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Montessori Academy's vision is that each student
will become an independent, confident, motivated learner, and a responsible community member as a result of the dynamic partnership between
students, parents, and teachers.
This partnership within the exceptional Montessori environment, while developing these characteristics, enables each student to become a life-long learner.

The Montessori Academy is a multi-culturally diverse community.  At the end of the 2011-2012 school year, enrollment was at 239.  Open enrollment policies  make enrollment numbers flucuate throughout the school year.  For year-end demographic information, click here.

We do not, nor have we ever counted students in “minority classes” to differentiate these students from non-minority people; this is part of our culture of acceptance. Walking through the classrooms is the best way to experience our multi-cultural, multi-racial community of students and teachers.  We have students and teachers who are African American, Middle Eastern (Indian & Arabic), Hispanic/Latino, Pacific Islander, African (not American), and Caucasian. Religious backgrounds include Christian, Jew, Hindu, Muslim, and others.

We celebrate our multi-cultural and multi-national community each year in the Annual International Festival when we invite parents and grandparents to participate in a day of sharing their culture.  All students are encouraged to visit booths set up with displays of indigenous art, crafts, skills, traditional apparel, and food. Performances by different ethnic groups feature dance and music.

Staff & Faculty 

   Full-time Teaching Staff (no part-time teachers):

  • Toddler Room – 3 teachers; 1 Montessori certified with B.S., 1 MA in education
  • Primary Rooms – 10 teachers; 5 Montessori certified (3-6); 2 in Montessori Training; 3 experienced & school trained; 5 Master’s Degrees, 1 Bachelor’s Degree, 1 Associate’s Degree
  • Lower Elementary – 5 teachers; 4 Montessori certified (6-9), 1 Montessori certified (6-9) non-MACTE; 1 Bachelor’s Degrees, 4 Master’s Degrees
  • Upper Elementary/Middle School – 3 teachers; 1 Montessori Certified (6-9 & 9-12) with Master’s Degree and in Montessori training for Secondary I & II credential, 1 Montessori Certified (6-9 & 9-12) with Master’s Degree, 1 Ed.D. in Mathematics.
    Special Teachers:
  • Art, Part-time, Master’s in Clinical Art Therapy
  • Music, 3 Part-time, 1 choral & general music, B.S Commercial Music; 1 band, Master’s in Music Education; 1 strings, Master’s in Music performance, Suzuki certified.
  • Physical Education, 1 B.S.
  • Spanish Teacher, 1 B.A.
  • Head of School, Linda Bernstorf, M.Ed., Montessori certified (3-6 & 6-9)
  • Director, Upper Elementary/Middle School, Helena Hess, M.Ed., Montessori certified (6-9 & 9-12), teaches in UE/MS.
  • Director, Toddler/Primary, Korine Walther, B.S., Montessori certified (3-6)
  • Chief Financial Officer, James Bernstorf, Ed.D.
  • Director, Marketing & H.R, Re-Accreditation Project Manager, Brenda Bernstorf, M.B.A.
  • Administrative Assistants: Anna Vaughan, B.S.; Cathi Boswell, B.S.
   Facilities & Maintenance:
  • 2 facilities & maintenance




Our whole family feels at home on campus.