Our Team

Greensboro Montessori School’s faculty and staff include 63 part- and full-time professional educators and administrators, with almost 500 years of combined service to our School. As a group of lifelong learners themselves, our team holds a combined 56 bachelor’s or associate’s degrees, 17 master’s degrees, 3 doctoral degrees, and 29 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, Guatemala, France, Russia, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom, and Venezuela. Languages spoken fluently other than English include Arabic, Bengali, French, Hindu, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish, and Urdu.

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

Allie Allen
  • Classroom: Half-Day Toddler
  • Year Appointed: 2020 (began teaching in 2016)
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Music in music therapy from Queens University
  • Montessori Studies: Graduate of Greensboro Montessori School
  • Email: allie.allen@gms.org

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

Shyla Butler
  • Classroom: Academic- and All-Day Toddler
  • 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

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

Maria Maul
  • Classroom: Academic-Day Toddler
  • Year Appointed: 2018 (began teaching in 1989)
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Arts in early childhood education from Towson University
  • Email: maria.maul@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

Rebecca Porter
  • Classroom: All-Day Toddler
  • 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.porter@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
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

Stacy Cosson
  • Year Appointed: 2011 (began teaching in 2003)
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Science in Education in early childhood education from Florida State University
  • Montessori Credential: Early Childhood (ages 2 1/2 to 6) in progress
  • Email: stacy.cosson@gms.org

Catherine Froelich
  • Year Appointed: 2011 (began teaching in 1990)
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Arts in education from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Montessori Credential: Early Childhood (ages 2 1/2 to 6)
  • Email: catherine.froelich@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) in progress
  • Email: ashby.pettigrew@gms.org

Anita Revuri
  • 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

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
  • 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
  • Assistant Teacher
  • Year Appointed: 2020
  • Undergraduate Studies: Double major in elementary education and English 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 Smith
  • Assistant Teacher
  • Year Appointed: 2020
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Email: ciara.smith@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 Credential: 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 Credential: Infant & Toddler (birth to age 3)
  • 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
Jennifer Jamal Eddine
  • Year Appointed: 2020 (began teaching in 2015)
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from the University of Cincinnati; Certificate in Arabic languages and culture from the University of Cincinnati
  • Graduate Studies: Master of Arts in Teaching in English as a second language from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Montessori Credential: Secondary I (ages 12 – 15) in progress
  • Email: jennifer.jamaleddine@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

Veronica Lamendola
  • Subject: Spanish Language (native Spanish speaker from Ecuador)
  • Year Appointed: 2022 (began teaching in 2007)
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Arts in human development and family studies from the University of Connecticut
  • Graduate Studies: Master of Science in Education, with dual certification in early childhood general and special education, from Bank Street College

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

Sidney McGinnis
  • Role: Director of Student Support
  • Year Appointed: 2018 (began teaching in 2008)
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Science in special education, general curriculum from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro; Dual North Carolina teaching licenses in special education in general and adapted curriculum from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Relevant Trainings: Hill RAP; SRA Reading Mastery; ReadWell; Orton Gillingham
  • Email: sidney.mcginnis@gms.org

Jen Sherman Miller
  • Role: School Counselor
  • Year Appointed: 2021 (began counseling in 2012)
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro; North Carolina teaching license from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • Graduate Studies: Master of Education in clinical mental health from North Carolina State University
  • Relevant Certifications: Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC); National Board for Certified Counselors (NCC); Graduate Certificate in substance abuse counseling from Eastern Carolina University
  • Email: jen.miller@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
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
Morgan Payne
  • Year Appointed: 2021
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Arts in health communication and a minor in public health from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • Email: morgan.payne@gms.org

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

Lanae Medley
  • Role: Full-Time Substitute Teacher
  • Year Appointed: 2019
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Email: lanae.medley@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

Ben Payne
  • Role: Director of Upper School
  • Year Appointed: 2019
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Arts in economics from the University of Virginia
  • Graduate Studies: Master of Architecture from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • Montessori Credentials: Elementary I (ages 6 to 9) and Elementary II (ages 9 to 12) in progress
  • Email: ben.payne@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

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