Who We Are
We are passionate and dedicated teachers looking to offer the best education for children and support to families. Our goal is to guide children to their full God-given potential. Together we form a highly effective team using collaborating, respect, and forming strong partnerships with our community 
We thrive to offer an authentic Montessori education deeply rooted in the Byzantine Catholic faith. We are continually engaged in our own growth through professional development and spiritual formation. 
Irene Ortega
Irene Ortega took her Children’s House training at the Montessori College of Dublin, Ireland in 2007 and recently completed Montessori training for the Elementary Level in Bergamo, Italy. Irene’s inspiration to Montessori came from seeing a presentation on Good Shepherd when she was still in high school. She knew it was the beginning of something great! Irene was born in Germany and spent most of her young life traveling Europe and the United States. She moved to a farm with her family before college and discovered the adventures of raising cows, bees and vegetables. She is delighted to bring the joy of discovery to children through the Montessori approach. When she is not planning lessons, you can find her playing music, cooking, hiking or dreaming up a new adventure with her husband Anthony. She is a parishioner of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church.
Pauline Meert
Pauline was born in France and moved to the US with her family in 1999. She always had a great love for working with children. When she was sixteen a priest friend mentioned the word Montessori and the rest is history! She received her international Montessori diploma from Montessori Centre International in 2008. She later came across the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and was deeply moved by the beauty of it all. She also completed her Master’s degree in Montessori education from St. Catherine University in 2014. Pauline has a deep passion for Montessori education and loves to share it with others. When she is not in the classroom she enjoys swing dancing, sewing, reading, and spending her time with friends and family. She is a parishioner of Holy Protection of the Mother of God Byzantine Catholic Church. 
Emma Hecker
Ms. Emma was born and raised in Colorado and is the third oldest of eight children. After graduating high school, she had the opportunity to study abroad in Madrid, Spain for a year, where she developed a deep appreciation for the richness of culture and faith. After her year in Spain, she attended Franciscan University of Steubenville for two years and had the opportunity to travel further when she spent a semester at Franciscan's campus in Austria. When she is not working with children or traveling, she enjoys reading, baking, and spending time with family and friends.
Erika Stasiulewicz
Assistant Teacher
Ms. Erika is incredibly passionate about Montessori. While she just moved to the
area, she is not new to Denver. She lived here before when she attended school at CU Denver, and left when she went to Missouri for grad school at Avila University, later living in Virginia Beach where her husband was stationed. She is happy to be back, and intends to raise her family here. She is a mother herself to two young toddlers, Paulina (2) and Antoni (1). During her free time, she loves to explore the mountains with her husband Kamil or get some exercise Polish folk dancing!
Mari Dietz
Teacher Aide
Ms. Mari was born in Blaine, Minnesota. She currently live in Westminster, CO. She is thrilled to be a part of Sophia Montessori Academy this year. She graduated from Ave Maria University in Naples, FL this past spring. She grew up going to Montessori school and Catechesis of the Good Shepherd with her mom who has been a Montessori teacher for over 30 years. She is excited to be back in Colorado this year and in her free time, she loves to hike, climb, play volleyball, and really just be outside as much as possible. 

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​Sophia Montessori Academy does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, age, handicap, color, national or ethnic origin in its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, admission policies, treatment of students, hiring or firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing a welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and community.

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