Faculty and Staff

LaVonne K. Plambeck, PhD - Administrative Director

Professional Background

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Administration, Curriculum, Instruction
  • Master of Education - Elementary Education Emphasis
  • Montessori Credential: American Montessori Society
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts: Teacher Certification- Music Education Emphasis
  • MACTE/AMS Infant-Toddler/Early Childhood Credentialed Instructor
  • Founder/President - Montessori Educational Centers, Inc. (Network of private schools in Nebraska)
  • Mid-American Montessori Teacher Training Institute (AMS-affiliated/MACTE accredited)
  • 1986- 2006 Montessori Mid-America, Inc. (Schools in Colorado and Texas)
  • MACTE Evaluator and Consultant
  • Early Childhood Education Department - College of St. Mary Chairperson/Director/Trainer
  • American Montessori Society - Board of Directors
  • Recognized childhood authority as cited in Women's Day, Women's Edition, Working Mother,
  • Midlands Business Journal, History of Nebraska
  • State of Nebraska Advisory Committee - Early Childhood Education
  • Appointed by governor to White House Conference on Families
  • Completed Online Course Development Class through University of Nebr.-Kearney

Barb Jens, MAE - Training/Practicum Coordinator

Classes Taught

  • Philosophy
  • Child Development
  • Elementary I Math/Geometry
  • Elementary I, I-II Integrated Arts
  • Elementary Classroom Leadership
  • Elementary II Language
  • Early Childhood Movement/Music
  • Elementary Curriculum Design

Professional Background

  • BAE-Elementary Education/Music
  • MAE-Curriculum and Instruction
  • MACTE-AMS Elementary I-II Credentialed
  • 1985-2011-Public and Private Montessori Elementary Classroom Teacher
  • 1994-Present-Mid-America Montessori Teacher Trainer
  • 2004-2012 MACTE Board Member
  • 2004-Completed Online Course Development Class through University of Nebr.-Kearney

Kathy Ziegler - Curriculum / Practicum Coordinator

Classes Taught

  • Elementary Curriculum Design / Classroom Leadership
  • Elementary I Geography/History
  • Elementary I Biology/Physical Science
  • Elementary I Language/Grammar, E11 Grammar
  • Philosophy / EC Overview / Online
  • I-T Development, Pedagogy
  • I-T Environment Design
  • I-T Observation, Personal Development
  • Practicum / Seminars

Professional Background

  • Degrees: B.A., B.S.N, M. Div.
  • Montessori Credentialed: MACTE-AMS 0-3, 2.5-6, 6-12

Teacher Trainer

  • 1992-1996: Claremont Montessori Teacher Training Center, Boca Raton, FL
  • 1992-Present: Mid-America Montessori Teacher Training Institute, Omaha, NE
  • 1984-Present: Classroom Teacher /Administrator

Infant Toddler Staff:

  • LaVonne K. Plambeck
  • Barb Jens
  • Kathy Ziegler
  • Jackie Swoboda
  • Peter Larrow

Early Childhood Staff:

  • LaVonne K. Plambeck
  • Barb Jens
  • Kathy Ziegler
  • Peter Larrow
  • Dorothy Harmon

Elementary I Staff:

  • LaVonne K. Plambeck
  • Barb Jens
  • Kathy Ziegler
  • Dorothy Harman
  • Becky Edwards
  • Kathie Sweet
  • Peter Larrow

Elementary I-II Staff:

  • LaVonne K. Plambeck
  • Barb Jens
  • Kathy Ziegler
  • Dorothy Harman
  • Becky Edwards
  • Kathie Sweet
  • Peter Larrow
  • Rosann Larrow
  • Bob Williams
  • Judy Yormick