Lori Jo Bossy
Head of School
Lori Bossy has been the Head of School of Montessori Visions Academy since its onset in 1999. She holds a Master’s Degree in Education, a Nevada State Teaching license for K-8, and Montessori Primary, Lower & Upper Elementary Certification. Ms. Bossy has taught in elementary education for over 20 years, served as an adjunct staff at UNLV teaching education majors, and periodically teaches about Montessori education at private colleges in Las Vegas. Ms. Bossy has four daughters and is involved in youth sports and community service.
Assistant Administrator, Primary Coordinator
Ms. Bossy has been an active member of Montessori Visions Academy since 1999 and is an Administrator and Early Childhood Coordinator. She is Montessori certified in the Infant/Toddler, Primary, and Elementary levels. Ms. Bossy holds a BA in Early Childhood Education with an emphasis in Montessori. She enjoys connecting with nature by doing yoga and exploring outside. She has a passion for working with children and loves implementing the Montessori Philosophy in all aspects of her life, including raising her 3 children.
Mrs. Hall joined Montessori Visions Academy in 2012 and is a certified Montessori Infant/Toddler and Early Childhood teacher. She studied in Arizona towards a BA in Psychology and a Minor in Music from the University of Arizona. She has worked with children since 1998, specializing in dance and gymnastics. She has worked with families of students with special needs and has spent time in Korea where she became fluent in the language. Mrs. Hall is an instructor for adults at Montessori Training of Southern Nevada. She is excited to raise her children in the Montessori philosophy.
Physical Education Coordinator
Mrs. Katz was born and raised in Israel and has lived in Las Vegas for more than 10 years. She holds a Master's in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s in Education and Physical Education. She is also a certified Montessori Early Childhood teacher. She has over twenty years of experience teaching Physical Education and coaching Judo as a certified coach with a black belt. Mrs. Katz enjoys spending time with her family, reading books, taking long walks, and practicing Yoga. Her goal is to adapt the physical education curriculum to the Montessori environment and by that support teachers, students, and parents in creating a healthier lifestyle.
Linda Khalil is a Montessori Certified Primary through Upper Elementary (2 1/2 - 12 years) teacher. She has been with MVA since 2000. She is also a Certified Teacher Trainer and has spoken to various groups in the community about Montessori Education. She taught Sunday School (ages 9-12) and art at a private Christian school. Linda has 3 children and 4 grandchildren. She is a Certified Reiki Practitioner and enjoys painting, reading and walking in the desert.
Mrs. Absi was born and raised in the Middle East. She learned about Montessori after the birth of her first child and has implemented it in her home ever since. She is certified at the primary level and is working on a degree in family and human development with a focus on early childhood education. She enjoys spending time with family and traveling the world.
Mrs. Absi comes to MVA with many years of management experience and is so excited to be part of the administrative team.
Delivering outstanding service has always been an essential part of a day's work for Roxanne Gonzalez and we are happy to have her talents here at MVA. She is responsible for many office procedures and uses her organizational skills to ensure smooth operations in a busy environment.
Prior to joining the MVA team she worked in the HR/Hiring department for more than 6 years, and as an Administrative Assistant for more than 5 years. When she was young, she helped her parents with a lot of administrative tasks at the school where they were the Principal and the PE teacher for more than 10 years. She started working with children when she was 16 as a nanny and she moved from the Bay Area to Las Vegas in January 2022.
Roxanne is so excited to be part of the MVA as an employee and parent as well. She has been researching the Montessori method so she can continue applying it at home with her kids and she is very happy with the positive outcomes she has seen.
In her free time, she loves to spend time with her family, friends and her dog. You can find her watching old and new movies, cooking, doing craft projects, or planning gatherings and long road trips. Disneyland and the beach are some of her favorite places to go with family and friends. She is described by her family and friends as the life of the party and the person that always is ready to help you if you need it.
Mrs. Allen attended Cyprus Community College, with coursework in psychology and social work. She has experience working with children and families and enjoys being able to offer support. She also has experience in administration and customer service and is glad to be part of our administrative team. Mrs. Allen loves to see the children’s faces light up when they discover something new when using the Montessori materials. She is so happy to have her son be able to grow up in our Montessori community. Mrs. Allen enjoys spending time with her family and taking her children to the park.
Adolescent Community Coordinator
Ms. Knutsen is a certified Montessori Primary, Lower and Upper Elementary teacher. She also is a certified Montessori Middle School and High School teacher. She holds a BA in Secondary Education and she is currently working on her Master of Education program with an emphasis in Montessori Education. She teaches American Sign Language as an additional language in our Upper Elementary program and continues to work on developing curriculum for the upper level classes. She also enjoys working as a teacher trainer for Montessori Training of Southern Nevada. She enjoys volunteering in her church and throughout the community. She has served on mission trips to Australia, Thailand, China, Hong Kong, Mexico, and Macau. She recently become a licensed foster parent in Clark County.