Meet our Faculty

Toddler Program (ages 18 mos – 3 yrs)

Cindy ‘C’ Richmond

Toddlers

  • Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education
  • Masters in Deaf Education
  • AMS (American Montessori Society) Toddler and Preschool certification
  • 20 years teaching experience, 16 at Hilltop

Rebekah Dupuis

Toddlers

  • Bachelor of Science in English
  • 4 years Montessori toddler experience and Montessori assistant trained, 3 years at Hilltop

 

Susan Desmond

Toddlers

  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and English
  • AMS (American Montessori Society) Infant and Toddler certification
  • 7 years teaching experience, 6.5 at Hilltop

Laura Roberts

Toddlers

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  • Masters in Education
  • Montessori assistant trained
  • 5 years teaching experience, 1 at Hilltop

Primary Program (ages 3-6 yrs)

Cindi Stehr

Preschool & Founder

  • Bachelor of Arts in Biology
  • AMS (American Montessori Society) certification for ages 3-6 students
  • 25 years teaching experience, 20 at Hilltop

Toni Vickers

Preschool

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • AMS (American Montessori Society) certification for ages 3-6 students
  • 13 years teaching experience, 5 at Hilltop

Theresa Barnett

Preschool

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  • Bachelor of Science in Education
  • American Montessori Society intern for 3-6
  • 5 years teaching experience, 3 at Hilltop

Mary Jo White

Preschool

  • Bachelors and Masters in Education
  • MACTE certified in Montessori 3-6, primary
  • 13 years teaching experience, 11 at Hilltop

Christi Franks

Preschool

  • Undergraduate college coursework
  • 5 years teaching experience, 5 at Hilltop
  • Montessori assistant trained

Shellie Scott

Preschool

  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology
  • AMS (American Montessori Society) certification for ages 3-6 students
  • 12 years teaching experience, 10 at Hilltop

Mary Knoechel

Preschool

  • Kennesaw State University- Early Childhood Education
  • 4 years teaching experience and Montessori assistant trained, 3 years at Hilltop

Roopa Nash

Preschool

  • Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education
  • AMS (American Montessori Society) certification, 3-6 students
  • 5 years teaching experience, 4 at Hilltop
  • CMTE/NY Center for Montessori Education with 6 years teaching experience

Melissa Smith

Preschool

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  • Masters in Education
  • 20 years early childhood teaching experience, 1 at Hilltop
  • Montessori assistant trained

Lower Elementary Program (ages 6-9)

Dama Nichols

Lower Elementary

  • Masters in Education
  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education
  • AMS (American Montessori Society) certification for ages 6-9
  • 17 years teaching experience, 16 at Hilltop

Ona Adams

Lower Elementary

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  • Montessori assistant trained
  • Montessori alumni student
  • 7 years teaching experience in Montessori and at Hilltop

Chelsea Truman

Lower Elementary

  • Bachelor of Arts in English
  • AMS (American Montessori Society) certification for ages 6-9
  • 13 years teaching experience, 11 at Hilltop

Janet Parks

Lower Elementary

Janet

  • Masters in Teaching
  • 10 years teaching experience, 1 at Hilltop
  • Bachelor of Science in International Affairs
  • Montessori assistant trained

Stephanie Kirkpatrick

Lower Elementary

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  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education
  • 5 years teaching experience in Montessori, 4 at Hilltop
  • American Montessori Society 6-9 intern

Upper Elementary Program (ages 9-12)

Janet Lewis

Upper Elementary

  • Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education
  • CMTE/NY (Center for Montessori Teacher Education, New York)
  • AMS (American Montessori Society) certification for ages 9-12
  • 12 years teaching experience, 8 at Hilltop

Jodi Hunt

Upper Elementary

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  • Bachelor of Science in Special Education
  • 7 years teaching experience, 2 at Hilltop
  • Montessori assistant trained

Middle School Program (grades 7-8)

Sherry Cook

Middle School

  • Bachelor of Science in Education
  • 40 years teaching experience, 12 at Hilltop

Spanish Program

Graciela Rodriguez

Elementary and Middle School Spanish

  • Native Speaker, Bachelor’s Degree
  • Elementary/Middle school Spanish immersion teacher
  • 6 years teaching experience, 2 at Hilltop

Ana Diaz

Preschool, Kindergarten and Toddler Spanish

  • Masters in Early Childhood Education
  • Native speaker
  • Early childhood/Kindergarten Spanish immersion teacher
  • 15 years teaching experience, 8 at Hilltop

Music, Fine Arts and Physical Wellness

Derek Kluz

Director of Music Education, PS-Middle School

  • Bachelor of Music Education and Music Arts
  • Masters coursework in Conducting
  • AMS training
  • 20 years teaching experience in music education, 18 at Hilltop

Corinthia Miller

Director of After School Programming and Physical Education

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  • Masters in Education
  • 10 years teaching experience, 1 at Hilltop

Anna Clare Culp

Art Education

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  • Bachelor of Science in Art Education
  • 10 years teaching experience in art education, 1 at Hilltop

Administration

Michele Wilensky

Head of School

      • Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood and Elementary Education
      • Masters in Education
      • AMS (American Montessori Society) certification for ages 6-9 students
      • Employed at Hilltop since 1998
      • 11 years teaching experience and 12 years experience as Head of School

Melanie Morrison

Executive Assistant to the Head of School/New Family Liaison

      • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
      • AMS (American Montessori Society) certification for infants through age 3
      • 15 years teaching experience and 5 years experience in administration at Hilltop

Shiela Jones

Office Manager

      • 16 years experience in office management
      • Employed at Hilltop since 2002

Theresa Fox

Business Manager

Theresa Fox

      • Bachelor of Science in Business
      • Employed at Hilltop since 2003
      • 10 years accounting experience