Board of Directors
NEIM Board Member and NEIM Founding Member
Jane Busch was instrumental in founding NEIM and continues to be passionately involved in its growth and changes as both a staff member and board contributor. Miss Jane is the lead teacher for NEIM’s elementary program, affectionately known as “E1” for “elementary level one.”
Miss Jane holds a Master’s Degree from Loyola University in Baltimore, MD in Montessori Education at the Elementary level, ages 6 -12. She also has an undergraduate degree from the University of Northern Iowa, in Elementary education with an endorsement in middle school (4th – 9th grade) and an emphasis in earth science.
Jane lives north of Decorah with her husband and two children. In her free time she enjoys gardening and reading and just being outside.
NEIM Board – President-Elect
Tony is a native of Kenya and lives in Decorah with his wife and son. He is an associate professor at Luther College’s Business and Economics department. His professional experiences allow him an understanding of the influences that are shaping today’s globalized world and the demands it places on us. He believes that a quality and adaptable early learning experience is foundational to succeeding in today’s environment.
NEIM Board – Treasurer-Elect
Kristin is a Registered Nurse and works as a subject matter expert consultant in nursing for Elsevier publishing. As a nursing educator, she has a deep belief in the value of “learning by doing,” a central part of Montessori education. Kristin Propson lives in Decorah with her husband, Scott, and their two children, Elsa and Hans. Kristin is an advocate for high-quality early childhood education and appreciates the emphasis a Montessori curriculum places on creative thought, respect for self and others, and global citizenship.
NEIM Board Member – Marketing and 5 Plates Committee Chair
Val has a lot of creative energy!
NEIM Board Member
Andrea Miller has unique and fun ideas!
NEIM Board Member
Scott Searcy is a hard worker with a long history of commitment to NEIM.