Faculty & Staff

Our People

Our classroom teachers are Montessori certified through a MACTE (Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education) accredited Montessori teacher education program. MACTE is the international standard setting and accrediting body for Montessori teacher education. MACTE is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and is committed to the effective preparation of Montessori teachers. Its mission is to recognize, assure, and promote the high quality of that preparation through its system of accreditation for the ultimate purpose of advancing Montessori student learning.

Mission 

The Children’s House is a Montessori preschool and kindergarten that guides a diverse group of children to become joyful and confident lifelong learners who respect others and the world around them.

Vision 

Children’s House students are extraordinary citizens: independent, responsible, unique and confident in their abilities to influence their world.

Meet Our Staff

Our classroom teachers are Montessori certified with an Early Childhood Credential (ages 3-6) and work in teams in our multi-age classrooms. Competent, caring, professional faculty guide children on their individual paths of learning each day.

Our teachers are trained to present challenging and developmentally appropriate lessons and materials based on their observations of each child’s engagement and developmental needs.     Ongoing professional development for our faculty is an important component in empowering them to meet the needs of all children. 

The year after each person’s name below indicates starting year at Children’s House.

Our Faculty & Staff

Rhonda McKay (2017)

Rhonda McKay (2017)

Executive 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

Rebecca Irizarry (2020)

Rebecca Irizarry (2020)

Teacher~ Classroom A

Montessori Education: St. Nicholas’ Training Centre for the Montessori Method of Education – MACTE Early Childhood Credential; National Center for Montessori Education– NCME/AMS Early Childhood Credential

Tanelle Murphy (2020)

Tanelle Murphy (2020)

Assistant Director

Education: University of Memphis – M.A.T., Curriculum and Instruction;University of Memphis – B.A., English
Montessori Education: Montessori Educators International, MACTE Early Childhood

 

Diana Rocha (2010)

Diana Rocha (2010)

Teacher~ Classroom A

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

Theresa “Tess” Cooley (2014)

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

Michele Owsley (1996)

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

Amy Carlson (2017)

Amy Carlson (2017)

Teacher~Classroom C

Education: St. Catherine University – MAED – Advanced Montessori Program; Rhodes College – B.A. Anthropology/Sociology
Montessori Education: Memphis Montessori Institute– AMS Early Childhood Credential

Juanita Collier (1982)

Juanita Collier (1982)

Teacher~Classroom C

Education: Vanderbilt University – B.S. Early Childhood Education / Language & Literacy Studies
Montessori Education: Memphis Montessori Institute – AMS Early Childhood Credential

Katie Kennedy (2005)

Katie Kennedy (2005)

K Club Teacher & Programming Support

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

Sarah Nelson (2015)

Sarah Nelson (2015)

K Club & Art Studio Teacher

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

Kelly Ott (2019)

Kelly Ott (2019)

Teacher~Outdoor Classroom

Education: Edgewood College –  B.S., Educational Studies
Montessori Education: Montessori Training Center of Brentwood- AMS Early Childhood; Master Gardeners of Davidson County Intern 
Liz Bradley (2020)

Liz Bradley (2020)

Teacher~ K-Club, Movement & Music

Education: Eastern Illinois University – B.S., Family and Consumer Science Option: Dietetics
Montessori Education: Montessori Training Center of Brentwood- AMS Early Childhood

 

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What Our Faculty & Staff Are Saying

“My favorite thing is to see their smiling faces … especially when you know they truly recognize you and know you love them.”
~ Katie, K-Club Educator ~
“Children’s House encourages teachers to build relationship with the children, not just teach.”
~ Amy, CH Montessorian ~

“Children’s House is like home!”
~ Diana, CH Montessorian ~