Our Teachers

And so we discovered that education is not something which the teacher does, but that it is a natural process which develops spontaneously in the human being. – Dr. Montessori

Gay Canseco, Director/Lead Teacher

Ms. Gay has been a part of LHMS since June 2003. She completed her Montessori education in January 2004. Her favorite thing about teaching at LHMS is the amazing people: the students, parents and other teachers. She is a native Minnesotan who actually enjoys winter. Her interests include botany and reading, specifically books related to women’s history. She also enjoys embroidery, beading and painting. She has two nieces, Lily and Magdelena, who she loves to spend time with, as well as curling up with her cats at home.


Florence Bambu, Lead Teacher

Florence and her family
Ms. Florence has been a part of LHMS since September 2008. She has four children; Emma, Loro, Yike and Joan. Ms. Florence is an early childhood/elementary teacher from Sudan, Africa and she has also completed her Montessori training. Her favorite thing about LHMS is teaching the children and getting to see their progression each day, as it is amazing to witness. When not at LHMS, she likes to cook and maintain a beautiful home for her husband and children

Eben Pieterse, Teacher

Eben Website Photo
Mr. Eben has been a part of LHMS since 2009 and is a Montessori Certified teacher. He grew up on a farm in South Africa and is also a qualified game ranger. He moved to the United States when he was 19 and has also spent time in both London and Israel. He enjoys gardening, fishing, traveling and making beer and wine. His favorite thing about teaching at LHMS is the wonderful, happy environment. He feels proud and blessed to be a part of such an exceptional team.

Rane Mickelson, Teacher

Ms. Rane started working at LHMS in April 2017 as a substitute teacher and became full-time in May 2017. She also teaches our students sign language every Wednesday. Rane is pursuing a degree in child psychology at the University of Minnesota and plans to graduate in Fall 2019. In addition to attending college, she is beginning her Montessori training in October 2017. A lover of music and pets, she enjoys playing flute, guitar, and piano and runs a dog training business on the weekends. Ms. Rane’s favorite thing about LHMS is the unique environment and how motivated and creative the kids are. No day is ever the same at Lake Harriet Montessori!

Ezequiel Bautista, Teacher

Mr. Ezequiel began working at LHMS in August 2017. He is a native Spanish speaker. He was born in Colima, Mexico and recieved a language teaching degree at the University of Colima in Mexico in 2012. He has been working as a preschool teacher in a Spanish Immersion preschool in Minneapolis since 2015. He loves kids and their energy. Mr. Ezequiel loves summer, fall, activities outside, cooking, and sharing his food with friends. He is interested in learning more languages and learning to play the piano. He enjoys working at LHMS and feels very honored to have the chance to work with such a wonderful team.

Willow Hoaglund, Teacher

Ms. Willow’s bio and photo will be posted soon!