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.
Toddler Teachers & Staff
Director of Toddler Program Moon Room
Hello. My name is Jena Wyborski and I am the Lead Toddler Teacher at Central Montessori Academy. Recently, I have completed my Infant and Toddler Montessori certification training at Crescent Ridge Academy. Throughout my life, I have dedicated a lot of my time to taking care of children and I must say, I honestly enjoy every minute of it. I am thrilled to be going into my fourth year in the Toddler classroom. I am passionate about helping children build independence, creating that love for learning, and embracing every child in their own unique way by following the child. I joined the CMA staff in 2018 as an administrative assistant, spent two years as a Toddler Assistant Teacher, and am now in my 2nd year as a headteacher. But I have an even longer history with CMA! I was one of the first students to go through the entire program here, starting as a 3-year-old and graduating from the 6th grade in 2002. After CMA, I went to Clark Montessori High School and then finished at the University of Cincinnati in 2013 with a BS degree in Community & Public Health Education and Promotion.
Growing up in Montessori schools has been one of the best experiences I could have ever had because it has helped me become a more well-rounded person in society. The community-building and life skills that I learned throughout my educational years set me up for success and for understanding the world around me. I am Head of School René Steinkamp’s youngest daughter. I have a husband Drew, and two dogs Rockne and Ziva. I love being active, outdoor activities such as gardening, being creative, and listening to live music. I’m passionate about giving back to the community and living life to the fullest
I am looking forward to the school year and reconnecting with previous families as well as new families at CMA.
Cindi Yonts was born in Columbus, OH, and raised in Bellbrook, OH. She is a graduate of Morehead St. Univ. She left OH after High School, and is just now returning after 30+ years. Her husband, Jim, spent 27 years on active duty in the US Army, and is now a DOD civilian, and will retire soon. They have lived in several states in the USA, 2 years in Saudi Arabia, and 4 years in Germany.
She’s been at student at Shippensburg Univ (PA) and Old Dominion Univ at Quantico Marine Corps Base (VA). She received her Montessori teaching certificate from NAMC, Vancouver, Canada. Cindi has been in the Montessori world for over 10 years. She was a Montessori teacher in Enterprise, AL, And a teacher’s aide/substitute teacher in Maryland. Prior to her Montessori experiences, she was in the public school setting in FL, AL, LA, VA and with DODD’s schools in Germany.
She has 2 children, Amy and Nicholas….Amy lives in MD; Nick lives in OR She has a favorite puppy, Ollie, who is very spoiled.
She loves being in the Montessori classroom!!
Moon Room Assistant
My name is Kim Wesley, and I am beginning my third school year at CMA. I have worked with children ranging from infants to school age for more than 20 years. Teaching children has always been something that I genuinely love to do, and toddlers have always been my favorite age to work with. Seeing them discover something new, or mastering something that they have worked so hard to achieve is one of the most rewarding feelings.
When I started back in 2021, I was new to Montessori education. I had never worked in a Montessori classroom, but I found that many of the processes in the classroom were in line with how I worked with children in my past experiences. I felt like I finally found the place I was meant to be.
In the past two years, I have worked to educate myself more on the Montessori principles focusing primarily on toddlers. I have completed a three-month Infant and Toddler assistant training. I am using available resources provided to me to educate myself further on Montessori principles and plan to attend additional classes in the future.
In my free time, I love to cook and work in my garden. I try to grow my own vegetables and love to try to find new ways to cook them. I also try to create some of my own recipes. I also enjoy spending time with my family. I am married to my wonderful husband Donny and have two amazing daughters, Catie and Cassie. I also have four nieces and four nephews. Family is one of the most important things to me.
I am looking forward to the upcoming school year and getting to know all the children and parents that will be attending.
Moon Room Assistant
Hi, everyone! My name is Rachel Weber and I am an Assistant Toddler Teacher in the Moon Room. I graduated from Mother of Mercy High School in 2014 and went on to earn my Bachelors in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Ohio University. From 2018 to 2021, I worked as the Assistant Teacher in the Star Room. I left CMA to live in New York City, but I just couldn’t stay away and I’m thrilled to be back where I belong. Though my experience is primarily with the Pre-Primary students, I’ve spent my time at CMA subbing and working Summer Camp with the toddlers and I thoroughly enjoy every moment I spend with them. In my free time, I enjoy journaling, going for walks, listening to podcasts, seeing Broadway shows, and bonding with my cats, Simba and Spike.