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Metro East Montessori Staff

Bridget McGuire
Head of School (2014 – Present)

Bridget Mcguire

Education: A.M.I. 3-6+ Certificate from the Montessori Training Center of Minnesota at St. Paul, Minnesota, 2001; Master of Science in Montessori Education, Loyola University Maryland, 2002; Bachelor of Arts in Human Evolution (Biology & Anthropology) from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, 1998.

Experience: Primary Directress at Metro East Montessori School beginning 2002; Directress at Prairie Hill Learning Center in Roca, Nebraska, 2001-02; Classroom Aide at Highland Park Montessori School in St. Paul, Minnesota, 2000-01; Assistant to a CFO and an Accounts Receivable Accountant for KRW International in Minneapolis, Minnesota; Literacy Coordinator for Sabathani Community Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


Sarah Hutton
Administrative Assistant/Primary Guide (ages 2½-6)

Sarah Hutton

Education: A.M.I. 3-6+ Certificate from the Montessori Training Center of St. Louis, Missouri, 1984; Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, 1977; Associate of Arts in Fine Arts from Meramec Community College at Kirkwood, Missouri, 1974.

Experience: Primary Directress at Metro East Montessori School beginning 1988; Primary Directress at Des Peres Montessori School in Frontenac, Missouri, 1986-88; Classroom Aide and Substitute Directress at Metro East Montessori School, 1985¬-86; Aide at Countryside Montessori School’s Day Care and Summer Camp in St. Louis, Missouri, 1984-85.


Steph Plant
Primary Guide (ages 2½-6)

Steph Plant

Education: A.M.I. 3-6+ Certificate from the Montessori Training Center of St. Louis, 2014; Bachelor’s of Fine Art from Greenville College, Greenville, Illinois, 2009.

Experience: Primary Directress at Metro East Montessori School beginning 2014; Primary assistant at Metro East Montessori School, 2013-2014; Primary assistant at Villa di Maria Montessori, St. Louis, Missouri, 2012-2013.


Justine Megee
Lower Elementary Guide (ages 6-9)

Justine Megee

Education: AMI Elementary Training, Montessori Institute of Milwaukee,2013; Masters Arts of Teaching, Lindenwood University (In Progress); Bachelor of Science in Geography and Environmental Planning, minor in GIS Technologies and Art, Towson University, 2008.

Experience: Lower Elementary Guide, Metro East Montessori School, 2012 – present; Elementary Aide and After Care Aide at Metro East Montessori School since 2011; Elementary After Care Program at Campbell Montessori in St. Charles, Missouri, 2011; Washington University Student Health Center, St. Louis, Missouri, March 2009-August 2010; Group Workcamps Foundation, Loveland, Colorado, Summers of 2005-2008.


Melissa Mallon
Spanish Teacher

Melissa Mallon

Education: Melissa has B.A.s in Spanish and Anthropology from the University of Illinois–Urbana Champaign and is currently working on her Master’s in Spanish from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Experience: Melissa has many years of experience as a foreign language instructor. From 2004 to 2005 she taught Spanish in Edwardsville District 7 before school Spanish program. While completing the post-baccalaureate teacher certification program in K-12 Spanish, she began working at St. Louis Language Immersion Schools where she taught Spanish to elementary students.

In 2012, she traveled to Argentina on a Fulbright English teaching scholarship where she brought culture and language to university students. Through her time abroad she developed a passion for Spanish and is enthusiastic to share that passion with her students.


Edmund Jones
P. E. Coordinator

Edmund Jones

Education: Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from University of Illinois (Bloomington), 2010; Personal Training Certification from the National Association of Sports Medicine (NASM); Intern at St. Vincent’s Sports Performance in Indianapolis, Indiana, 2011.

Experience: Co-founder/Head Performance Coach at Next Level Sports Performance in Edwardsville, Illinois, 2012-present; Edwardsville District 7 Kidszone Program Coordinator and Varsity Football Coach, 2012-2013; Para-professional and Football Coach for Galesburg District 205, Galesburg, Illinois, 2011-2012; 2010 NCAA All-American; 2006 MLB try-out pick for the Minnesota Twins; Edwardsville High School Football All-American and All-State, 2006; St. Louis Cardinals Athlete of the Year (Tri-Sport), 2006.


Carrie Herndon
Adolescent Guide

Carrie Herndon

Education: A.M.I. Montessori Orientation Programme to Adolescent Studies Certificate, ages 12-18; Masters of Physics, University of Virginia, in progress; Masters of Chemistry and Biology, University of Nebraska – Lincoln; Bachelors in Chemistry and Psychology, University of Nebraska –Lincoln.

Experience: Teaching Experience: STEM Coordinator, Math, Science and STEM teacher at Maryville Christian School, Maryville, Il. Math and Science faculty member at The Fulton School, St. Albans, MO. Math and Science instructor at Lahr-Well Academy, Edwardsville, Il. Science faculty member at Omaha Public Schools, Omaha, Ne.

Additional training with Texas Instruments Science Advocacy program, River Watch Citizen Science group, National Education Energy Development Project, iRISE Engineering Design grant participant.

Active member of the National Science Teachers’ Association, National Council for the Teachers of Mathematics, Illinois Science Teachers’ Association, Math Educators of Greater St. Louis and member of the North American Montessori Teachers’ Association.


Kristen Schindler
Adolescent Guide

Kristen Schindler

Education: A.M.I. Montessori Orientation Programme to Adolescent Studies Certificate, ages 12-18; Masters in Education with a focus on Reading, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville; Bachelors in Education, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville; Associates of Arts, Belleville Area College.

Experience: Teaching Experience: Language Arts, Reading, Social Studies, and Physical Education teacher at Liberty Middle School, Edwardsville, Il. Language Arts, Reading, and Yearbook Advisor at Lincoln Middle School, Edwardsville, Il. Active member of the National Council of Teachers of English and member of the North American Montessori Teachers’ Association.


Metro East Montessori School

Our Vision & Objectives




The basic aim of Metro East Montessori School is, in the words of Maria Montessori, "to help the child to help himself". In preparing an environment that provides for the child's inner needs, it is hoped he will be enabled to fulfill his highest potential as an integrated personality.

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Metro East Montessori Parents' Group

The Montessori Parents' Group sponsors various social and fundraising events throughout the year. These are fun events that allow the parents, staff members, family, and the surrounding community to have a great time while getting to know each other and raising money for the benefit of our children.

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