Administrative Staff

Head of School

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Kristin Patterson
My name is Kristin Patterson and I am the Head of School at Central Montessori Academy. I started at CMA in 2006 as an elementary teacher. In 2012 I was the Assistant Head of School and then in 2013 became the Head of School. I graduated with my undergraduate degree from Xavier University in Elementary Early Childhood Education and hold a certificate from the American Montessori Society in Montessori Elementary 6-9 year olds. I completed a graduate degree in Biological Science Education from Miami University. CMA gives children wonderful outdoor and science experiences through the natural playground and nature trails on the 5 acre campus. CMA is an amazing school with a dedicated staff that goes the extra mile to help children love learning.

Admissions Director and Office Manager

Cheri Hauer
My name is Cheri Hauer and I am the Admissions Director and Office Manager at Central Montessori Academy.  I started my journey with CMA in January, 1996 with the enrollment of our oldest son, Jake.  After volunteering in the office for a year, I was offered a full time position as the Administrative Assistant.  I am so thrilled to again serve this amazing community of students, families and staff for my 22nd school year!   I truly have THE BEST JOB in the world!  All three of our children are graduates of CMA. Jake (28) graduated from UC with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, is a soldier in the U.S.Army and is proudly serving as a Police Officer.  Cara (24) is attending Cincinnati State focusing on Education.  She will be working at CMA helping in the Toddler classroom and saying “I DO” in September!  Nick (19) is studying Business at UC and Loves to golf!  Our family adores CMA and is so appreciative and proud of our continued relationship!

Admissions Director and Office Associate

Denise Ott
My name is Denise Ott and I am the Admissions and Office Associate at Central Montessori Academy. I joined the Administration team in 2019 and I am very excited to share this journey with everyone. I attended Greater Cincinnati Center for Montessori Education where I received my Montessori teaching credential for preschool.  For 7 years I was a Lead Teacher\Aide in a Montessori preschool classroom for deaf children. Most recently I ran my own Daycare at home where I taught my youngest child and 6 other children the Montessori Philosophy.

I have been married for 16 wonderful years and we have 3 beautiful children: McKenzie, Aiden and Parker. In my spare time, I love to craft, sew and spend time with family.  I’m truly blessed to have this opportunity and I can’t wait to meet and greet all the wonderful CMA students and family!

Business Manager

Rob Reed
My name is Rob Reed and I am the Business Manager at Central Montessori Academy. I joined the staff in 2016 but have been a part of the CMA family since 2011 when my son, Nathan, began attending school here. Not having been previously exposed to the Montessori approach, I quickly discovered that this philosophy, combined with the unique dedication of the CMA teachers, staff and parents, had created an environment where children thrive and truly enjoy their time at school each day. CMA kids are confident, independent and eager to learn and to take on new challenges. The joy and satisfaction I’ve experienced watching my son and his classmates grow and develop in their time at CMA is difficult to put into words.

I hold a B.A. in Business Administration and a minor in Psychology from Hanover College. Prior to joining CMA, I spent over 16 years in various roles in the banking and finance industry. I’m so lucky to get to spend my days with amazing people, both faculty and students, while using my financial skills and background to support an organization and cause I’ve grown to care about deeply. Central Montessori Academy is a special place filled with incredible people and I couldn’t be more blessed to be a part of it.