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Faculty Members

Ms.Luisa

Ms. Luisa was born and raised in Colombia and has shared her language and culture with our students since 2008. Approaching language from an immersion perspective, Ms. Luisa interacts with the students almost entirely in Spanish. Whether a child needs help buttoning a sweater or carrying on a conversation in Spanish about the weather, Ms. Luisa offers caring and supportive guidance to all the students.

Ms.Luisa

Ms. Luisa was born and raised in Colombia and has shared her language and culture with our students since 2008. Approaching language from an immersion perspective, Ms. Luisa interacts with the students almost entirely in Spanish. Whether a child needs help buttoning a sweater or carrying on a conversation in Spanish about the weather, Ms. Luisa offers caring and supportive guidance to all the students.

Toddler Asst. - Ms. Karen

Karen has had a passion for working with children her whole life, starting with babysitting at age 10. After working in the area of social services (Karen earned a BA in Sociology), she decided that the Montessori philosophy of education would be fulfilling, and Karen has never looked back. She is Montessori-certified in Children's House and Lower Elementary levels and joined TMS over 9 years ago.    When an opportunity arose for her to work with our youngest students in 2017, she did not...

Toddler Asst. - Ms. Nice

Ms. Nice brings tremendous warmth and joy to her work with the toddlers, and the children are very attracted to her loving care.  A native of Brazil, Ms. Nice and her family (husband and 6 year old daughter) have been in the Winston-Salem area for 7 years.  Ms. Nice holds a Bachelor of Arts in Portuguese, English and Literature and taught ESL in Brazil.  Ms. Nice's interests include reading, sewing and cross-stitching.

Toddler Asst. - Ms. Pooja

Working with children is something Ms. Pooja has always wanted to do.  When her child was enrolled at a Montessori school in New York, she became actively involved in the school and fell in love with the Montessori philosophy.  In fact, she was an assistant in their Children's House Program for 5 years.  When her family moved to North Carolina, Ms. Pooja knew she wanted to continue working at a Montessori school, and last year joined TMS as a Toddler Sunset Assistant.

Toddler Asst. - Ms. Sherri

When Ms. Sherri joined our community over 4 years ago, she brought with her a wealth of experience working with children in a variety of settings, as well as an undergraduate degree from a local Winston-Salem college. Ms. Sherri finds her work very rewarding and observing the facial expressions of the children when they are discovering something new brings her great joy.

Toddler Lead - Ms. Amy

Ms. Amy is a Montessori-certified Toddler guide with 12 years’ experience working with children, 5 of them at our school. After working in textile design for several years after graduating college, Ms. Amy wanted more meaningful work and found it with children and animals. Ms. Amy finds great joy in nurturing toddlers develop their independence.

Toddler Lead - Ms. Kay

Ms. Kay brings her depth of experience and love of children to the classroom every day. You can count on seeing her smiling face and tender interactions with the toddlers in her care. Holding a Montessori-certified toddler credential, plus a BFA in Theatre, coupled with almost 3 decades of experience with children, Kay has many talents and experiences that enrich the children’s day at school.

Toddler Sunrise - Ms. Katherine

Katherine steps into the role of Toddler Sunrise guide, after serving as a valued substitute at our school for several years.  Katherine holds a Montessori Children's House certificate and an AAS in Early Childhood Education, as well as a BA in Elementary Education.  With her genuine love of and over 25-years experience with children, Katherine brings much warmth and a deep commitment to this important work. 

CH Asst. - Mr. Justin

Justin started at TMS as the Elementary Sunset Assistant and a full-time substitute. He now joins Children’s House as the assistant guide, bringing a familiar face and a smile to the classroom. Justin has a Bachelor Degree in Exercise Science with a minor in Business Administration and Graphic Design. Justin also has over 5 years’ experience with children, having worked at Betsy -Jeff Penn 4H center teaching environmental education classes, team building and as a summer camp counselor....

