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
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 growing 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. In November 2018, only one year later, they are standing in their bright, beautiful, brand new building with over fifty new students and fifteen 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 dedicated employees.
Meet Our Team
I was born and raised here in Kansas City and currently reside in the Northland with my 5 year old daughter, Bella, baby Luca 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.
Co-Director and Preschool Teacher | Sunflower
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 and a cat. 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.
Infant Teacher | Daffodil
I am originally from Saipan, located in the Northern Marianas Islands. I grew up babysitting my siblings and younger family members. I love working with kids and babies on a daily basis and watching them grow and learn. Since working at Wildflower, my passion for childcare has become even stronger. My favorite activities are listening to music, swimming and flying kites.
Infant Teacher | Daffodil
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.
Toddler Teacher | Snapdragon
I grew up in Wellington, Kansas and have been in childcare since 2014. I've always enjoyed working with kids and decided to go into Early Childhood Education to further my passion of teaching. My favorite aspect of the Montessori curriculum is that it's a different approach to learning and it's rewarding to see a child develop a sense of independence and a true love of learning. Outside of Wildflower, I like to watch movies, hang out with my friends and attend concerts.
Toddler Teacher | Primrose
I’m from Kansas City, Missouri and have been in childcare since 2010. My passion for teaching came from my mother who is a special education teacher and sign language interpreter. I know some fundamental sign language that I try and implement in the classroom. The main reason I became an educator is to have the ability to make a direct impact on their future. I love providing encouragement and guidance throughout a child's school day and beyond. Outside of the classroom, I enjoy shopping, eating and spending time with family and friends.
I am from Banning, California and have been in Missouri since I began college in 2014. I still enjoy flying back home to see my family every once in a while. Maybe one day I will move back, but I am going to enjoy this time in my life living in another state. I began working at Wildflower in March 2020. I have been working with children since high school in summer programs, sports programs and after school programs. My passion for teaching came from my mother who has been a teacher for over 30 years and has seen the joys and challenges of working in education. I decided to go into education because this is where I feel my purpose lies. I have a BA in Psychology that I received from Cottey College, in good 'ol Nevada, Missouri; not to be confused with the state of Nevada. My first job after college was at a children's behavioral center, which allowed me to be formerly trained in Emergency Safety Intervention (ESI). My favorite part about teaching is being able to be included in the growth process of a child. There are so many things they want to knowand I am always willing to give them my best answer. Outside of the classroom, I enjoy playing the piano, softball and basketball. I love going on walks, finding treasures in thrift stores and consignment shops, painting my nails, flipping houses with my best friend and booking new and fun foods.
Preschool Teacher | Sage
I was born in North Carolina, but was raised in Kansas City, Kansas. I went to Park University for 3 years for elementary education, but took a break when I had my son, who is now a student here at Wildflower! I’ve been working with children since I was 18 years old, and spent eight years working with children ages 2.5 years old through 6th grade. I began working at a summer before/after school camp, then became a K-6th Grade Title 1 Aide. I most recently taught preschool and pre-k for four years. My passion for teaching stems from my fond memories I have when I was a young student. I loved going to school, and would come home and pretend to play school. Many of my teachers made learning fun for me, and I’d love to be able to make the same positive impact and inspiration for my students. My favorite aspect of teaching, especially the Montessori method, is the satisfaction I see when a student successfully completes a new or challenging activity. I enjoy guiding them to take initiative and responsibility for their education and then watching their hard work pay off. It increases their confidence and, in turn, sparks a passion for learning. I always try to incorporate arts and crafts into my lessons, which brings a fun and colorful element to the classroom. When I’m not teaching, I run my own small business making and selling crafts. I love baking and making new things. I also love being a mom!
Preschool Teacher | Lily
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 am originally from Kansas City, Missouri and I’ve been at Wildflower Montessori since April 2018, but have been in childcare since 2016. 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.