Patty grew up on a farm in central Michigan as the youngest of 6 children. While she considers herself a city person, she still loves to visit the farm. She was a Rotary Exchange student in Brazil for a year in high school, which fueled her passion for travel. She graduated from Stephens College and also studied in Salamanca Spain for her junior year. She completed her first AMI training at the Montessori Institute of Denver for ages 0-3. She couldn’t get enough Montessori, so she went back for more and became certified in AMI for ages 3-6 at the Milwaukee Montessori Institute.
Patty has delighted in working with children for over 25 years.
She has worked at some incredible AMI Montessori schools in
the Chicago area including Forest Bluff School and Countryside Montessori. She feels blessed to be
a part of the WSMS community and her youngest daughter attends the school. Patty has been at WSMS since 2012.
Patty lives in La Grange with her husband Scott and three children. In her free time she
enjoys walking with friends, traveling, gardening, camping and driving to countless soccer games
and cross country meets!
Patty Eggerding - Head of School
Emily Meingast - Lower Elementary Guide
Emily grew up in Western Springs, Illinois with three brothers and five cats. She was a Girl Scout from kindergarten through senior year of high school and received the Gold Award after organizing and carrying out a school supply drive for a school that she visited in Tanzania.
After high school, Emily attended Saint Louis University and studied elementary education, ran for the cross-country and track teams (Go Billikens!), and ate a lot of Ted Drewes Frozen Custard. Then, Emily moved to Milwaukee to become elementary Montessori trained at the Montessori Institute of Milwaukee. After her year of Montessori training in Milwaukee, she continued her studies during the summer at Loyola University Maryland to receive a Masters of Education in Montessori education.
Emily has been at WSMS as an elementary directress since 2015. She looks forward to coming to work in such a beautiful community every day.
Amanda Munz first heard of Montessori during her graduate studies at the University of Illinois where she obtained a Masters of Education in Early Childhood. She didn't know when or how but she knew one day she would take the Montessori training.
In 2005, Amanda completed the Assistants to Infancy training. This birth to three year olds training transformed her view of early childhood education. "Education starts at birth" is a quote from Dr. Maria Montessori that truly resonated with Amanda. Amanda worked with the toddler age group for many years before deciding to take the Primary training. In 2009, Amanda completed the Primary training which changed the trajectory of her career path. This training brought her to WSMS in 2010 where Amanda found everything she has looked for in a school! She considers herself lucky to work amongst such great staff, families, and of course the amazing children.
When not teaching, Amanda can be found playing tennis and practicing martial arts. She gets a kick out of talking to the children who also take Karate. They compare belt colors and the children never believe that she is a 2nd degree black belt!
Amanda Munz - Primary Guide
Margaret White - Primary Guide
Margaret grew up in the River Forest/Oak Park area and was a student at Alcuin Montessori School for Primary and Elementary. She has an undergraduate degree from Dominican University, AMI
primary certification from the Montessori Institute of San Diego and a Master's in Education from Loyola University.
Margaret is part of a large family and has several nieces and nephews. She loves to paint, cook, travel and read. She lives in a little brick house with green shutters and has a tiny black dog named Phoebe. Margaret's time in the classroom is a privilege and the best part of her day.
Catherine was born in San Leandro, California but moved around a few times growing up. In fact, she has lived in every time zone in the continental United States. Catherine has bachelor degrees in both theater and elementary education from Lake Forest College. She worked as an assistant at Forest Bluff
Montessori School in Lake Bluff and then went on to pursue her AMI training at the Primary Level at
Montessori Institute Northwest in Portland, Oregon under Ginni Sackett and Sarah Wiener-
Andrews. She earned a Master’s Degree in Montessori Education at the Primary Level from
Loyola University Maryland. Catherine also received AMI Assistants to Infancy (0-3) training at The Montessori Institute (Denver). She has been teaching at West Suburban Montessori since 2013.
Catherine and her husband Joe got married in 2015 and live in Chicago. Catherine
loves going to see theater in the city. She is an avid reader, and she loves cooking, baking and trying new recipes, some of which are used in the classroom. She loves working and being part of the WSMS community.
Catherine Yeo – Primary Guide
Jeff Peters - Upper Elementary Guide
Jeff Peters grew up in Canandaigua, NY (a small community in the Finger Lakes of Western New York). During elementary, junior high and high school, he was very active playing trombone in the band, winning a NY State Field Band Championship in the process, and also playing tennis avidly. He graduated in 1986.
After high school, Jeff attended Earlham College, a small Quaker college in Richmond, Indiana. While in college, he majored in English Literature and minored in Spanish. During those years, he was fortunate to have the opportunity to live in Mexico on two separate occasions. He also played lacrosse on the college’s lacrosse club. He graduated in 1990.
Following graduation from college, Jeff moved to Chicago where his father had grown up and his grandparents still lived. After working in a restaurant for a year, Jeff answered an ad for Spanish-speaking assistants at Near North Montessori School. He was eventually hired as the classroom assistant in an Upper Elementary classroom. During that first year, he fell in love with teaching and decided to take Montessori training. The rest is history.
Jeff taught at Near North Montessori from 1991-2018, serving as elementary chair in his last two years there. Throughout his tenure, Jeff has served on many school committees. Jeff’s wife Jennifer is a toddler teacher at NNM and his son Zachary will be beginning his 6th grade year at NNM in Fall 2018. Jeff has a multitude of interests outside of the classroom and, among others, enjoys cooking, playing the banjo, reading, traveling whenever possible, and trying to keep up with his son.
Jeff is very excited to be joining the WSMS community and is looking forward to the opportunities and challenges of beginning a new 9-12 program