Helen Bajema – Lead Guide

Ms. Helen

Ms. Helen

I am excited and privileged to be the Guide for your children, and look forward to building relationships with them, and yourselves.

Although born in England, and raised between there and Northern Ireland, I have spent all of my adult life in Scotland, until moving to the USA in 2006. I have a daughter (Joni) and Grand daughter ( Erin) still in Glasgow.

In my previous life, or that’s how it feels, I was a counselor, which in some ways is the polar opposite of working with the children – who are so on the threshold of their life. I believe that The Montessori Method is really the greatest start in life that a child can have, and that Dr Montessori’s voice can be still be heard today, through the materials and their interaction with the child, as the child interacts with them.

I am passionate about health, and eat an organic diet; love making Montessori materials; spending time with friends; going for walks and watching movies with my husband.

Credentials: Primary Diploma, Montessori Training Center of Minnesota, Association Montessori International.

Bailey Rehnberg-Assistant Teacher

I’m thrilled to be joining the Mississippi Valley Montessori School staff as an Assistant Teacher. I graduated from Macalester College in 2014 with majors in Education and Sociology. As a student-athlete at Macalester, I launched a mentoring program that paired young girls with female athletes to build relationships and encourage self-empowerment. I also became involved in community gardening, which sparked my interest in pursuing environmental education.  Since graduating, I’ve worked in advocacy on national global warming policy and coordinated outdoor summer programming at Tamarack Nature Center. I’m passionate about learning and playing through outdoor adventure.  In my spare time, I enjoy exploring neighborhoods by bike, playing volleyball, and baking bread.

I’m excited to be teaching and learning in the Montessori Method, and look forward to meeting more members of the MVMS community!



Karuna Kirkland-Assistant Teacher

It is my honor to serve the children at Mississippi Valley Montessori and to be apart of the great staff. I started my school training in Iwakuni, Japan, where I worked in the Department of Defense District School System as a Para-Professional Aide. I was born and raised in Kathmandu, Nepal and I have traveled to Europe and Asia and have had many opportunities to learn about several different cultures, especially how they raise and teach children. I remain overly impressed with the theories of Dr. Maria Montessori and her perception on teaching habits. I currently reside in Mendota Heights, Minnesota, with my loving husband, beautiful daughter and family dog.

I am a graduate of Inver Grove Heights Community College with a Certificate in CNA. Most recently, I completed my assistant training from the Montessori Center of Minnesota.


Mr. Mike – Custodian

Mr. Mike

Mr. Mike


I have been working at Mississippi Valley Montessori since 2009 and enjoy working here.  It is nice that I can support this school with my work. The kids are great, and it is fun to see them working with all their Montessori materials.