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Faculty

Sarah Hattemer – Primary Directress

Education:

  • B. A. in Women’s Studies/History from College of Mt. St. Joseph
  • American Montessori Society teaching credential from Xavier University

Work Experience and Accomplishments:

  • Montessori Directress at NKMA since 2011
  • Four years of teaching a 3 – 6 year old class at St. Ursula Villa in Cincinnati, OH
  • Instructional Assistant at Sands Montessori in Cincinnati, OH

What I like most about the Montessori Method is…that we don’t ask the child to fit into the curriculum instead we adjust the curriculum to follow the child.

Mollie Dwyer Primary Directress

Education:

  • B.A. in English from Xavier University
  • M. Ed. in Montessori Education from Xavier University
  • American Montessori Society teaching credential from Xavier University

Work Experience and Accomplishments:

  • Four years of teaching a 3 – 6 year old class at NKMA!

What I like most about the Montessori Method is…being able to follow each child and create work that is both interesting and inviting for my students.

Amanda Weise – Primary Directress

Education:

  • B.A. in Communications from the University of Dayton
  • American Montessori Society teaching credential from Greater Cincinnati Center for Montessori Education

Work Experience and Accomplishments:

  • Primary Directress at NKMA since 2012
  • Intern and Co-Directress at Chai Tots Early Childhood Center
  • Teaching Assistant at Imagine Tomorrow Development Center

What I like most about the Montessori Method is…the focus on respecting and honoring the child. When I began to study the method more closely I was so impressed by the amount of observation that Maria Montessori utilized to create this theory.  Through watching children we can understand their needs and their talents. Maria Montessori gave us many wonderful tools to understand children and aide them in their development.

Greta Weber – Primary Directress

Education:

  • Bachelor’s of Science in Family Relations Child Development
  • American Montessori Society teaching credential from the Columbus Montessori Center

Work Experience and Accomplishment:

  • Taught 3-6 year olds since 2003 at NKMA!
  • Eight years of teaching 3 -6 year olds at Villa Madonna Montessori
  • Ten years of teaching 3 – 6 year olds at Maple Knoll Montessori
  • Orton-Gillingham certified

What I like most about the Montessori Method is….is the freedom the children have to choose and explore areas of interest in order to learn new information. This concept follows them their entire life.

Soo Yoon – Primary Directress

Education:

  • M.Ed. in Montessori Education from Xavier University
  • American Montessori Society teaching credential from Xavier University

Work Experience and Accomplishment:

  • Seven years of teaching experience of 3 – 6 year olds in Montessori environments at Villa Madonna Montessori in Northern Kentucky, KY
  • One year of teaching experience of 3 -6 year olds in Montessori environments at Park View Montessori in Chicago, IL
  • Two years working as a librarian in Chung-Ang University Hospital in Seoul, Korea
  • Recipient of Raymond McCoy Award from Xavier University in recognition of outstanding in academic achievement, character, and teaching potential

What I like most about the Montessori Method is… the idea of “guiding” as opposed to teaching and treating children with respect. They’re guided in their learning, and not forced to learn certain things all at the same time. To me, it seems to be a much more natural method of learning.

Ana Noll – Lower Elementary Directress

Education:

  • B.S. in Social Work from Xavier
  • M. Ed. in Montessori Education from Xavier University
  • American Montessori Society teaching credential from Xavier University

Work Experience and Accomplishments:

  • Lower elementary directress at NKMA since 2011!
  • Three years at Prince of Peace Montessori School
  • AmeriCorps volunteer – literacy support and conflict resolution facilitator

What I like most about the Montessori Method is… that it supports the development of true discipline in the child by allowing the experience of choice within reasonable boundaries.  Children are respected as individuals, and are able to work towards their personal potential. I love that children are excited and happy to come to school, and I love that what I am teaching them meets and exceeds educational standards.  I love that current brain research and developmental theory supports what we are doing in our Montessori classroom.

Tiffany Rebich – Upper Elementary Directress

Education:
  • BA from Purdue University in Elementary Education
  • Obtaining M.Ed. from Xavier Univerisy in Montessori Education in Elementary I and II with AMS certification
Experience:
  • Taught six years at Creekside Elementary School in Franklin, IN
  • Host to Franklin College Education students
  • Certified Mentor Teacher
  • Literacy Coach with three year old families through the CAPE Grant
  • Program Assistant with Leadership Johnson County, an annual adult leadership class

What I like most about the Montessori Method is…all of it!  The materials are designed and used within a Montessori classroom are amazing in their depth of understanding of a concept as well as their beauty.  As a teacher, the ability to meet children at their level in a hands-on way is a gift for all of us.  I also love the concept of educating the whole child and the focus on the process of learning, not just the end product.