CH Asst. - Ms. Dorian

Ms. Dorian counts her 7 children and 6 grandchildren as her greatest blessings!  In fact, her grandchild is the primary reason she learned about the Montessori philosophy of education.   When Ms. Dorian witnessed the growth in him, she was inspired and decided to explore joining our school community as a faculty member.   A lover of the arts from an early age, Ms. Dorian shares her passion and love of music and creativity daily with the children.

CH Asst. - Ms. Leslie

 After living in Winston-Salem for over 25 years, Ms. Leslie considers this area her home. Ms. Leslie has worked with children for over 16 years, 6 of them at our school. Her positive, joyful attitude and caring presence help the children feel loved and cherished.

CH Asst. - Ms. Sujata

Upon first meeting Ms. Sujata, you may not realize that she speaks 3 languages or that she has earned degrees from two different universities. What you’ll first notice is Sujata’s calming, loving presence. The way she patiently interacts with the children, the care with which she prepares the classroom, all reflective of the love she has for children. Ms. Sujata is also known for her amazing sewing skills, a talent that she generously shares with the children.

CH Lead - Ms. Faith

It’s a special gift to have a Montessori alumni on our teaching staff. Starting at age 4, Faith attended Montessori schools and has loved and embraced the philosophy and teachings of Maria Montessori ever since. Keeping the Montessori tradition alive in her life, Faith is pursuing her Montessori Children's House credential, as she enters her 8th year serving young children at our school.  Faith is also giving the gift of a Montessori education to her 3-year old son.

CH Lead - Ms. Chrys

Ms. Chrys is a Montessori-certified Children’s House guide and has worked at our school for the past 17 years . As a teacher who grew up in another culture and speaks multiple languages, Ms. Chrys brings tremendous richness to her classroom and our school community. Chrys’ international perspective aligns perfectly with the Montessori philosophy that we are all part of a global community.

CH Lead - Ms. Holly

Some people fall into Montessori, and some folks are born into it. The latter was the case with Ms. Holly, who’s a 3rd generation Montessorian. She carried on the Montessori tradition with her 3 grown children, all Montessori alumni. A world traveler, having lived in Japan, Spain and El Salvador, Ms. Holly enlivens the classroom with her global perspective, passion for teaching and gift of music.

CH Lead. - Mr. Paul

Paul Raymond joins TMS as the Lead Guide in our Children’s House Program with a wealth of experience and as a person who has made Montessori his life’s work.  Paul has a true passion for the Montessori philosophy as is evident in his daily work in the classroom and his 40 years working with children. Paul has a BA Social Work, Graduate study in Education, ECE California Certification, AMI Primary, AMS Primary, AMI Elementary (6-12), and NAMTA Adolescent Training.  He has taught Primary (...

CH Sunset - Ms. Maria

Ms. Maria comes from a long line of educators, and she knew from a young age, growing up in Puerto Rico, that she would fall in her parent’s footsteps. Supporting children as they develop at their own pace is what attracted Maria to the Montessori philosophy of education. Now almost 9 years after starting at our school, Maria continues to bring tremendous energy, enthusiasm and passion to her work, as well as the gift of Spanish to our students.

CH Sunset Asst. - Ms. Marie

Ms. Marie has a passion for children, as evidenced by her 15 years experience working with children. She quickly and easily builds a rapport with the children and their parents. The students look forward to their afternoons in Sunset with Ms. Marie.

Spanish - Ms.Luisa

Ms. Luisa was born and raised in Colombia and has shared her language and culture with our students since 2008. Approaching language from an immersion perspective, Ms. Luisa interacts with the students almost entirely in Spanish. Whether a child needs help buttoning a sweater or carrying on a conversation in Spanish about the weather, Ms. Luisa offers caring and supportive guidance to all the students.

Lower Elementary Asst. - Ms. Evelyn

Ms. Evelyn has had many roles at our school, as a Mom and a valued substitute.  She now is assisting Ms. Ellen in our Lower Elementary classroom.  With 7 years experience working with children, Ms. Evelyn brings a wealth of experience and education (BA in Art & Music and Masters degree in Library Science).  In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, sewing and knitting..

