Meet our amazing team

 
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Maria Costadini

Office administrator, Acting Director/Finance Director

Education:

  • M.A., Theology, Life Christian University

  • B.A., Theology, Life Christian University

  • A.S., major Radiologic Technology, Cypress College

Experience with Children:

  • Director of Children’s Ministries -13 years

  • Sunday school teacher ages 2 yrs - high school - 20 years

  • Mother of two

Administrative Experience:

  • Office Administrator - 4 years

  • Finance Director - 2 years

  • Administrator & Co-pastor of Living Faith Christian Center -15.5 years

  • Owned and operated two restaurants - 7 years


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Rachel Costadini

Administrative Support and Elementary PE Coordinator

Education:

  • High School Diploma

  • B.A. Degree in Theology with a Minor in Graphic Design, Southeastern University

Experience with Children:

  • Montessori School of Franklin - 2 years

  • Private Nanny -1 year

  • Daycare, Gold's Gym, Florida, - 1 year

  • Camp Widjiwagan, Antioch, TN, Lifeguard/Counselor, - 1 year

  • Children's Ministries -12 years


Bunmi Anifowoshe

Lead Teacher- Primary and Aftercare Coordinator

Education:

  • Montessori Training AMI Certification from Heritage House Montessori

  • Internship at Royal Masters School

  • BSC in Microbiology, Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria

Experience with Children:

  • Montessori School of Franklin - 9 years

  • Bluebells Montessori School, Head Teacher - 3 years

  • Mother of two


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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 - 3 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


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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 - 2 years

  • Primary co-teacher, Casa dei Montessori, Nashville, TN - 1 year

  • Assistant Primary Teacher, Casa dei Montessori, Nashville, TN - 2 years


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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 - 9 years

  • Montessori School of Franklin - 7 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 - 4 years

  • 22 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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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 - 12 years

  • Assistant Sunday School Teacher

  • Mother of two MSF students


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Jennifer Baillargeon

Primary Assistant

Education:

  • Master's in Education, Portland State University

  • B.S. Psychology, Portland State University

Experience with Children:

  • Montessori School of Franklin - 1 year

  • Substitute teacher, 5 years

  • Teaching abroad, Mexico and Nicaragua, 3 years

  • Montessori parent; Mother of one


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Shaun Petty

Upper Elementary Assistant

Education:

  • Montessori Assistants Training, Jackson, TN, 2002

Experience with Children:

  • Montessori School of Franklin -16 years

  • Private Nanny experience - 13 years

  • Classroom assistant, Ithaka Montessori School, Franklin, TN - 1 year


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Eny Moore

Spanish Language Coordinator & Substitute Teacher

Education:

  • Montessori Assistant training and substitute training from Montessori School of Franklin

Experience with Children:

  • Spanish teacher & substitute teacher - 6 years

  • Montessori School of Franklin - 5 years

  • Home school parent - 20 years

  • Sunday school teacher & 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 - 3 years

  • Primary Montessori Teacher ,Toddler Montessori Teacher, and Montessori Administrator - 28 years total Montessori experience

  • Mother and grandmother; Montessori parent and grandparent


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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 - 8 years

  • Mother and grandmother


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Cheryl Hall

Substitute

Education:

  • B.S. Business Management, University of Alabama

Experience with Children:

  • Substitute Montessori School of Franklin - 3 years

  • Montessori Parent, Mother of one


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Kashi Anifowoshe

Aftercare & Summer Program Support

Experience with Children:

  • Aftercare & Summer Program support, Montessori School of Franklin - 1 year


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Shayo Anifowoshe

Aftercare & Summer Program Support

Experience with Children:

  • Aftercare & Summer Program support, Montessori School of Franklin -1 year