Our Team

Greensboro Montessori School’s faculty and staff team includes 60 part- and full-time professional educators and administrators, with over 860 years of combined teaching experience. As a group of lifelong learners themselves, our team holds a combined 55 bachelor’s or associate’s degrees, 17 master’s degrees, 3 doctoral degrees, and 40 Montessori credentials. Our team includes a diverse representation of people who are native to other countries and who speak a variety of languages. Countries of origin include Bangladesh, Chile, Colombia, the Czech Republic, France, South Korea, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and Venezuela. Languages spoken fluently other than English include Arabic, Bengali, Czech, French, Hindu, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish, and Urdu.

Click through our teams below to get to know us individually.

Anna Betina
  • Classroom: Lead teacher in Half-Day Toddler
  • Year Appointed: 2017 (began teaching in 2009)
  • Graduate Studies: Master's degree in psychology and child psychology from Taurida National V.I. Vernadsky University, Simferopol, Ukraine
  • Doctoral Studies: Doctor of Philosophy in pedagogical and age psychology from K.D. Ushynsky South Ukranian National Pedgogical University, Odessa, Ukraine
  • Montessori Credential: Infant & Toddler (birth to age 3) in progress
  • Email: anna.betina@gms.org

Katie Cienek
  • Classroom: Half-Day Toddler
  • Year Appointed: 2021
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Arts in psychology with minors in sociology and American Sign Language from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Lisa Doe
  • Classroom: Lead teacher in All-Day Toddler
  • Year Appointed: 2020 (began teaching in 1999)
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Science in psychology from Guilford College
  • Montessori Credentials: Infant & Toddler (birth to age 3) in progress and Elementary I (ages 6 to 9)
  • Email: lisa.doe@gms.org

Terina McDowell
  • Classroom: All-Day Toddler
  • Year Appointed: 2021 (began teaching in 2015)
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Science in child development and family studies from West Virginia University
  • Email: terina.mcdowell@gms.org

Charlene McKee
  • Classroom: Lead teacher in Academic-Day Toddler
  • Year Appointed: 2014 (began teaching in 2010)
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Science in theatre from Lewis and Clark College; Coursework in early childhood education at Front Range Community College
  • Montessori Credential: Infant & Toddler (birth to age 3) in progress
  • Email: charlene.mckee@gms.org

Anita Revuri
  • Classroom: Academic- and All-Day Toddler
  • Year Appointed: 2021 (began teaching in 2004)
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Arts in history, economics, and civics from Osmania University, India
  • Email: anita.revuri@gms.org

Marian Romera
  • Classroom: All-Day Toddler
  • Year Appointed: 2019 (began teaching in 2016)
  • Montessori Experience: Completed assistant teacher training
  • Email: marian.romera@gms.org

Shakiyah Stephens
  • Classroom: Half-Day Toddler
  • Year Appointed: 2019
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Arts in elementary education from Guilford College (in progress); Associate in Science in early childhood education from Gaston College
  • Email: shakiyah.stephens@gms.org
Syeda Ahmed
  • Year Appointed: 2016 (began teaching in 1999)
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Science in biology and psychology from University of Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Montessori Credential: Early Childhood (ages 2 1/2 to 6)
  • Email: syeda.ahmed@gms.org

Rossana Aranda
  • Year Appointed: 2016 (began teaching in 2013)
  • Undergraduate Studies: Diploma in office administration from Manpower College, Santiago, Chile
  • Email: rossana.aranda@gms.org

Isabelle Bangham
  • Year Appointed: 1996
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor's degree in educational studies from University of Nice, France
  • Montessori Credential: Early Childhood (ages 2 1/2 to 6)
  • Email: isabelle.bangham@gms.org

Anna Betina
  • Year Appointed: 2017 (began teaching in 2009)
  • Graduate Studies: Master's degree in psychology and child psychology from Taurida National V.I. Vernadsky University, Simferopol, Ukraine
  • Doctoral Studies: Doctor of Philosophy in pedagogical and age psychology from K.D. Ushynsky South Ukranian National Pedgogical University, Odessa, Ukraine
  • Montessori Credential: Infant & Toddler (birth to age 3) in progress
  • Email: anna.betina@gms.org

Shyla Butler
  • Year Appointed: 2020
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Arts in anthropology with a minor in geology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • Email: shyla.butler@gms.org

Katie Cienek
  • Year Appointed: 2021
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Arts in psychology with minors in sociology and American Sign Language from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Email: katie.cienek@@gms.org

