Ann-Marie Dunbar
Chair

Ann-Marie Dunbar serves as a parent member of the Board of Directors. She has two children at Bluffview (E2 and Erdkinder). After earning a PhD in English at Indiana University, she joined the English Department at Winona State University, where she teaches courses on nineteenth-century British literature, multicultural American literature, and world literature. She also directs Winona State’s Common Book Project, an interdisciplinary program designed to foster community and conversation around discussion of a single book.

Mariah White
Vice-Chair

Mariah White has been at Bluffview Montessori School since 2015 as an E1 teacher. She received her B.S. in Elementary Education from St. Mary’s University in Winona. She received her Montessori Certification and Masters in Education from UW-River Falls. She is currently a member of the Pedagogy and Building & Grounds Committees. She is extremely passionate about her work as an educator, and she feels so blessed to be a part of the Bluffview community.

Shelly Merchlewitz
Treasurer

Shelly Merchlewitz has been at Bluffview Montessori since 2010.  She has taught special education and math intervention and graduated from Winona State University with an elementary degree and multiple licenses.  She is currently a member of the Human Resource Committee and Pedagogy.  She looks forward to learning a lot while being a part of the board and doing what she can to be a helpful member.

Meghan Booth
Secretary

Meghan is an Erdkinder (7th and 8th grade) teacher and has served as a teacher member of the board since 2019.  She has a Master’s degree in secondary education with multiple licensure areas.  Meghan serves on the Pedagogy committee, Building and Grounds committee, and is the Erdkinder Coordinator. Before coming to Bluffview she taught in a variety of school settings, and has worked in public, charter, and private school settings including as an Admissions and Marketing Director. She looks forward to bringing her experience in education to Bluffview as a board member.

Crystal Hegge
Parent Member

Crystal Hegge has been a parent at Bluffview Montessori since 2014. She has students in Erdkinder, E1 and Children’s House. As the Executive Director of the Advocacy Center of Winona, and 15 years of non-profit organizational work in Winona, Crystal has developed strong connections with many facets of the community and throughout the state. Crystal is thrilled to be part of a team of passionate individuals strengthening our community and future generations through Montessori education.