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Teachers and Students of the Year


Joan Joshua

Congratulations to the 2020 
TPSS District 
5th Grade Student of the Year, Joan Joshua!

We are so proud of you!



Students of the Year

Hammond Westside Montessori School 5th and 8th Grade Student of the Year Candidates and School Representatives
Featured from left to right in the top picture are the 2019-2020 Hammond Westside Montessori School Student of the Year Candidates: Fifth Grade: Ayden Torres, Joan Joshua, Emme Stowe, Mariah Brown, Eight Grade: Alexis Ziegler, Fifth Grade: James Betz, and Assistant Principal Dr. Brandy Huguet.
Bottom from left: 1st Picture: Eighth Grade Student of the Year Representative Alexis Ziegler and Dr. Huguet, Middle Photo: Eighth Grade Student of the Year Representative Alexis Ziegler, Fifth Grade Student of the Year Representative Joan Joshua, and Dr. Huguet, 3rd Picture: Fifth Grade Student of the Year Representative Joan Joshua and Dr. Huguet
We are very proud of all of the candidates and our representatives!  Congratulations to Alexis Ziegler and Joan Joshua!  We know you will do an amazing job representing our school.

Teacher of the Year

We are happy to announce that Kristin Ruiz is our Teacher of the Year recipient on the primary side. Ms. Ruiz works extremely hard to ensure that her students receive a quality education. She teaches one of our PK/K combination classes, is Montessori and state certified, and has 14 years of teaching experience. She goes above and beyond daily to ensure that her students’ needs are met while providing them with a great foundation to their educational career.


Ms. Folk - Upper Teacher of the Year

On the upper side, we are equally as happy to announce that Mrs. Emily Folk is our Teacher of the Year recipient. Mrs. Folk is our Curriculum Support Teacher for math and science in grades 3-8. She works extremely hard in assisting teachers in the planning and implementation of their curriculums. She is an excellent mentor to our teachers and supports them in their daily lessons. She has a master’s degree in Education Curriculum and Instruction and has 7 years of teaching experience.