Jana Morgan Herman

Director

Jana has worked in Montessori classrooms since 1992, first as a parent and substitute, then as a studio teacher. Jana is a Montessori certified teacher and teacher trainer for four MACTE Montessori teacher trainer programs in the United States and Asia. She holds a BA in English literature and a Master’s in Montessori Education from St. Catherine University and Indiana teaching license for K-3, with a reading specialist endorsement. She holds additional certifications in infant/toddler development (RIE), MACAR (Montessori Applied to Children at Risk), Musikgarten, Brain Gym, and is a certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator. She is a Montessori graduate student research adviser for St. Catherine University, a teaching practicum adviser for Western Governor's University, and a field consultant for Montessori teacher training organizations.

She is the co-founder and Vice President of the Kentucky Montessori Alliance, a non-profit advocacy group for Montessori schools in Kentucky. She truly enjoys presenting at regional and national Montessori conferences and teacher training. Jana has two daughters, Sarah and Sadie, who attended and graduated from Community Montessori School. Sarah completed RIE Foundations and is a Guide at the Community Nurtury (a RIE inspired infant care program) and Sadie graduated from IU Southeast with a business degree. Her husband, Kyle, holds Montessori certification and is a teen adviser at Community Montessori.  Her articles have been published by Montessori Life and Montessori Leadership. Her hobbies include research, traveling, and camping.

jana@kmsky.org

Sadie Gaudet

Office Director

Sadie is currently living in downtown New Albany, Indiana. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business with a concentration in Human Resource Management. She has completed her Montessori Para-Administrator course through Seton Montessori Teacher Education program in Chicago.

Sadie was born into a Montessori family and has been surrounded by Montessori’s philosophy her entire life. She went to a Montessori preschool in Florida and attended Community Montessori from first grade through high school. In her free time, Sadie likes to travel, read, practice yoga, and spend time with her awesome family and cute puppy, Oakley.

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Kim Gillespie

Director of Community Education

Kim is married to husband, Tim, and has two children- a daughter, Iris, and son, Harper, both attended Montessori preschool. Kim fell in love with the philosophy of Dr. Montessori when she began researching education options for her oldest child and in her words "never left".   In addition to her Montessori studies, Kim studied Photography at JCC and has previously worked in both private and public elementary schools teaching art to elementary students.  

Kim is a former teacher at Louisville's Cottage School and is the President of the Kentucky Montessori Alliance. Kim enjoys photography, reading, sewing, baking, gardening, and most of all being with her family.

kim@kmsky.org

Pilar Cruz

Oak Studio Lead Teacher, Educational Director

Pilar is originally from Lima, Peru. She is married and has four children- Matthew, Lucas, Johanna, and baby Abigail!  All of Pilar's children have attended or attend Kenwood. In Peru, Pilar worked in various positions.  She participated for eight years at her neighborhood church in preparation for First Communion services.  At that same time, she studied the Montessori Method for teaching children ages two and a half to six years old.  Pilar graduated and received her MACTE Montessori Teacher Certification from NCME, The National Center for Montessori Education, a MACTE accredited program.  She worked in Lima, Peru as a Montessori teacher for the Instituto Nacional de Bienestar Familiar (National Institute for Family Well-Being) with orphans, for Nuestra Senora de la Gracia (Our Lady of Grace Preschool) and Institucion Educativa San Jose (Saint Joseph Institute of Education) with children three to five years old.  She has taught at Kenwood for over 15 years. Pilar loves singing, dancing, reading, and playing with her children.

Jessica Trevino

Oak Coteacher

Jessica Trevino is originally from Monterrey Nuevo Leon, in northern Mexico.

This is Jessica's 4 year at Kenwood. Jessica has over a decade of experience as an accountant secretary. She married Jorge and moved to Louisville, Kentucky 16 years ago. While attending school, Jessica worked at a cleaning company.   She completed her Assistant Training course through the International Montessori Council.  She enjoys interacting with children and being a part of their development, and thinks it is very fascinating to see how these children grow and become independent. She is passionate about the education of children. 

Jessica lives with her husband Jorge who is a cancer researcher at Brown Cancer Center, her daughters Paola 15, Barbara 12, and her dog, Niko. She loves spending time with her family, friends, cooking, reading, dancing, and singing.

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Fatna Tizi

Orchid Studio Lead Teacher

Fatna was born in France (suburb of Paris). She's lived in Louisville for 7 years. This is Fatna's fifth year at Kenwood. Fatna holds a bachelor’s degree in Education from Paris, and she holds Montessori Infant Toddler Certification through the Center for Guided Montessori Studies, a MACTE accredited teacher education program.

She has a husband, Sofain, and a daughter Safia, almost 6, who attended Kenwood for 3 years. She enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, and traveling. 

Je m’appelle Fatna, je suis institutrice Montessori (certifié). Je suis née et j’ai grandis en France, et j’y est obtenu ma licence en science de l’éducation (Paris8). Mes parents sont algérien, donc je parle aussi le dialecte algérien.
Je suis mariée et j’ai une fille de presque 6 ans, qui a été étudiante à Kenwood Montessori School pendant 3 ans. 
J’enseigne à Kenwood Montessori School depuis 2016, et m’occupe des enfants âgés de 2 à 3 ans.

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Kevin Brock

Orchid Studio Coteacher

This is Kevin's seventh year at Kenwood. Kevin lives in the Highlands area of Louisville with his wife, Melissa, and son, Silas, who attended Kenwood for preschool. Kevin has a Bachelor's Degree in Special Education and has worked in classrooms from toddler and preschool through high school.

Kevin completed his Montessori Assistants training from the Center for Guided Montessori Studies and attended training at GCCME in Cincinnati.  When not wrangling snakes for the amusement of preschoolers he enjoys hiking, bike riding, cooking, and spending time with his family.  

Michelle Fraley

Assistant Teacher

Michelle has been impressed by Montessori for 19 years. Her children attended Montessori from 2nd grade through high school. Michelle worked as a stylist for 20 years before starting at Kenwood two years ago. This year she supports all of our studios and subs. She may be the most flexible person on our planet.

Michelle loves working with children, including her grandson, so much that she decided to join the teaching staff full time. You will see her everywhere, though she is so quiet you may not hear her. She is excited to continue her education in Montessori.

Michelle has a husband, two children Brooklyn and Logan, and a grandson, Graham, who attended Kenwood for 3 years. She enjoys going to yoga, reading, and spending time with family.

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Sara Botello

Dandelion Studio Coteacher

Sara was born in the small city of Bayamo, East Cuba, to a farming family.  Sara, along with her sibling, was raised in a small village, surrounded by mango trees and eucalyptus.  When she was just a high school student she joined a group of young educators that were sent to rural schools to teach children.  That is how her love for teaching emerged and when her long career in education began.  

She earned both a Bachelor's Degree in Education and one in Spanish Literature from the Pedagogical University Manzanillo.  Before coming to the United States, Sara worked as a Literature Professor to future educators for 22 years.  She is passionate about her islander and Caribean origins and feels equally proud and excited about her new life in the United States.  Sara has a number of publications in Cuba and is currently writing her memoir, covering her life before and after moving to the United States.  Her joys in life include her family, children- Andria, Yoel, and Roberto and her three grandchildren, the ocean, reading, listening to music and dancing.  

Sara loves peace, freedom, and friendship.  She says she finds pleasure in working with children because of their natural spontaneity and immense creativity and because she treasures the child within.  Sara truly embraces the Montessori philosophy in her classroom and finds much joy in sharing the Spanish language with children in our bilingual setting. This is Sara's 13th year at Kenwood.

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