Meet the Staff

We believe that the child and their needs are the central and commanding focus of the learning process.  Our staff will observe, know, inspire, and advocate for your child as they proceed through the stages of development.  We see, in each child, the future of our society, of our nation, and our planet.  The child has unlimited possibilities and the future rests on our ability to cultivate and nurture these potentials.


Sister Judith Schaefer, O.P., PhD
President 

Judith Schaefer, O.P., PhD, is the current President of Cotter High School and Junior High School and the Chief Executive Officer of Main Square Montessori. Dr. Schaefer has been in Winona, MN, since 2000, and has served as a theology professor and University Dean at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota prior to her tenure at Cotter Schools. Dr. Schaefer is a Catholic Dominican Sister from Sinsinawa, Wisconsin, and holds a BA in Elementary Education, a Master in Pastoral Studies, a Master of Divinity degree, and a doctorate in theology and psychology from Marquette University.

Jacque Paulsen
Jacque Paulsen, MS
Director / Project Manager

Jacqueline Paulsen, MEd has been working in Montessori environments since 2003.  She holds a BSE from the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater, a BA from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, is part of the 2018-2019 Emerging Leader Fellowship through American Montessori Society, and holds Elementary I & II certification from the Montessori Center of the Rockies.  In her free time, Jacque likes to play with her family, dance, and spend time outside.

To schedule a time to talk with Jacque about the school, click here.