Liz Haff
  • Year Appointed: 2022 (began teaching in 1984)
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Binghampton, Harpur College
  • Graduate Studies: Master of Science in curriculum instruction from Western Maryland College
  • Montessori Credential: Early Childhood (ages 2 1/2 to 6)
  • Email: liz.haff@gms.org

Ashby Pettigrew
  • Year Appointed: 2016
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Arts in theatre from University of North Carolina at Asheville
  • Montessori Credential: Early Childhood (ages 2 1/2 to 6)
  • Email: ashby.pettigrew@gms.org

Carmen Romero
  • Year Appointed: 2018 (began teaching in 1988)
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Science in psychology from Guilford College
  • Montessori Credential: Early Childhood (ages 2 1/2 to 6)
  • Email: carmen.romero@gms.org

Jackie Shannon
  • Year Appointed: 2019
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Science in elementary education from University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Montessori Credential: Early Childhood (ages 2 1/2 to 6) in progress
  • Email: jackie.shannon@gms.org

Shakiyah Stephens
  • Year Appointed: 2019
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Arts in elementary education from Guilford College (in progress); Associate in Science in early childhood education from Gaston College
  • Email: shakiyah.stephens@gms.org
Athena Burnette
  • Year Appointed: 2020 (began teaching in 2008)
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and English (double major) from Guilford College
  • Montessori Credential: Elementary I (ages 6 to 9)
  • Email: athena.burnette@gms.org

Kristy Ford
  • Year Appointed: 2002
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Science in elementary education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Montessori Credential: Elementary I (ages 6 – 9)
  • Email: kristy.ford@gms.org

Mary Jacobson
  • Year Appointed: 1990
  • Undergraduate Studies: Psychology at Guilford College
  • Montessori Credentials: Early Childhood (ages 2 1/2 to 6) and Elementary I (ages 6 to 9)
  • Email: mary.jacobson@gms.org

Katie Jones
  • Year Appointed: 2014 (began teaching in 2001)
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Graduate Studies: Master of Arts in special education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Montessori Credential: Elementary I (ages 6 to 9)
  • Email: katie.jones@gms.org

Kaki Keyser
  • Year Appointed: 1989
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Science in psychology from Appalachian State University
  • Montessori Credentials: Early Childhood (ages 2 1/2 to 6) and Elementary I (ages 6 to 9)
  • Email: kaki.keyser@gms.org

Ciara Parker
  • Year Appointed: 2022 (began teaching in 2007)
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Science in elementary education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Graduate Studies: Master of Arts in Teacher with an emphasis in Montessori education from Chaminade University of Honolulu
  • Montessori Credentials: Elementary I (ages 6 to 9) and Elementary II (ages 9 to 12)
  • Email: ciara.parker@gms.org
John Archambault
  • Year Appointed: 2002
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Boston College
  • Graduate Studies: Master of Arts in philosophy from Duke University
  • Doctoral Studies: Doctor of Law from Duke University
  • Montessori Credentials: Elementary I (ages 6 to 9) and Elementary II (ages 9 to 12)
  • Email: john.archambault@gms.org

Brooke Juneau
  • Year Appointed: 2013
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Arts in education and human development from Hampshire College
  • Graduate Studies: Early childhood education from Wheelock College
  • Montessori Credentials: Infant & Toddler (birth to age 3) and Elementary II (ages 9 to 12) in progress
  • Email: brooke.juneau@gms.org

Cathy Moses
  • Year Appointed: 1993 (began teaching in 1991)
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Arts in sociology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • Graduate Studies: Master of Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Montessori Credentials: Elementary I (ages 6 to 9) and Elementary II (ages 9 to 12)
  • Email: cathy.moses@gms.org

Laetitia Mourand
  • Year Appointed: 2019 (began teaching in 2003)
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Science in biology from Florida State University
  • Graduate Studies: Master of Arts in Teaching from Florida Southern College; Master of Science in ecology of aquatic systems from Blaise Pascal University
  • Montessori Credential: Elementary II (ages 9 to 12)
  • Email: laetitia.mourand@gms.org

Beth Wilson
  • Year Appointed: 2022 (began teaching in 2000)
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor's degree in visual art and creative writing from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
  • Graduate Studies: Master of Arts in Education with an emphasis in Montessori Education from St. Catherine University
  • Montessori Credentials: Association Montessori Internationale Elementary Diploma (ages 6 to 12) and Association Montessori Internationale Orientation to Adolescent Studies (ages 12 to 18)
  • Email: beth.wilson@gms.org
Emily Daniels
  • Year Appointed: 2022 (began teaching in 2003)
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Science in middle childhood education from Malone College
  • Graduate Studies: Master of Education with a concentration in literacy from from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Montessori Credential: Secondary I (ages 12 – 15) in progress
  • Email: emily.daniels@gms.org

