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.
Amber Oxley, Director of Operations
Amber joins Stonebrook Montessori after having spent the last four years in charter school management. She is a passionate advocate for increasing access to high-quality schools in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio. Over the last several years she has been active in the charter school/traditional public school cooperative conversation through the Cleveland Compact. She is honored to be a part of the mission and vision of Stonebrook Montessori and a part of the lives of Glenville’s families. Amber holds a master’s from Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management in Organizational Development and Change Management. While not from Cleveland, She lives in Lakewood with her husband Bill and their very needy golden retriever, Abigail.
Martha Loughridge, Director of Development and Special Events
Martha is responsible for grants management, donor relations, annual giving, and special events. She is the daily in-school representative for development needs and help establish a sustainable fundraising model for the school. In her most recent role as Development Director at SPACES, a 40 year-old experimental arts organization, Martha was responsible for donor relations, grant management, special events, board relations, community outreach, and budgetary oversight. A graduate of Case Western Reserve University, with a Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Organization Management, and a graduate of Brown University, with a B.A. in International Development, Martha is also a trained yoga teacher and a graduate of the Neighborhood Leadership Development Program. She is a founder of the Ohio City Babysitting Co-op, and currently serves as the President of the Board for the newly formed Friends of Camp Roosevelt Firebird. She enjoys the outdoors, playing music, knitting, cooking and stilt walking! Martha lives in Ohio City with her husband Piet, and children Nora and Nico.
Yulanda Wiley, Wraparound Coordinator
Yulanda has over 17 years’ experience working with the social work field as a case worker, social worker, therapist, and trainer. She provides out-of-the box thinking, planning, and implementing ways to support the social-emotional needs of children, families and staff. She is available to accompany parents in parent-teacher meetings, visiting children and families in their homes, and connecting families to needed resources. She is a committed partner to families and helps connect them to community based providers in response to the child and family’s needs. Yulanda grew up in Glenville and has raised her own beautiful family here too.
Mya Coleman, Elementary Assistant
Jasmine Justice, Upper Elementary Assistant
Elizabeth Murray, Elementary Assistant
Charm Warren, Operations Assistant
Anorah White, Office Manager
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.
TEACHERS AND ASSISTANTS
Pat Levy, Elementary Assistant
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.
Regina McIntosh, Primary Assistant,
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
Elizabeth Murray, Elementary Assistant
Kari Wats, 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.