Children’s House offers an unparalleled staff and faculty with experience, education and a dedication to guiding children to become joyful, lifelong learners. Our classroom teachers are Montessori certified with an Early Childhood Credential (ages 3-6) and work in teams in our multi-age classrooms. The year after each person’s name below indicates starting year at Children’s House.

Administrative Staff

Rhonda McKay (2017) Director

Education:  Belmont University – M.A. Teaching, Montessori Emphasis; University of Alabama at Birmingham – B.A. Art History
Montessori Education:  Belmont University  – AMS Early Childhood Credential

Sandra Mason (1991) Assistant Director

Education: Middle Tennessee State University – B.S. Early Childhood Education 

Classroom Faculty

Edie Carney (2015) Teacher Classroom A

Education: Illinois State University –B.S. Family Relations & Human Development,  Minor in Children’s studies
Montessori Education:  Montessori Training Center of Brentwood – AMS Early Childhood Credential

Juanita Collier (1982) Teacher Classroom C

Education: Tennessee State University – B.S. Child Development
Montessori Education: Center for Montessori Teacher Education, NY – AMS Early Childhood Credential

Theresa “Tess” Cooley  (2014) Teacher Classroom B

Education: Belmont University M.A. Teaching, Montessori Emphasis;  Centre College –  B.A. Music, German
Montessori Education:  Belmont University  – AMS Early Childhood Credential

Megan Gunter (2015) Teacher Classroom C

Education: University of Southern Mississippi – M.S. Marriage & Family Therapy; Northern Michigan University – B.S. Psychology
Montessori Education:  Montessori Educational Institute of North America – AMS Early Childhood Credential in progress

Michele Owsley (1996) Teacher Classroom B 

Education: Vanderbilt University – B.S. Early Childhood Education / Language & Literacy Studies

Montessori Education:  Memphis Montessori Institute – AMS Early Childhood Credential

Diana Rocha (2010) Teacher Classroom A & Kindergarten Club Spanish

Education:  Belmont University  M.Ed. Early Childhood Education, Universidad de los Andes – B.F.A.
Montessori Education:  Belmont University Montessori Teacher Certification – AMS Early Childhood Credential

 Auxilliary Faculty

Antoinette Haitas (1988) Teacher, Art

Education:  University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa – B.A. Languages
Aquinas College, Nashville, TN – Graduate Studies

Katie Kennedy (2005)  Kindergarten Club Coordinator & Morning Extended Care

Education:  North Dakota State University – Distance Program,  M.Ed. Early Childhood
Ball State University – B.S. Family and Consumer Science
Montessori Education:  North American Montessori Center distance program – Early Childhood Credential

Nancy Los (2001) Outdoor Education & Gardening Coordinator 

Education:  Vanderbilt University –  M.Ed. Early Childhood
University of Wisconsin – B.A. Fine Arts
Montessori Education:  AERCO Montessori Center at Cornell University – AMS Early Childhood Credential

Sarah Nelson (2015) Extended Care Coordinator, Art Studio Assistant, Kindergarten Club 

Education: Auburn University – B.S. Human Development & Family Studies with Early Childhood Education Certification

Cassidy Phillips (2016)  Extended Care Assistant 

Education:  High School:  Lipscomb Academy   College: Belmont University