EMILY LEUTGEB Executive Director
Emily has worked in Montessori classrooms since 2008 – first as an assistant, then as a Lead Teacher after she got her Early Child Montessori Credential from St. Catherine University in 2010. She has taught in a one-room school, a school serving toddlers through Grade 6, and a school serving infants through age six. After finishing her Master’s in Education at St. Kate’s, she is thrilled to work alongside the Heartwood community as School Director. Emily loves spending time with family, in nature, gardening, and cultivating community with children.
JULIA CARLSON Lead Guide
Julia shares a genuine wonder and excitement in education and loves to create opportunities for children to explore on their own. She is a lifelong learner, with a masters degree in Cultural Studies from Toulouse, France. She began as an assistant at Heartwood in 2016, and was inspired to complete her Montessori training from the Montessori Center of Minnesota in 2018. Julia loves bringing her travel experiences in the classroom through storytelling, and travels each day with the children with inquiry and imagination.
We love seeing the great relationships our staff are building with our Heartwood students and families!