Primary Environment

Maria Cole

Founder of MMS, Maria Schuermann-Cole serves as head mistress and primary directress of the school. Maria is certified through the Montessori Institute of Atlanta, AMI to teach ages 3-6 and the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for ages 6-9. Maria is a 1999 graduate of Educateurs sans Frontières.

School Founder / Headmistress
Primary Directress
Montessori Institute of Atlanta, AMI (3-6+)
Educateurs sans Frontières, 1999
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (6-9)

Melissa Hasselle

Melissa Hasselle serves as a primary directress at Maria Montessori School. Melissa received a bachelor’s degree in applied psychology from Christian Brothers University and a master’s degree in education from Loyola University Maryland. Melissa is certified through Washington Montessori Institute at Loyola University Maryland and the Association Montessori Internationale to teach children 3 years old and up.

Primary Directress
Washington Montessori Institute at Loyola University Maryland, AMI (3-6+)
M.Ed. in Primary Montessori Education, Loyola University Maryland
B.A. in Applied Psychology- Foundations of Business, Christian Brothers University

Anna Kranz

Anna Kranz serves as a primary assistant for ages 3-6. Anna received a bachelor’s degree in human development from Christian Brothers University.

Primary Assistant
AMI Assistants training, Charlotte, NC
B.A., Human Development, Christian Brothers University

Stephanie Cosby

Stephanie Cosby serves as a primary assistant for ages 3-6. Stephanie received a bachelor’s degree in fine arts with an emphasis in painting from Earlham College and is currently seeking a master’s degree in art therapy and art education from the University of Memphis.

2006-2014 Multi-Grade Homeschool Guide, The Farm School, TN
2005-2006 K-12 Arts Education Program Completed, University of Memphis
1998, BA Fine Arts, Painting, Earlham College

 

Toddler Community Environment

Lee Montgomery

Lee serves as a toddler caregiver. Lee received a bachelor’s degree in speech and language pathology with a minor in psychology and religious studies from Missouri State University.

Toddler Caregiver
B.S. Communicative Disorders, Southwest Missouri State University

Julie Wright

Julie Wright serves as a toddler assistant. Julie received a bachelor’s degree in photography with a minor in art history from the University of Memphis.

Toddler Caregiver
Assistants to Infancy Training, Montessori Northwest, Portland, OR, AMI
B.F.A., University of Memphis

 

Elementary Environment

Santina Campbell

Santina Campbell serves as a level one elementary guide. Santina received a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from Springhill College and a master’s degree in elementary education from Loyola College. Santina is certified through the Washington Montessori Institute, AMI to teach ages 6-12.

Elementary Guide Level 1
Washington Montessori Institute, AMI (6-12)
Masters of Elementary Education, Loyola College
B.S. Early Childhood, Springhill College, Mobile, Alabama
Vice President and Board Member of The Montessori Alliance of Tennessee

Julie Meiman

Julie Meiman serves as a level two elementary guide. Julie received a bachelor’s degree in English from Rhodes College and a master’s degree in elementary education at Loyola College. Julie is certified through the Washington Montessori Institute, AMI to teach ages 6-12.

Elementary Guide Level 2
Washington Montessori Institute at Loyola, AMI (6-12)
Masters of Elementary Education, Loyola College
B.A. English, Rhodes College, Memphis, TN

 Emily Farris

Emily Farris serves as a level two elementary guide.

Elementary Guide Level 2
The Montessori Center of Minnesota, AMI (6-12)
Masters of Elementary Education, St. Catherine University
B.A. Fine Arts, University of Memphis

Jessica Samuel

Jessica Samuel is a level one elementary assistant.

Middle School Language Arts Guide, Elementary Assistant
Arizona Dept. of Ed. Certification in Secondary Education (6-9) with
Endorsements in English, Media specialist K-12, SEI K-12
Graduate Work in Education Northern Arizona University Flagstaff
M.A. English, Murfreesboro, TN
B.A. English, University of Kentucky, Lexington

Donna Hulbert

Elementary Assistant
First Female Firefighter for the City of Memphis
27 years, Memphis Fire Department
17 years, Air Force Reserves
3 years, Active Coast Guard
Massage Therapist, LMT license

 

Middle School Environment

Joshua Campbell

Joshua Campbell serves as a middle school guide. Joshua received a bachelor’s degree in history and education at Middle Tennessee State University and is a graduate of Adolescent Academy and Adolescent Intensive Training in Cleveland, Ohio.

Middle School Guide
Adolescent Academy, Cleveland, Ohio
B.A. History and Education, Middle Tennessee State University
Adolescent Intensive Training, Cleveland, Ohio

Rachael Grant

Rachael Grant serves as a middle school assistant.

Middle School Guide
B.L.S. with Concentration in Fine Art Center and Psychology,
Certification in Art Education, University of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee

Library

Liz Phillips

Liz Phillips serves as a librarian. Liz received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Vassar College and a master’s degree in English and American literature from the University of Chicago.

 

Outdoor Environment

Mimi Trouy

Mimi Truoy is a nutrition, heath and fitness trainer. Mimi received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Memphis.

B.S. Elementary Education, University of Memphis
Nutrition, Health and Fitness Trainer