The Montessori American Indian Childcare Staff

Director LaVon Lee


LaVon Lee has a BA from Macalester College and a Master’s of Education.  LaVon is affiliated with the Lakota Nation.  LaVon has served as Program Staff at the St Paul Foundation and the Grotto Foundation.  She was also the Executive Director of the American Indian Family Center for 10 years. 

Primary Guide Janice LaFloe (

    Janice LaFloe is the founder of MAICC established in 2014. She is a member of the Turtle Mountain Chippewa Tribe in Belcourt, North Dakota. Prior to her Montessori work, she served the American Indian community of Saint Paul for over a decade through her work at the American Indian Family Center and at St Paul Indian Education Program.  Janice earned her Bachelors degree in Political Science at Macalester College in Saint Paul. She then went on to earn her Masters degree in Public Policy from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. She became a certified Montessori teacher in 2013. 

Native Assistant Teacher - Betty Jane Schaaf


Betty Jane joined the staff in April 2017 with many years of experience in the field of early childhood as a direct staff and a support staff both in the urban area and for a tribal community.

Transportation Specialist - Laura Trijiilo

Laura Trijillo is our Transportation Specialist.  She transports our children to and from our center each day.  She is an Ojibwe mother and grandmother.  Laura works part time with us while she is earning her Master's Degree.

Native Aide (Substitute)- Joe Regguinti

A member of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibway, Joe holds a BA from Augsburg College and was selected as a Native Nations Rebuilders of the Bush Foundation.

Native Language Guide 

We are interested in finding a Native Language Guide. See below for job description. Posting will remain until filled.

Native Language Guide Job Description


MAICC Employment Application

If you are passionate about working with young learners and supporting American Indian children through this very important stage of development, MAICC is interested in receiving your resume and/or application for employment.  See link below for application.

MAICC Employment Application