Upper Elementary / Middle School Program

Martine Panagiotis

Toddler 1 Teacher


Martine was born in Bethel Connecticut, but moved to Nashville at the age of 5 and has called it home ever since. Ms. Panagiotis started very young working with children and knew immediately that she belonged doing it. She joined Montessori Academy over four years ago working in Toddler After Care, having since been given the wonderful opportunity to continue to grow in her knowledge of Montessori by branching out and experiencing not only the Toddler level, but Infant as well. She is entering into her third year as a Toddler teacher with many more to follow! In her free time she enjoys spending as much time possible with family and friends, along with outdoor activities such as hiking, horseback riding, and walking with her dog. After children, her second love is for animals, big and small! She is excited for her future and continued growth with Montessori education.

Julia Denison

Upper Elementary Teacher & Spanish


Julia is a Nashville native and graduate of Indiana University, where she studied Spanish and Fine Arts. She first became interested in working with children while teaching in Trujillo, Peru. There she discovered that her creativity was a perfect complement to teaching language. Her love for the Spanish language also grew immensely during her time in South America, when she became close with her Peruvian host family and discovered a passion for using foreign language to open doors to a child’s understanding of the world. She has continued developing her language-teaching skills by tutoring EL students from a variety of countries, working primarily with Spanish-speakers in Nashville. Ms. Denison is delighted to be  at MA and greatly enjoys working with students of many different ages. She is currently in a Montessori age 6-12 training program.dence".​​​

Primary Program

Gar Vallone

Athletic Director


Gar started teaching at Montessori Academy in 2012. He holds a BA in History from UCLA where he was  Captain of the UCLA baseball team. Following college Mr. Vallone played professional baseball for the Anaheim Angels. Along with teaching Mr. Vallone is a varsity baseball coach at Ensworth High School and an instructor at Vanderbilt Univerity's youth baseball camps. Prior to entering the teaching profession Mr. Vallone spent twelve years in Marketing at several technology companies in California.

Coach Vallone lives in Nashville with his wife Marcy and two sons Tristan and Tate. Both boys attend Montessori Academy. When he’s not busy doing what he loves most, coaching his son’s sports teams, Coach Vallone is an avid fly fisherman. ​

Ben Wright

Middle School Teacher


Ben started teaching at Montessori Academy in the Fall of 2015. He began his Montessori journey at age three and graduated from Montessori Academy’s high school program in 2006. After graduation, he then attended MTSU graduating with a B.A. in Business Administration in 2011. He is currently completing his Montessori Secondary Credential at CMSTEP in Cincinnati, Ohio. Mr. Wright realized at a young age he enjoyed working with children and began coaching AAU Basketball in 2008. He lives in Nashville with his son Jayden. When he is not coaching one of his son’s sports, he enjoys playing sports of his own or listening to a variety of music. 

Maral Missirian-Dill

Room 1 Primary Teacher


Maral graduated with a B.A. in International Studies from The American University in Washington, D.C. She also has a post-graduate teaching certification from the Memphis Montessori Institute in Early Childhood Development with an emphasis on early reading and language skills.  Maral taught at Montessori Academy from 1995-2001 and re-joined MA in 2016.

She has a genuine passion for teaching young children and through the years has enjoyed being a volunteer as a mentor at Cockrill Elementary School, as well as Harvest Hands – a Christian non-profit organization in South Nashville.  She also taught as a full-time interim teacher at The Oak Hill School.  In addition, she has recently enjoyed private tutoring.

Chelsie Adams

Toddler 3 Teacher


Chelsie was born and raised in Franklin, Tennessee. She began as a Primary After Care teacher in 2013 while she was pursuing her Bachelor's degree in psychology. Until her graduation from Trevecca Nazarene University this past May, she has continued to work in the After Care program in addition to the summer camp program. She fell in love with the Montessori philosophy, and jumped at the opportunity to co-teach in the toddler department. She has worked with children since the age of fifteen, and is passionate about fostering educational growth in every developmental stage a child experiences. She is thrilled to expand her experience and knowledge of Montessori philosophy. ​

Herman E. Jackson, Ed.D.

