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OUR TEACHERS

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Founders

Kristine Veltri

Kristine Veltri

Owner, Director of Operations/Curriculum

My teaching career has always been geared towards the teaching of young children. I have a strong passion to educate young minds and help them blossom into well rounded, responsible and successful individuals. I have a love for the teaching of reading and writing and believe that a child’s success in language arts sets the stage for comprehending and enjoying academic subjects as they progress through grade levels.I am originally from Long Island, New York. I received my Bachelors Degree from Marist College, Poughkeepsie NY. There I became certified to teach Elementary Education Pre-K-6 and Special Education K-12. I later received my Master’s Degree in the Teaching of Reading and Writing from Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY. My teaching career began in 1997 in Garden City, New York. I taught kindergarten and first grade in a primary school building. My classroom was set up to provide young children with a Balanced Literacy approach to learning. This approach included the Reading and Writing Workshop along with Literacy Centers from the Fountas & Pinnell framework. I was trained in the Lucy Calkins Writing Program at the Teachers College in New York City. I’ve had wonderful opportunities to teach diverse groups of students, including those with learning disabilities and those who were gifted/exceptional.

 


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 During my 14-year career in Garden City, I took a child-care leave to have my children. During that time, I worked part-time as a Special Education Therapist with young children birth-five years old with developmental and cognitive delays. I worked in homes and preschools helping children, teachers, and school districts to best meet the child’s needs. In 2011, I moved to Fort Mill, South Carolina with my husband and four children. I am proud to live in such an amazing, family-oriented community. I am currently teaching first grade in the Rock Hill School District. I am excited to begin this new endeavor, bringing to our community its first preschool and private kindergarten that embraces and implements the Balanced Literacy approach!
Lisa Gerard

Lisa Gerard

Owner

lgerard@villagemontessori.com

I am not sure which I find more rewarding: my time as an Army officer leading, developing and ensuring the safety of my soldiers; or the time I’ve spent doing the same for my awesome Montessori students! Regardless, making a difference in young people’s lives is a privilege. Shaping their minds and hearts is a gift. To be trusted with the task of teaching them and helping them grow as individuals is humbling. I was born at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska and moved to Wisconsin shortly thereafter. In 1998, I received my Bachelors Degree in International Relations and Global Affairs with minor degrees in Spanish and Sociology. I graduated from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL and received my US Army commission from the University of South Florida where I was cross-enrolled in Army ROTC. I began my professional career as an Army Airborne Signal Officer stationed at Fort Bragg, NC. I spent six years leading paratroopers, and planning and executing operations for the 35th Signal Brigade. This time serving my country gave me the opportunity to sharpen my leadership skills and develop strategic and tactical planning skills. Most importantly, the Army imprinted on my heart a sense of personal accountability and as a result, I place integrity above all. After fulfilling my military obligation I became a financial advisor, serving primarily military families. A couple years later, my husband’s job required us to move to Charlotte, NC. I decided to stay in the sales industry but opted to try my hand at surgical sales where I advised surgeons on instrument use and product specifications during trauma surgeries. Through my sales roles I gained invaluable insight into the customer experience and gained a deep understanding of client’s’ needs – as customers and as people.


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I knew that serving others was what I wanted to do, but I missed operations and leading others so in 2006, I accepted a job with Iron Mountain, a document storage, digital protection and shredding company. My responsibilities at Iron Mountain ranged from managing a fleet of trucks and drivers to writing standard operating procedures and policies to performance improvement efforts for North American operations. My last role at Iron Mountain was Continuous Improvement Manager where I traveled from market to market leading route optimization projects, training managers and drivers and significantly contributing to the company’s gross profit margin improvement. In 2010, I left the workforce to have children and in 2011 we moved to Fort Mill. When my daughter was three, I decided she needed more structure within the four walls of our home. So I became Montessori-certified by the North American Montessori Center at the encouragement of my mother-in-law (also Montessori-certified) and fell in love with the philosophy. Soon after, two mothers asked me if I would consider teaching their daughters out of my home, along with my daughter. Interest grew and Village Montessori was born! I have had the privilege of serving fifteen families over the past two years and I feel so blessed to be expanding and to provide even more children with a Montessori education – the best education for preschoolers!

Administrative

Kim Cook
Office Manager

DEGREE

  • Masters of Business/Accounting
  • Pediatric First Aid/CPR Certified

Stephanie Hansen
Office Assistant 

Amy Brewer
Assistant Director

  • Bachelors in Psychology/Early Education
  • Pediatric First Aid/CPR Certified

Toddlers

Lana Meyers Teacher
Toddlers
Love Classroom

Shpresa Binaku
Toddlers
Love Classroom

Glenda Wyke
Toddlers
Love Classroom

Pre-Primary (2-3 Years Old) Teachers

Samantha Turney
Pre-Primary Teacher
Joy Classroom

Carol Cliff
Pre-Primary
Joy Classroom

Adela Malacescu
Primary
Patience Classroom

Rachel Dover
Pre-Primary
Peace Classroom

Christin Wargo
Pre-Primary
Peace Classroom

Melissa Boyle
Pre-Primary
Peace Classroom

Primary (3-5 yr old) Teachers

Tanisha Garvin
Primary
Peace Classroom

Janna DeYoung
Primary
Peace Classroom

Tara Shehaene
Primary
Kindness Classroom

Gracie Waldrop
Primary
Kindness Classroom

Danielle Kaelin
Primary
Hope Classroom

Rushma Shah
Primary
Hope Classroom

Adela Malacescu
Primary
Patience Classroom

Transitional Kindergarten

Beth Urcioli
Transitional Kindergarten
Goodness Classroom

Colleen Baxley
Transitional Kindergarten
Goodness Classroom

Carol Quinn
Transitional Kindergarten
Faith Classroom

Katie Massey
Transitional Kindergarten
Faith Classroom

Elementary Teachers

Joelle Toner 
Elementary Teacher
Victory Classroom

Kari Cornwell
Elementary Teacher
Gratitude Classroom

Specialists

Ashley Smith 
Math Specialist

Ally Lee
Reading Specialist

Art & Music Teachers

Mandy Haynes
Music Teacher

DEGREE

  • BS in Christian Education

Jamie coxon
Veggiecation

Kelly Martin
Art Teacher

DEGREE

  • BS in Visual Communications


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