Meet Our Team

Julia Kallmes

Director & Guide

Julia worked as a Children’s House guide at a public school in Saint Paul for the past six years. She served as Board Chair at Heartwood Montessori, a nonprofit school in Northeast Minneapolis. She earned a Master’s in Education from Stanford University and completed the AMI Primary Training at the Montessori Center of Minnesota. Julia resides in Saint Paul.

Monarch Montessori School Director Julia Kallmes
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See Her

Teaching Assistant

See has served for eight years as an Assistant Teacher in Montessori Children's Houses. She earned a B.S. in Social Work from St. Catherine University. See enjoys building strong relationships with the children in her classroom and seeing them learn and grow. In her free time, See enjoys spending time with her family and crafting. See resides in St. Paul.

Monarch Montessori School Theresa Kallmes

Theresa Kallmes

Extended Day

Theresa is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Arts at Hamline University. She has been a frequent volunteer in elementary classrooms. As a child, she attended Montessori school for nine years. Theresa has a passion for music and music education, and she is currently first chair viola in the Hamline Orchestra. Theresa enjoys seeing how much the children help and support one another.

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Board of Directors

Monarch Montessori School Board Member Jennie Lynch
Monarch Montessori School Board Member Elizabeth Elcombe

Elizabeth Elcombe

President

Elizabeth has been teaching in early childhood since 2008 and has been a Children’s House guide at a public school since 2015.  She earned a Master of Science in Education and an AMS Montessori credential for ages 3-6 from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.  Elizabeth lives in St. Paul.

Jennie has served on the board since early 2019. She served a two year term as the board's first president before retiring the position to become a board member. She received her BA from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. She has participated in numerous courses and professional opportunities focusing on education policy in the US. Jennie is a Minnesota native who resides in Saint Paul.

Board Member

Jennie Lynch

Monarch Montessori School Board Member Christopher Dirkes

Christopher Dirkes

Treasurer 

Chris is excited to be a member of the board and helping Julia realize her dream of opening Monarch Montessori School.  A graduate from the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota he brings a background of account management and finance and marketing analytics to the team. As a resident of Richfield, MN Chris enjoys running and biking the trails of the Twin Cities metro!

Monarch Montessori School Board Member Julie Benton

Julie Benton

Board Member

Julie is a proud Board Member of the Monarch Montessori School. She brings 12 years of experience in business development and marketing from her career with Polaris Inc., along with a passion for education and continuous development. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of MN Carlson School of Management and her MBA from the University of St Thomas. Julie lives in Edina and loves spending time outdoors boating, running and biking as well as reading and spending time with family and friends.

Monarch Montessori School Board Member Erik Peterson

Erik Peterson

Board Member

Erik Peterson has been a member of the board since the summer of 2019. Born and raised in Minneapolis, he studied History at the University of Minnesota, He is currently using his German Language skills as a Special Education Assistant at the Twin Cities German Immersion School.

Monarch Montessori School Board Member Kirsten Benton

Kirsten Benton

Board Member

Kirsten is delighted to be a member of the Monarch Montessori board. She grew up in MN and has resided in the Twin Cities since college. Prior to becoming a physical therapist she worked as a special education paraprofessional for high school students, and a teaching assistant for undergraduate students studying psychology. Kirsten loves spending time with her husband and her dog, Boo. She also enjoys running, cooking and gardening.

Board Meeting Minutes

1/12/2021

9/1/2020

12/8/2020

8/11/2020

11/10/2020

7/14/2020

10/13/2020

6/9/2020

Annual Reports

Sept '20 - Aug '21