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2014-15 Greensboro Montessori Faculty and Staff

Greensboro Montessori School has a remarkable and talented faculty leading the way for your children. They bring tremendous experience, expertise and passion to their craft. We don’t celebrate them near enough. I want to start here by introducing the teaching teams for each classroom and sharing a little glimpse into their personal stories and professional backgrounds.


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  • Toddler
  • Primary
  • Lower Elementary
  • Upper Elementary
  • Adolescent
  • Specialists
  • Early Care/Late Day
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  • Jessica Smith

    Toddler 1
    jessica@thegms.org
    4 Years at GMS

    Masters in Textiles from University of Manchester in England
    BS in Textile Chemistry from NC State

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    Jessica Smith joined the GMS faculty in 2010, the same year she enrolled her three children at GMS. That school year she completed the infant/toddler training through the NC Center for Montessori Teacher Education. She continued her training through the RIE (Resources for Infant Educarers) program with Beverly Kovach, a well known Montessori and RIE trainer. Prior to becoming a Montessori teacher, Jessica trained and worked in the field of textile chemistry. She holds a BS in Textile Chemistry from NC State and a Master's in Textiles from University of Manchester in England. This year she will represent her division on the Faculty Advisory Council.

  • Ashlee Ramsey

    Toddler 1
    ashlee@thegms.org

    BS in Exercise Sport Science

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    Ashlee Ramsey is coming back to GMS after several years. Her three children all attended GMS and she also worked as an assistant in the former Infant care program. We are thrilled that she is returning to GMS to team with Jessica in the T1 classroom. She graduated from East Carolina University with a B.S. in Exercise Sport Science.

  • Brooke Juneau

    Toddler 2
    brooke@thegms.org
    1 year at GMS

    Hampshire College with a B.A. in Education and Human Development

    Brooke began her Infant/Toddler Montessori through the NC Center for Montessori Teacher Education

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    Brooke Juneau joined the Toddler division last year. This summer she began her Infant/Toddler Montessori through the NC Center for Montessori Teacher Education. She graduated from Hampshire College with a B.A. in Education and Human Development. Brooke is the mother of three boys: Riley, the oldest, is a sophomore at Grimsley High School; Harper, the youngest, is a Primary student at GMS; and Hayden, her middle son, is joining the Middle School this fall as a new 6th level student. Brooke plays the guitar and loves singing with children.

  • Michelle Morgan

    Toddler 2
    mmorgan@thegms.org

    University of Maryland University College with a B.S. in Psychology

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    Michelle Morgan comes to GMS from the Montessori School of Winston-Salem, where she taught in their Toddler division. She graduated from the University of Maryland University College with a B.S. in Psychology.

  • Gabriela Spang McLean

    Toddler 3
    gabriela.spang@thegms.org
    7 years at GMS

    Guilford College with a B.A. in Political Science and Environmental studies

    Early Childhood certificate with Stanly Community College
    Gabriela has begun her Infant/Toddler Montessori training through the NC Center for Montessori Teacher Education

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    Gabriela Spang McLean came to GMS seven years ago. She has been a Primary gardening teacher, worked with the after school Casa program as teacher and director, and is starting her third year teaching in the Toddler division. This summer she began her Infant/Toddler Montessori training through the NC Center for Montessori Teacher Education. Gabriela graduated from Guilford College with a B.A. in Political Science and Environmental studies. She also recently completed her Early Childhood certificate with Stanly Community College.

  • Ingrid Bommer

    Toddler 3
    ibommer@thegms.org
    10 years at GMS

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    Ingrid Bommer is a native of Austria and is returning to GMS after ten years. She taught at GMS in 2004 when the school was operating an infant classroom. She was affectionately known by many as the “baby whisperer”. She has visited us many times over the years always looking forward to working with young children again.

  • Tracy Sanders-Carr

    Primary 1
    tracy@thegms.org
    11 years at GMS

    UNC Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Women’s Studies

    Montessori teaching credential for three to six year olds with Southwestern Montessori Training Center in 2005

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    Tracy Sanders-Carr came to GMS in 2003 and first worked in the after school Casa program. She then joined the Primary division and completed her Montessori teaching credential for three to six year olds with Southwestern Montessori Training Center in 2005. She graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Women’s Studies. This year she will represent her division on the Faculty Advisory Council.

  • Cristina Ruas de Melo

    Primary 1
    cristina@thegms.org
    2 years at GMS

    B.S. in Psychology and a specialization in Psychoanalitic Theory from Federal University of Minas Gerais-Brazil
    Pontificia Universidad Catolica-Brazil

    Montessori teaching credential in 2012 through the NC Center for Montessori Teacher Education

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    Cristina Ruas de Melo is originally from Belo Horizonte, Brazil, where she graduated from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica-Brazil. She has a B.S. in Psychology and a specialization in Psychoanalitic Theory from Federal University of Minas Gerais-Brazil. She obtained her Montessori teaching credential in 2012 through the NC Center for Montessori Teacher Education. Her daughter, Nina, is a current student at GMS in Lower Elementary.

