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.
Shawnta’ Duckworth, Enrollment and Marketing Coordinator
Shawnta’ joins Stonebrook Montessori with ten years of admissions experience. Prior to Stonebrook she worked as Director of Admissions at Vatterott College and owned & operated a small tutoring company working with children with autism. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and is responsible for performing all functions surrounding recruitment, re-enrollment, registration and marketing. Shawnta’ grew up in the Glenville area and has a passion for education surrounding this community. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her infant son “JJ” and looks forward to him attending Stonebrook Montessori one day.
Charm Warren, Operations Assistant
Anorah White, Office Manager
Pam Harris, Kitchen Staff
Harold Cooley, Kitchen Staff
TEACHERS AND ASSISTANTS
Pat Levy, Elementary Assistant
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, Reading Support Specialist
Tina Booth, Child Study Facilitator/Elementary Teacher Support
Tina has worked as a humanities and ethics teacher and associate pedagogical director at the Montessori High School at University Circle (Cleveland, OH). In the past 18 years, she has worked in both public and private adolescent Montessori programs in California, Massachusetts, and Ohio. She holds the AMI elementary diploma from Bergamo, Italy, a BA in archaeological studies with minors in Geology and Art History from Boston University, and an MA in anthropology from Northern Arizona University. She has acted as Director of Training, advisor and lecturer for the Orientation to Montessori Adolescent Studies in Huntsburg, OH and Redlands, California. Tina is excited to join the team of committed adults at Stonebrook and looks forward to helping to build a supportive, responsive learning community. Since moving to Cleveland, Tina has enjoyed exploring local parks, bookstores, and bakeries with her family.
Mya Coleman, Elementary Assistant
Jasmine Justice, Upper Elementary Assistant
Lisa Simoneau, Inclusion Facilitator
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.