TEACHERS (3-6 year olds)
Hello Everyone! I have been at Discovery Montessori since May of 2017. I couldn’t be more thrilled to be working with such a creative and enthusiastic group of teachers. I earned my Early Childhood Montessori Diploma for ages 3-6 from North American Montessori Center in 2018 and am relishing the opportunity to put everything I learned into practice at Discovery. I also recently completed my Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education from AB Tech. My long-term goal is to complete a Bachelor’s Degree and eventually a Master’s in Early Childhood Education.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
My name is Alexis McCall. I am from Brevard, NC but moved to Asheville when I was about 3. I love the outdoors, hiking, shopping, art, animals, learning new things , trying new foods, and mostly my daughter! I’ve been working at Discovery since June of 2018. I love where I work and love that I get to call this place my daughter’s school as well. I’ve worked in childcare since August of 2016 and received my Childcare Credentials in June of 2017. I had never worked in Montessori before joining the Discovery team but it’s by far my favorite and I’m so glad to have learned about this style of teaching!
I had my daughter, Izabella, in February of 2016 and through her I have learned so much. She continues to teach me about how kind hearted, innocent, smart, dramatic , yet amazing children are. I love working with children and couldn’t imagine myself anywhere else at this point.
I look forward to getting to know your families as much as possible in the years that your children attend this school.
Hello everyone. My name is Kieran Dalton. I have worked in Early Childhood Education since 2010. I received my Bachelors in Early Childhood Education in 2013 and have explored many educational settings over the years. I previously worked in a Montessori school in Georgia from 2010-2013. After graduating I worked in the public school system in Georgia and then in Missouri.
I am currently enrolled in school and will obtain my Masters in Early Childhood Education with an emphasis on Literacy in 2022. Literacy counts from day one and helps lay a foundation for success in school and throughout life. It is my goal to help each child I work with become strong, independent, and successful learners.
I am married and have a wonderful little boy, Jacob. We moved to Asheville in July of 2018 and have loved every minute here. We are frequently found outside exploring nature and finding new trails to bike.