  • Catherine Froelich

    Primary 2
    catherine@thegms.org
    5 years at GMS

    UNC Chapel Hill with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education

    Montessori teaching credential for three to six year olds at the Santa Monica Institute in 1993

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    Catherine Froelich worked at GMS for two years in the Primary division in the early 90’s, then moved to California where she completed her Montessori teaching credential for three to six year olds at the Santa Monica Institute in 1993. She returned to Greensboro to raise her family and then rejoined our faculty in 2011. She is a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education.

  • Valerie Beelman

    Primary 2
    vbeelman@thegms.org
    New to GMS

    Radford University with a B.A. in Journalism
    Liberty University with an M.A. in Elementary Education

    Licensed in North Carolina as PK to 6 teacher

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    Valerie Beelman is starting her first year at GMS. She is licensed in North Carolina as PK to 6 teacher. She graduated from Radford University with a B.A. in Journalism and from Liberty University with an M.A. in Elementary Education.

  • Shelley Reynolds

    Primary 3
    shelley@thegms.org
    10 years at GMS

    Two undergraduate degrees, one in Therapeutic Recreation and one in Secondary English Education from Western Carolina University

    Montessori teacher training at GMS through the Southwestern Montessori Training Center in 2004

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    Shelley Reynolds has two undergraduate degrees, one in Therapeutic Recreation and one in Secondary English Education from Western Carolina University. She completed her Montessori teacher training at GMS through the Southwestern Montessori Training Center in 2004. Shelley's sons, Michael and Perrin Ketchum, now 20 and 16 years old, are both GMS graduates. After graduation, they both attended Rockingham Early College at RCC.

  • Stacy Cosson

    Primary 3
    stacy@thegms.org
    3 years at GMS

    Florida State University with a B.S. in Early Childhood Education

    National Board Certified teacher

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    Stacy Cosson came to GMS three years ago. She taught Science in the Middle School for two years and last year joined Shelley in the Primary division. Stacy is a National Board Certified teacher. She graduated from Florida State University with a B.S. in Early Childhood Education. Her daughter, Isabella, is a student in the Primary division.

  • Isabelle Bangham

    Primary 4
    isabelle@thegms.org
    13 years at GMS

    Baccalauréat de Technicien degree

    Montessori teaching credential in 2001 through the NC Center for Montessori Teacher Education

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    A native of Nice, France, Isabelle Bangham came to the United States after finishing her Baccalauréat de Technicien degree. She obtained her Montessori teaching credential in 2001 through the NC Center for Montessori Teacher Education. Her daughters both attended GMS. Candice, a 2008 GMS graduate, is a junior at UNC Asheville and Allie is pursuing a Master’s Degree in school counseling.

  • Teresa Lamb

    Primary 4
    tlamb@thegms.org
    New to GMS

    NC State with a B.A. in Political Science

    Montessori teacher training through the NC Center for Montessori Teacher Education in 1996

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    Teresa Lamb is starting her first year at GMS. She completed her Montessori teacher training through the NC Center for Montessori Teacher Education in 1996 and has been teaching ever since. Most recently she taught at Phoenix Montessori Academy in Davidson, NC. She graduated from NC State with a B.A. in Political Science.

  • Kaki Sowinski

    Lower Elementary 1
    kaki@thegms.org
    25 years at GMS

    B.A. in Psychology from Appalachian State University

    Montessori credential for 3-6 year olds in 1993
    Finished the next level of training for children 6-9 years of age in 2000

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    Kaki Sowinski is cross-trained to teach both Primary (3-6 year olds) and Lower Elementary (6-9 year olds). She started working at GMS in 1989. Kaki completed her B.A. in Psychology from Appalachian State University. She completed her Montessori credential for 3-6 year olds in 1993 and then, in 2000, she finished the next level of training for children 6-9 years of age. Both of Kaki's children, Mira and Kai, are enrolled at GMS.

  • Lisa Doe

    Lower Elementary 1
    lisad@thegms.org
    23 years at GMS

    B.A. in Psychology from Guilford College with a minor in French

    Montessori teacher training for 6-9 year olds in 2000

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    During her tenure at GMS, Lisa Doe Kenny has worked with infants, toddlers, primary children, and lower elementary students (birth to age 9). She first joined the staff in 1991 one year after graduating from Guilford College (with a degree in Psychology and a minor in French). She completed the Montessori teacher training for 6-9 year olds in 2000.

