50 Years of Excellence in Education

Our Staff

Ms. Bonnie Shearer

Head of School

Ms. Bonnie is an Army Brat who is originally from Indiana, but lived much of her life in the South. She has a B.A. in English and History. Ms. Bonnie has been in Montessori in various capacities since the late 90s. Her experience as an assistant in every level from infant to middle school has helped to inspire a deep love of the Montessori method and the life-long gifts it gives children. Her time as an AMI Primary guide gave her valuable insight to what a powerful effect a director and administrator can have on the day to day activities of a classroom. Time away from Montessori as a small business owner gave her a new set of skills while confirming that Montessori was where she was called to be. Her dedication to the child’s experience and AMI pedagogy guides every decision she makes as director and administrator of St. Peter’s. Ms. Bonnie lives in Glendale with her husband, teenage stepson, baby boy, and a sweet rescue mutt. She worships at CCV. When she isn’t daydreaming about travel, she enjoys reading about pediatric neuroscience, peaceful parenting, and natural living.

Ms. Jessie Bustos

Assistant Director, Classroom Aide: Betta Fish

Ms. Bustos joined the staff at St. Peter's Montessori in 2008. She has worked in early childhood education for over 20 years and is currently pursuing a bachelors in education. She completed the AMI Assistant Training Course in 2014. She spends her free time reading and relaxing with her friends and family including her three sons and her granddaughter, who attends St. Peter’s.

Ms. Stephanie Van Boesschoten

Primary Guide: Angelfish

Ms. Stephanie graduated in 2002 from Northern Arizona University with a degree in elementary education with a specialty in early childhood development. Later she went on to get her Master’s degree in Montessori education upon completing her AMI Primary training with Nimal Vaz in 2004. She is passionate about Montessori, and is happy to have her son continue his Montessori education in St. Peter’s Elementary program. Stephanie loves sewing, reading, music, art, and taking care of her family.

Ms. Hannah Chance

Primary Guide: Betta Fish

Ms. Hannah moved to Arizona in 2013. She has a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Thomas Aquinas College in California. In 2014, she worked as an assistant at Montessori International School while working toward her AMI certification at the Southwest Institute of Montessori Studies in Phoenix, where she graduated in 2016. She loves hiking, biking, and playing volleyball. Ms. Hannah also plays violin and sings in her church choir at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church.

Ms. Madeline Lopez

Primary Guide: Clownfish

Ms. Lopez joined St. Peter's Montessori in 2014. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in education. Working in the Montessori environment has been a blessing to her life, and has inspired her to take AMI Primary teacher training at the Southwest Institute of Montessori Studies, (SIMS) where she graduated in June 2017. Ms. Lopez loves her three dogs, baking, crafting, and nature. She is fluent in Spanish.

Ms. Ling min Ma

Elementary Guide: Eels

Ms. Ma has a B.A. in Civil Engineering and worked in real estate for more than 14 years in Beijing China before she changed her career path to follow her dream of being an educator. Her life’s goal is helping children achieve their best self. Ms. Ma has been certified by AMI at three levels: Assistants to Infancy (0-3), Primary (3-6) which she actually took twice, and Elementary (6-12). She worked in Hong Kong and California as a toddler Montessori Guide for a few years before taking Elementary training. She benefitted greatly from her training at Montessori Northwest, training under Ginni Sackett and Sarah Werner Andrews for Primary, and taking Elementary training with Elise Huneke-Stone. Ms. Ma has spent a good deal of her personal time on learning more about child development and how to help support families. Some of those trainings include: Family Constellation, Parenting Effectiveness Training, Breakthrough, Satir, and others. When she isn’t working, she loves art, reading, nature, and hiking. She is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.

Ms. Gladys Montgomery

Primary Classroom Aide: Angelfish

Ms. Montgomery worked in the Isaac School District administration for 10 years before finding St. Peter’s. She has become passionate about the Montessori method after seeing the difference it’s made in the lives of her two children, who attend St. Peter’s. She resigned her position with the school district in order to work for St. Peter’s and possibly pursue AMI training in the future. She will take AMI Assistant’s training in the Fall of 2017. She is fluent in Spanish.

Ms. Oxsana Burks

Before Care and Primary Classroom Aide: Clownfish

Ms. Burks moved to Phoenix from Yoshkar-Ola, Russia in 2007. While in Russia, Ms. Burks was a Registered Nurse specializing in Physical Therapy. She joined the staff at St. Peter's Montessori School in 2010 as a classroom aide with Ms. Mashood, and has been involved in the school in different capacities since then. She is currently working towards her nursing certification in Arizona. In her free time she enjoys traveling, the theatre, and spending time with her two cats: Micky and Willy Wonka. She is a strong advocate of exercise and a healthy lifestyle. She is fluent in Russian.

Ms. Jazmin Maldonado

Classroom Aide: Eels

Ms. Jazmin is currently pursuing her Bachelor's degree in education. She attended the AMI Assistant Training Course in the Fall of 2016, and hopes to take Elementary training in the future. She enjoys reading, painting, and swimming with her beautiful daughter, who also attends St. Peter’s. She is fluent in Spanish.

Ms. Selena Guzman

After Care and Substitute

Ms. Guzman joined the staff of St. Peter's Montessori School in 2012 as a classroom aide. She also serves as the Pastoral Associate for Children's Ministries at the church. Selena has worked with children for over ten years and has three boys and two girls of her own. Three of her children currently attend St. Peter's Montessori School. In her (very little) spare time she enjoys reading.

Ms. DebRA Quick

Substitute

Ms. Quick joined the staff at St. Peter's Montessori in 2014. She graduated from Northern Arizona University with a Bachelor's degree in Secondary Education. She loves mathematics, and has worked as a math tutor and a substitute teacher in public schools. She is currently working as a Pastoral Assistant for Children's Ministry at St. Peter's Church, a position she's held since 2012. Ms. Quick is the mother of three adult--or nearly adult--children. Other interests include building homes with Habitat for Humanity, crochet, calligraphy and puzzles.