ABOUT US

Meet Our Staff

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KAI RODGERS

Head of School 

Kai holds a BA, BEd, Association Montessori International (AMI) Primary Certificate, MEd in Montessori Education, she founded red cottage and taught in the Children’s House for 10 years.

Kelsie Kuyath

Director of Business Operations 

Kelsie holds a Bachelors

 degree in Business Administration and has worked with non-profit organizations since 2012.  Her daughters both attended Red Cottage from 2014-2019 and she joined our team in 2018.

Kristina Duerkop

 Lower Elementary Guide 

Hannah Ouellette Black

Upper Elementary Guide
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Brandi Titus

Children's House Guide

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Holly Kruger

Children's House Guide
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Kate Ryan

Lead Guide Toddler House 

Kate has a degree in Early Childhood Education. She has worked in the children's house and currently is in the toddler community. She has been with Red Cottage since 2014. 

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Diane Cooke 

CHILDREN’S HOUSE ASSISTANT

Diane retired from Hastings School District as a paraprofessional with Special Ed preschool for 12 years. Before that she worked as an early childhood teacher assistant for daycare/childcare centers in Hastings for 20 years. 

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Erin Spieker

Toddler & Day House Assistant

Brooke Herling 

Elementary Assistant

Susan Forsythe

Elementary Music Teacher 
Susan is an experienced teacher and a professional musician who enjoys investing her skills and love of music into the hearts, minds and hands of the Red Cottage Montessori School children.