Early Childhood Guides

Early Childhood Northwest

Lynnah Hall

Mrs. Lynnah is a graduate of Bishop Kelley High School and Southern Nazarene University and has her minor in Early Childhood Education and her Bachelors in Family Services and Gerontology. Lynnah began her relationship with Undercroft in 1990 at the age of four. 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.

Lori Karmazin

Mrs. Karmazin received her Montessori Training in 1990 after her son’s first year as an early childhood 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 now serves as the Director of the Early Childhood program for CGMS, the Center for Guided Montessori Studies. 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 have been married since 1981 and have a son an Undercroft alumni who is now an Aerospace Engineer.

Anna Dodgen

Bio coming soon.

Early Childhood Northeast

Maiko Kasparek

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 an early childhood guide in 2001.

Kelsea Hetherwood

Kelsea began working at Undercroft in 2012 as an upper elementary assistant. She developed an interest in education through her experience as an assistant art director at The Tulsa Girls Art School and in the education department at the Philbrook Museum in their education department. Kelsea was born and raised in Tulsa and was familiar with Undercroft through her little sister, who attended through middle school. She completed her bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and is currently working toward her Montessori early childhood certification.

Early Childhood Southeast

Terriann VanDeventer

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 she knew very little about the Montessori method and was hesitant, but says the 30 minute classroom observation changed their lives and her career. Her son began his Kindergarten year that fall and their daughter began her first year of early childhood in 2007. Ms. Terriann began working at Undercroft in 2007 and, in 2009, completed her early childhood guide certification.

Necia McClendon

Necia graduated from the University of Tulsa with a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education. She taught kindergarten and first grade in both public and private schools for nine years. She was introduced to Undercroft Montessori School through her brother and sister-in-law who have two children that attend here. Necia joined Undercroft and began her training in 2018 and is currently in the process of completing her Montessori training through the Center for Guided Montessori Studies. She is working towards receiving her early childhood certification in January of 2020.

Early Childhood Southwest

Mia Gutierrez

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 an early childhood assistant in 2000. She received her early childhood training at the Houston Montessori Center in 2002 and has worked at Undercroft as an early childhood guide since 2003.

Shiloh Oliver

Shiloh Oliver holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She started at Undercroft in 2003 as an Early Childhood Assistant. After 3 years as an assistant, she received her certification from the Montessori Education Center of the Rockies in Boulder, Colorado. Shiloh made the transition to Lower Elementary in 2009 and pursued her teaching credentials for the 6-9 level. In 2012 Mrs. Oliver’s husband, Jeff, took a job relocation and the family moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Three years later the family moved again to Denver, Colorado. Life finally brought her back to Undercroft in 2017. She has taught at the Early Childhood and Lower Elementary levels in three different Montessori schools across the country. Shiloh and Jeff have an amazing daughter, Raden, who also attends Undercroft. When she is not at school, Shiloh and her family enjoy kayaking, hiking, and hanging out with their cats.