'm not teaching, I love going on hikes and finding family-friendly events to go to with my son and newborn daughter.