Auxiliary Teachers and Specialist Staff

Central Montessori Academy – Toddler, Preschool and Elementary in Northwest Cincinnati

We are an independent Montessori school nurturing and developing young scholars from toddler through sixth grade.

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Auxiliary Teachers and Specialist Staff

The highly skilled and experienced faculty and staff at Central Montessori Academy often provide professional development and training to other Montessori teachers, have presented at local and national level American Montessori Association Conventions and have been speakers on university panels and discussion groups.

Music Education

Andrea Rosenthal Warnken
Music Program, Elementary

My name is Andrea Rosenthal Warnken and I am in my tenth year of teaching at CMA. I hold a BA in English and Theatre from Ohio Northern University and a JD from the University of Cincinnati. I clerked and worked as an attorney for several years before staying home with my two young daughters. When I decided to go back to work, I was thrilled to get the privilege of working in music education as music is and always has been my first love.

Some of my most joyful times in teaching are those break-through moments when you see a child master a difficult rhythm, conquer a tricky harmony or revel in the final notes of their group performance. Their self-satisfaction is worth all of the hard work. I also love the quiet moments when they are lost in a story or a melody and are completely at ease and free.

Being that guide, that person who draws out their imagination, their creativity and their best efforts is a true pleasure. Getting to work with a staff who are dedicated to each and every child’s development and sense of well-being is something I truly relish about CMA. No child is ever left behind–every child is nurtured, honored and brought forth into their highest potential.

Speech/Language Pathologist

Maria Fertick
Speech and Language Pathologist


Art Education

Rita Gross
Art Education Teacher

My name is Rita Gross. I have been in education since 2009. My time has been split between working with students one on one as a Paraprofessional, an Intervention Specialist and an Art educator.
Prior to obtaining my education license, I worked in the accounting field. I enjoyed working with and training my co-workers. After many years of office work, I couldn’t forget my childhood dream of becoming an art teacher. So at the age of forty, I went to Miami University to get my license in Art Education. Later I went on to get my Intervention license from Indiana Wesleyan University.

Before joining the Central Montessori Academy team, I worked for the Warren County Learning Center, teaching students with emotional and behavioral needs. There,I was able to grow as a teacher and learned to build lasting relationships with the students.

I am a lifelong learner and hope to bring that enthusiasm to my classroom as I introduce new artists, materials and techniques to the students. I believe that art is a personal expression and each student should feel free to express themselves without judgment. I enjoy watching as students learn and develop their skills and then create something that makes themselves smile.

Reading Specialist

Shari Rouse
Reading Specialist

My name is Shari Rouse. I have been working at CMA since 2011 and began as an Aftercare teacher. In 2012, I was a teachers assistant in the Earth Room working with Ms. Gayla and Ms. Melina. I am currently the before and after care coordinator, the before care teacher, and the intervention reading specialist working with all age levels on their reading and writing. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education with a reading endorsement from Miami University in 2007. In 2017, I graduated from Miami University with my Master’s in Language and Literacy with a Third Grade Guarantee. Since college I have worked in several educational environments and none compares to Central Montessori Academy. The most exciting aspect is the close, caring community that encompasses CMA. This community provides support to older children who are role models, to younger children who gain confidence, and to the teachers who provided freedom within limits to allow those active seekers appropriate time to pursue their knowledge and independence. CMA is not only special because of the children who provide us with laughter, joy, and the realization of why we became teachers; however it is also because of the community, families, and parents that provide support, time, and help when needed.

Occupational Therapist

Rachel Bonar
Cincinnati Occupational Therapy Institute [COTI] – Occupational Therapist

My name is Rachel Bonar, I am so excited to begin working with the students, families and staff at Central Montessori Academy. l am graduate of Cincinnati State Technical and Community College’s Occupational Therapy Assistant Program and also a graduate of Miami University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. I have had the privilege of working with children in a variety of settings and roles. I have experience working in Lakota Local Schools as well as Cincinnati Public Schools. Through each of these valuable experiences I have learned so much and gained even more of a passion for Occupational Therapy and helping students to have success in school. I am looking forward to contributing my skills and enthusiasm to Central Montessori Academy!”

Intervention Specialist

Tia Minor
Intervention Specialist