School Administration

Ms. Emily Aune, Director
Ms. Emily has a diverse professional background with expertise in real estate, finance and special needs education. She has owned and/or run business ranging from florist to property management and brings a wealth of knowledge to Montessori at Riverton. One of her hardest but most rewarding positions was working with special needs children at the Carmen B. Pingree school for children with autism. She is married to Josh, they have 3 young boys you will see bouncing around the school.

Ms. Rachael Beard, Office Manager
Middle School

Mr. Mark Atkinson, Teacher
Mr. A is an avid learner. He has his CCAF degree in finance and spent 8 years serving our country in the United States Air Force. He spent the last 3 years in Japan where he went to Airman Leadership School and trained young airman just entering the USAF (17-19 year olds). He received his Montessori training from Montessori Innovations in Riverton UT, 2014. He is currently enrolled at Western Governors University, studying Education. Mr. A loves the outdoors and fitness. He loves learning and plans on going to “school” forever. Mr. A has 4 children, one cat and one dog.
Elementary II

Ms. Alison Atkinson, Teacher, Art specialist
Ms. Alison holds a bachelors degree in Educational Studies from Western Governors University and is working towards her Masters degree in Education. She owned and taught preschool at 'Butterflies, Dreams & Fairytales' from 2001-2004 and has taught private and group Art lessons for the last 20 years. She just returned from Tokyo Japan, where she lived, and taught at Excel English for two years. She loves art, music and fitness. She is married to Mark Atkinson and has 4 children, one cat and one dog.
Ms. Wendy Odell, Teacher

Elementary I

Ms. Amy Schildknecht, Teacher
Early Childhood

Ms. Catie Rynearson, Teacher
Ms. Rosemary Dickes, Assistant Teacher
Ms. Rosemary was born and raised in St. Louis, Mo. where she attended Florissant Valley Community College for two years, majoring in Fine Arts. She and her husband have 13 biological children and 2 adopted grandchildren. The two grandchildren have been attending Montessori at Riverton going on six years. Working as a substitute was the impetus to achieve certification as a Paraprofessional in 2008 through the Institute for Guided Studies in Camden, SC. Rosemary is known for her expertise and love of nature & gardening. She often spends her early mornings with her hands in the dirt, planting flowers at the school grounds. She has deep love for children and much experience in working with children of all ages.

Ms. Emily Aune, Director, Teacher
BIO availalbe in administration section.
Ms. Brenda Gourley, Assistant Teacher

Ms. Steph Otter, Student Facilitator
Ms. Steph is from Green River, Wyoming. Having left her wonderful town for college she has lived in Salt Lake City for the past three years while attending Salt Lake Community College. Having worked in a special education program as a paraprofessional she now holds an Associates of Science in Pre Teacher Education. Loving to work with students of all ages and backgrounds Ms. Steph is now pursuing her bachelor's degree in special education. This past summer she recently married her best friend and is enjoying her new life. Some of her hobbies include being outdoors hiking, running, and camping. During her free time she loves to return back home to Wyoming to visit with family and friends. She is excited to be working at the Montessori school this school year!

Mr. Josh Aune, Computer Club




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