Montessori School of St. Cloud - Staff

  • Nicole Couch

    Administrative Assistant of Montessori School of St. Cloud and Sauk Rapids

    Nicole graduated with her AA in Elementary Education, BS in Community Psychology, and MBA in Human Resources. She has worked with children in many different facets since 2010, including running her own in-home childcare, working in the public schools, and having multiple different titles at Montessori throughout the years. She has children of her own (4, 6, and 12), who have all attend(ed) Montessori! 

  • Stephanie Determan

    Sunshine Family Room Teacher

  • Lakmini Herath

    Lunch and Family Room (napping) Teacher

    Ms. Herath has her CDA and nine years of diverse experience with pre-school aged children.

    Her personal values of kindness, patience, freedom, cooperation, and integrity are what makes her a wonderful Montessori teacher. 


  • Rebecca Tholen

    Owner, Administrator, Head Montessori Teacher

    • Northeast Montessori Institute, Boston, Montessori Training
    • SCSU Magna Cum Laude  BS - Elementary Education, Kindergarten Endorsement
    • Taught at our schools since 1987
  • Meghan Luebesmier

    8:15AM Class - Montessori Head Teacher

    Mrs. Lue has been with our schools since 2011. She has her BA in Elementary Education with a minor in Special Education from SCSU. She also has her Montessori Early Childhood Certification from St. Catherine's University. Prior to working at our school, she taught Kindergarten at New Discoveries Montessori. 

    Mrs. Lue values the belief that children are capable of so much when they are given the opportunity, which is what brought her to Montessori and makes her a skilled teacher!


  • LuAnn Martin

      8:30AM Class Assistant, Lunch Teacher

    Mrs. Martin is a Music Major from SCSU with a Physical Education Minor. She served in the Army for 4 years, a part of the Army Band. Impressively, Mrs. Martin has taught at our school since 1999.

    Her personal values of dependability, happiness, integrity, achievement, humor, kindness, friendship, honesty, health, and compassion are what make her such an asset to our school.

  • Michelle Zahler

    Assistant Teacher, Family Room Teacher

    • Professional Career Development Institute
    • Child Care Career Diploma
    • Has taught at our schools since 2005
  • Sheila Otto

    Head Teacher, 8:30am class

    Ms. Sheila Otto has been working at our school in many different positions since 2014, beginning with lunch and classroom assistant to head Montessori Teacher. She has her CDA and Positive Discipline Certification, along with her Montessori Early Childhood Teacher Training Diploma from NAMC. She has two children of her own who previously attended our Montessori School!