Patrice Gierdall, Lead Guide 

Ms. Patrice is our Lead Guide in Children’s House 3. She has taught children for more than 20 years.  Some of her experience includes working as an Assistant Teacher at a preschool and Special Education Paraprofessional, as well. She holds an Associate Early Childhood Credential from the American Montessori Society and a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education- Montessori from St. Katherines University. Ms. Patrice joined Mandala Montessori in 2015.  She has a desire to return to school and obtain a degree in Special Education as she sees it can be very beneficial in the Montessori classrooms. During her free time her hobbies include reading, camping, fishing, going to the cabin, making dish towels, crafting, scrapbooking and spending time with family and friends. Ms. Patrice’s lives with her husband of 26 years and they have three beautiful daughters ages 23,20 and 18. Ms. Patrice is very happy to share her teaching passion here at Mandala Montessori and we are very fortunate to have her!

“Thank you for allowing me to teach your precious children!” ~Ms. Patrice

Tarah Kahabka, Assistant Teacher

Ms. Tarah is our Assistant in Children’s House 3 and Aftercare Program. Tarah joined Mandala Montessori in 2017. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design from Minneapolis Business College. Throughout the years Ms. Tarah has dedicated a lot of her time to taking care of children and her ready smile and great sense of humor speak to her enjoyment in her work. She has vast experience in childcare starting off as a nanny and then working directly with toddlers and preschoolers. In her free time, she uses her graphic design skills in her own business: My Little Medley. Ms. Tarah is very dedicated to the social and emotional development of each child and makes sure that each child receives the best care and love that they all deserve. She is a very friendly and warm person and we are happy she is part of our preschool’s family!

“Thank you“~Ms. Tarah