Lower Elementary Teachers & Staff

Comet Room

Angela

Angela Klein:  In the Spring of 2009 I returned to school as a graduate student and obtained my Master’s in Montessori Education from Xavier University. I had the opportunity to student teach at CMA in the Fall of 2010; 2017 will be my seventh year of teaching at CMA. I have a great passion for teaching children and believe that the Montessori Philosophy is the best approach at catering to each child’s specific needs. I also have a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design along with an Art History minor from Columbus College of Art and Design. My husband, David and I welcomed our first son, Nathaniel in November 2013. This will be Nathaniel’s second year of attending school at CMA! Our second son, Bradley was born in August 2015 and is learning a lot from his big brother. We enjoy spending time outside whether it be at a park, Highland Gardens, time at the YMCA, walking around our neighborhood, visiting the library for story-time and playing with hot wheel cars. I feel great pride and joy to be a part of the CMA community and I am looking forward to another great year with all of you!

 

Asteroid Room

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My name is Terri Cerimele-Rieger.  I joined the Pre-Primary team here at Central Montessori Academy in 2003.  In 2012, after working eight years with the 3-6 year olds , I moved up  to teach in the Lower Elementary program.  I began my post-secondary work at Miami University in Music Education and received a B.A. in Theology from Xavier University.   I continued my studies in psychology and received a M.A. in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Cincinnati.  At forty years of age, I returned to school and received certificates in Montessori Early Childhood Education ages 2 1/2  – 6  through NCME (now grandparented into AMS), and Early Childhood Music and Movement through Musikgarten. I completed another master’s degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Montessori Elementary Education ages 6 – 12.  As I have continued to develop as a Montessori teacher, I have come to realize that I have found what I was meant to be.  My creative energies and studies of the human mind and spirit have become firm foundations upon which to place my calling as Montessori teacher.  One of my life’s greatest privileges has been to work here at CMA where students, families and teachers come together to support the growth of a whole person.

Lower Elementary Assistant

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My name is LaDonna Brusch and my family joined the CMA family when our oldest daughter, Aria became a student here in 2003.  Since then, I have been a volunteer, substitute teacher and instructional assistant. I currently have fun with the elementary children in Art and Physical Education. I earned my Bachelor’s in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University and I own my own business designing and creating gymnastics leotards. In 2008, I began substitute teaching in Fairfield Public Schools before choosing to spend more time at CMA. Since then, I have worked with every level in every subject from infant to 6th grade. I love to see the thoughtfulness from our children as they challenge themselves in creative, physical and social endeavors. At CMA, we are engaged in concepts and lessons that allow us to dig deep into the things that interest us most and be exposed to things that stretch beyond our personal experience. Everyday we learn how to support each other with assistance, encouragement and respect.

Chavonne Taylor
My name is Chavonne Taylor and I joined our amazing Lower Elementary team in the 2016-2017 school year.  I hold a Bachelor of Science degree from Vanderbilt University in Human and Organizational Development with a Leadership concentration, a Master’s of Science degree in Health, Physical Education, and Recreation from Middle Tennessee State University, and am currently in progress to complete my Masters of Education in Montessori and attain my American Montessori Society (AMS) Elementary I credential from Xavier University.

After nine years of a diverse teaching background, I discovered the transformative philosophy of Montessori education and embarked on a new journey.  Before I understood the terminology “Montessori”, looking back over my roles as a college coach, school administrator, and most importantly, mother, I have come to realize that unknowingly I carried the heart and spirit of the method throughout those experiences.  It was the eventual discovery of Montessori education that provided the clear language and precise approach that embodied a passion that has long been present over the course of my life.

Maria Montessori’s profoundly deep reverence and respect for the power and possibility of the child was extraordinary.  I too hope to always see students through a lens of what can be, rather than what is.  As an empathetic, creative, gregarious person, who loves children, I concluded with great certainty that I have indeed found my calling and am so thankful to CMA for allowing me the opportunity to grow as a Montessori educator.  My husband Brian of 14 years, along with our three children, Elijah (10), Saniya (8), and Joshua (3), who will be entering his 2nd year at Central Montessori Academy in the 3-6 classroom, are so blessed to have found such an incredible and supportive community in CMA.