Our Staff and Board

Our Staff

Founding Director & Lead Montessori Teacher
Beki Bell
Beki holds a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Cleveland State University and her AMS Teaching Credential from Columbus Montessori Education Center. In 2013, Beki took a few years away from teaching to take graduate classes and gain experience in nonprofit development and administration.  This led her to pursue her dream of founding Lakewood Montessori School. Beki has taught American Sign Language to Montessori students aged 3- to 9-years-old. Beki enjoys birdwatching and exploring the Cleveland Metroparks with her husband and dog. She is particularly passionate about nonprofit education, social justice, and reproductive justice organizations.

Morning Teaching Assistant / Afternoon Administrative Assistant / Weekly Spanish Teacher
Linette Pacheco
Linette holds her Bachelor of Arts in Communications from John Carroll University, and has worked in Montessori education since 2009. She is fluent in Spanish and has taught both Spanish and American Sign Language to Montessori students aged 3- to 6-years-old. Linette enjoys cooking, exploring Cleveland’s diverse restaurant scene, and spending time with her large, close-knit family.

Lead Afternoon Kindergarten Teacher & Morning Teaching Assistant
McKibben Noel

Afternoon Kindergarten Assistant & After-care Lead
Nicole Boose
Nicole comes to LMS from a career in the comic book industry, where she’s worked as an editor and online education manager for nearly two decades. She holds a degree in English from Barnard College, Columbia University. A parent of one of LMS’s very first students, Nicole joined the school’s staff in 2018 and now looks forward to pursuing a Montessori teaching credential, where her interests in education and creative expression intersect. An East Coast native, Nicole lives in Lakewood with her family.

After-care Assistant

Weekly Spanish Teacher
Linette Pacheco

Weekly Yoga & Mindfulness Teacher
Kelli Ruic
After becoming a Certified KAY yoga teacher in 2019, Kelli began bringing Yoga, Meditation and Mindfulness to LMS with songs, dance, crafts and lots of fun and laughs! She is also Founder of Cleaning Ritual LLC based in Lakewood, where she serves her community (including LMS twice weekly since 2018) with holistic cleaning services. Cleaning has been Kelli’s meditation and yoga practice for years.  Kelli attended CSU majoring in Ceramics and Asian Art. Kelli is always growing and adding to her skills, with non-violent communication techniques, new art skills, by learning more about the science behind cleaning with natural ingredients, Doula work, and is pursuing her 200 YTT in 2019.

Weekly Music Teacher

2019 – 2020 Board of Directors

President Chelsea Mills, LSW, MBA
Towards Employment

Vice President Marie Zickefoose, MNO
Greater Cleveland Partnership

Treasurer Claire Stanislawski, MSA, CPA
Pease & Associates, Inc.

Secretary Libby Thompson, BA

Meredith Carey, MPA, JD
Neighborhood Family Practice

Becca DeWine, MEd
The Prep Schools

Jon Gromek, MBA
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Cleveland

Candice Kortyka, MBA
The Center for Health Affairs

Sam Pearson, MEd
The Cleveland Flea

Lakewood Montessori School does not discriminate on the basis of religion, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin in administration of its employment and educational admissions policies.  Lakewood Montessori School admits students of any religion, race, sex, sexual identity, gender identity, national origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to the students at the school.