Meet Our Staff

School Administration

Head of School

Nick zielinski (

Nick is excited to put his 15 years of non-profit administration and environmental education experience to work for the Monument View Montessori community.  Having witnessed the love of learning that Montessori education has instilled in his own son, Nick is excited to support cost-free Montessori education for the students of Fruita, Grand Junction, Palisade, and beyond.  With the unique support of the Colorado Charter School Institute, Nick is excited to offer greater educational opportunities to the students and families of the Grand Valley.

Lower Elementary Classroom

Lead Teacher

Georgie Reigel (

Georgie Reigel is the Lead Lower Elementary guide. She joined the MVMC staff in 2017 and holds an American Montessori Society (AMS) credential in Elementary I from the Montessori Education Center of the Rockies.

Prior to joining the faculty, Georgie was a dance educator for 20 plus years, teaching at several Universities, elementary schools, middle schools and high schools in Georgia and Michigan.  She received her BS Ed in Dance Education from the University of Georgia and an MA in Leadership from Shorter University.

Although dance was her first love, Montessori has continually held a special place in her heart. Georgie was fortunate to have grown up in a household that embraced the Montessori approach. Her mother was a long time primary teacher, and Georgie is proud to follow in her footsteps, sharing her passion for guiding, supporting, and encouraging the whole child, so that they can thrive independently in an environment that has a place for everyone.

When she is not teaching she enjoys spending time with her husband Ben and their three children-Caroline, Charlie and Livia.

Primary Classroom

Lead Teacher

Lani Stewart








Lani has been in the early childhood field for about 12 years and has over 14,000 hours in a child care center. She served as the lead three-year-old teacher and lead teacher in the one-year-old classroom at Grand Valley Child Care for six years. She worked at Wishes and Dreams and Step by Step Preschool as the lead teacher in the three-year-old classroom, and holds a Director certification through the State of Colorado.

Lani has always been intrigued by the Montessori philosophy and the relaxed, peaceful environment that Montessori schools are known for. She is grateful to be part of helping her students learn who they are as individuals and become successful, with respect and love for themselves as well as others and the world around them.

Lani loves to travel and considers herself a bit of a thrill seeker. When she is not spending time with her three reptiles – a 6-ft long boa, a bearded dragon, and a leopard gecko – she likes to go rock hunting and volunteer at the wildlife rehabilitation center in Silt, CO.