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

Rebekah Dupuis

Toddlers

  • Bachelor of Science in English
  • 4 years Montessori toddler experience and Montessori assistant trained

Susan Desmond

Toddlers

  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and English
  • AMS (American Montessori Society) Infant and Toddler certification
  • 5 years teaching experience

Teresa Barnett

Primary

  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education
  • 4 years teaching experience/American Montessori Society intern

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
  • 23 years teaching experience

Toni Vickers

Preschool

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

Ona Gribben

Elementary

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  • Montessori intern
  • 9 years art education teaching experience, 3 years Montessori preschool experience

Roopa Iyer

Preschool

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

Stephanie Pope

Elementary

  • Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education
  • American Montessori Society intern

Mary Jo White

Preschool

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

Christi Franks

Preschool

  • Undergraduate college coursework
  • 5 years teaching experience
  • Montessori Assistant Trained

Shellie Scott

Preschool

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

Mary Knoechel

Preschool

  • Kennesaw State University- Early Childhood Education
  • 2 years teaching experience and Montessori assistant trained

Lower Elementary Program (ages 6-9)

Carol Reddington

Lower Elementary

  • Bachelor of Science in Math
  • NCME (National Center for Montessori Education) certification for ages 6-9
  • 14 years teaching experience

 

Dama Nichols

Lower Elementary

  • Masters in Education
  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education
  • AMS (American Montessori Society) certification for ages 6-9
  • 14 years teaching experience

Chelsea Truman

Lower Elementary

  • Bachelor of Arts in English
  • AMS (American Montessori Society) certification for ages 6-9
  • 10 years teaching experience

Upper Elementary Program (ages 9-12) [/person] [/column]

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

 

[/row] Middle School Program (grades 7-8)

Sherry Cook

Middle School

  • Bachelor of Science in Education
  • 40 years teaching experience

Spanish Program

Graciela Rodriguez

Elementary and Middle School Spanish

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

Ana Diaz

Preschool, Kindergarten and Toddler Spanish

  • Masters in Early Childhood Education
  • Native speaker
  • Early childhood/Kindergarten Spanish immersion teacher
  • 10 years teaching experience

Art, Music & PE

Derek Kluz

Director of Music Education, PS-Middle School

  • Bachelor of Music Education and Music Arts
  • Masters coursework in Conducting
  • AMS training
  • 18 years teaching experience in Montessori music education

 

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
  • 11 years teaching experience and 11 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 3 years experience in administration

Shiela Jones

Office Manager

  • 16 years experience in office management

Theresa Fox

Business Manager

Theresa Fox

  • Bachelor of Science in Business
  • 10 years accounting experience