Upper Elementary & Middle School Teacher


Herman holds Bachelor’s, Master's, and a doctoral degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in areas of chemistry, biology, and mathematics and mathematics education. He has been teaching at Montessori Academy since 2002 in the area of mathematics and science.  Prior to working at Montessori Academy he worked as an Associated Research Development Engineer at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Manager at AT&T , and Instructor of Mathematics at Knoxville College and the University of Tennessee. He has been an Assistant Professor of Mathematics & Adjunct Professor of Mathematics at Walters State Community College, Trevecca Nazarene University, and Nashville State Community College.  His extensive background in math and science includes, consulting work, guest lecturer, VIP Host, serving on a Board of Directors and many other accomplishments and presentations. Dr. Jackson currently teaches science and math in the Upper Elementary/Middle School. Students become very inspired to progress under his leadership and facilitation.

Brittany Cooper

Toddler 5 Teacher


Brittany is an Ohio native who followed her heart to beautiful Tennessee ten years ago.  She attended Motlow State with a background in hospitality and business.  She spent years as a corporate trainer traveling across the United States.  She is a proud mother of a precious little boy which is where the Montessori journey began for her.  Realizing her passion was working with children, she excitedly joined the MA team and is looking forward to becoming a certified Montessorian.  She is very excited to pour love, respect, strength and positivity into our Toddler community.  In her free time she sings and plays the acoustic guitar, enjoys outdoor adventures, and volunteers for local homeless shelters and the foster care program.  

Lower Elementary Program

Lisa Jarsen , M.A.

Upper Elementary Teacher


Lisa began teaching in 1992 while attending Michigan State University. She holds a B.A. in communication and an M.A. in Education from Concordia University. She has written and published elementary curriculum, been an early childhood director, an adjunct instructor at Nashville State Community College, a reading tutor, and early childhood teacher, and an elementary substitute for Williamson County. Montessori methodology and philosophy allows her to teach the individual child through exploration and using varied techniques. She recently was awarded Montessori certification. Married, with one child, Ms. Jarsen enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, writing, baking, and learning something new every day.

Lane Dickens

Room 12 LE Teacher


Lane is a native Nashvillian and a second-generation teacher. She obtained a B.A. in Education, Grades 1-8, and Elementary ELL Endorsement from Middle Tennessee State University and holds a Montessori Elementary I Certificate from the CMTE/North Carolina American Montessori Teacher Education Program. She began teaching at Montessori Academy in 1996 while her two daughters, Caroline and Suzannah, were enrolled there. She transitioned to Metro Nashville Public Schools in 2007, teaching a self-contained English Language Learners Class, a Newcomer English Language Learner class, and eventually second grade before her retirement in 2017. After completing her tenure in Metro, Lane jumped at the chance to return to Montessori, believing firmly in the Montessori philosophy and whole-child education and development. In her spare time, she loves to spend time with her husband, Keith, daughters and their husbands, and her adopted Chihuahua, Stella. She also loves front porch swings and a good mystery book and is looking forward to the day when her first grandchild will join the Montessori Academy family.

Bethany Mason

Room 2 Primary Teacher


After graduating in 2002 from Berry College with a Bachelor's in Music Education, Bethany moved to Nashville where she taught as a music educator in Metro Schools. She did this for several years before starting a family.

Today she has a 9 year-old daughter, Madeline, and a 6 year-old son, Grady. She enjoyed homeschooling her daughter for over three years. During that time her daughter attended a Montessori homeschool class which was a wonderful introduction to the Montessori Method. As a mother and educator she began to fall in love with this way of learning.

At the beginning of 2017, she decided it was time to get back into the classroom and began working with Montessori Academy as a part-time assistant in Room 12 and full-time substitute. She benefitted from having hands-on experience in the classrooms at MA and guidance from the exceptional staff. While working closely with the different age groups, and spending many hours observing, assisting and substituting, she decided to pursue a Montessori certification.  She attended the Montessori Training Center of Brentwood here at Montessori Academy in the summer of 2017.