Tim Goetz
  • Year Appointed: 2018 (began teaching in 2013)
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Science in international business from Ohio State University
  • Graduate Studies: Master of Education from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock
  • Montessori Credential: Secondary I (ages 12 – 15)
  • Email: tim.goetz@gms.org

Doug Williams
  • Year Appointed: 2005 (began teaching in 2001)
  • Undergraduate Studies: Math education at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
  • Montessori Studies: Elementary I (ages 9 to 12) math training and Secondary I (ages 12 – 15) in progress
  • Email: doug.williams@gms.org
Betsy Bevan
  • Subject: World Music
  • Year Appointed: 2011
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Music in voice and composition from Shenandoah University
  • Graduate Studies: Master of Music in composition from Eastman School of Music
  • Email: betsy.bevan@gms.org

Chelsi Crawford
  • Subject: Environmental Education
  • Year Appointed: 2018
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Arts in anthropology with a minor in biology from North Carolina State University
  • Graduate Studies: Master of Science in natural resources from North Carolina State University
  • Email: chelsi.crawford@gms.org

Aubrey Cupit
  • Subject: Environmental Education
  • Year Appointed: 2009
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and a minor in anthropology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Relevant Certification: Permaculture Design Certification
  • Email: aubrey.cupit@gms.org

Katherine Gwynn
  • Subject: Visual Art
  • Year Appointed: 2014
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Arts in interdisciplinary studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Bachelor of Science in social work from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Email: katherine.gwynn@gms.org

Terry Jeffrey
  • Subject: Physical Education
  • Year Appointed: 2008
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Arts in physical education from Marshall University
  • Email: terry.jeffrey@gms.org

Brandon Johnson
  • Subject: Computer Science
  • Year Appointed: 2017
  • Undergraduate Studies: Music from De Anza College
  • Relevant Certification: CompTIA Network+ Certification N10-006
  • Email: brandon.johnson@gms.org

Sandra Lee
  • Subject: Spanish Language (native Spanish speaker from Chile)
  • Year Appointed: 2003
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Arts in English education with a minor in English literature from University of Talca, Chile
  • Email: sandra.lee@gms.org

Sara Stratton
  • Subject: Environmental Education
  • Year Appointed: 2013
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Science in horticulture (in progress)
  • Relevant Certification: Permaculture Design Certification
  • Email: sara.stratton@gms.org
JoAnn Currie
  • Role: Student Support Specialist
  • Year Appointed: 2016 (began teaching in 1993)
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Science in special education from Appalachian State University
  • Relevant Credentials: Special education licenses in mental handicaps, emotional handicaps, and preschool handicaps
  • Email: joann.currie@gms.org

Jeannie Stanford
  • Role: Student Support Specialist
  • Year Appointed: 2022 (began teaching in 1992)
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Science in elementary education from Troy State University
  • Graduate Studies: Coursework at Florida State University
  • Relevant Certifications: Elementary Education K-6; Art Education K-12; trained in DIBELS® (Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills) and Text Reading and Comprehension (TRC)
  • Email: jeannie.stanford@gms.org

Kate Winters
  • Role: Director of Student Support
  • Year Appointed: 2022 (began teaching in 1997)
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Science in special education from the State University of North Georgia
  • Graduate Studies: Master of Education in special education from the State University of West Georgia
  • Montessori Credentials: Elementary I (ages 6 to 9), Elementary II (ages 9 to 12), and Montessori Leadership and Administration
  • Relevant Certifications: Early Childhood Director Certificate from Front Range Community College
  • Email: kate.winters@gms.org

Melanie Weisthal Yeager
  • Role: School Counselor
  • Year Appointed: 2022 (began counseling in 2006)
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in communications from Appalachian State University
  • Graduate Studies: Master of Arts in college student development with a concentration in counseling from Appalachian State University
  • Relevant Certifications: Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate (LCMHCA); nationally certified counselor by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC); licensure in professional school counseling from Appalachian State University
  • Email: melanie.yeager@gms.org
Katie Cienek
  • Year Appointed: 2021
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Arts in psychology with minors in sociology and American Sign Language from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Ann Gresalfi
  • Year Appointed: 2021 (began teaching in 1997)
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Arts in child studies
  • Graduate Studies: Master of Education in special education

