Casa 1Debbi Betts, Teacher [AMI Primary Certification]
Debbi [a.k.a. Miss Debbi, Mrs. Deb, Debra, Deb] received her nursing assistant certificate and AMI Montessori training at St. Could State University, 916 Vo-Tech Institute, and her B.A. in Education from Metropolitan State University. After working at a medical clinic for 12 years while also serving as 'official' babysitter for a local family, Debbi came to Oak Hill Montessori. As of February 2015, she has been with Oak Hill Montessori for over 35 years!
Debbi is the proud mom of two 'adult' children, both of whom attended Oak Hill Montessori during their preschool years. Her favorite hobbies include gardening, miscellaneous crafts, traveling, pet-sitting, enjoying nature, and of course, anything to do with children—"they help keep you young! I feel blessed to 'work' at a 'job' that I'm truly passionate about."Sandee Szmiot, Assistant
Cameo Oman, Aide
Casa 2Katie Sala, Teacher [AMI Primary Certification]
Katie is a 2007 graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Platterville, where she received her early childhood and elementary education degree. After college, she attended the Montessori Training Center of Minnesota to obtain her AMI primary diploma, simultaneously attending Loyola University to complete her Masters in Education in 2008.
Katie began at Oak Hill Montessori in 2008 as the after school coordinator. The following school year she moved into Casa 2 as the assistant. As of 2010, Katie became the Casa 2 teacher. She enjoys photography, reading and the comedy of young children.Angel Prom, AssistantRochelle Jansen, Aide
Casa 3Valerie Olson, Teacher [AMI Primary Certification]
Valerie Olson has been a Children’s House teacher at Oak Hill Montessori for 20 years. She holds an Elementary Education Degree and received her AMI diploma from the Montessori Center of Minnesota. Valerie spent a majority of her childhood living in Germany and is bilingual and has had the opportunity to travel to many different countries. Valerie moved to Minnesota to attend college and has planted strong roots. Both of Valerie’s children have attended Oak Hill Montessori with her youngest currently enrolled in Oak Hill Montessori’s Jr. High. Along with her husband, she enjoys spending time relaxing at home with her family, hanging out with the neighbors, shopping with her sister, kicking back with a good book and taking her French bulldog on long walks. Valerie is excited to be a part of a school which puts children’s needs first and fosters a strong sense of community.
Nancy Lee, AssistantAngela Boris, Aide
All Day MontessoriJasie Zarnoth, Teacher
Jasie is a 1998 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Stout with a degree in Retail Merchandising and Management. After a ten year career in retail, she decided to make a career change receiving her AMI Primary Diploma from the Montessori Training Center of Minnesota in the spring of 2010.
Jasie is blessed to have a son, Eland, who is attending the Elementary program.