Jacqui Miller, Principal
Jacqui has 20 years of Montessori teaching experience at the elementary and adolescent levels. She was a Founding Teacher and a leading developer of the Adolescent Program at Arbor Montessori School in Decatur, GA, where she worked to design and implement a program rooted in its physical place and surrounding neighborhood. Jacqui especially enjoys teaching math and science, and her related interests include beekeeping, watershed studies and soap making. She holds the AMI Elementary Diploma from the Washington (DC) Montessori Institute and has a BA in Design of the Environment with a minor in Communications from the University of Pennsylvania. She has been a leading presenter in the North American Montessori Teachers Association (NAMTA) adolescent training in Cleveland, Ohio for ten years, and has written two articles published in the NAMTA journal.
Barbara Fox, Director of Operations
With a BA in Chemistry from the University of South Florida, service in the US Air Force as an electronics technician and 11 years with IBM in software support and education for main frame operating systems and data bases, Barbara brings a broad background of experiences to her passion for her work in Montessori education. She holds an AMI Primary diploma from the AMI Teacher Training Center in Atlanta and a certificate from the AMI Montessori Orientation to Adolescent Studies. For 9 years as adolescent guide at Arbor Montessori School in Decatur, GA, she led science studies based in an organic garden and studies of the economy through class businesses.
Anorah White, Office Manager
Erica Adams, Community Coordinator
Andrew Delgado, Kitchen Staff
Pam Harris, Kitchen Staff
Maria Boyer, Intervention Specialist
As a recently retired public school teacher, Maria Boyer comes to us with 33 years experience in the education field. She has led a 4th grade classroom for 17 of those years and prior to that was an intervention specialist in various settings. Maria holds a Bachelor’s degree in special education from Miami University and a Master’s degree from Kent State University specializing in deaf education as well as an Ohio teaching certificate. She is very happy to be a part of a Montessori school as it seems to run in the family. Maria lives in Westlake with her husband, Jim, who is a Montessori guide, and her daughter, Madeline, who attends a Montessori school. In her free time, Maria likes to canoe, swim, hike and travel around the country to National parks.
Kelly Papenfus, School Social Worker
Kelly Papenfus joins the Stonebrook Montessori staff as its school social worker to assist students with their social, emotional, and behavioral needs. Kelly graduated from Miami University of Ohio with her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, obtained her Master’s degree in Social Work from Case Western Reserve University, and is now a licensed social worker. She has previous experience working with adults, adolescents, and children in the social service setting as a community therapist. Kelly is deeply committed to providing children unconditional love and support–knowing that they can do great things when given a chance.
TEACHERS AND ASSISTANTS
Jocelyn Haag, Primary Guide
Jocelyn Haag is a first generation American, native to New York City. She attended the Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY, graduating with a B.A. in Music, concentration in classical voice and a minor in Latino studies. Her first experience with Montessori was during her time as an undergraduate. She volunteered at The Elizabeth Ann Clune Montessori School in Ithaca and was convinced she wanted to become a Montessorian. After moving to Ohio, she became one of the assistants for the pilot class at Stonebrook Montessori. She received her AMI diploma from the International Montessori Training Institute in Atlanta, GA. She is eager to continue working with children, families and staff as the Stonebrook community continues to grow.
Debbie Nash, Primary Guide
Native born to Northeast Ohio, Debbie earned her BA in psychology and sociology from Mount Vernon Nazarene College. Debbie holds an Ohio teaching certificate as well. She worked in the mental health field for some time until she discovered the Montessori philosophy through her sister. Debbie then moved to Southern California to be part of the first group to receive a special 2 year 0-6 training through AMI from the Montessori Institute of San Diego and the University of San Diego’s Master’s of Curriculum program in their education department. After both taking her training at MISD and having the unique privilege of working in their toddler community, Debbie finished her Montessori training and took a job in Northern Virginia where she lived and worked for 4 years. Jumping at the chance to be involved in the beginnings of a public charter school in Northeast Ohio was the perfect opportunity to return home. Debbie is excited and focused on the opportunity to provide Montessori education to all.
