Sara Gensic, Co-Founder, Upper Elementary Teacher Leader
For the past 20 years, Sara was either in the classroom or the library. She has been fortunate to work with children of all ages from infants through high school and places great value on collaboration with parents, students, and teachers. While she loves Montessori Cosmic Education for elementary students, some of her favorite lessons include Ancient Civilizations, Peace Studies with Montessori Model United Nations, and Writer’s Workshop. Her educational journey includes an AMI, 6-12 Montessori credential from Hershey Training Center, a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary English Education from Grace College-Winona Lake, IN and a Master of Library Science from Indiana University-Fort Wayne. She is overjoyed to be part of the first Wildflower school in Fort Wayne and the state of Indiana. Likewise, Sara feels grateful to continue sharing Montessori with families in Fort Wayne as she was able to do for her own children for many years.
Suzy Ulmer, Co-Founder, Lower Elementary Teacher Leader
Suzy found her love for children after volunteering at a local therapeutic horseback riding center. From there, she pursued a Bachelor of Arts in Biology with a minor in Therapeutic Recreation from Indiana University-Bloomington and followed this with a General Science Teaching Endorsement for grades 6-12. While growing her family, she earned a Masters in Education from Indiana University-Fort Wayne focused on marriage and family counseling. She worked regionally to provide homebound preschool services to low-income families and taught parenting classes for a social service agency in Fort Wayne. She discovered Montessori elementary education at a local Montessori School while serving on their board. She pursued her AMS, 6-12 credential from St. Catherine’s University in St. Paul, MN and has relished being in the elementary classroom these past 17 years. She loves teaching children to appreciate Earth’s beauty and the laws of nature through science and ecology lessons. She is excited to have found The Wildflower Network and to be given an opportunity to pioneer a unique, educational perspective in Fort Wayne focused on the powerful work of social justice through learning about implicit bias in the classroom.
Aubrie Tinsley, Primary Teacher Leader Aubrie@AlysumMontessori.org
Aubrie is passionate about learning and working with children. Driven by curiosity and observations in the primary classrooms, she knew she wanted to become a Montessori teacher so attended Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio and received a Bachelors of Science in Montessori Education in 2017. The methods practiced in the Montessori classroom and the success of the students defines the approach that she wholeheartedly believes is the key to a quality learning experience. She is grateful to be a part of the Wildflower Network, Alyssum Montessori School and excited to share Montessori with the Fort Wayne community.
This past year has been challenging and we couldn’t provide the quality environment at Calhoun St. and Brackenridge without a great group of people who support our daily operations and our student’s growth. We are so fortunate to have assistants, aftercare specialists, and committed substitute teachers like you. THANK YOU! Lindy, Maddie, Sarah, Ana and Laticia.