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Patti Davis, Head of School/ Education Director

Education: Montessori Teacher Training, North Carolina Center for Montessori Education; American Montessori Society primary teaching credential; Undergraduate studies, UT and Watkins Institute of Art

Experience with Children: Montessori experience: 22 years total as a teacher at the following schools:  Montessori School of Franklin, Franklin, TN, 12 years; Ithaka Montessori School, Franklin, TN, 5 years; Abintra Montessori School, Nashville, TN, 5 years; mother of three, grandmother of four, great grandmother of one; parent and grandparent of Montessori children

Administrative & Operations Experience: 5 years Head of School, Montessori School of Franklin; 22 years business operations, management, and marketing experience, to include: Vice President/Marketing/Co-owner Capitol Systems, Inc., General Manager of Fitness, Inc.,  Fleet/Lease Manager, Assistant Finance Manager/Inventory Control of Preston Enterprises; Administrative Assistant to VP of Marketing, HCA

 
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Maria Costadini, Office Adminstrator/ Finance Director

Education: M.A., Theology, Life Christian University; B.A., Theology, Life Christian University; A.S., major Radiologic Technology, Cypresss College

Experience with Children: Director of Children’s Ministries, 13 years; Sunday school teacher ages 2 years through High School, 20 years; mother of two

Administrative Experience: Office Administrator 3 years, Finance Director 1 year; Administrator and Co-pastor of Living Faith Christian Center, 15 ½ years; owned and operated two restaurants, 7 years

 

 

Anna Owen, Lead Teacher-Toddler

Education: Currently enrolled in a Montessori Primary Teaching Training Program; Montessori Certification in Infant/Toddler from North American Montessori Center; B.A. from MTSU

Experience with Children: Lead Infant/ Toddler teacher, New Children First- a Montessori Community, Nashville, TN, 5 years; Experience teaching Spanish and Dance from ages 2 months through High School; mother of two

 

Bunmi Anifowoshe, Lead Teacher- Primary and Aftercare Coordinator

Education: Montessori Training AMI Certification from Heritage House Montessori; Internship at Royal Masters School; BSC, Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria

Experience with Children: Montessori School of Franklin, Franklin, TN, 8 years; Bluebells Montessori School, Head Teacher, 3 years; mother of two

 

Stephanie Hull, Lead Teacher- Primary

Education: AMS Primary Certification from North Carolina Center for Montessori Education; B.A. in Business Management from Belmont Abbey College, Belmont, NC

Experience with Children: Montessori School of Franklin, Franklin, TN, 2 years; After school teacher 1 year, East Cooper Montessori; Assistant Toddler Teacher 1 year, Assistant Primary Teacher 2 years, Primary Co-teacher 1 year, Primary Lead Teacher 1 year, Sundrops Montessori, Charleston, SC; mother of one

 

Elizabeth Segroves, Lead Teacher-Primary

Education: American Montessori Society Primary teaching credential from Montessori Institute of North America; B.A. History and Religion, Oberlin College

Experience with Children: Montessori School of Franklin, Franklin, TN, 1 year; Primary co-teacher, Casa dei Montessori, Nashville, TN, 1 year; Assistant Primary Teacher, Casa dei Montessori, Nashville, TN, 2 years

 

Heather Rice, Primary Teaching Assistant

Education: Associate Credentials in Infant and Toddler from Columbus Montessori Teacher Education Program; Infant and toddler teaching credential

Experience with Children: Lead toddler teacher, Montessori School of Franklin, Franklin, TN, 2 years; 2 years in the Toddler room at Pleasant View Montessori; 3 years in Traditional education programs ages 2 to 10; 6 years experience as an in home nanny for infants to 2 years old

 

Christy George-Bell, Lead Teacher- Lower Elementary

Education: Montessori Elementary Certification, MEI; B.S., Biology from USA; B.A., major English, minor Chemistry, University of South Alabama; M.S. Curriculum and Instruction, MTSU

Experience with Children: Montessori School of Franklin, Franklin, TN, 4 years; 12 years teaching experience from primary through high school; mother of two

 

Lisa Allan, Teaching Assistant- Lower Elementary

Education: Montessori Training: Montessori Educators International Early Childhood, MACTE credential; International Montessori Teaching Lower Elementary, NAMC credential; Undergraduate studies, Brigham Young University

Experience with Children: Montessori School of Franklin, Franklin, TN, 12 years; 15 years as Cub Scout Den leader; Sunday School teacher; Nursery Leader; Music Leader; Home Pre-school coordinator; Drama Camp Leader, 4 years; Childcare Teacher, 3 years; Private Nanny, 1 year; mother of five children; grandmother of six

