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.  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.  

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.

Food Service Technician - Shontel Isham

Shontel Isham is our Food Service Technician.  She joined our MAICC staff in September 2018.  Shontel has many skills and talents.  She is an Ojibwe mother from Minnesota.  

Social Worker - Donna Council

Donna Council is our Social Worker. She joined our MAICC staff in October 2018 to help connect families and children with resources in the community to meet their needs.  She also outreaches to new and perspective families and adults interested in pursuing Montessori training.  Donna is a retired Social Worker from the St Paul Indian Education Program.  She is a Lakota mother and grandmother.

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