Compass Montessori Farm School Staff

Qualifications and Fun Facts


Candace Cheung, Farm School Program Director

MEd from the College of Saint Rose

BA in English from the University of Massachusetts

AMS 9-12 Elementary Training Credential

AMI Adolescent Orientation Credential

Montessori Mathematics for the Adolescent Workshop Credential

12 years of Montessori experience

  • 7 years in Montessori Elementary classrooms


Past Compass titles have included:

  • Elementary Program Director

  • Wheat Ridge Principal

  • Farm School Program Director


Fun Facts:

AAS in Dental Laboratory Technology

Through AmeriCorps, worked at Tutwiler Women’s Prison in Alabama

Owned a flower shop called New Scotland Florists

Was in the Air Force for six years

Was Freshman Class President at Fairleigh Dickinson University


Paul Morf, Store Occupation/Science Guide

MA in the History of Science and Technology from the University of Minnesota

BA from Saint John’s College

Attending the AMI Adolescent Orientation this summer (2017)

10 years of teaching experience (6 at Compass Montessori)


Fun Facts:

Was a carpenter and owned a woodworking shop

Member of the college croquet team at St. John’s College

Drove to the arctic circle to observe the summer solstice in 2014 as part of a 9,000 mile road trip

His play “Kaposia” was performed at the (State Centennial Celebration?) in Minnesota


Charley Myers, Farm School Math Guide

MEd from Loyola University of Maryland

BS in Behavioral Science from Metropolitan State University

AMI Elementary Training Credential

AMS Elementary Training Credential

AMI Adolescent Orientation Credential

Montessori Mathematics for the Adolescent Workshop Credential


Fun Facts:

Owned a stained glass business called Beveled Designs Inc for 15 years

Hosted the founding meeting of Compass Montessori in his living room in 1997

When in elementary school, was a chess champion and football punt, pass, and kick champion.

Is a certified scuba diver and has dived the Great Barrier Reef


Linda Lou Studeny, Farm School Language Guide

Masters in Curriculum Instruction Reading and Writing from the University of Colorado Denver

BS in K-8 Education from Illinois State University

Will attend the AMI Adolescent Orientation this summer (2017)

17 years of experience in public education


Fun Facts:

Teaches toddler yoga every Sunday with her daughter Cora (current Compass 2nd year), with matching outfits.

Is a music producer - check out Leave No Trace Productions and Yo Mamas and Papas!

Moved to Colorado without knowing a single Coloradan for love of the mountains

Is becoming an accomplished gluten-free, dairy-free chef/baker thanks to Hyde (upcoming Compass Children’s House student)

Attended Catholic School and was a HS track star


Marion Geiss, Farm School Mathematics Guide

Highly Qualified for mathematics, PE, and German from Werner


Fun Facts:

Hiked Mt. Kilimanjaro

Went to school in Spain and has a Spanish teaching credential

Certified instructor for: skiing and snowboarding, gymnastics, self-defense, kayaking, rock climbing,

Speaks German, English, Latin, and Spanish