Faculty AND STAFF

"The greatest sign of success for a teacher...is to be able to say, 'The children are now working as if I did not exist.' " // Maria Montessori

Our faculty are all highly-skilled educators, with a Montessori-certified teacher in every classroom. We are committed to the professional development of all of our teachers, staying in touch with the latest educational and child development research, while maintaining the core tenets of the Montessori philosophy. Additionally, all teachers and staff are re-certified in CPR and Basic First Aid on a yearly basis.

  • We are always interested in hearing from talented teachers! If you are interested in joining our team, see our Employment Page.

Staff

  Oma Harris   Deborah "Oma" Harris became the owner of Montessori Centre in 2001, after her grandson thrived in the Montessori environment here. During his experience, she founded the PTA and later attended the MTTI AMS Infant Toddler training. Her yorkshire terrier sidekick, Molly, helps her in the office each day, and the children love when Molly visits their classrooms.

Oma Harris

Deborah "Oma" Harris became the owner of Montessori Centre in 2001, after her grandson thrived in the Montessori environment here. During his experience, she founded the PTA and later attended the MTTI AMS Infant Toddler training. Her yorkshire terrier sidekick, Molly, helps her in the office each day, and the children love when Molly visits their classrooms.

  Jennifer Cullison   Jennifer is our Director, and began her teaching career with a B.S. in education from Lipscomb University in 2001. She also has the NAMC Early Childhood Credential, as well as a TN teaching license for K-8.   Jen taught for17 years before being appointed Director. She has two children who both attended Montessori Centre, and loves to travel with her family.

Jennifer Cullison

Jennifer is our Director, and began her teaching career with a B.S. in education from Lipscomb University in 2001. She also has the NAMC Early Childhood Credential, as well as a TN teaching license for K-8. Jen taught for17 years before being appointed Director. She has two children who both attended Montessori Centre, and loves to travel with her family.

 
 
  Kristen Smith  Kristen has worked at Montessori Centre since 2008, serving as the Assistant Director. She uses her design background to create our newsletters and to help the school run smoothly each day. Kristen has a B.A. in English from Arizona State University, and enjoys traveling, learning French, and writing.

Kristen Smith
Kristen has worked at Montessori Centre since 2008, serving as the Assistant Director. She uses her design background to create our newsletters and to help the school run smoothly each day. Kristen has a B.A. in English from Arizona State University, and enjoys traveling, learning French, and writing.

  Barbara Blackwell  Barbara has an accounting degree from MTSU and has been at Montessori Centre since 2014, working as our Account Manager and Admission Director. She is the point person for our new families and helps with general administrative duties. Barbara also has a watercolor and hand lettering business called Paper by BB.

Barbara Blackwell
Barbara has an accounting degree from MTSU and has been at Montessori Centre since 2014, working as our Account Manager and Admission Director. She is the point person for our new families and helps with general administrative duties. Barbara also has a watercolor and hand lettering business called Paper by BB.

  Amy Wormer  Amy began working as our Administrative Assistant in 2013. She maintains our student and employee files for the state, and is also our classroom supply coordinator. Amy is a dedicated mother to her three children, and was a stay-at-home mom prior to joining our team.

Amy Wormer
Amy began working as our Administrative Assistant in 2013. She maintains our student and employee files for the state, and is also our classroom supply coordinator. Amy is a dedicated mother to her three children, and was a stay-at-home mom prior to joining our team.

 
  Padma Kankanamala  Padma joined our team in 2016, helping as float staff. Before moving to the U.S. from Sri Lanka with her husband and two children, Padma earned the Montessori Early Childhood Credential and taught for three years in a toddler classroom.

Padma Kankanamala
Padma joined our team in 2016, helping as float staff. Before moving to the U.S. from Sri Lanka with her husband and two children, Padma earned the Montessori Early Childhood Credential and taught for three years in a toddler classroom.

  Mica Evans  Mica started at Montessori Centre in 2017, working as float staff. She also is the lead primary aftercare teacher. Mica loves cooking and has a pet rabbit named Zoey.

Mica Evans
Mica started at Montessori Centre in 2017, working as float staff. She also is the lead primary aftercare teacher. Mica loves cooking and has a pet rabbit named Zoey.

 
 

FACULTY

  Erica Hernandez  Erica first started working at Montessori Centre in 2004, and all three of her children attended our school. She is our Toddler I teacher in the "Warblers" classroom, and earned the NAMC Early Childhood Credential along with the MTTI-AMS Infant/Toddler Credential.

Erica Hernandez
Erica first started working at Montessori Centre in 2004, and all three of her children attended our school. She is our Toddler I teacher in the "Warblers" classroom, and earned the NAMC Early Childhood Credential along with the MTTI-AMS Infant/Toddler Credential.

  Jordanna Proctor  Jordanna began teaching with us in 2017, and earned her NAMC Infant/Toddler Credential. She is our Toddler II teacher in the "Hummingbirds" classroom, and also has two sons, one of whom attends Montessori Centre.

Jordanna Proctor
Jordanna began teaching with us in 2017, and earned her NAMC Infant/Toddler Credential. She is our Toddler II teacher in the "Hummingbirds" classroom, and also has two sons, one of whom attends Montessori Centre.

  Trisha Plemmons  Trisha began teaching with us in 2018, bringing her unique experience of teaching abroad in both Albania and China. She earned her B.A. from Vanderbilt and her Masters in Early Childhood Education from Belmont. Trisha also earned the AMS Early Childhood Credential. She is our primary teacher in the "Sparrows" classroom.

Trisha Plemmons
Trisha began teaching with us in 2018, bringing her unique experience of teaching abroad in both Albania and China. She earned her B.A. from Vanderbilt and her Masters in Early Childhood Education from Belmont. Trisha also earned the AMS Early Childhood Credential. She is our primary teacher in the "Sparrows" classroom.

