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Administration

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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.

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Nicole Bossy-Meadows

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 Infant/Toddler and Primary certified as well as Montessori Elementary trained.  Ms. Bossy attended St. Kate's, to receive her degree 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 is happy to have her sons, Bentley and Marley, attend MVA with her. 

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Bridget Farengo

Office Manager

Bridget Farengo graduated from Stephens College with a BFA in dance. She moved to NYC where she lived for several years pursuing her dream of dancing professionally. She went back to school and graduated with a Master of Public Health determined to leave the world a better place. As a hands on, visual learner, Bridget has a deep passion for Montessori and is thrilled to be a part of MVA both as an employee and as a parent. Bridget loves to go on weekend hiking adventures with her family, she loves to be outdoors, dance and exercise bring her true happiness and joy.

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Roxanne Gonzalez

Office Manager

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. 

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Linda Khalil

Curriculum Coordinator

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. 

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Lisa Knutsen

Assistant Administrator,

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. 

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Merry Katz

Physical Education Coordinator

Mrs. Katz was born and raised in Israel and has lived in Las Vegas for more than 9 years. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education and Physical Education from Tel-Aviv University, is a certified Montessori Early Childhood teacher, and is currently working on her Master’s degree in Business Administration. She has experience of over twenty years in 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.