Jana has worked in Montessori classrooms for over twenty six years, 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, 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 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.
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.
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 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.
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 13 years. Pilar loves singing, dancing, reading and playing with her children.
Kevin lives in the Schnitzelburg area of Louisville with his wife, Melissa, and son, Silas, who attended Kenwood. Kevin has a Bachelor's Degree in Special Education and has worked in classrooms from preschool through high school. Kevin completed his Montessori Assistants training from the Center for Guided Montessori studies. This is his sixth year at Kenwood. When not wrangling snakes for the amusement of preschoolers he enjoys playing in a band, reading, photography, cooking and basketball.
Birch Studio Lead Teacher
Melinda is originally from Hungary. With her husband she has two children- Esther and Flora. Flora attended Kenwood and Melinda was first a parent before she started teaching here. She graduated as a History and German high school teacher. Before coming to the United States with her husband, she worked as a translator and interpreter at two different firms. Melinda holds AMS/MACTE Montessori Teacher Certification through the Greater Cincinnati Center for Montessori Teacher Education. Melinda is a board member for the Kentucky Montessori Alliance. This is Melinda's 6th year at Kenwood. She enjoys singing in a community choir, hiking, camping and traveling with her family.
Birch Studio Co-Teacher
Brooklyn attended Community Montessori for 12 years from early childhood through high school, so before teaching at a Montessori school, she was a Montessori kid! She completed two internships in a busy Montessori classroom of 30, completed the Montessori Assistant's Training at Greater Cincinnati Center for Montessori Education, and her Montessori Certification is from The Center for Guided Montessori Studies, a MACTE accredited Montessori teacher certification program. It has been her dream since childhood to be a Montessori teacher. This is Brooklyn's fourth year at Kenwood. Her son, Graham, is in Willow Studio.
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Fatna was born in France (suburb of Paris). She has been living in Louisville for three years. She is married and has a 4 year old daughter, Safia, who attends Kenwood. Fatna has a bachelor’s degree in Education from Paris, and she holds Montessori Infant Toddler Certification through the Center for Guided Montessori Studies, a MACTE accredired teacher education program. This is Fatna's fourth year at Kenwood. She enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, and traveling.
Orchid Studio Lead Teacher
Dandelion Studio Lead-teacher
Laura studied at Hanover College, double majoring in Gender Studies + Theological Studies, as a Benjamin Templeton Scholar. She was a National Youth Advisory Board Member for Planned Parenthood, and a Spanish/Generalist tutor while at Hanover. Laura is an advocate for human and civil rights. She has a baby at home! And in her spare time, she enjoys working out and spending time with her dog. This is Laura's fourth year at Kenwood and she is a teacher in training in Infant/Toddler teacher training through the Center for Guided Montessori Studies, a MACTE accredited Montessori program.
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Willow Studio Lead Teacher
Janelle is a 17 year veteran, certified Montessori teacher through Greater Cincinnati Center for Montessori Education, a MACTE accredited teacher education program, and holds additional studies on infant/toddler work. Janelle has worked as a Montessori lead teacher in early childhood and elementary levels since 2001 and supported in a RIE/Montessori infant/toddler room. This is Janelle's fourth year at Kenwood.
Janelle has two daughters and loves gardening, music, and traveling.
Dandelion Studio Co-Teacher
Sara was born in the small city of Bayamo, East Cuba, to a farming family. Sara, along with her sibling were 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 Philosphy in her classroom and finds much joy in sharing the Spanish language with children in our bilingual setting. This is Sara's 12th year at Kenwood.