  • Mary Jacobson

    Lower Elementary 2
    mary@thegms.org
    24 years at GMS

    Attended Guilford College

    Montessori teacher training through the NC Center for Montessori Teacher Education at both the Early Childhood (ages 3-6) and the Elementary I (ages 6-9) levels

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    Mary Jacobson found Montessori as many teachers did, when she was looking for a school for her daughter, Lauren, in 1987. She began teaching at GMS in 1990 and has completed her Montessori teacher training through the NC Center for Montessori Teacher Education at both the Early Childhood (ages 3-6) and the Elementary I (ages 6-9) levels. She attended Guilford College. This year Mary returns to the Lower El team after three years of teaching Primary and serving as the Primary division head.

  • Sarah DeLashmutt

    Lower Elementary 2
    sarahd@thegms.org
    5 years at GMS

    Guilford College with a B.S. in Justice and Policy Studies

    certified in Pennsylvania and NC as a K-6 teacher and has Middle Years Language certification

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    Sarah DeLashmutt graduated from Guilford College with a B.S. in Justice and Policy Studies. She is certified in Pennsylvania and NC as a K-6 teacher and has Middle Years Language certification. In her four and a half years at GMS, she has taught in both Upper and Lower Elementary. Her daughter Ainsley is enrolled in the Primary division at GMS.

-UNDER CONSTRUCTION-

Home

    Every Friday, we have Middle School Careers in the morning from 9:00am-12:00pm. The three careers we work in are: Research & Development, Farm, and Restaurant; separated by tribe, Black Bear, Otter or Raccoon. The GMS curriculum is split into trimesters, careers switching every time. Each career covers different skills and techniques, so every time you move to a new one there are plenty more interesting skills to master.  The careers are also designed to simulate real-world work. This allows us to experience the successes and pit falls of the working environment. This includes, managing finances, inventory, and production, and marketing a business. 

 

    Once a week, the Middle School students work in several real world simulations that we call careers: Restaurant, Farm, and Research & Development.  During the year, students rotate through each career to gain perspective on several different job opportunities.   Each career utilizes different skills and techniques to challenge students to increase problem solving and critical thinking skills. This allows students to experience the different aspects of the working environment. Jobs performed by students include: managing finances, business marketing, environmental awareness, and commercial food production.  

 

Research and Development

    In Research and Development we figure out how to make a more sustainable community. We try to use only compostable and reusable materials to promote a sustainable and healthy community and work towards a more resource efficient environment. We meet in four different groups: Outreach, Marketing, Product Development & Labs, and Finance. In Outreach, we have been working to find and contact a sponsor willing to give us a sponsorship. In Outreach, we are working to evaluate and assess the corn-hole boards that we made this past Fall. In Marketing, we are working to create a cookbook for all of the recipes we have used for restaurant. We are working to create and sketch a logo for our restaurant title, Maria's Cafe. We are trying to make a business on tea, growing it and selling it, experimenting with bermuda grass, in Product and Development & Labs. For the bermuda grass experiment we are trying to see what we can use to kill it without affecting the environment in a negative way. The Finance committee has been working to gather information on the the expenses and IOUs.

 

 

 Research & Development focuses on creating a  We try to use only compostable and reusable materials to promote a sustainable and healthy community and work towards a more resource efficient environment. We meet in four different groups: Outreach, Marketing, Product Development & Labs, and Finance. In Outreach, we have been working to find and contact a sponsor willing to give us a sponsorship. In Outreach, we are working to evaluate and assess the corn-hole boards that we made this past Fall. In Marketing, we are working to create a cookbook for all of the recipes we have used for restaurant. We are working to create and sketch a logo for our restaurant title, Maria's Cafe. We are trying to make a business on tea, growing it and selling it, experimenting with bermuda grass, in Product and Development & Labs. For the bermuda grass experiment we are trying to see what we can use to kill it without affecting the environment in a negative way. The Finance committee has been working to gather information on the the expenses and IOUs.

 

 

 

 

 

Farm 

     In late Fall and Winter, we don't do much in the garden. Our main focuses are on prepping certain foods, typically dessert or a side item, and making the drinks. One of the few things that was still growing was flowers. Picking the flowers is a weekly routine as far as decorations go. 

    The goals for our gardens in the Spring are

 

Restaurant 

    In restaurant, students learn how to properly work in a kitchen. From knife techniques to a complex, four course meal for fifty, Deirdre Kearney and Matt Spencer, the restaurant supervisors, keep up the culinary skills. We have middle school restaurant every Friday at 12:00pm. The tribe currently in the kitchen starts working around 9:00am, learning everything from how to properly chop an apple to managing and keeping up with a restaurant. So far this year, we have made several different types of soups, stews, and pastas. Also, we have had many varieties of salads and teas. We always have some type of delicious dessert of either mousse, cookies and sometimes even hot chocolate. Middle School Restaurant isn't always a success but we learn from our mistakes.

 

Art & Music Lower Elementary

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