Upper Elementary Staff

Anne Shepherd

Anne Shepherd received a B.S. in Biology from Penn State University and a M.S in Interdisciplinary Studies from State University of New York. Anne directed, developed, and delivered environmental education and outreach programs for K-12 students for over ten years. She was Executive Director and National Program Coordinator for a Virginia Educational Foundation and Director of Education, Environmental, and Maritime programs at Pennsylvania State University. Anne received the Pennsylvania Governor’s Award for Excellence in Environmental Education, and is currently working to complete her American Montessori Society Elementary Certification from Houston Montessori Center. Anne is passionate about sharing her love of the outdoors with young people.

Randy Young

Randy Young received his BA in Clinical Psychology, Montessori Early Childhood Certification, and AMI Montessori Elementary Certification. Prior to beginning his teaching career, Randy was the Director and Co-Founder of the Long Beach Hotline and Line Training Program, which served the southern California region in crisis intervention counseling. He also worked as a counselor for the United States Department of Justice, and the Community Treatment Center in California. Randy taught early childhood and elementary students in California and western Arizona before joining the Hermosa staff. Randy began Hermosa’s elementary program in 1981 and has been an instrumental partner in Hermosa’s growth and development. Randy is a history buff and enjoys bringing the subject alive for his students, as well as sharing his love of the natural world. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Randy is also available to students as a counselor, and facilitates middle school community development. Students in Who’s Who Among American Teachers have recognized him in 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, and 2006. Randy plays saxophone and penny whistle, and enjoys spending time at his Vail ranch when not working with students.

Nancy Steinke received a B.S. and M.S. in Nursing from the University of Wisconsin, and her Ph.D. in Nursing from the University of Arizona. She has previously served as a pediatric nurse, School Nurse at the Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind, Girl Scout leader, University of Arizona College of Nursing researcher and teacher, and a college professor. Nancy’s students at Hermosa benefit immensely from her intelligence, her scientific expertise, her kindness, and her abilities to help students collaborate, think critically, and discover solutions.

Haley Wilson, a native Tucsonan, received her B.A. in History from the University of Arizona her M.A. in Elementary Education from Northern Arizona University, and NAMC Montessori certification. Before joining Hermosa, Haley worked with students and children at Casa de los Niños and Tucson High Magnet School. Haley’s introduction to the Montessori Method came while searching for a pre-school for her daughter. She wanted a school that would see her child as the individual she is, instead of simply part of the crowd. She enjoys being part of the Hermosa community, and as a teacher who sparks each child’s natural wonder, curiosity and independence

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Montessori Method

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