Erica Nichols, Executive Director and 6-9 Teacher
Bachelor of Science in Education from Taylor University grades 1-8
International Montessori Certification for ages 6-9 from North American Montessori Center
6 years of teaching experience.
3 years of Homeschooling
Why I love what I do
I have enjoyed 11 wonderful years as a mom and educator. As I have watched my children and students grow and learn, I have come to believe that the best thing I can do for them is to follow their passions and desires and let them flourish. From this belief I pursued Montessori education. I have also become quite passionate about creating community within the lives of people around me. We live in a very transient society, who longs for a place, or people rather, to call home. With my unique desire and passion to follow the child through their learning, combined with my experience as a homeschool mom and my training as a Montessori educator, working with Family Montessori is truly my dream job. I am honored to have the opportunity to work alongside the children and families who join the community of Family Montessori.
Tina Evans, Director of Preprimary & Kindergarten and 3-6 Teacher
Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Indiana University
Masters of Arts in Arts Administration from University of Cincinnati
Masters of Business Arts from University of Cincinnati
American Montessori Society Certification for ages 3-6 from Greater Cincinnati
Center for Montessori Education
Prior to Teaching career worked at Deloitte & Touche (marketing) and Benchmark Group (advertising).
6 years of Montessori 3-6 Classroom teaching experience
Why I love what I do
I have a true passion for the Montessori philosophy and watching children grow in the nurturing and loving environment of a well-prepared Montessori classroom. I remember my own years in a Montessori preschool and reflect on how capable I felt and how much I enjoyed doing my “work”. I relish those memories and wish for all young children to experience the feeling of being independent, capable, respected, and cherished. The Montessori philosophy encompasses the whole child and nurtures each individual exactly where they are and who they are. The classroom provides many opportunities for self-guided learning and interaction with a teacher and friends. As a Montessori parent, I watched my three children develop a true love for learning . As a parent I felt I could not do much better than offer my children a wonderful foundation for their lives as they created and discovered who they were, what their world was about, and how to follow their internal desire to learn. I feel so lucky to be a teacher at this point in my life to help other children through these wondrous years. I feel so blessed to be a part of the Family Montessori Community!
Jennifer Shultz, 6-9 Teacher
Early Childhood Development Associate Degree
Bachelors of Communications Degree, University of Cincinnati
Bachelors of Montessori Education, Xavier University
Ohio Teaching Licence, K-3
Ohio Reading Endorsement, K-3
4 years, Director of Jelly Bean Junction Learning Center
7 years, 6-9 Teacher at The New School Montessori
1 year, 6-9 Teacher at Family Montessori of Lebanon
Currently a Member Coach at the Countryside YMCA
Why I Love What I Do
It’s hard to cliff note why I love teaching Montessori, and even more specifically, 6-9 age students. I was introduced to Montessori as an easy way to set myself apart in the over populated world of teaching. When I was looking to start a career as a teacher, there were many more teachers then teaching positions, you wanted to do anything to make yourself stand out. Xavier offered me the opportunity to get my Ohio teaching license, as well as my Montessori certification under the same degree, it seemed like a win, win. Little did I know what I was being shown was a blessing, a gentle push in the direction that God had already planned for my life. I went from being a director, to being called to the classroom, to being called even more specifically to Montessori. During my training my eyes were opened to a philosophy of teaching I couldn’t believe I hadn’t had the pleasure of being part of during my school years, the lessons and works made so much sense, and taught lessons backed by reasons, not just memorization, lessons that touched on multiple senses, lessons that would resonate with all types of learning. I remember the day my professor told us we are here to guide the child through their learning, at their pace, we don’t all learn to read on the same day, it’s crazy to expect that, and why does it matter if a student does 10 multiplication problems, in the same amount of time that another does 40, if they are all right don’t they both understand the concept, does the amount of problems effect what we were looking to accomplish, are we grading on quantity or quality…and that sealed the deal for me, I HAD to offer this beautiful philosophy to my students, I wanted to show them how bright and successful they are, without the benchmarks of testing. I wanted to be a resource for them, a tool in THIER classroom.
I also love that students in a Montessori classroom learn and appreciate how big our world is, that it is larger then Lebanon, Ohio, and has so much to teach us, that we need to get up and outside of the classroom to truly learn. I love taking the students on field trips, showing them that the classroom goes far beyond our building. Seeing the world through their eyes is an amazing gift, and I feel blessed to be a part of it.
Joyce Dey, 3-6 Teacher
Jennifer Cottle, 3-6 Teacher
Bachelor of Science in Education from Miami University
7 years of teaching experience
3 years babysitting preschoolers
4 years lab operator at P&G
1 year at Family Montessori of Lebanon
Why I Love What I Do
I have always been a teacher at heart. It is who I am. Nothing is more rewarding to me than being an integral part of a child developing socially, emotionally, independently, and academically. I feel so fortunate to have been given the opportunity to work in the Montessori environment with this age group. As a parent of 3 grown children, I enjoy working with these young minds again. Because of the nurturing and individualized environment, it is so exciting to see such growth!