Lori Sendelbach – Academic Support Specialist

Education:

  • M. Ed. in the Teaching of Foreign Languages from New York University
  • AMS teaching credential from the Greater Cincinnati Center for Montessori Education

Work Experience and Accomplishments:

  • Orton-Gillingham training
  • Worked five years as a private tutor for children with a variety of learning differences

What I like most about the Montessori Method is…how the child is honored as a precious being.  Emotional, academic, social, and spiritual development are facilitated inherently in the montessori classroom.  The multi-age groupings  allow children to learn and support one another fostering confidence and a strong sense of community.  Freedom of choice combined with the work of a Montessori Directress makes for an elegant system of education that works for the child, society, and eventually towards the improvement of human civilization.

Michele Fort – Specials Directress (French Instructor)

Education:

  • 4 years of schooling in France equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in the States with emphasis on general business studies
  • Montessori Teacher Training through Association Montessori Internationale

Work Experience and Accomplishments:

  • Has been NKMA’s French Instructor since 2010
  • Spent her early career working as a corporate IT in France
  • Multiple years of experience working in Montessori environments throughout the U.S

What I like most about the Montessori Method is…the Method itself!

Lissa Ray – Specials Directress (Music Specialist)

Education: 

  • B.S. in Music Education from Western Michigan University
  • M.S. in Elementary Education from Indiana University
  • Three Levels of Orff Schulwerk Certification
  • Education through Movement Certification
  • Permanent Ohio Teaching Certificate, Elementary Education, and Music Education

Work Experience and Accomplishments:

  • Has taught music for over 30 years
  • Taught Kindergarten through Fourth Grade Music at Sycamore Community School District
  • Teaches pre-school music at Northminster Children’s Co-op
  • Children’s Music Director & Handbell Director at Northminster Presbyterian Church

What I like most about the Montessori Method is…that the children are engaged with learning in a peaceful, positive, meaningful way. I love the happiness and independence the children exhibit every day. I love the support, kindness, and caring the children show to each other.

Delia Bell – Aftercare Directress

Education:

  • Attended Sands Montessori and Clark Montessori in Cincinnati Public Schools
  • Graduated from Sycamore High School
  • Working towards a degree in Early Childhood Education at Northern Kentucky University

Work Experience and Accomplishments:

  • Worked at NKMA since 2010
  • Camp Counselor for children ages 4 to 14
  • Experience working with special needs children

What I like most about the Montessori Method is…the environment that allows creative expression, individuality, and independence for the children.

Michele Tensing – Aftercare Directress

Education:

  • Attended Sands Montessori and Clark Montessori in Cincinnati Public Schools
  • Working towards a degree in Social Work from Northern Kentucky University

Work Experience and Accomplishments:

  • Worked at NKMA since 2012
  • Experience working with children in a variety of settings

What I like most about the Montessori Method is…is the adaptation of materials to fit the child and the freedom of movement within the classroom.

Melissa Davison – Lunch Service Coordinator

Education:

  • Master’s of Arts in Teaching  from Northern Kentucky University
  • Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Miami University

Work Experience and Accomplishments:

  • Five years of experience teaching reading and language arts to children in grades 7th – 12th
  • Special Events Ministry Coordinator at The Vineyard Church

What I like most about the Montessori Method is…that it fosters individualism, builds self-esteem, and teaches resilience & respect for others.  I also appreciate that children can take ownership of their work by teaching others.

Ramona Riesen – Lunch Service Coordinator

Education:

  • Holds a German Equivalent to a four year degree in the United States in Travel & Tourism

Work Experience and Accomplishments:

  • Worked for over six years in two different German Travel Agencies
  • Variety of volunteer work with children

What I like most about the Montessori Method is…is that children experience the joy of learning which makes them to be happy, confident and fulfilled children.

Student Teachers

NKMA works with two Montessori Teacher Training Programs in the Greater Cincinnati area. Most semesters we have a student teacher assigned to our school from the either of these programs. Mentoring and supervising fledgling teachers is a passion of the NKMA staff. We believe in the Montessori philosophy and are committed to doing our part in continuing the honored tradition of Dr. Maria Montessori.

“We must help the child act, think and will for himself. This is the art of serving the spirit, an art which can be practiced to perfection only when working with children.” –Maria