Bethany lives in Nashville with her husband Chris, their two children and their dog Hank. She enjoys baking, cooking, singing, and spending time with her family. She and her family are all excited to be part of the community here at Montessori Academy.

Jennifer Jarnagin

Room 11 LE Teacher


Jennifer has lived in Tennessee since she was 8 years old. Having grown up in the area and graduating from Brentwood Academy, she returned to her home state of Mississippi and attended the University of Mississippi where she earned her B.A. in English with minors in Business  & Theatre. Jennifer began her teaching career here at Montessori Academy in 2002 in the Lower Elementary. She taught here from 2002-2006. She took time away from teaching for the birth of her two sons, Elijah and Xavier, and when deciding where to put them in school, knew she wanted a real Montessori education and experience for them. She returned to MA to begin a new LE classroom. She holds a 6-9 certification from The North American Montessori Center and is currently she is working on Montessori Elementary certification for 6-12 through the Center for Guided Montessori Studies. Jennifer and her husband, Chad, and their sons reside in Franklin, TN.

 

 

Morgan Fincher, MA

Toddler 5 Teacher


Morgan began working at MA as a Toddler Teacher in 2014 but took a year off to stay home with her first son, Auden. She received a Bachelor of Music from Belmont University in Music and Music Education in 2013 and a Master of the Arts from Columbia University in Music Education in 2014. She also has a state teaching license in K-12 music. Her love for Montessori philosophy stems from being a Montessori student herself and has only grown as she has begun her teaching career. Her love of learning has inspired her to pursue her Infant/Toddler certification.  Morgan enjoys crafting, decorating and spending time with her family at their farm in Springhill.

Laura Byars

Room 10 LE Teacher


Laura decided that she wanted to be a teacher as soon as she entered kindergarten!  She grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and earned a B.A. in both Elementary and Special Education from Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas.  In 1999, Ms. Byars began teaching in special education for Metro Nashville Schools.  A few years later, Ms. Byars discovered Montessori, and in 2004, she earned her AMS Elementary 6-9 certification while teaching at Stanford Montessori.  She loved the Montessori approach and found that it solved many of the frustrations she felt in traditional education.  In 2011, Ms. Byars joined the Montessori Academy family.  Her daughter, Katie, has felt "at home" at MA ever since she started in Primary. Ms. Byars loves to learn and feels that, as a Montessori teacher, she has been given a great opportunity to inspire a love of learning in her students.  Outside of school, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends (usually laughing,) playing games with her daughter, traveling, reading, and any chance to be creative.  

Mark Woodward

Music Director

Mark holds a Bachelor of Music from Belmont University where he studied piano and voice with a music technology emphasis. After graduating, he toured nationally and internationally with a Christian band, participated in mission work, produced and recorded a variety of artists, and taught piano lessons on the side. Mr. Woodward began teaching Music and Drama at MA in 2010. He offers private lessons and leads the Running Club, Guitar Workshop, Montessori Singers, and Songwriting and Recording Club. In 2014, he composed and produced his first original musical, entitled The Animals’ Christmas.

Mr. Woodward lives in Brentwood with his wife, Faith, and their four children. He enjoys sports, biographies, musicals, gardening, chicken farming, foreign food, and spending time with his family. 

 

Kelly Haynes

Room 2 Primary Teacher


Kelly is a Middle Tennessee native and graduate from Middle Tennessee State University, majoring in Child Development and course work in early childhood education. She holds a certification by the board of education in Early Childhood Education and has a background in graphic design. In 2013, Kelly was introduced to Montessori education and it has been her passion ever since. She teaches Primary and is completing her AMS Montessori 3-6 certification. She lives in Lebanon, Tennessee with her husband and her two huskies. When she is not teaching, she is helping her husband with his company, swimming or being with friends and family. 

