I am a veteran Montessori teacher with over fifteen years of teaching experience. My Montessori journey began twenty-six years ago when I received my AMI zero to three Assistant to Infancy diploma. At that time, I also completed a Master’s degree in Education. I went on to teach at the zero to three level for ten years in Chicago at Near North Montessori School where I not only served children and families but also trained and supervised new teachers. During this time, I honed my skills as a Montessori educator and discovered my natural ability to work with children and parents. The zero to three age group is a group I intuitively understand and effortlessly connect with. I find their curiosity and wonder a joy to be around and am constantly in awe of their natural and spiritual intelligence. In 2003 and 2004 completed a Master’s degree in Child Development and a Master's degree in Social Work, respectively, and continued my work with children and families as a helping professional.
I returned to the world of Montessori in 2016 and immediately saw a need for a quality zero to three year old program. In 2017, YMS opened its doors with a Toddler Community known as the "Biltmore Campus". In 2019 we opened the "Arden Campus" where we started our first primary program for 3 to 6 year olds. In 2020 we combined both programs at the Arden Campus and now have two primary classes and one toddler class.
When not at YMS, I am usually with my family. I have three middle school and high school aged children (who keep me on my toes!) and am married to my husband, who is also an educator. We love hanging out together with our dog Goldie and our cat Juno, going camping when we can, and playing dominoes. We also love our Friday movie nights with pizza and Twizzlers!
Primary Lead Teacher
I first began my Montessori journey when I enrolled my older daughter, Lily in a Montessori toddler program. I went on to obtain my Infant/Toddler Certification from the Center for Montessori Education of North Carolina in 2017 while teaching at Greensboro Montessori School. I love everything about the 2-3 age range and working with the toddlers at YMS! My younger daughter, Ava, attends Black Mountain Montessori School, and my older daughter, Lily, attends Artspace Charter School.
I very happily relocated to Asheville at the end of 2018 from the NC Triad and love living in Old Fort and enjoying all the area has to offer. On the weekends I can be found baking, hiking or canoeing with my and my fiancé's 4 children.
Primary Teaching Assistant
Alfred is a long time Montessorian! He attended Montessori until the 8th grade and continued on in his educational career and received his Bachelor's Degree in History from the University of North Carolina in Asheville. It is impressive to watch Alfred's inherent love of Montessori unfold in the classroom every single day. The children love his care and compassion, sense of humor, and reliability. YMS is fortunate to have Alfred on our team!