“Preparing Today’s Children to LEAP into Tomorrow’s Future”
Mrs. Sheila Griffin, MEd
Founder & Montessori Trained Primary & Elementary Teacher
Ms. Griffin is the Founder of LEAP International Montessori School and the Lead Elementary teacher. She is also the Curriculum Coordinator and responsible for all happenings on campus.
She holds Association of Montessori Internationale Diplomas at both the Primary (ages 2.5-6) and Elementary (ages 6-12) levels, as well as a Bachelor of Liberal Arts in History and Philosophy from the University of Alaska Southeast. She also holds a Master’s Degree in International Education from Northcentral University. She has taught nationally and internationally at both the Primary and Elementary levels.
Ms. Griffin is especially interested in Peace Education and has done extensive work with indigenous groups in North America. Her background before she came to Montessori was in the museum world and outdoor education.
Ms. Griffin is a native of New Mexico and graduated from Sandia High School. She also spent a significant amount of time in Alaska and considers it to be her second home.
When not in the classroom, Ms Griffin enjoys spending time with her precious four-legged daughter, “Henri”. She is an avid traveler and lover of labyrinths and geometry gardens and visits them often.
Ms. Henri Griffin
Sunshine Committee Chairpup
Hi! My name is Henri Griffin and I am everyone’s favorite Reading Buddy in the Elementary classroom. My job is to help make your day, make reading more fun, and give everyone someone to run with in the garden.
I am a poodle-terrier mix and have hair, rather than fur, so people are not normally allergic to me. I enjoy treats, new toys & clothes, and lots of hugs! I am very friendly and loveable- and I especially love my friends in the classroom. When I’m not needed, I can usually be found in my cuddler bed under my mom’s desk.
Mrs. Krystle Berry
A devoted child care professional specializing in early childhood development with multiple certifications, including two diplomas from North American Montessori Center. Areas of expertise include observation, individualized child support and ensuring that all student’s unique needs and goals are met. Krystle is a hardworking, motivated educator with strong communication and interpersonal skills to cultivate working relationships with the school and throughout the community.
Mrs. Nicole Robertson
Montessori School Business Consultant; Contributing Founder
Nicole Robertson is Co-Owner and Founder of Seville Bayside Montessori: a unique Montessori school in the heart of the prestigious Historical Downtown Pensacola that serves 33 children and their families. Mrs. Robertson is passionate about providing her students with a excellent Montessori education that also focuses on the entire child’s needs.
Mrs. Robertson also has a strong interest in start up schools. Her goal is to help bring enrichment to as many students and families possible through an authentic Montessori experience. She is thrilled to be a part of the LEAP family.
Mrs. Betty Osoff-Hannagan (Mrs. OH)
Head of School
Mrs. Osoff-Hannagan is one of the founders of LEAP International Montessori School. Except for a few years traveling and living abroad, she is a life-long, proud resident of the Rio Grande Valley. Mrs. Osoff-Hannagan is a graduate of Highland High School and New Mexico State University with a Bachelors in Business Administration/ Management. She has started, owned, and operated several businesses and has extensive volunteer leadership experience.
Mrs. Osoff-Hannagan first learned about Montessori education while stationed in Italy with her former husband and since has supported several Montessori endeavors. In addition to serving as our Head of School she is also a licensed real estate broker with Coldwell Banker Legacy. She has been successfully helping people to buy and sell residential homes for the past 13 years.
When in her spare time, she and her husband enjoy gardening. She also sings in a choir, enjoys cooking, sewing, painting, playing with her elderly yet wise miniature poodle, and making Montessori materials.
Ms. Minnie Hannagan
Hi everyone! My name is Minnie Hannagan. I am a poodle-cocker spaniel mix and I love coming to school! I am very friendly and smart and love hugs. My job at school is to be a greeter for all new people coming in every day.
When I am not playing with my friends, I like to be in my mom’s office.
Ms. Kristi Lachlan
Montessori Administration Advisor
One of Kristi’s favorite books is Oh, The Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss. Little did she know that her life would mirror this adventure from the moment she began her Montessori journey almost 12 years ago thanks to her two wonderful children.
Seeking educational opportunities for her daughter which would respect the child for who she was instead of how old she was became the first step.
A career rooted in arts management blossomed into a pursuit of providing educational excellence to children through Montessori programs and led her beyond a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Theatre Production & Management to add a Montessori 6-9 Teaching Diploma from NAMC, a Certificate in Non-Profit Management from University of Alaska- Fairbanks/The Foraker Group, and will hit a new milestone with the achievement of a Masters in Education Administration during 2014 from University of the Southwest in Hobbs, NM.
Kristi resides in Georgia with her family, but is excited to be an adviser and friend to LEAP Montessori. Her leadership experiences include being the Administrative Director, Elementary/Middle School Guide and PAVE founding educator for ABC Montessori, Executive Director for Anchorage Montessori School, and currently, Executive Director of Marketing and Educational Quality/Curriculum for The Meliora School Group.
Interested in Teaching?
LEAP International Montessori School, LLC is growing and searching for a warm and compassionate Lead Toddler Teacher to continue in an existing classroom of children ages 18 months to 3 years old. Rio Rancho is a city just north west of Albuquerque, in the center of New Mexico. The whole area is known as, “The Rio Grande Valley”.
LEAP International Montessori School is an authentic AMI Montessori School, starting its 5th year. We currently serve children ages 18 months to 12 years old and are growing! We are a warm community Montessori school intent on serving our children and community with kindness, compassion, and a commitment to authentic Montessori pedagogy. We offer a competitive salary and the opportunity to develop with a growing school and program.
Rio Rancho, New Mexico is a beautiful, relatively newer city that boasts a low cost of living, low crime, stunning landscapes, blue skies and beautiful weather. We have the pleasure to enjoy four seasons of moderate weather. Situated between Albuquerque and Santa Fe, there are excellent opportunities for cultural, artistic, and many outdoor adventures all over the area and state. For good reasons, New Mexico is known as the Land of Enchantment and we thrilled to be building a school here! This is the hot air balloon capital of the world!
*This position is open to (preferably) trained AMI or AMS teachers. Please inquire within if you are interested in pursuing training.