Lower Elementary Sunset Lead - Ms. Jenna

Though Ms. Jenna was born in Charlotte, she has packed in lots of international experiences before joining our school.  A Salem College graduate (BA in Teaching, Schools & Society with a concentration in Literacy, minor in Spanish), Jenna has worked with elementary-aged students both here and abroad and is a finalist for the NC Student Teacher of the Year Award. Being a Moravian, she enjoys living in Old Salem and studying Moravian history.

Lower Elementary Asst. - Ms. Leila

Ms. Leila has worked with children for over 13 years, 5 of them at our school. Though she worked with various age groups in Montessori settings prior to joining our faculty, elementary age students are by far her favorite. Having been born and raised in Russia, Ms. Leila adds a unique cultural perspective to the classroom.

Lower Elementary Lead - Ms. Shama

Shama has recently completed her AMI Elementary (6-12) training at The Washington Montessori Institute and earned a Masters of Education from Loyola University Maryland.  Prior to beginning her AMI training, she was Site Director for an afterschool program in Fredericksburg, VA. While completing her Bachelor of Arts in English Linguistics at The University of Mary Washington, Shama volunteered at The Montessori School of Mclean as a Lower Elementary Guide Assistant. Originally from Nairobi,...

Lower Elementary Lead - Ms. Ellen

Montessori and the love of the earth go hand in hand. No one embodies this connection more than Ms. Ellen. With a Montessori elementary teaching credential, plus a Masters degree in Environmental Education, Ms. Ellen shares her passion and knowledge about the world in a way that excites and inspires her students. A master gardener, beekeeper and avid birder, she enjoys helping children develop a mutually enhancing relationship with the natural world and appreciation of the interconnectedness...

PE Teacher - Mr. Austin

Austin brings to TMS a unique set of skills to his roles as our PE teacher and coordinator of our co-curricular programs, which include our Summer Ventures and Sunset Studios.  In addition to his life-long experiences as an athlete and coach, Austin brings valuable project and staff management skills acquired during his time with Belk. He also has a passion for making a difference in the lives of young people, evidenced in his work for the March of Dimes and the Special Olympics over the...

Spanish Teacher - Ms. Luisa

Ms. Luisa was born and raised in Colombia and has shared her language and culture with our students since 2008. Approaching language from an immersion perspective, Ms. Luisa interacts with the students almost entirely in Spanish. Whether a child needs help buttoning a sweater or carrying on a conversation in Spanish about the weather, Ms. Luisa offers caring and supportive guidance to all the students.

Upper Elementary Asst. - Ms. Meredith

Between her 8 years of working with children and her years of extensive travel (visited over 16 countries), Ms. Meredith has a diverse and broad wealth of experience to share with her students.  Most recently she worked with middle school children in reading/language arts, writing and social studies.  Ms. Meredith holds a BA in American History and Geography and is scheduled to complete a Masters of Arts in Teaching in 2017.  Ms. Meredith, her fiance and their two black labs recently settled...

Upper Elementary Asst. - Ms. Sally

Sally started her journey at TMS as a parent three years ago and served on the Adolescent Program Steering committee in 2016-2017. In August 2017 she takes on a new role as an assistant in Upper Elementary, and in the 2018-19 school year, she will be the first Lead Guide in our Adolescent Program. Sally earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre from UNCG, a Master of Arts in Teaching (K-6 certified) from Salem College, and is finishing her doctorate in Education at UNC Chapel Hill....

Upper Elementary Lead - Ms. Sarah

Ms. Sarah has 6 years experience in Upper Elementary, the past 2 years in the capacity of lead teacher. After finishing a BA in History/Political Science, Ms. Sarah transitioned into the field of education, earning an M.Ed. We are fortunate to have Ms. Sarah’s breadth of knowledge, boundless enthusiasm and sense of humor in our upper elementary classroom.

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