Board of Directors
NEIM Board – President-Elect
Rachel grew up in the Driftless region and happily found her way back after 15 years to teach environmental studies and political science at Luther College. Rachel, her husband Joel, daughter June, and son Adrian live on a farm outside of Decorah that serves as home base for Joel’s beekeeping operation. Rachel values the curiosity, independence, and community that the school promotes in children. As a member of the board, she appreciates the dedication and care of all those who work to create a wonderful environment for children to learn and grow.
NEIM Board – Vice 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 and NEIM Founding Member
Jane Busch was instrumental in developing NEIM’s founding and continues to be passionately involved in its growth and changes as a board member and lead teacher for NEIM’s elementary program, affectionately known as “E1” for “elementary level one.”
She 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 Member – Secretary
Jay is a father, husband, teacher and artist here in Decorah. You can find him downtown most days as grocery assistant manager at the Oneota Food Cooperative or teaching at the Art Haus.
He believes that making and doing things, much like the Montessori curriculum, brings deeper understanding of ourselves and the world around us.
NEIM Board Member
Ryan is a Certified Public Accountant teaching in the Economics and Business department at Luther College. He lives in Decorah with his wife and two sons. He believes in a well-rounded learning experience and ability to explore different curiosities.