 

Ramona (Smeltzer) Jones, Lead Teacher – Elementary

Education: Montessori Elementary Certification, Center for Montessori Teacher Education, New Rochelle, NY;  M.S., Literacy/Special Education, Sage Graduate School; B.S., Childhood/History Education, Russell Sage College; A.A., Elementary Education Preparation, Sage Junior College

Experience with Children: Montessori experience, 8 years; Montessori School of Franklin, Franklin, TN, 6 years; Lead Teacher Lower Elementary at Malta Montessori School; Teacher Assistant, Malta Montessori School; Substitute teacher in Forts Ferry elementary School and Rotterdam Academy I; Literacy Tutor at Harmony Hills Elementary School

 

Patty Verastegui, Toddler Assistant/ Spanish Instruction

Education: Tennessee Early Childhood Training Alliance (TECTA), completed 16 early childhood certifications from 1994-present

Experience with Children: Montessori School of Franklin, Franklin, TN, 4 years; 21 years experience teaching and caring for children ages 6 weeks- 4 years;  has Bilingual teaching skills, English-Spanish; mother of four, grandparent of one

 

Rachel Costadini, Toddler Assistant

Education: High School Diploma; graduating December 2016 with a B.A. Degree in Missional Ministries and a Minor in Graphic Design, Southeastern University 

Experience with Children: Montessori School of Franklin, substitute 2 years; Private Nanny, 1 year; Daycare, Gold's Gym, Lakeland, Fl, 1 year; Camp Widjiwagan, Antioch, TN,  Lifeguard/ Counselor, 1 year; Children's Ministries; 12 years

 

Kristina Gray-Counts, Primary Assistant

Education: Montessori Assistant training from Montessori School of Franklin; B.S. Middle Tennessee State University

Experience with Children: Montessori School of Franklin, Franklin, TN, 11 years; assistant Sunday School Teacher; mother of two MSF students

 

Anna Cole, Primary Assistant

Education: B.S., Psychology, Lambuth University

Experience with Children: Montessori School of Franklin, Franklin, TN, 1 year; childcare, Fellowship Bible Church Franklin, TN, 1 year; 17 years as Sunday school teacher, Vacation Bible School teacher and camp counselor; mother of two

 

Dorothy Davis, Montessori Primary Intern/ Substitute

Education: Currently enrolled in a Montessori Primary Teaching Training Program; B.S. Degree in Biology from Dillard University; Teacher Certification Elementary Education (1-8) from David Lipscomb University

Experience with Children:  17 years as classroom teacher in the Franklin Special School District; mother of three; grandmother of one

 

Shaun Petty, Upper Elementary Assistant

Education: Montessori Assistants Training, Jackson, TN, 2002

Experience with Children: Montessori School of Franklin, Franklin, TN, 15 years; Private Nanny experience, 13 years; Classroom assistant, Ithaka Montessori School, Franklin, TN, 1 year

 

Eny Moore, Spanish Language Coordinator and Substitute Teacher

Education: Montessori Assistant training and substitute training from Montessori School of Franklin

Experience with Children: Spanish teacher and substitute teacher, 5 years, Montessori School of Franklin, Franklin, TN, 5 years; Home school parent, 20 years; Sunday school teacher and Nursery worker, 5 years; mother of three

 

Janet Wilson, Substitute Montessori Teacher

Education: St. Nicholas Montessori Certification Primary; Texas Teaching Certification English/ History; B.A. Education, University of Houston

Experience with Children: Part-time Toddler and Substitute teacher, Montessori School of Franklin, Franklin, TN, 2 years; Primary Montessori Teacher, Toddler Montessori Teacher, Montessori Administrator; 28 years total Montessori experience; mother and grandmother; Montessori parent and grandparent

 

Cheryl Hall, Substitute

Education: B.S. Business Management, University of Alabama

Experience with Children: Substitute Montessori School of Franklin, 2 years; Montessori Parent, mother of one

 

Cathy Mathai, Administrative Support and Substitute Teacher

Education: B.S. Industrial Engineering & Operations Research, Virginia Tech; Certified 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and Principle Centered Leadership facilitator, Covey Institute

Experience with Children:  CCD teacher grade 2-7; Administrative support and substitute teacher, Montessori School of Franklin, Franklin, TN 2 years; Montessori parent; mother

 

Jan Shepard, Administrative Support and Substitute Teacher

Education: B.S. Education, Art History, University of Memphis

Experience with Children: Substitute teacher, Montessori School of Franklin, Franklin, TN, 7 years; mother and grandmother