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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Office Manager, Sunset Campus
Mrs. Locke is a Montessori Certified Primary teacher. She is the founder and managing director of Must Be Montessori. She has worked in private education for almost ten years and discovered Montessori out of necessity. Seeing how Montessori education positively impacted her child, she felt the need to promote the philosophy as much as she could and advocates Montessori through her blog mustbemontessori.com. Gemma has a love for musical theater, peach tea, and all things navy blue.
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.