Meet Our Staff

Ms. Shelly: Preschool Director & Montessori Lead

Shelly has been a part of the GFMA/Little Scholar Ship Family for more than 28 years. It is an understatement to say she has had a profound impact on the children in our community — teaching, guiding and helping them to be their best and having a positive impact on their futures. Shelly previously worked at the YMCA after attending UND for Elementary Education. Shelly holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with a minor in Visual Arts, and acquired her Montessori Teaching Diploma in 2001. She participates in ongoing Montessori training through the Center for Guided Montessori Studies for both professional development and to mentor others, and enjoys remaining actively involved with the Montessori community nationwide. An avid volunteer, she has developed numerous skills volunteering with the Boy Scouts, and continues active volunteer work with Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. Shelly can also be found helping her husband with his business at Pro-Tec Powder Coating.

Ms. Trisha: Childcare Director

Ms. Trisha has been a part of the GFMA Family since 2016, keeping everyone informed, organized and happy. A graduate of UND, Miss Trisha had extensive coursework in Elementary Education before realizing that the public sector in education was not the direction she wanted to go. As a people person who enjoys connecting and learning in non-traditional ways, Miss Trisha found herself drawn to the hospitality industry and worked for many years overseeing staffing, daily management, and customer relations. Her many years’ experience as a manager of the Hilton Garden Inn and the CanadInn provided Miss Trisha with valuable experience working not only with guests and staff, but also safety and health regulations that foster healthy environments for people of all ages.

Miss Trisha feels at home in the education field where she can apply the level of professionalism only gained through experience, as well as work with both children and adults as they grow in supportive learning environments. The Montessori Method has captured her heart, and she continues her professional development in the fields of Early Childhood and Montessori Administration.

Ms. Carey: Owner & Executive Director

A part of the Montessori family at GFMA since 2007 when it was known as The Little ScholarShip, Carey understands the various roles of what it is like to be a parent, then teacher, and eventually both childcare director and owner of a school that has a long history in the community. She is a strong proponent of School Choice and encourages all parents to take an active role in their children’s education, including finding an educational environment that is ‘the right fit’ for each of their children.

Carey holds a Masters in Montessori Educational Leadership and is proud to support the efforts of the great teachers and staff that make GFMA what it is today. She began her Montessori journey 18 years ago, following the birth of her first child. While raising her own five children, she continued with formal Montessori training and guidance from AMS-certified teachers; and received her Montessori Teaching Diplomas for children ages 0-3, 3-6, and 6-9 years. In addition to several published articles, she was selected to present a workshop at the Montessori Foundation’s 19th Annual International Montessori Conference. She has also been a featured speaker at Rotary International Clubs in the United States, discussing Montessori methodology in early childhood education.

Ms. Carey has remained committed to the values and mission of the school for more than a decade. With a team of amazing and talented, dedicated teachers, Carey provides the support, training, encouragement, and most importantly, the autonomy, for them to be able to do what they do best — guiding the child and partnering with parents like you to foster a bright future.

Ms. Mare: Substitute Teacher (ND licensed: K-12)

Since 2017, Miss Mare has brought us a unique skill set. With degrees in Elementary Education, Music Education, and a background in Spanish language education, Miss Mare has taught at preschool, elementary, and high school levels in both the private and public school sectors. She loves the theatre and has directed student productions for 20 years. Miss Mare is also a fantastic seamstress, lending her skills to the classroom and special activities. Professional, diplomatic, and well-liked by all, Ms. Mare knows how to balance and enjoy life; sharing her enthusiasm for learning with all.

Ms. Beth: Assistant Teacher, Children’s House

Ms. Ashley: Lead teacher, Nido

Ms. Emolee: Assistant Caregiver, Nido

Ms. Noelle: Assistant Caregiver, Nido

“Education should no longer be mostly imparting of knowledge, but must take a new path, seeking the release of human potentialities.”

— Maria Montessori

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