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Team 3-6yo

TEACHERS (3-6 year olds)


 

Kristin

Kristin

Kristin

Hello Everyone! I am so excited to be returning to Discovery Montessori for my second year. Discovery has been the first step in my journey to becoming a teacher. I am currently enrolled at AB-Tech for Early Childhood Education. I couldn’t be more thrilled to be working with such a creative, and enthusiastic group of teachers.

I have spent the last almost 10 years of my life raising my two children, Sage and Amira, and working as a birth doula on the side. The births of my children inspired me to help others during pregnancy and birth. As my children got older and began going to school, I became a part of their education by frequently volunteering. It quickly became apparent to me that every time I left the school I was filled with so much joy. I realized that I appreciated seeing how each child learns and thinks differently about the world around them.

I truly believe that children learn best when they feel comfortable and safe. It is of the utmost importance for me as a teacher to provide this safe learning environment where ALL children are encouraged to thrive. It is my personal goal with every child to foster a love for learning that will following them throughout their lives.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, having dinner with friends, hiking our beautiful mountains, taking care of our farm animals, attempting and sometimes succeeding at DIY projects, and cooking delicious food.

Marissa

Marissa

Marissa

I am thrilled to be working at Discovery Montessori School.  I received early childhood credentials from Appalachian State University in 2001. Prior to classroom experience in the United States, I taught basic learning skills to expand opportunity for children in countries like Africa, India, Russia and Haiti. Upon returning, I have been a lead teacher for ten years in preschool classrooms. I view teaching as a unique opportunity to celebrate each child’s individuality and encourage developmental and emotional growth in the classroom. Creating opportunities for success built on the strengths of each individual child is what ignites my passion, along with watching them grow. It is important to maximize a child’s environment to promote wonder and exploration. I am dedicated to help children reach their greatest potential through positive reinforcement and giving opportunity to explore their unique creativity. My personal philosophy of being a teacher means letting each child know that they matter in the world and that there is a safe place for them to grow and learn. In my free time, I enjoy cooking, playing music, gardening, hiking with my dog and laughing with friends.

 

Megan S.

Megan S.

Megan S.

Hello all! I am so excited to be part of Discovery Montessori and look forward to watching the children learn and grow in this beautiful environment.

I have been in education since 2006, and specifically in Montessori since 2010. As a mom of 2 and through my early education experience I fell in love with the Montessori Method which led me on my career path. I attended MTTI in Clemson, SC in 2013 to become Montessori certified. I feel extremely blessed to have found something I believe in and am passionate about. Watching children grow and blossom in independence and self-confidence through the Montessori Method is wonderful to observe.

For the majority of my life I grew up in Asheville, NC and feel lucky to call these beautiful mountains home. I spend most of my free time raising my two children, Jayden and Payten. We enjoy crafting, hiking, and traveling!

 

 

Tierney

Tierney

Tierney

Hello families! My name is Tierney, and I teach in one of the 3-6 year old rooms.  I am originally from Pittsburgh, PA and recently moved to Asheville.  I have a Bachelors in Sociology with a concentration in Child Development and Family Studies. I am also currently enrolled in a Masters program in Applied Behavioral Analysis with a concentration in Autism. I have loved working with children for as long as I can remember, and have experience with ages 0-12. I have worked with the 2-3 age group for the last four years and love their excitement for discovery and exploration! I love the Montessori method of learning and also like to incorporate group explorations to investigate further into our thematic lessons.  In my spare time, I love exploring hiking trails and finding new recipes to try out. I have a huge passion for learning and have so much fun learning right along with your little ones each day. 🙂

Megan C.

My name is Megan Campbell and I am so thrilled to be joining the Discovery team. My passion for teaching has been life long but it wasn’t until I found and fell in love with the Montessori Method in 2010 that I found my educational calling. So, in 2013 I began my journey towards becoming Montessori certified at the Montessori Teacher Training Institute in Clemson, SC. Since receiving my training I have helped guide children in the 3-6 year old classroom by encouraging their independence, strengthening their self confidence and creating a classroom community of kindness and respect for one another.

When I’m not in the classroom you can find me trying to keep up with my two year old son River and spending time outdoors in the garden or on the trails with my family.  I look forward to getting to know you all and cheers to the school year. 

Michelle

Hello! My name is Michelle and I am excited to be teaching at Discovery Montessori School! My husband, daughter and I recently moved to Asheville from Cleveland, Ohio and we are all enjoying living here!

I have a Bachelors degree in Sociology and Early Childhood Education and have worked as a Montessori preschool teacher for age groups 2-6. Working to help children have a safe space to learn and thrive has always been important to me. After the birth of my daughter Eva and watching her grow I felt even more strongly that giving children that opportunity was the path I was meant to take. I couldn’t be happier or feel more blessed to be working at Discovery!

When I am not teaching I am almost always spending time outdoors with my family. I like swimming, playing music, cooking and eating wonderful meals and creating art with my daughter.

Hannah

Hello beautiful families!

My name is Hannah and I have been a part of the Discovery team since June 2018. I grew up fully immersed in the ways of Maria Montessori from a very young age, as my mom is certified through the American Montessori Society and had her own 3-6 classroom for many years. I have wanted to be a Montessori teacher my entire life – here I am making that dream come true. I am pursuing my AMS certification in 2019 and could not be more thrilled.

Hannah

I have a spunky and spirited kiddo of my own, Luka, who also attends this incredible school. I have been living in Asheville since 2012 and love calling these Blue Ridge Mountains my home. We enjoy learning about animals, exploring nature, bowling, and playing lots of music.

In the classroom, my approach is gentle and nurturing while also instilling independence, responsibility, and compassion in every student. I believe each child deserves to feel safe and accepted as they find their way through these important, formative years. I have had experience with children with Autism, Down Syndrome, and other exceptionalities from the time I was a young teen.

I look forward to helping your children learn through this amazing philosophy, as well as working as a team with each parent to ensure and achieve the most growth possible for every student.

 

 

Heroina

Hi, my name is Heroina Dembogaj.  I have a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Early Childhood.  I have worked with preschool children since 2012 in various educational settings.  This is my first experience in a Montessori setting and I’m looking forward to learning new things to add to my teaching pedagogy.