Upper Elementary Teachers & Staff

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bio__0000s_0021_DSC_0023 ReneRené Steinkamp

I have been a part of the CMA family for over 26 years. My daughters are both graduates of CMA, Clark Montessori, UC, Otterbein and now are productive young women in our society that I couldn’t be more proud of. I changed careers in 2000 and left the corporate world behind, went back to school, and became a full-time certified Lower Elementary Montessori teacher–which I loved. Then I was invited to join the Upper Elementary classroom and once again, headed to Xavier to finish my Upper Montessori education and had fallen in love all over again with the Upper Elementary children and curriculum. I am so lucky, doing what I love and knowing I’m doing exactly what I was born to do…teach.

I have a Bachelor of Science from Miami University, Montessori I & II (k-6) Certification from Xavier University, attended University of Cincinnati studying Physics & Education, and I am currently finishing my Masters in Conservation Environmental Biology from Miami University . I have attended additional seminars, classes & workshops on various Montessori topics, learning styles, writing, education and motivation.  I continue to educate myself in all areas of the child, their individual needs and development.

Part of my life’s work has been dedicated to educational choices for children.  Creating a place where school felt safe, where the parents communicated and brought a sense of community to the ‘institution’ of learning, where children’s differences and diversity would be celebrated and nurtured, as well as the love of learning which would be shared and relished to its fullest.  This is what I found at Central Montessori Academy.

bio__0000s_0020_DSC_0029 MarkMark Traxler

I have been a part of the CMA community for over 21 years.  My daughter is also a graduate of CMA, Clark Montessori High School, and Middlebury College in Vermont.  When my daughter graduated from CMA, I realized I couldn’t leave CMA, so I became the Gym, Computer, Science and anything-else-needed teacher. Within a few years I became one of the Upper Elementary teachers and have loved every day.

I have a Lindner College of Business Bachelor of Administration degree from The University of Cincinnati with additional studies in Physics & Education. I am currently studying to obtain my masters in Biology with a focus on teaching environmental conservation from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. I also participated in the iDiscovery Physics Program from Miami University. Additional coursework included “Integrating Research and Education: Geological and Paleontological Principles”, “Deep Earth Academy”, the “Galileo & Galileoscope” workshop, and I continue to constantly learn and educate myself in as many ways as possible.  

I truly love working with the students and I strive to carry on the tradition of Central Montessori Academy.  The education of the child does not manifest itself in only the academics but within the development of the whole child socially and emotionally.  I love incorporating nature into the learning environment and we are lucky to have a variety of natural environments to explore on our school campus.  The education of the whole child is so important in creating our future leaders and community members because they will then shine and be positive examples to others. That is why I love coming to school and teaching every day.