Staff

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Our team works to support Montessori Radmoor School from the ground up.  From the classroom each day with your child, to the daily operations of the school, our common mission is to provide a nurturing environment for our students.

Susie Hyatt
Administrator

Has been serving in an administrative capacity since 1991.  She has spent over 21 years in the field of Montessori education as a teacher and an administrator in both public and private schools.  She has a  BA degree from Western Michigan with a K-8 teaching certificate. Susie has an AMI Montessori diploma for ages (3-6) from the Midwest Montessori Institute, a Masters of Education from Cleveland State University and has completed Montessori elementary credits through The Center for Contemporary Montessori programs.

Irina Jamison
Director of Business Operations and Admissions

Irina Jamison joined Montessori Radmoor team in the spring of 2013.  Irina holds an MBA (Masters of Business Administration) from Brigham Young University and brings over ten years of corporate business experience in the areas of global procurement, strategy, communications and logistics.  She is also a certified Immigration Court interpreter for the Executive Office of Immigration Review.  She first-hand experienced the benefits of Montessori Education when her daughters started in the Toddler program in the Detroit area Montessori school. He son joined the Radmoor community Toddler program in 2016.  

Jamie Hildenbrand
Administrative Assistant

Started in 2010 as our Administrative Assistant at the front desk. Jamie retired in June from the Lansing School District where she worked for 31 years. She worked as an Administrative Assistant in both Elementary and Secondary schools and ended her career with Lansing in the Human Resources Department as the HR Staffing Coordinator.  

Mary Lam-Rodrigues
Director of Marketing and Development

Mary Lam-Rodrigues joined Montessori Radmoor in August of 2016 bringing with her over 20 years of non-profit experience. Mary holds a B.S. in Music Management from the University of Evansville (IN) and completed her MBA in Marketing and Information Systems from Michigan State University. Prior to joining Montessori Radmoor, Ms. Lam-Rodrigues served as Executive Director of the Bach Festival Society of Kalamazoo managing programming and operations. Other past roles include Director of Marketing and Communications for Fontana Chamber Arts (Kalamazoo) and an Associate Director of Development of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra. In her spare time, Mary enjoys reading, gardening, and woodworking. She and her family have treasured being a part of the Montessori Radmoor community since 2015. 

Gwynne Kadrofske
Bookkeeper

Gwynne joined the Radmoor team in August 2013.  She has a BA in Business Administration from Hope College as well as an MBA in accounting from MSU.  She worked as an auditor for Ernst & Young LLP in Grand Rapids for five years and also obtained her CPA license.   While raising her four boys, she enjoyed doing volunteer treasurer work for various organizations.  Her youngest son currently attends Radmoor, so she loves being a part of the Radmoor team, both as an employee and a parent!

Rose Vadnais
Greenhouse Manager

Rose officially joined the Radmoor team in Fall of 2015 though her boys have attended since the Fall of 2011.  Rose volunteers widely in the community and is a board member of both the East Lansing Art Festival and the East Lansing Commission on the Environment.  She is a LEED accredited designer, a formerly licensed esthetician, a vegan baker and glass blower who holds a Masters of Architecture from University of Oregon and a BFA in Fibers from Arizona State University.  Rose has a passion for sustainable design and has always been an avid vegetable gardner.  She practices sustainable, organic methods and enjoys working side by side with the children to care for the school's greenhouse, herb garden and planting beds.  While working together, discussions about the seasons, the weather, where our food comes from (and what foods are our favorites) often arise.  Many times these casual conversations evolve into discussions about the greater connection we have with our natural environment and the importance of caring for the Earth.

Kristy Drachman
Toddler 1

Started teaching in the toddler room in 2012. She has obtained her Montessori Certification through the North American Montessori Center. She has been in the toddler environment since 2007 and has her associates degree in early childhood development.

Erin Thomson
Toddler 2

Obtained her bachelors degree in Family Community Service and completed her AMI Infant toddler training in 2001. She has been with the school since 1995. Erin also is the coordinator for our Parent/Infant education program.

Archana Sardar
Primary 1

She was raised in India and came to the United States of America in 1997. She received a BA in Journalism from Michigan State University. After working as a journalist for a few years, Archana discovered the joys of a Montessori classroom. She completed her AMS Montessori training in Illinois and her AMI training in Milwaukee.

Rachel Babcock
Primary 2

Has been teaching in the P2 community since 2009 and has received her Bachelor of Science degree in Family Community Service with a concentration in young child development. She is AMI trained through The Montessori Training Center of St. Louis.

Patricia Murphy
Primary 3

Started teaching in the Primary community in 2008, she received her AMS Primary training certification from the Princeton Center for Teacher Education in Princeton, New Jersey. Prior to her Montessori training, Patricia worked as the coordinator and instructor for an inner-city youth ceramics outreach program in Philadelphia, and taught ceramics to children at the Princeton Arts Council. Patricia received her bachelors degree in Anthropology from Michigan State University in 1994.

Kelly Herald
Music Teacher

Kelly Herald started with us in 2000.  She assists in the primary community, as well as teaching elementary music classes.  Twice a year she coordinates the school music program, which is a favorite among families and students.  Kelly has performed and conducted in Carnegie Hall. She brings to the school her experience as a preschool assistant and a BA in music from Western Michigan University.

Sara Franklin
Lower Elementary (ages 6-9)

Sara moved to Lansing in September 2015 and started that school year off with us. Before moving to Lansing, she taught 4th and 5th grade at Beverly Hills Academy, a Montessori program in the Detroit area. Sara received her degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis on Special Education in 2014 from Wayne State University. While in school, she was a student athlete all four years. After receiving her degree, she attended the Michigan Montessori Teacher Education Center in Waterford, Michigan to receive her AMS credential. Along with teaching, she also participates in Ironman events. 

Christine Russell
Upper Elementary (ages 9 to 12)

Started teaching the E2 classroom in 2009. She holds a bachelors degree in Art History from Michigan State University where she also has studied Landscape Architecture, Philosophy and Medieval History. In 2006 she earned her AMI diploma under the guidance of Dr. Jean Miller. She has also practiced and studied ballet for over 30 years and plays Mandolin.

We always accept applications for Montessori teachers at all levels.  Interested candidates should email a resume and cover letter to Ms. Susie Hyatt at
The Montessori Radmoor School is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, nationality or ethnic origin with regard to hiring, admission or in the administration of any of its programs.