Heather Hinson
  • Year Appointed: 2021
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Science in elementary education in progress

Ayako Royster
  • Year Appointed: 2021

Melody Robinson
  • Year Appointed: 2019 (began teaching in 2017)
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Guilford College
  • Email: melody.robinson@gms.org
Sarah Bobo
  • Role: Director of CASA
  • Year Appointed: 2017
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Arts in economics from Duke University
  • Graduate Studies: Master of Divinity from Duke University
  • Email: sarah.bobo@gms.org

Andi Bogan
  • Role: Family Relations Coordinator
  • Year Appointed: 1996
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Arts in religious studies from St. Andrews Presbyterian College
  • Email: andi.bogan@gms.org

YoungDoo Carey
  • Role: Communications Coordinator
  • Year Appointed: 2018
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor's degree in Japanese language education from Konkuk University, Seoul, Korea; Diploma in digital design from Vancouver Film School, Canada
  • Email: youngdoo.carey@gms.org

Jillian Crone
  • Role: Director of Marketing & Development
  • Year Appointed: 2016
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Arts in advertising with a concentration in multimedia design from Pepperdine University
  • Email: jillian.crone@gms.org

Aubrey Cupit
  • Role: Garden Coordinator and Environmental Education Cultural Educator
  • Year Appointed: 2009
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and a minor in anthropology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Relevant Certification: Permaculture Design Certification
  • Email: aubrey.cupit@gms.org

Rhea Egbert
  • Role: Director of Admission
  • Year Appointed: 2005
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Arts in communication with a minor in French from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Montessori Credential: Early Childhood (ages 2 1/2 to 6)
  • Email: rhea.egbert@gms.org

Heather Goggin
  • Role: Human Resources Consultant
  • Year Appointed: 2006
  • Undergraduate Studies: Educated in the United Kingdom
  • Montessori Credential: Early Childhood (ages 2 1/2 to 6)
  • Email: HR@gms.org

Brandon Johnson
  • Role: Director of Information Technology and Computer Science Cultural Educator
  • Year Appointed: 2017
  • Undergraduate Studies: Music from De Anza College
  • Relevant Certification: CompTIA Network+ Certification N10-006
  • Email: brandon.johnson@gms.org

Missy McClure
  • Role: Director of Lower School
  • Year Appointed: 2020
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Arts in early childhood education from North Carolina Central University; Bachelor of Arts in English from North Carolina State University
  • Graduate Studies: Master of Education in Montessori education from Xavier University
  • Montessori Credentials: Early Childhood (ages 2 1/2 to 6); Elementary I (ages 6 to 9); Elementary II (ages 9 to 12)
  • Email: missy.mcclure@gms.org

Dr. Kevin Navarro
  • Role: Head of School
  • Year Appointed: 2017
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Arts in developmental psychology with minors in educational studies and Russian studies from Carleton College
  • Graduate Studies: Master of Arts in teaching from Webster University
  • Doctoral Studies: Doctor of Education in character education and democratic school governance from the University of Missouri, St. Louis
  • Montessori Credentials: Montessori Leadership and Administration
  • Email: kevin.navarro@gms.org

Rebecca Porterhill
  • Role: Full-Time Substitute
  • Year Appointed: 2021 (began teaching in 2018)
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Arts in special and elementary education from Western Governors University in progress; Associates of Science in midwifery from the Midwives College of Utah
  • Email: rebecca.porterhill@gms.org

Heather Sparks
  • Role: Director of Facilities
  • Year Appointed: 2017
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Arts in environmental studies and political science from Guilford College
  • Relevant Certifications: North Carolina Pesticide License; Renewable Technologies Diploma Series Certificate of Completion in renewable electric generation with photovoltaics; Green Building Workshop Certificate of Completion in building envelopes considerations in residential applications
  • Email: heather.sparks@gms.org

Nancy VanWinkle
  • Role: Director of Upper School
  • Year Appointed: 2022
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Science in human ecology from the University of Tennessee
  • Montessori Credentials: Association Montessori Internationale Orientation to Adolescent Studies (ages 12 to 18)
  • Email: nancy.vanwinkle@gms.org

Amy Wagoner
  • Role: Director of Finance
  • Year Appointed: 2013
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from North Carolina State University
  • Relevant Certifications: Post-baccalaureate Certificate in accounting from Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Email: finance@gms.org