Toddler Teachers & Staff
Angela Klein (Moon Room Teacher): 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 in Lower Elementary at CMA in the Fall of 2010 and taught in the Lower Elementary program at CMA from 2011-2018, a total of 7 years. I have a great passion for teaching children and believe that the Montessori Philosophy is the best approach at catering to each child’s individual needs. I also have a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree 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 third year of attending school at CMA! Our second son, Bradley was born in August 2015 and will be starting CMA this school year, 2018-2019. We are expecting our third child (a girl) in August 2018! Upon watching my boys learn and grow during infancy and during toddler years, I become fascinated with their uniqueness and love of discovery. They were sponges, taking everything in and always learning something new each day with many experiences surrounding them. I expressed interest in learning more about this age group and development which then led me into wanting to teach toddlers. I started my Toddler training with GCCME in the summer of 2018. I am excited about starting the Toddler program at CMA and know that this will be a wonderful year! I am looking forward to getting to know all of you!
Kimberly Coleman (Moon Room Teacher): My name is Kimberly Coleman, and this is my first year at CMA. I have been a Montessorian for over 20 years. I began my journey at Gloria Dei Montessori under the direction of Virginia Varga. In 2007 I received my Infant/Toddler credentials from Seton Montessori in Chicago Illinois. While still working at Gloria Dei, I then became the head Toddler directress.
In 2014 I graduated from the University of Dayton with a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education with an emphasis in leadership and advocacy. My plan in the future is to pursue my masters at Xavier University in Montessori Education. My love for toddlers is everlasting. As a lead directress I have had the pleasure of transforming little minds into thinking and working independently while practicing grace and courtesy. I truly believe in the quote by Maria Montessori, “The essence of independence is to be able to do for one’s self.”
My husband and I have three wonderful children all of which began their education in Montessori. They have all gone on to receive their degrees from the University of Dayton, Tiffin University, and the University of Notre Dame.
I am so very excited to be a part of the CMA family and am honored to be a part of the toddler room. I take much pride in my job. When I observe a student demonstrate, talk to their parents, or other members on staff about an activity they have learned in class, it warms my heart and lets me know that my work is not in vain. And that makes it worth it beyond 100%.
Heidi M. Hi! This year I am a Toddler Room assistant. You will see me at the end of the day when you pick up your child. I have been a Montessori enthusiast for a long time and got my first job in a Montessori school many years ago at CMA! Fun fact, I was an assistant to Mr. C in the Earth Room! I went away to school, still researched Montessori and worked various jobs while in school for art. Some of those jobs were at other Montessori schools. I chose to have my own child Montessori educated because I LOVE and believe in the method. As a parent, I’ve been so happy with the results. I have also been educated in Montessori 3-6 and working on finishing that up. I’m excited to work with you and your child this year. We have a great group in the toddler room!
My name is Cara Hauer and I work with the Administration team and assist in the Pre-Primary classrooms. I also work with Mckenzee Wilkins in the after school care program. I am a graduate of CMA (attending pre-6th grade) and Clark Montessori, and yes the last name is the same as Ms. Cheri’s, my mom, neither of us could leave CMA.. I am currently attending Cincinnati State working on my education degree hoping to be teaching in the philosophy I love so dearly… Montessori. What I love about teaching is that everyday is a new experience and each child have their own lessons to teach us teachers. CMA is special in my eyes because I have seen every side of it and never imagined that I would make this full circle. I feel as if I am finally in the right place surrounded by a loving and welcoming family.