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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.

 

Kendra

Kendra

As an adolescent, I found my passion working with children while shadowing my mother as she lead and directed ‘Busy Bee’s Day Care’ on our farm in Newtown, Connecticut. My intrigue for child development and creative art grew as I decided to spearhead a preschool program at a local child-care center. Working as a facilitator and lead teacher, lead to a 10-year span as an educator in both public and private classroom settings. In 2006, I graduated from Central Connecticut State University with a BA in English and minor in Psychology. After moving to Asheville in 2009, I decide to continue my path as an educator, while working in local schools. I obtained a Master’s degree in Education with a concentration in School Psychology in 2014. My respect for evidence-based curriculum and teaching style is rooted in applied behavior analysis and is transferred to Maria Montessori’s theory of teaching. I love watching the effects of positive reinforcement while fostering independence in the life of a child.

As a teacher at Discovery Montessori School, I feel it is my responsibility to honor your child as he or she grows. I will share in the delight of nature, watch as wonder leads to works and be positive each day.

For fun, I enjoy painting, hiking with my dog ‘Jo Jo’, singing and getting crafty. I also enjoy time with friends, discovering new places to admire in Asheville, NC.

 

Joy

Joy

I was born and raised in a small country town south of Atlanta,Ga. I graduated from UNC Asheville in 2011 where I received my Bachelors in Art December of 2012. I have been working as a freelance artist in Asheville since graduation. I enjoy the process of making art as a form of self-expression and communication, as well as for aesthetics. I have completed several murals in Mission Children’s hospital. I also am continuing to develop my work in my studio in Montford near downtown. I am currently pursuing my Education in Early Childhood and hope to be a lead teacher one day. I love children and helping nurture who they are in a holistic way. I am very glad to be working at such a wonderful Montessori school as Discovery and I look forward to growing with the school. I am a teacher’s Assistant in Ms. Megan’s Dogwood class and I love it. Besides producing artwork and working with children I enjoy hiking, camping, biking, outdoor play, music, dancing, traveling, cooking, friends, family and loving people.

 

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.

 

Heather

Heather

Heather

I have been working in childcare for 13 years and have worked with all ages ranging from infants to 5 year olds. I have a B.A. in psychology, an early childhood certification and a Montessori Certificate for ages 3-6.   I have had some recent training in Conscious Discipline and have been implementing those strategies in my class. When I am not teaching, I enjoy Zumba and running. I love spending time with my seven year old daughter, Ella. We love going to the park, the library and the mall. I also love children’s books and sharing my love of reading with children. I am excited about my future here at Discovery.

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!

 

Claire

Claire

Claire

I’ve been at Discovery since September 2016 and love being part of this community, working alongside Ms. Kristin in the Lily classroom. I was exposed to the Montessori Method as a child, growing up with a mother in the early childhood field and a father with Montessori training. I grew up in Louisville, Kentucky and graduated from the University of Louisville in 2012 with my Bachelors in Psychology and minor in Studio Art. I went on to work at a Reggio-Emilia style preschool for 2 years, where I fell in love with a “job” in which I can personally grow in every single day, through working with young children that undoubtedly teach me. I also spent a year working as an Art Teacher for adults with developmental & intellectual disabilities, but have found through experiences, that my calling remains in working with children.
I moved to the mountains of Asheville in 2016, and am grateful for the work home I’ve found at Discovery. In my free time I’m enjoying the outdoors and arts our town has to offer, cooking, visiting with family (most importantly my 2 year old niece, Elsie) in Durham, and pursuing my 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training at Asheville Yoga Center. I aim to bring mindfulness and compassion, and inspire creativity and curiosity that is in every child.

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.