After receiving her Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education and her Montessori training from Oklahoma City University in 1988, ‘Ms. Brander’ began her internship at Undercroft and continued on as a primary guide. She has since participated in the training program at OCU as an evaluator and supervising teacher as well as supervised interns from several other Montessori training centers.
Maiko Kasparek – Primary Guide
Mrs. Maiko is originally from Japan and came to the United States at age 19 with a desire to learn about other cultures. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts and Montessori Certification in 2001 from Oklahoma City University, she joined Undercroft as a Primary Guide in 2001.
Lori Karmazin – Primary Guide
Mrs. Karmazin received her Montessori Training in 1990 after her son’s first year as a primary student at Undercroft and has been at Undercroft ever since. She established a Montessori materials company in 1994 and began presenting workshops shortly thereafter. She became a Teacher Trainer for the Center for Montessori Teacher Education in 2000 and for the Center for Guided Montessori Studies in 2008. She is also actively involved in the International Montessori Council Peace Academy. Lori is originally from New Jersey and a graduate of the University of Southern California. Her hobbies include landscaping, hiking, bird watching and creating natural habitats for animals. She and her husband, John, have been married since 1981 and have a son, Wes, an Undercroft alumni who is now an Aerospace Engineer.
Mia Gutierrez – Primary Guide
Ms. Mia is a graduate of Bishop Kelley High School and the University of Tulsa and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education. She came to Undercroft in 1998 and worked in the nap room and after care program for 2 years before becoming a primary assistant in 2000. She received her primary training at the Houston Montessori Center in 2002 and completed her one-year internship in 2003. She has worked at Undercroft as a primary guide since that time.
Kate Lehman – Primary Guide
Ms. Kate grew up in Tulsa and graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in 1999. She attended the School of Visual Arts in New York City and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Photography. In 2004, she began her career at Undercroft as a primary assistant. Kate began her guide training at the Montessori Education Center of the Rockies in Boulder, Colorado and received her Early Childhood Certification in 2007. In 2012, she earned a Master’s of Education Degree with an emphasis in Montessori Education. Kate is married to Jordan Westbrook, and she enjoys spending time outdoors, gardening, reading, and volunteering with local animal shelters.
Barbara Stuart – Primary Intern
Mrs. Barbara first came to Undercroft as a parent in 2011 when her daughter Emily was 3 years old. She fell in love with the school and method and began serving as a substitute. In 2012, she began her primary training through the Center for Guided Montessori Studies, and completed her requirements for primary certification in 2013. Barbara received her Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin in 2004, and worked in Tulsa as a structural engineer for 7 years before joining the Undercroft staff. She lives in midtown with her husband Andrew and has 3 children: Emily, Kathryn, and Austin. Kathryn is starting her first year at Undercroft in 2013.
Terriann VanDeventer – Primary Guide
Terriann graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma in 1996 with a degree in Early Childhood Education and taught Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten in private and public schools in Dallas, Texas. She came to Undercroft in 2006 as a prospective parent, looking for an alternative to traditional education for her son. Terriann admits that she knew very little about the Montessori method and was hesitant, but says the 30 minute classroom observation changed their lives and her career. Corbin began his Kindergarten year that fall and their daughter, Jaiden, began her first year in primary in 2007. ‘Ms. Terriann’ began working at Undercroft that same year and, in 2009, completed her primary guide certification.
Lynnah Huxall – Primary Guide
Lynnah began her relationship with Undercroft in 1990 at the age of four and never left. During her high school years, she worked for Undercroft’s after care program and ‘fell in love’ with the method and the children and decided to pursue a career in Montessori education. She attended the Montessori Education Center of the Rockies in Boulder, Colorado, in 2006. Lynnah worked her first five years as a co-guide with Katy Brander, who was her guide at four years of age.
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