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.
Pre-Primary Teachers & Staff
Star Room Faculty
I have been in the Star Room at CMA since 2015 and I am excited to start another school year! I have my undergraduate degree in Montessori Education from Xavier University. I enjoy animals and nature and I am currently pursuing my master’s degree in teaching biological sciences through the Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP) at Miami University. When I am not doing school related activities (for my teacher or my student roles!) I like to spend time with my family, friends, and various animals. I enjoy cooking, baking, and listening to music.
Star Room Faculty
My name is McKenzee Wilkins, I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from The University of Cincinnati. I have been part of the Pre-Primary support team since 2013 and through my time at CMA I have developed a love for watching students learn and grow in an environment that caters to them. In the future I plan on pursuing my master’s degrees in psychology. I took a year break for some self exploration which brought me back home for a new journey as an assistant in the Star Room. I look forward to supporting the students in the Star Room on their educational journey.
Earth Room Faculty
My name is Mollie Peters I am the Lead Teacher in the Earth Room. I have a Masters degree in Montessori Education from Xavier University and a hold a credential in early childhood from American Montessori Society for 3- 6 year olds. I love the Montessori philosophy and the ability to follow the child as their interests and needs continue to develop and mature. As a teacher, it is very rewarding to guide and observe children during the three-year cycle. The sense of community and family that is built with families during this time is invaluable. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, love animals and spending time outdoors.
Earth Room Faculty
Hi! My name is Sara and I’m thrilled to be back in the Earth Room with Mollie! My love of Montessori began when I attended Montessori school as a little girl. I love the methodology, never tire of how children absorb information at this age, and find great importance in the fact that we can meet the individual child where they are while challenging them appropriately. My love of CMA started in 2011 when I went on a tour. I have been a part of this unique community as a parent, a volunteer and a teacher since 2015.
I received my BS in Psychology from Mt. St. Joseph University. With this degree, I worked on an inpatient children’s mental health unit and was a counselor to at-risk youth before becoming a Program Director at a motor skill development facility. I knew I wanted to further my education and that Montessori was in my bones, so I went to Xavier and received my M.Ed. in Montessori Education with a 6-9 credential. I have seven years of teaching experience in both 3-6 and 6-9 Montessori classrooms, and virtually to children all over the world!
Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my friends, family and dogs as well as baking, camping, geocaching, and doing adventurous things outdoors. We also foster dogs for a local rescue, which can be very challenging, but incredibly rewarding!
Sun Room Faculty
My name is Danielle Wren. I graduated from Xavier University in 2020 with a degree in Montessori Education. I have always enjoyed working with young children and I can’t wait for my second year at CMA as the head teacher in the Sun room! I chose to become a Montessori teacher because I loved the idea that as educators, we need to follow the child and complete lessons based on the child’s needs and interests. All children are unique, so they deserve a unique learning plan! I love all the areas in a Montessori classroom, but my favorite area is Math. I love working with or observing the students working at the bank and creating large number problems you typically wouldn’t see in a traditional classroom setting. In my free time I enjoy reading, relaxing with my dog, spending time with my family and friends, and being outdoors! I am looking forward to this new adventure in the 2021-2022 school year!
My name is Sheila Bohnert and I’ve been with CMA since August, 2019. My first year I was a Floater working as needed with the Toddlers, Pre-Primary and supporting the Aftercare Program. Last year I happily transitioned to being a Toddler Assistant in the Moon room working with Ms. Jena and Ms. Angela.
Although my degree is in Computer Science, I’ve wanted to teach and work with Toddler and Pre-primary children at a Daycare or as a teacher since I graduated high school. In a round-about way, I was able to fulfill my desire to teach as a stay-at-home mom with my 4 children and babysitting toddlers.
I loved being a part of the Toddlers growth and learning last year and now this year I have an opportunity to work with Pre-Primary and to help out as needed in other areas. Having been a part of the Toddler team and now working with Pre-Primary is truly a long-awaited dream come true. I am very lucky to be able to see those beautiful faces and watch them learn and grow every day.
My name is Myra Allen. I am a support assistant in Pre Primary classes. My work with children started over 20 years ago as an Instructional Assistant/Bus Monitor with Jefferson County Public Schools in Louisville, KY. I’ve worked in grades Pre-K thru 2nd but mostly with Pre-K.
I’m a firm believer that teaching starts at home, and into the early years of life in order to have an early start to a great future. With that belief I can say that my husband and I with the help of the Lord raised 3 children that we’re very proud of whose earned their Masters and is doing well in life.
I am excited and thankful to be a part of the team at Central Montessori Academy.