The Montessori American Indian Childcare Staff

Director - LaVon Lee

(admin@americanindianmontessori.net)

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 (jlafloe@gmail.com)

 Janice LaFloe is the founder of MAICC.  She also serves as the Primary Guide in the Children's House.  Janice 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.  Janice completed her Montessori training at the Montessori Center of MN in St Paul in 2013 as a Bush Foundation Leadership Fellow.

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.  Betty Jane is a member of the Bois Forte Band of Ojibwe. She completed her Montessori Assistant Training in 2017 at the MN Montessori Center in St Paul.  

Guide - Brook LaFloe

Brook LaFloe joined the staff in the fall of 2017.  She is a fully trained Montessori Guide, completing her Birth to Six Training at the Montessori Institute of San Diego in La Jolla .  She brings the opportunity to help establish and offer services to American Indian families with Infants and Toddlers.  She is a graduate of Tulane University with her Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience and Anthropology.  She is also a member of the Turtle Mountain Chippewa Tribe of Belcourt, North Dakota and was raised in St Paul attending the American Indian Magnet School and graduating from Johnson High School.  She has volunteered and served the east side community in various ways over the years. 

Transportation Specialist - Laura Trijillo

Laura Trijillo is our Transportation Specialist.  She first began transporting our children in the fall of 2016 and 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 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