  Alethea Goodman  Alethea began working at Montessori Centre in 2012. She earned her B.S. at MTSU and also has the NAMC Early Childhood Credential. Alethea is our primary teacher in the "Wrens" classroom. Now that Alethea’s son is in college, her German Shepard puppy and flock of chickens keep her busy.

Alethea Goodman
Alethea began working at Montessori Centre in 2012. She earned her B.S. at MTSU and also has the NAMC Early Childhood Credential. Alethea is our primary teacher in the "Wrens" classroom. Now that Alethea’s son is in college, her German Shepard puppy and flock of chickens keep her busy.

  Becky Evans-Young  Becky began teaching with us in 2018, and is an assistant in the Toddler I "Warblers" classroom.

Becky Evans-Young
Becky began teaching with us in 2018, and is an assistant in the Toddler I "Warblers" classroom.

  Kajin Tahir  Kajin joined our team in 2017, and is our Toddler II assistant in the "Hummingbirds" classroom. She has an A.S. degree from MTSU. Kajin has one daughter and her love for young children brought her to Montessori Centre.

Kajin Tahir
Kajin joined our team in 2017, and is our Toddler II assistant in the "Hummingbirds" classroom. She has an A.S. degree from MTSU. Kajin has one daughter and her love for young children brought her to Montessori Centre.

  Lareisa Griner  Lareisa joined our team in 2017, and is our assistant in the primary "Sparrows" classroom. She has experience working with children in aged infant-six years old.

Lareisa Griner
Lareisa joined our team in 2017, and is our assistant in the primary "Sparrows" classroom. She has experience working with children in aged infant-six years old.

  Ashley Queen  Ashley joined our team in 2011 and is the primary teacher in our "Wrens" classroom. She earned a B.A. from Lipscomb University and also has the NAMC Early Childhood Credential and a K-6 teaching license.   Her son attends Montessori Centre.

Ashley Queen
Ashley joined our team in 2011 and is the primary teacher in our "Wrens" classroom. She earned a B.A. from Lipscomb University and also has the NAMC Early Childhood Credential and a K-6 teaching license. Her son attends Montessori Centre.

  Elba Roches  Elba joined our team in 2018, and is an assistant in our "Chickadees" classroom. She attended college in Venezuela, and has one daughter.

Elba Roches
Elba joined our team in 2018, and is an assistant in our "Chickadees" classroom. She attended college in Venezuela, and has one daughter.

  Jessica Cassini  Jessica began teaching with us in 2005, and all three of her children have attended Montessori Centre. She earned her B.S at the University of Mississippi, as well as her Master of Education from Belmont University. Jessica has the AMS Early Childhood Credential and a TN K-4 teaching license. She is a primary teacher in our "Bluebirds" classroom.

Jessica Cassini
Jessica began teaching with us in 2005, and all three of her children have attended Montessori Centre. She earned her B.S at the University of Mississippi, as well as her Master of Education from Belmont University. Jessica has the AMS Early Childhood Credential and a TN K-4 teaching license. She is a primary teacher in our "Bluebirds" classroom.

  Kelli Workman  Kelli began teaching at Montessori Centre in 2017, after earning her MEI Early Childhood Credential. She has years of experience as a music teacher, with expertise in voice, theory, and piano. Kelli is our primary teacher in the "Robins" classroom.

Kelli Workman
Kelli began teaching at Montessori Centre in 2017, after earning her MEI Early Childhood Credential. She has years of experience as a music teacher, with expertise in voice, theory, and piano. Kelli is our primary teacher in the "Robins" classroom.

  Annie Sapp  Annie started working at Montessori Centre in 2017. She is the assistant in the "Wrens" classroom, and brings her own experience as a Montessori student to the classroom.

Annie Sapp
Annie started working at Montessori Centre in 2017. She is the assistant in the "Wrens" classroom, and brings her own experience as a Montessori student to the classroom.

  Jessica Munoz  Jessica joined our team in 2002, and her four daughters all attended Montessori Centre. She is our Toddler II teacher in the "Chickadees" classroom, and earned the NAMC Infant/Toddler and Early Childhood Credential, as well as the MTTI-AMS Infant Toddler Credential.

Jessica Munoz
Jessica joined our team in 2002, and her four daughters all attended Montessori Centre. She is our Toddler II teacher in the "Chickadees" classroom, and earned the NAMC Infant/Toddler and Early Childhood Credential, as well as the MTTI-AMS Infant Toddler Credential.

  Elizabeth Bagger  Elizabeth joined our team in 2018 after relocating to Nashville from the southwest. After college, she completed her Primary AMI training in 1990, and has worked with infants, toddlers, primary, and elementary aged children since. Elizabeth is a primary teacher in our "Bluebirds" classroom.

Elizabeth Bagger
Elizabeth joined our team in 2018 after relocating to Nashville from the southwest. After college, she completed her Primary AMI training in 1990, and has worked with infants, toddlers, primary, and elementary aged children since. Elizabeth is a primary teacher in our "Bluebirds" classroom.

  Spencer Thompson  Spencer joined our team in 2015, and is the assistant in our primary "Robins" classroom. She earned an A.S.N. from Aquinas College, and also has her NAMC Infant/Toddler Credential. Spencer is currently working on an Early Childhood Education degree at Lipscomb University.

Spencer Thompson
Spencer joined our team in 2015, and is the assistant in our primary "Robins" classroom. She earned an A.S.N. from Aquinas College, and also has her NAMC Infant/Toddler Credential. Spencer is currently working on an Early Childhood Education degree at Lipscomb University.