Our Staff


Bansari Modi, Administrator


Bansari Modi was born in India into a family of educators who instilled in her a love of learning and nurturing. She started helping out children by tutoring in the school where her grandmother was head of the school. She came to USA in early 90's as a Physical Therapist and cherished  educating and helping the community working with children & adults. She continued to foster her love of education by volunteering with North South Foundation helping raise money to help under privileged children in India, attend college by organizing Spelling, Math, Science and Geography Bee workshops and competitions in USA.

Bansari joined Flossmoor Montessori School in January 2014 to promote  Montessori way of  learning in children. She takes special interest to witness the children’s great accomplishments as they develop in Montessori environment with dynamic blend of freedom and responsibility. She belives that most precious gift for children is the opportunity to reach their fullest potential by fostering an environment prepared to meet their learning needs. She is completing Infant - Toddler teacher traning program at Seton Montessori to offer Montessori education for young toddler and parent child classes at Flossmoor Montessori School. 

She is married and has a son in college. She enjoys cooking, reading, sailin, travelling, spending time with family and nature.

Email: flossmoormontessorischool@gmail.com

Lisa Green, Administrative Assistant

Email: flossmoormontessorischool@yahoo.com


Lauren Mahwikizi, Pre-Primary Directress 
Lauren grew up in rural Vermont where she attended a Montessori school, and later moved to Venezuela as an exchange student for her senior year of high school. That was the time she became fluent in Spanish. After graduating, she moved to Philadelphia to attend Temple University and studied Psychology, specializing in infant development.
After a short career in research, she became a full time Nanny, and married her loving husband. Later they had two children of their own and she was a stay- at-home mom for 5 years. Lauren has a great passion for early education and the Montessori method. She enjoys working with children of different ages. 
Email: ms.laurenfms@gmail.com
Nanette Renzi, Primary Directress & Education Director

Mrs. Renzi has been watching children bloom in Montessori environments since her Primary Level AMI Montessori training in 1985. As a lifelong learner she is involved with Wright in Chicago, IL, on a journey of personal transformation and social/emotional intelligence work. Before her Montessori training, Nan was an Instructional Coordinator for special needs children. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology (with a minor in dance) from Western Michigan University, and is an International Advancement Professional (IAP) for private-independent schools.  Her hobbies include: spending time with her family (husband Michael, an attorney, daughter Anni and her family, and daughter Olivia), outdoor activities (especially bicycling, hiking, and kayaking), traveling, gardening, reading, Community Theater, dining, cooking and dancing.  She especially loves her role as grandmother.

Email: mrs.renzifms@gmail.com




Varsha Shankar, Elementary Directress

Ms.Varsha was born in Chennai, India. She completed her Masters Degree in Montessori Education this summer at the University of Hartford, Connecticut. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Madras, India and an AMI Elementary diploma. She comes from a family of educators – her mother has her own Montessori school in India and she actively works to establish Montessori schools for the underprivileged.  Ms.Varsha loves reading and listening to music. She also loves cats and driving in the suburbs of Chicago. She enjoys being at Flossmoor Montessori school because of the diversity of each classroom, the keen involvement of the parents as well as the kindness of the staff.

Email: ms.varshashankarfms@gmail.com


ReneeSanchez, Pre-Primary Classroom Assistant


Ms. Renee has worked in the Pre Primary Class for over a  year at FMS. She enjoys watching the emerging personalities of the young child, and learning their thoughts as they express themselves in conversation and the art of language. Ms. Renee has been taking Early Childhood Education classes and aims to be a teacher for young children.





Alicia Mendoza, Primary Classroom Assistant

Ms. Alicia is one of our Primary Classroom Assistants, Aftercare Teachers, and FMS Camp Leaders. She has a great fondness of children and their exploration. After earning her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, Ms. Alicia taught at a Christian School. The teacher quality is carried over into Aftercare and FMS Camps, where Ms. Alicia is overjoyed to introduce a myriad of art forms and science to the children. When she is not at FMS, she is eager to support her church as a youth leader, which she has done for nearly a decade. Ms. Alicia is devoted to helping children to reach their full potential. She is a mentor to her many nieces and nephews, and to the children she has been a nanny for in the past. When Ms. Alicia is not with children, she enjoys painting, cooking, decorating, and singing. 


Mrs. Alexandra Green, Spanish Instructor and After School Primary Program Leader

Ms. Alexandra completed her Masters degree in Ethnomusicology from the University of California Riverside, California. She specializes in topics of identity, music and the arts of El Salvador, Central America. She currently holds a position as Adjunct Professor of Music at Prairie State College, Chicago Heights where she teaches music courses and Oboe.

Although a native Spanish speaker, her Spanish language skills were further advanced as she completed the Certificate Program in Interpretation and Translation from the University of California Los Angeles Extension.

Growing up as the daughter of Spanish speaking immigrant parents, she was enrolled in a Montessori program at age two to learn English. It was through Montessori that her learning through curiosity was nurtured. This curious style of learning from her Montessori experience has continued to follow Ms. Alexandra through adulthood. Now that she has a daughter, she hopes to pass on a similar nurturing learning environment of Montessori education.

Ms. Alexandra serves as the Aftercare leader and Spanish teacher at Flossmoor Montessori. On most days you can find her belting out Spanish children's songs with her students. 

She is an active musician performing on Oboe with the Joliet Symphony and Flute/Andean panpipes with her church choir. In her free time she enjoys Triathlon training and painting. 

Email: mrs.alexandrafms@gmail.com


Tamara Emmett, Elementary Classroom Assistant & Summer Camp Leader


Mrs. Diane Adamore-Johnson, Primary Classroom Assistant & Beforer School Pre-Primary Program Leader


Jessica Wolff, Pre-Primary After School Program Leader


Anna-Maria Peatrou, Pre-Primary Classroom Assistant


Rickeyta Gagliardo, Pre-Primary Classroom Assistant 


Ms. Christina Whack, Classroom Assistant and Music Teacher for After School Program

Dominic Ruffalo, Guitar instructor for after School Program

Coach Cook, Chess Coach for After School Program