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Staff Biographies

Administration

Connie Laufersky

Director

connie@whiterockmontessori.org
214-324-5580 ext. 504

Connie Laufersky has been involved in Montessori education for over 20 years, having begun her Montessori journey when her children were enrolled in a Montessori school during their preschool years. She holds a BS in Earth Science, with a minor in Music from Michigan State University, has her MEd in Education with an emphasis on Montessori Integrated Studies, holds Montessori credentials in Secondary I, Secondary II, and Administration, and recently completed her state certification in School Leadership. Ms. Laufersky loves anything to do with the outdoors, is a yoga enthusiast, and enjoys spending time with her husband, four children, and her family’s fur-babies. She is originally from northern Michigan and loves spending time there whenever she is able.


Melanie Dizdar

Technology and Business Coordinator

melanie@whiterockmontessori.org
214-324-5580 ext. 503


Melanie Dizdar was introduced to Montessori when her mother worked at Montessori Children’s House and School. She fell in love with the Montessori method while working as a teacher’s assistant in their summer program. Graduating from the University of Texas at Dallas with her BS in Accounting and Information Systems, Ms. Melanie realized that supporting Montessori education was her true passion. Beginning at the front desk at WRM in 2009, she has fulfilled various duties in the administrative office and now works as the Technology and Business Coordinator. Melanie loves music, photography, and her family pets - all four of them!


Linda Griffith

Front Office Coordinator

office@whiterockmontessori.org
214-324-5580 ext. 501


Linda is married and has 5 children, 8 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Beginning in 1962, Linda opened a daycare in her home then went on to work in various capacities in the corporate world before taking a job as an Administrative Assistant to Marie Moseley at St. James Montessori School (now St. James Episcopal School) where she remained for seven years.  She then worked as a Legal Assistant to various lawyers before finding her ideal job as an Administrative Assistant to Sue Henry at WRMS.  After working for 12 ½ years here she reluctantly decided to retire and spend more time with her family. Each and every time she went by WRMS she wished she could come back to work here and she finally got her wish and is the Front Desk Coordinator here now.  She remembers what she said when she came to WRMS - “this is me - this is where I want to be!”  Every day when she comes in the school driveway she realizes how lucky she is to be back working with her WRMS family!!


Scott Connery

Facilities Coordinator

scott@whiterockmontessori.org
214-324-5580 ext. 506


Scott Connery is a St. Mark's alumnus and holds a Bachelors in Business Administration from Babson University in Boston, MA. He holds AMS certifications for Lower and Upper Elementary, and has been a teacher at Montessori schools since 2007. He is joined at WRM with his wife, his daughter, and his dog Genevieve. Mr. Connery enjoys a diverse array of hobbies that range from camping and hiking, to welding, car repair, chain sawing, and miniature war-gaming.


Courtney Hodges

Communications Coordinator

courtney@whiterockmontessori.org
214-324-5580 ext. 502


Courtney Hodges is a Dallas native and grew up in the Garland area. She graduated from Texas State University-San Marcos with a BA in Journalism & Mass Communication. Courtney first began her career in radio administration and then ventured into restaurant marketing and advertising. She enjoys working out,  and being outdoors. She currently resides with her sweet Basset Hound, Rocket Bean.