Meet our E1 Teachers


Kaye DeBlieck – E1 Teacher Room 101

My name is Kaye DeBlieck, and I am an E1 teacher at Seward Montessori. I went to Central Michigan for my bachelors degree, then Humboldt State in California for my teacher license. I went to the University of St. Catherine and got a Masters in Education, as well as Early Childhood Montessori. I went on for my E1 training, and was certified for E1 at NAMC. Fun facts about me: I have a 17 year old daughter and 2 wonderful bonus kids (not kids anymore!); I have been married for 21 years; and I have 2 cats that I love spending time with (Snuggles and Muffin). I look forward to working with students and parents!




Anna Lethert – E1 Teacher Room 103

My name is Anna Lethert and I teach E1 in Room 103. I am originally from Minneapolis, and I was a Seward student myself! I went to South High School and then attended the University of Minnesota and got my bachelors degree in Anthropology. After that, I lived in Ireland for ten years, studying traditional Irish dancing, and completed my Montessori training there. I taught preschool and Children's House for five years, and just returned back to Minneapolis last year. I am currently studying for my masters in Montessori education. I love dancing, cooking, baking, traveling, thunderstorms, and teaching!









Sue Backus – E1 Teacher Room 104

Sue Backus, E1 Teacher – Room 104, received a Masters in Education from College of St. Catherine’s and K-12 Reading License from Hamline University. She enjoys riding her motorcycle, gardening and reading.









Miss Freny Irani – E1 Teacher Room 105

I am from India and came to America because I love mountains and nature. I have truly enjoyed the National Parks here. I went to school and College in India and had a fabulous time! I got my Bachelor of Arts Degree there and then my International Montessori Training. I got another Bachelors Degree from the University of MN, and a Masters Degree from St. Thomas. I truly am a vagabond and love travelling, seeing the world and making all sorts of friends. My heart belongs to many places, people and to all the children whom I have taught and learned from. I love stories that begin with once upon a time and end with, they lived happily after...........








Christina Willow – E1 Teacher Room 108

Hello! My name is Christina Willow. I live in Minneapolis with my 3 year old daughter. I grew up in Richfield and received a B.A. in Spanish Education and Teaching English as a Second Language from Bethel University. I completed an additional teaching license in Elementary Education from Hamline University. I have nearly completed my E1 and E2 Montessori Certification from Age of Montessori, a MACTE accredited program based in Bozeman, MT. This is my 13th year teaching with Minneapolis Public Schools and my very first year at Seward Montessori School. I am so excited to be here! I have previously taught at Emerson, Anderson and Washburn. Fun facts about me: 1. I speak Spanish fluently. Si usted quiere hablar conmigo me puede encontrar en el salón 108. 🙂 2. I have traveled to Mexico, Guatemala, Ecuador, Peru, Spain, France, Canada and Morocco. 3. I enjoy camping, reading, gardening, hiking, yoga, biking, drinking tea and learning new things!





Kevin Kane – E1 Teacher Room 109

Hello! My name is Kevin Kane and I'm an E1 teacher, entering my second year at Seward. I grew up in Minneapolis Public Schools and, after getting my degree in elementary education from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, came back home to teach. I love playing music. I play 5 instruments and bring my guitar into the classroom as often as I can. Though I grew up in Minneapolis, I was born in Detroit, Michigan and have unfortunately held onto my allegiance to Detroit sports teams.









Liz Rockman – E1 Teacher Room 110

My name is Liz Rockman. I was born in Minneapolis, and went to public schools here. I spent some of my middle school years in India with my family who were University professors on sabbatical. After graduating from Colorado State University I lived and worked in marketing and advertising in Denver for 10 years. I moved back to Minneapolis to be with my family and was a video and filmmaker for corporations. I had a strong calling to work with children and to teach in the world of Montessori education. I returned to school to get a Masters in Education, and then Montessori training. I was lucky enough to come to Seward. I have been teaching almost 20 years and most of them have been at Seward. I have a grown son (29 years old) who also went to Seward. He is a sports photographer in Minneapolis. I love learning languages. In college I took every language that I could. Then I worked overseas as a nanny to practice them. I haven’t used them lately, so I’m no longer fluent, but I still manage to travel and learn languages here at Seward.








Mary Brownrigg – E1 Teacher Room 112

Hello! My name is Mary Brownrigg, and I have been a Minneapolis teacher for 22 years with 12 of those years proudly teaching at Seward. I have lived in Minneapolis most of my life and currently live in the Longfellow neighborhood. I graduated from Minneapolis Washburn and completed an English Literature degree at the University of Minnesota. I received my teaching license and reading license credentials at Hamline University. My Montessori training was completed at St. Catherine’s University with additional coursework through NAMC. I love being active and enjoy running, kayaking, dancing, and gardening. I enjoy teaching because I learn new things from my students every day.







Melissa Ericksen – E1 Teacher Room 116

Hello! My name is Melissa Ericksen . I have been an E1 classroom teacher at Seward Montessori School since 1991...30 years! My education includes Elementary Education Degree from Gustavus Adolphus College, Master of Education from St. Mary's University, and E-1 and E-2 Montessori Certified fromSt. Catherine's University. I have been married to my husband Scott for 26 years. We have 2 college-aged children: Cooper, a senior at UND majoring in Commercial Aviation, and Tessa, a sophomore at Augsburg College majoring in Sports Medicine. Three of my favorite things are iced vanilla lattes, golfing, and sunny days.







Jenny Heuer – E1 Teacher Room 117

Hello! My name is Jenny Heuer and this is my fifth year as an E1 teacher at Seward Montessori! I have my Bachelors degree from Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) and completed my teacher licensure program at Augsburg University. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with family & friends, walking my dog, reading, and spending summers at the lake.










Tim Jarosak – E1 Teacher Room 118

My name is Tim Jarosak. I teach E1 at Seward Montessori. I have been in the district for 27 years. I went to school at St. Cloud State University where I got my elementary degree. I received my master degree at Mankato State University. I enjoy golfing, camping, cooking, spending time with my family, and watching our Minnesota sports teams.