Kim Dyckes, Primary Guide
Kim Dyckes joins Stonebrook Montessori with fifteen years worth of experience guiding children ages 18 months through six years in Montessori environments. She earned her American Montessori Society teaching credential from Walsh University and, before that, a BA and an MA in English Literature. Kim also holds an Ohio teaching certificate. Kim believes strongly that her role is to assist children in becoming the best adults they are meant to be, and she is thrilled and honored to have the opportunity to implement the Montessori philosophy within the Stonebrook community.
Pamela Owens, Primary Assistant
Jen Cerny, Primary Guide
Jen has always loved working with young children. After college she volunteered for 10 months with an organization serving poor children and families in the Philippines. She was introduced to the Montessori way of life 8 years ago, and instantly fell in love with it! She taught 4 years in Charleston, SC and 3 years in Annapolis, MD before coming back to her hometown to join the team at Stonebrook. Jen holds an Ohio learning certificate as well. She is very excited to be returning home to family, friends, and the city she loves, and to be sharing Montessori with the Cleveland community! When she is not teaching, Ms. Cerny enjoys doing just about anything outside in nature, from kayaking to gardening to walking in the rain with her big rainbow umbrella.
LaTonya McDowell, Primary Assistant
Doug Vanneste, Priamry Guide
Doug comes to Stonebrook with many years of Montessori teaching experience at the primary level, having been a lead teacher for 15 years at Urban Community School on the near west side of Cleveland. He also worked as a primary classroom assistant at Marotta Montessori School in Cleveland before becoming a certified teacher. Doug is state certified in Ohio education. He holds the AMI Primary diploma from the Ohio Montessori Training Institute, a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Michigan, and a Master’s degree in social work from Case Western Reserve University. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking and music. Doug lives in Cleveland with his wife, Ann, and their four children.
Ashley Cowlin-Hayes, Primary Assistant
Karla Stoll, Elementary Guide
Karla Maria Stoll is pleased to be a guide for one of the elementary classrooms here at Stonebrook. She holds AMS diplomas for children’s house ages 3-6, elementary ages 6-9,9-12 and AMI ( NAMTA ) adolescent Studies ages 12-15. She is Bilingual (Spanish-English), has a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood from Mexico university, holds a B.A major in Spanish and minor in psychology from Eastern Michigan University and achieved senior status towards her B.A in Special Education. She is also state certified in Ohio Education. Karla’s first Montessori training was in 1986. She has been working in Montessori community since 1987 and has Montessori teaching experience in Mexico from 1995-1999 and in the USA from 2000-present with experience at all Montessori levels in private schools.
Elizabeth Murray, Elementary Assistant
Stacey Fong, Elementary Guide
Stacey is excited to begin building a community of learning with you and your children this school year at Stonebrook Montessori. She recently relocated back to the Cleveland area after teaching in a Montessori school in Dayton, Ohio for three years. In 2012, Stacey received her Bachelors in Montessori Education (6-9) from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is also state certified in Ohio Education and American Montessori certified for elementary education. Stacey has been a life learner of Montessori Education as she attended a local Montessori school on the East side of Cleveland. When she is not in the classroom she enjoys painting, volunteering, cooking and visiting local shops in the neighborhood.
Annie Boyle, Elementary Assistant
Lisa Simoneau, Elementary Guide
Lisa Simoneau holds an AMI Elementary Diploma from the Hershey Montessori Training Institute, a Bachelor’s degree in Therapeutic Recreation and High Adventure from Ohio University and a Master’s degree in early Childhood Education from St. Joseph’s College. Lisa also holds an Ohio state teaching certificate. She has been involved in Montessori education for fourteen years, since discovering Montessori as an option for her then two-year old son. She is grateful Stonebrook offers her the opportunity to meet children where they are and to see the goodness and strength inside each unique child.
Ben Stein, Elementary Assistant