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.
Charm Warren, Operations Assistant
Anorah White, Office Manager
Erica Adams, Community Coordinator
Erica earned her AMI Primary diploma at the Montessori Training Center of Minnesota in 2015. She holds a Bachelor’s in Criminology from the University of Illinois-Chicago and a Master’s in Education from St. Catherine University. She has an abiding belief in the respect Montessori affords each individual human being and what that can mean for families and for communities. She takes great joy in being a part of the Stonebrook community; when not at Stonebrook, she can be found exploring Cleveland, hiking throughout Ohio, or with her nose in a book.
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
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
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.
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.