Janice LaFloe on FIRST PERSON RADIO 3/23/16

Join Laura Waterman Wittstock on FIRST PERSON RADIO on Wednesday, March 23rd. Her guest is Janice LaFloe (Turtle Mountain, ND), founder and Primary Guide of the Montessori American Indian Childcare Center in St. Paul.  She has previously worked in the public education systems as well as the nonprofit sector.  She began her career as a Tutor in the Elk River Indian Education Program.  She spent time working as the Program Coordinator for the Anoka-Hennepin Indian Education Program prior to joining the St Paul Indian Education program as the Lead Teacher. 

 9 to 10:00 am Central

Janice is a graduate of Macalester College and obtained her Master’s of Public Policy from the Humphrey Institute at the U of M in 2003.  In 2012, she was chosen as a Bush Foundation Leadership Fellow.  This allowed her a two-year opportunity to pursue her dream of creating a Montessori environment for American Indian children.  She obtained her AMI Certification as a Primary Guide from the Montessori Training Center of MN in 2013 and began pursuing the funding to open the current childcare center.  

Janice has been involved in the St Paul community for many years.  She has served on various selection committees including the search for the St Paul Police Chief (twice) and the St Paul Fire Chief, the St Paul District Five Planning Council, and the St Paul CIB Streets and Utilities Taskforce.  She has served on the University of MN Extensions Committee for Ramsey County, the 2010 American Indian Infant Mortality Review Committee and the MnTrecc Metro Workgroup. She currently serves as the St Paul representative on the MN Indian Affairs Council Urban Advisory Board.

Janice was born and raised in the Turtle Mountains in North Dakota.  She is the third youngest of 14 children and the first to graduate from college.  She is also the proud mother of 3 children, Alex (23), Brook (21) and Dakota (9). She is also very proud to share that her older children are graduates of St Paul Public Schools and enjoyed their elementary years at the American Indian Magnet School.  Alex obtained his AA degree from Minneapolis Business College and Brook was awarded a Gates Millennium Scholarship.  Brook spent two years at Janice’s alma mater (Macalester College) before transferring to Tulane University in New Orleans. Brook will graduate in May with double major in Neuroscience and Anthropology.

Her youngest son, Dakota, is currently attending Cornerstone Montessori in St Paul and has been the inspiration to pursue the Montessori Method.




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