Melissa M. Droessler
M.Ed., AMI Montessori Primary Directress, AMI Montessori Elementary Teacher
Melissa’s family has lived in Madison for 15 years, but it was in her hometown, just outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota, where Melissa first experienced Montessori education: from the ages of three to six, Melissa attended Golden Valley Montessori School.
After completing her undergraduate degree from UW Madison, Montessori found Melissa again as she was applying to graduate school for social work. As an assistant in Carrie Marlette’s classroom, Melissa became fascinated with the children and their excitement for their work. Realizing that she was too old to be a student again in a Montessori classroom, Melissa decided to take the Montessori training and become an AMI Montessori elementary teacher with a Masters in Education in 2005.
After teaching in Madison for many years, Melissa received her state teaching license and taught in Milwaukee at Craig Montessori School until her son, Roman, was born. Passionate about early childhood development and education, Melissa completed her AMI Montessori Primary training in 2009. Melissa thoroughly enjoys speaking Spanish with her students, as well as playing the flute and piano in her classrooms. Above all else, Melissa adores working and learning with families and children of all ages.
Melissa has been in Montessori primary and elementary classrooms for ten years, she serves on the board of the Montessori Institute of Milwakee and as Vice President of the Wisconsin Montessori Association, and she is excited to be a part of this growing AMI Montessori community in Madison!
M.Ed., AMI Montessori Elementary Teacher
Carrie earned a Journalism Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1978. She then completed the Association Montessori Internationale training at the elementary level (for students ages six through 12) in 1995 and received her M.A. in Education at Loyola College in Baltimore, MD that same year. Carrie also attended Edgewood College in Madison to study the Orton-Gillingham program to help students with reading, spelling, and writing.
Carrie taught at Madison Central Montessori School for 15 years. During that time, she served on the curriculum committee and the Retention Task Force. Both of Carrie’s children attended Montessori at the primary level and her son continued in the elementary class through the fifth year. Implementing true Montessori methods with a thriving “Going Out” program is Carrie’s goal for IMA.
Carrie has lived in Madison for more than 30 years. She fell in love with the city as she studied at the university and met her husband soon after graduation. The Marlettes chose to raise their children in this progressive city filled with education, diverse culture, and arts. In her spare time, Carrie practices Scottish Highland and other dance forms and is one of the founders of Gaelic Fusion Dance Company. Carrie and her family love to travel and enjoy nature.
IMA Board Members
Ingrid has been a midwife in Madison for 12 years. She attended the Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing, the oldest school of nurse-midwifery in America, and received a Masters of Science in Nursing Education from UW-Madison. Prior to becoming a midwife, Ingrid worked as an RN in high-risk pregnancy, postpartum and newborn care at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison. As a nurse, she traveled to Kenya to learn from traditional and British-model midwives. Previously, she worked as a doula, journal editor, farm-hand, orchard-picker, nanny, baker and waitress while completing degrees in European Studies and Cultural Anthropology.
Besides practicing full-time as a home birth nurse-midwife (CNM), Ingrid serves on the Dane County Fetal and Infant Mortality Review panel and the steering committee for the Wisconsin Environmental Health Network. Ingrid founded Mothers Milk Alliance in Madison to connect donors of safe human milk with infants in need. She is a member of American College of Nurse-Midwives, American Midwifery Educators, Breastfeeding Coalition of Dane County, and Wisconsin Guild of Midwives. And from 2005-2007, Ingrid worked with hundreds of midwives and families around WI to help achieve state licensure for Certified Professional Midwives.
Troy is a 2006 graduate of UW-Madison. While an undergrad, Troy started the Sconnie Nation t-shirt company (www.sconnie.com), which he continues to own and operate.
Troy went on to earn his MBA in Entrepreneurial Management and Law Degree, both from Wisconsin. In addition to running Sconnie Nation, Troy currently works as a Supervising Attorney with the UW Law School’s Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic — a program providing free legal services to startup businesses and entrepreneurs. He is also prepping for the launch of his latest entrepreneurial endeavor, Sconnie Beer.
Jessica Wortman, MS, OTR/L
Jessi obtained her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee in 2000. She has experience in a variety of pediatric settings over the last 12 years, including early intervention, private practice, schools and home-based practices. She has worked with a wide variety of diagnoses including orthopedic issues, neurological, cognitive and/or behavioral disorders. Continuing education experiences Jessi holds include Crisis Intervention Training, Handwriting Without Tears training, The Wilbarger Deep Pressure Touch Protocol (DPPT), Therapeutic Listening, Astronaut Training (a Sound-Activated Vestibular-Visual Protocol) and Food Chaining (a feeding approach for difficult eaters). Her additional training includes Pediatric Vision Therapy, Pre-reading and Writing exercises, Oral/Motor and Feeding difficulties, and treatment strategies for children with Developmental Delays. Jessi is certified by the National Board of Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). She holds a current Wisconsin and Illinois Occupational Therapy License as well as a Department of Public Instruction license.