Meet our Leadership Team


Assistant Head of School/Iris Community Guide

My name is Kassidy. I started at SMA in 2013 working part time in the Infant-Toddler program (0-3). In 2016, I started full-time working in our Early Childhood Program (3-6). I am certified with North America Montessori Center (NAMC) and certified with Montessori Education Programs International (MEPI). I fell in love with the Montessori Method of teaching and philosophy. I was promoted to the Assistant Director in 2020 and enjoy working with all the staff and families. I love spending time with my husband, and dogs. I also enjoy sewing and crafting.

Lauren Nelson


Assistant Head of School/Marigold Community Guide

Hello, my name is Lauren Nelson. I started my journey with Montessori in 2015. This has helped me solidify that I want to work with young children. My favorite part about working at SMA is getting to see all my students learn and master new skills. I have received my Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education (B.S.E)  at Missouri Western State University.  In the fall of 2023 I will be getting my Elementary Montessori Certification through The Center for Guided Montessori Studies (CGMS). In my spare time, I love getting out of the house and taking my three dogs on hikes.

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Our School-aged Program Rates

  • Before/After – $87.50
  • Early Dismissal-$15.00
  • Before Only-$72.50
  • After Only -$72.50
  • Drop in Only $25.00
  • Summer Program $155.00
  • (Summer activity fees$200.00)

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