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.

Jen Cullison   Jen 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 for 17 years before being appointed Director. She has two children who both attended Montessori Centre, and loves to travel with her family.

Jen Cullison

Jen 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 for 17 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 Director of Admissions and Accounting. 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 Director of Admissions and Accounting. 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.

Elle Del Favora  Elle has been working with us part-time for several years and joined our team full-time this year as our librarian and toddler aftercare teacher.

Elle Del Favora
Elle has been working with us part-time for several years and joined our team full-time this year as our librarian and toddler aftercare teacher.

 

FACULTY

Melissa Snider  Melissa joined our team this year as our Toddler I teacher in the "Warblers" classroom. She earned a B.S. at MTSU in secondary education and has over ten years of classroom experience. Melissa is working on her Master of Education in Integrated Montessori, and earned her AMS Infant/Toddler Credential. She also has three children and loves thrifting.

Melissa Snider
Melissa joined our team this year as our Toddler I teacher in the "Warblers" classroom. She earned a B.S. at MTSU in secondary education and has over ten years of classroom experience. Melissa is working on her Master of Education in Integrated Montessori, and earned her AMS Infant/Toddler Credential. She also has three children and loves thrifting.

Hannah Smith  Hannah joined our team this year, and is our Toddler II teacher in the "Hummingbirds" classroom. She earned her Birth to Three Montessori Credential at MTCOB, and also has experience working in special education.

Hannah Smith Hannah joined our team this year, and is our Toddler II teacher in the "Hummingbirds" classroom. She earned her Birth to Three Montessori Credential at MTCOB, and also has experience working in special education.

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 co-teacher in the "Wrens" classroom. Now that Alethea’s son is in college, her cat, two dogs, and flock of 17 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 co-teacher in the "Wrens" classroom. Now that Alethea’s son is in college, her cat, two dogs, and flock of 17 chickens keep her busy.

Savannah Guenther  Savannah joined us this year as a recent graduate of Centre College in Kentucky. She earned her B.S. in psychology and education, and attended Montessori school from toddler through fifth grade. Savannah is our Toddler I assistant in the “Warblers” classroom.

Savannah Guenther
Savannah joined us this year as a recent graduate of Centre College in Kentucky. She earned her B.S. in psychology and education, and attended Montessori school from toddler through fifth grade. Savannah is our Toddler I assistant in the “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 ages infant through middle school. Lareisa draws inspiration from the holistic approach she enjoyed throughout her own Montessori schooling, as well as from poetry, children’s art, and film.

Lareisa Griner
Lareisa joined our team in 2017, and is our assistant in the Primary "Sparrows" classroom. She has experience working with children ages infant through middle school. Lareisa draws inspiration from the holistic approach she enjoyed throughout her own Montessori schooling, as well as from poetry, children’s art, and film.

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

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

Elba Roche  Elba joined our team in 2018, and is an assistant in our "Chickadees" classroom. She attended college in Venezuela, and taught middle school computer science for 18 years before moving to Nashville. She loves working with young children now, and has two daughters.

Elba Roche
Elba joined our team in 2018, and is an assistant in our "Chickadees" classroom. She attended college in Venezuela, and taught middle school computer science for 18 years before moving to Nashville. She loves working with young children now, and has two daughters.

Haydn Coffman  Haydn joined our team in 2018 and is the primary assistant in our "Bluebirds" classroom.  She moved from Portland, Oregon to dance with the Nashville Ballet, and also used to teach ballet.  Haydn has two wire-haird pointing griffin dogs, as well as two honey bee hives.

Haydn Coffman
Haydn joined our team in 2018 and is the primary assistant in our "Bluebirds" classroom. She moved from Portland, Oregon to dance with the Nashville Ballet, and also used to teach ballet. Haydn has two wire-haird pointing griffin dogs, as well as two honey bee hives.

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 co-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 co-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 used to dance with Nashville Ballet, and also once lived and worked on an organic farm through WWOOF.

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 used to dance with Nashville Ballet, and also once lived and worked on an organic farm through WWOOF.

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.

Megan Gibson  Megan joined our team in 2014 and is a co-teacher in the Primary “Robins” classroom. She earned a B.S. and M.A.T. at Belmont, and has both her TN K-3 teaching license and the AMS Primary certification. Megan teaches Barre classes in her free time, and has two sons in 1st and 7th grade who both attended Montessori Centre.

Megan Gibson
Megan joined our team in 2014 and is a co-teacher in the Primary “Robins” classroom. She earned a B.S. and M.A.T. at Belmont, and has both her TN K-3 teaching license and the AMS Primary certification. Megan teaches Barre classes in her free time, and has two sons in 1st and 7th grade who both attended Montessori Centre.