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Patti Davis, Head of School/ Education Director and Lead Teacher—Primary

Education: Undergraduate studies, UT and Watkins Institute of Art; Montessori Training North Carolina Center for Montessori Education, American Montessori Society credential; 22 years extensive business operations management and marketing experience  

Experience with Children: 20 years as a Montessori teacher including Ithaka Montessori School, Franklin, TN, 4 years; Abintra Montessori School, Nashville, TN, 5 years;  Montessori School of Franklin, Franklin, TN, 11 years; mother of three, grandmother of four, former Montessori parent/ grandparent

 

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Shaun Petty, Primary Assistant

Education: Montessori Assistants Training, Jackson, TN, 2002

Experience with children: Private Nanny experience, 13 years; Classroom assistant, Ithaka Montessori School, Franklin, TN, 1 year; Montessori School of Franklin, Franklin, TN, 12 years

 

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Kristina Gray, Primary Assistant

Education: B.S. Middle Tennessee State University; Montessori Training

Experience with Children: Assistant Sunday School Teacher; Montessori School of Franklin, Franklin, TN, 8 years; mother of two MSF students

 

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Lisa Allan, Elementary Assistant

Education: Undergraduate studies, Brigham Young University; Montessori Training - Montessori Educators International Early Childhood; MACTE credential

Experience with Children: 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; Montessori School of Franklin, Franklin, TN, 9 years; mother of five children

 

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Bunmi Anifowoshe, Lead Teacher—Primary and BAC Coordinator

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

Experience with Children:  Bluebells Montessori School, Head Teacher, 3 years; Montessori School of Franklin, Franklin, TN, 5 Years; mother of two

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Ramona Smeltzer, Lead Teacher – Elementary

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

Experience with Children: 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; Montesorri experience, 6 years; Montessori School of Franklin, Franklin, TN, 5years

 

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Christy George-Bell, Lead Teacher- Primary

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

Experience with Children:  10 years teaching experience from primary through high school; mother of two

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Melanie Hill, Lead Teacher- Toddler

Education: A.A. General Studies emphasis in Early Childhood Education, Cuesta Community College; Primary Diploma; Montessori Institute Northwest, attended  Infancy Program; REI, certification in infant training; Montessori Primary Practicum with Margaret Humphrey student of Maria Montessori; Montessori World Institute

Experience with children: 4 years Primary/ Kindergarten teacher, Children’s House Montessori; 5 years experience as Toddler teacher, Children’s House Montessori and University of the Nations Preschool; 1 year Infant Guide, Cedar Montessori School;  6 years Lead Infant/ Toddler teacher, Kealakehe High School Teen Program

 

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Patti Verastegui, Primary Assistant/ Spanish Instruction

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

Experience with children: 19 years experience teaching and caring for children ages 6 weeks- 4 years, has bilingual teaching skills, English-Spanish: mother of four, grandparent of one

 

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Maria Costadini, Office Administrator

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

Experience: Administrator and Co-pastor of Living Faith Christian Center 15 ½ years; owned and operated two restaurants, 7 years

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