Elisabeth Gay

Upper Elementary Teacher


Elisabeth first joined the teaching staff at Montessori Academy in 2000 as an Upper Elementary Teacher. She holds a B.A. from Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC with a double major in German and French. She is Montessori AMS certified in both 6-9 and 9-12 with 14 years of teaching experience in Lower Elementary and Upper Elementary combined. She has taught in both private and public schools in South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee. She is married to Trey and has 3 children: Judson, Ella Diane and Landon, who are enrolled at Montessori Academy. Mrs. Gay has studied overseas in Switzerland, Austria and Germany. She has also spent time in Ukraine and Honduras with missions. She enjoys gardening, reading, creative writing, cooking, music, drama, and quilting.

Sydney Hutson

Infant Teacher


Sydney studied at Belmont University as a Religion major with a focus in youth ministry. After being ordained, she spent many years facilitating youth led spiritual formation and supporting high risk students and their families. Always feeling vocationally called to work with children; she transitioned into working with infants as a preschool teacher and then eventually working in Special Education at an elementary public school. Her collective experience working with infants and children on the autism spectrum drew her towards the ethos of Maria Montessori and it was observing her three year old daughter blossom in her primary class at Montessori Academy that further motivated her to work at MA. She plans on obtaining her AMS certification in the summer of 2018 and furthering her knowledge and education in this beautiful method. When she isn't in the classroom she enjoys spending time with her family and her English bulldogs Penny Lane and Eleanor Rigby, thrifting, social justice work and volunteering in an inter-faith spiritual community as a youth leader. ​

Kay Mattingly, MA

Art Director


Kay has been teaching art in some form for the last 32 years. At the University of Kentucky, she received a Bachelor's of Art. in K-12 Art Education. She moved to Los Angeles, California and continued her education at Loyola Marymount University receiving her Master's of Art degree in Clinical Art Therapy, Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling. For the next five years she counseled severely emotionally disturbed children and their families. It was during this time that she developed the fundamental belief that the art process lends itself naturally to therapeutic catharsis and cognitive development.​

In 1994, Kay moved to Nashville and enrolled her children at Montessori Academy. She was asked to join the staff as a science teacher in Primary Room 3. She received Montessori training and taught science part-time for three years. When the position of art teacher opened, Kay moved into what she considered the "perfect" position. She has been teaching art at MA since 2004. In addition to two fabulous art shows each year that highlights work of MA students, Kay builds and designs sets for drama and musical productions at MA.

Angela Skelton, M.Ed.

Room 11 LE Teacher


Angela found Montessori Academy while in the graduate education program at Belmont University, where she focused on Children's Literature and Gifted Ed. She has taught at MA off and on since 1996 and received Lower Elementary certification from North Carolina Center for Montessori Teacher Education. She likes the creativity of the Montessori environment, the respect for children, and the grace that allows students to reach their potential in their own, unique ways.

At home she enjoys puzzling, knitting, reading, writing, and spending time with her husband and her Miniature Schnauzer, Fritz. She loves having deep conversations and giggling with her two teenagers, one studying music and computer science at Davidson College and the other studying Literary Arts at Nashville School of the Arts. 

Jessica White

Toddler 3 Teacher


Jessica has been working at Montessori Academy since 2012. She has worked is several different positions. She started as an After Care Teacher and then moved to substitute teaching. Over her time at MA she has fallen in love with the Montessori Philosophy along with the staff. She is currently getting her certification for Infant and Toddler from the Montessori Training Center of the Rockies. Jessica graduated from Belmont University with a Bachelor in Exercise Science and a minor in Psychology. She has a love for Occupational Therapy as well and would love to combine these two passions. 

