Preschool Teachers

Cindy Uhrmacher

Cindy Uhrmacher – Directress

Directress Cindy Uhrmacher grew up in Hastings, Nebraska. After attending the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, she moved back with her husband to Hastings where she worked in a preschool. Although she enjoyed the teaching environment and school, she felt that something was missing:

I talked with other teachers about my frustrations when we would sit down to a large table to work with all 15 children with the same activity. Some would be done right away and not be challenged. Others would need extra help and not have enough time to really do the work themselves. Other aspects of the school were great, but we never seemed to be able to work with the children one on one much at all.

After moving to Lincoln, a co-worker of Cindy’s husband suggested she work at the Montessori School for Young Children, Cindy decided to explore the school and its philosophies. She realized what had been missing at the other school. She saw her daughter and other children thrive with the Montessori method, where children work independently and one-on-one with teachers. She completed her Montessori training in Omaha at the Mid-America Montessori Training Center in 1995 and finished her internship at the school in 1996. An addition to the school was built in 1996 and Cindy began teaching in the new 3-6 classroom.  She has been with the Montessori School for Young Children for almost 25 years.

Miss Cindy enjoys all aspects of teaching at the Montessori School for Young Children, but especially enjoys seeing the children she works with grow and learn and progress.

When Miss Cindy is not working at the Montessori School for Young Children, you can find her spending time with her grown children, grandchild, and large extended family. She also enjoys teaching Sunday school, working in her garden, reading, sewing, and cooking.

Kia Hulvershorn – Assistant Teacher

Christie Lederer

Christie Lederer – Directress

Directress Christie Lederer has worked at Montessori School for Young Children since 2003 when she became an assistant in the toddler classroom. Before that she had been on the Montessori School for Young Children Board of Directors and had substituted often in the classroom when the teachers were away. When she saw the profound impact the school had on her son’s learning and development, she decided to complete Montessori training in Omaha through the Mid-America Montessori Teacher Training Institute.

Miss Christie grew up in Lincoln and attended University of Nebraska. After graduating, she taught Spanish at Norris Middle School in Omaha for 4 years. After her first child was born Christie and her husband moved to Raymond and built a home on an acreage. After living there for 3 years, the family moved back to Lincoln.

Miss Christie, who also has a BS degree in Middle Level Education from the University of NE-Lincoln with endorsements in Spanish and math, likes the Montessori philosophy and how it focuses on the unique traits and abilities of each child.

I like that children are learning skills like independence, concentration, coordination and order that will not only help them now, but in the future as well. I also like the caring, family environment of the school. I feel like it is a second home.

When she’s not at the Montessori School for Young Children, you can find Miss Christie pursuing interests that revolve around family and church activities. She enjoys watching/helping with her two children’s Science Olympiad and Destination Imagination groups, their music lessons, and youth projects/trips at church. She also likes to read, watch movies and travel over the summer.

Sharon Irvin

Sharon Irvin – Assistant Teacher

Morning assistant to Miss Christie and Before Care supervisor, Sharon Irvin has been working in Montessori education for 24 years, first at Prairie Hill Learning Center, then at the Montessori School for Young Children where she’s worked for 20 years. She studied Montessori in college and was fascinated with the philosophy. She especially enjoys teaching the “practical life lessons,” such as scrubbing, apple cutting, bubble blowing, hand washing, etc. Sharon has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Although Sharon grew up all over the United States—she’s lived in Virginia, Kansas, Colorado, Illinois, and Texas—she’s made Lincoln her home for the last 27 years. Sharon and her husband have two children, a miniature pinscher/rat terrier mix named Honor, and two hamsters.

Rumi Misaki-Gossin

Rumi Misaki-Gossin – Assistant Teacher

Afternoon assistant to Miss Christie, Rumi Misaki-Gossin grew up in Tokushima, Japan where she taught in a Japanese Montessori kindergarten. She had learned about Montessori in college and thought it was “so interesting!” She loves seeing the preschoolers she works with who have transitioned from our toddler program. She says:

I enjoy how eager the children are for new lessons!  The level of concentration is amazing to see develop in a student!

This mother of two and her husband have lived in Lincoln for 10 years. Rumi has been with the Montessori School for Young Children for over 8 years. When she’s not working, she enjoys “feeling and seeing seasons and nature.”

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