Lower Elementary Teachers & 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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Lower Elementary Teachers & Staff

Lower Elementary

Terri Cerimele-Rieger
Asteroid Room Faculty

I was blessed to join the CMA community as a parent when my son began first grade here many years ago. Happily, I joined the pre-primary staff the following year. Before CMA, I had taught a total of four years in Montessori classrooms; two at the Toddler Level (18 months – 3 years of age) and two at the Pre-Primary Level (ages 3 – 6). After joining CMA’s staff, I worked nine years in CMA’s Early Childhood classroom. I have also worked with the Kindergarteners as an instructor for their weekly music studio. This will be my tenth year teaching at the Lower Elementary Level. I came to Montessori Education later in life, going back to school at age 41, and completing my Early Childhood certification (ages 2.5 – 6). In 2014, I completed my studies in Elementary Education and received my Montessori Elementary certification (ages 6 – 12). This year, I will also be supporting Language Mechanics lessons at the Upper Elementary level. In all, I have worked in a Montessori environment for 22 years. In addition to my Montessori education, I have certification in the Musikgarten Early Childhood Music and Movement programs (birth – 7 years of age). I received a B.A. from Xavier University in Theology with a minor in Music Education. My M.A. in Mental Health Counseling was conferred upon me by the University of Cincinnati. Before beginning my teaching career, I worked both as a Director of Youth Ministry (working with teens 7th through 12th grades) and as a Hospice Grief Therapist. Those who already know me have discovered that one of my greatest passions is the performing arts, especially theater and vocal performance. I continue to perform around town as time permits. In addition to teaching, I work part-time as a circuit coach at the Finneytown Curves and am a part of my church’s music ensemble. Through the support I receive from my faith, family and CMA community, I continue to find great joy and fulfillment working each day with your precious children.

Schuyler Smith
Asteroid Asssistant

Bio coming soon…

LaDonna Brusch
Comet Room Faculty

My name is LaDonna Brusch. My family joined the CMA community when my husband, Wain, and I enrolled our oldest daughter, Aria, in 2003. My youngest daughter, Mila, joined the CMA family in 2008. I have filled various roles at CMA since 2008. From toddler through upper elementary, I’ve had the pleasure of upholding the values of this Montessori environment. As a co-teacher in lower elementary, I have enjoyed working to develop our Art, P.E., before care and after care programs.

I earned my Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University and worked as a process engineer in logistics and warehousing for over 10 years. I am currently pursuing my Masters in Montessori Education from Xavier University. Though engineering and education are different disciplines, process, observation and a constant focus on improvement is what attracted me to both.

The opportunity to sustain Montessori education in my community is important to my family and me. I love the lessons that I am taught everyday by my students, their families and my peers. The children’s continuous pursuit for knowledge inspires me to provide them with every opportunity to learn and find tools to support their growth. I truly believe that they are the hope for the future and it is a privilege to be able to help them find their place in this world.

Lauren Castillo
Comet Assistant

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