Meaghan is from New Hampshire and earned a BA in Psychology with a focus on recreation from the University of New Hampshire in 2010. She moved to Colorado to work on a farm in Crestone, following her true passion of growing vegetables, being outdoors, romping around with her dog Gunner, exploring and music. She earned her Montessori Early Childhood certificate in May 2015. Meaghan will stay home with her new bundle of joy due August 2017 and has joined the Breckenridge Montessori Board of Directors.
Nicole Nemechek, Teacher
Nicole grew up in Littleton, Colorado and recently graduated from the University of Missouri with a BA in Early Childhood Education with a specialty focus in human development and family studies. She's recently moved to Breckenridge and is very excited to get to know the people and families within the community. Nicole is a lifelong learner and wants to instill the love of learning in her students. Nicole also enjoys being outside to hike or snowboard. But she also loves to bake and read!
Melanie Benedict joined Breckenridge Montessori in the fall of 2010 as a parent. Melanie’s degree in Finance from the University of Florida, her management and finance positions with Vail Resorts and experience on non-profit boards, led her to join the Board of Directors in March 2011. As a mom to two children who have gone through the primary program she loves the environment Breckenridge Montessori creates for children and is always learning from them.
Beth began her career at Breckenridge Montessori
in 2008 as the nature teacher and fell in love with the school and Montessori philosophy. She attended the Montessori Education Center of the Rockies, earning an Early Childhood Certificate from the American Montessori Society in 2011. Beth has a BA from CU-Boulder in Environmental Studies, Policy &
Society, is Large Center Director Qualified and is working on her Master's in Early Childhood Education through CU-Denver. Beth guides the students through the Montessori materials, relishing the opportunity for hands-on learning and fostering a lifelong love of education and environmental awareness within the community of children and parents. Beth also enjoys camping with her husband and dogs, visiting family, Wes Anderson movies, hiking and traveling.
Kelly Opheim, Administrative Coordinator
Kelly and her family moved to Breckenridge in 2015 and enrolled their son at the school. After watching her son thrive at Breckenridge Montessori and getting to know the staff, she decided to take a more active role in the school and joined the Board as Treasurer in 2016. Kelly has over 15 years of experience in human resources with Kraft Foods/Mondelez International and most recently with the Town of Breckenridge Recreation Department. She began her career at Breckenridge Montessori in fall of 2017 as the Administrative Coordinator. Kelly has a BS from the University if Wisconsin-Madison in Psychology and a MS in Human Resources from Loyola University Chicago. She is continuing her education to be an Assistant Director at the school in the future. Kelly will perform administrative work at the school and support the teachers during transition and lunchtime. Personally, she enjoys hiking, biking, skiing and traveling with her husband and two children.
318 North Main St.
PO Box 1508