Julia Denison

Upper Elementary Teacher & Spanish


Julia is a Nashville native and graduate of Indiana University, where she studied Spanish and Fine Arts. She first became interested in working with children while teaching in Trujillo, Peru. There she discovered that her creativity was a perfect complement to teaching language. Her love for the Spanish language also grew immensely during her time in South America, when she became close with her Peruvian host family and discovered a passion for using foreign language to open doors to a child’s understanding of the world. She has continued developing her language-teaching skills by tutoring EL students from a variety of countries, working primarily with Spanish-speakers in Nashville. Ms. Denison is delighted to be  at MA and greatly enjoys working with students of many different ages. She is currently in a Montessori age 6-12 training program.dence".​​​

Larisa Bradford

Toddler 2 Teacher


Larisa’s Montessori journey began right here on the MA campus 28 years ago as a student. She had an amazing experience that left a lasting impression. When it was time to consider a school for her own toddler, there was no other option. Larisa wanted her daughter where she developed a love for lifelong learning. Watching her daughter, Kate, grow and thrive as an independent and self-confident young student, ignited a new passion in her for Montessori philosophy.

 Larisa started her professional career as a social worker in the health care industry after earning her degree from Middle Tennessee State University. But after 14 years she felt a tug on her heart to shift focus. She started working as a substitute in the fall of 2016 and felt that she had found her place with the Toddler age group. When an opportunity was presented to work in the classroom it felt like a natural transition.

Larisa loves watching toddlers discover the world around them and the joy the new discoveries bring. She feels truly lucky to be able to experience that joy and excitement every day with her students! 

Janene Becker

Toddler 1 Teacher


Janene is a native Texan from the Dallas area. Coming from a musical family, she decided to study music at Texas Wesleyan. However, she ended up in Child Development  where her first love of children has been her continued education.

After her sons were grown she came to MA in 2012 as a Toddler teacher and completed her AMS certification in 2014. One of her favorite quotes from Maria Montessori is, "Little children, from the moment they are weaned, are making their way toward independence".​​​

Deborah McKethan

Toddler 2 Teacher


Deborah grew up in Monterey, TN until her family moved to Staten Island, NY her Sophomore year of high school.  After high school she attended the University of Houston where she earned her BS in Hotel and Restaurant Management in May of 2007.  After working in hotels for a few years she realized that she was not making herself happy by doing that and a classmate from UH introduced her to the world of Montessori.  She began as a substitute in 2009 at Montessori Country Day School in Houston, TX and shortly after that went to Houston Montessori Center where she earned her AMS Montessori 3-6 credential.  In December of 2016, she moved to Nashville with her husband and now 4 year old son and in January of 2017 she began subbing at Montessori Academy.  This summer she attended training at Montessori Training Center of Brentwood to become a credentialed AMS Infant/Toddler guide.  In her "free-time" she enjoys spending time with her family outdoors, crafting, and reading books that do not have pictures.  She looks forward to working here at Montessori Academy and getting to know the children and their families.

 

Allison Smith, MAT

Room 4 Primary Teacher


Allison was born and raised in the Midwest and moved to Nashville after college. She earned her Bachelor's degree from Western Michigan University and completed her 3-6 Montessori training at Belmont University. She holds a PreK-3rd grade teaching license and earned her Master’s from Belmont in 2012. Allison has worked at a few Montessori schools in Nashville and is thrilled to return to MA. She enjoys watching children discover the world around them and is passionate about creating an environment that encourages them to learn. Allison has a two year old son who attends MA and she enjoys reading, watching sports and spending time with family.  

Enrichment Staff

Liz Bradley

Room 1 Primary Teacher


Liz began her Montessori education journey at Montessori Academy in March of 2016.  She recently completed her Montessori Training in Early Childhood (Primary level) at MA's Montessori Training Center of Brentwood. After earning her Bachelor's degree in Family and Consumer Sciences with a concentration in Dietetics from Eastern Illinois University, Liz moved to Nashville in May of 2015 with a strong desire to learn more about the Montessori philosophy and system of education. She has witnessed the undoubtedly positive impact a Montessori education can have on a child's life through her two young cousins that have grown up in a Montessori environment. Along with her passion for working with children, Liz also enjoys traveling, hiking, healthy eating, 

Infant / Toddler Program

Jana Albritton, M.A.

Room 12 LE Teacher


Jana is a Florida native and earned her B.A. from Palm Beach Atlantic University in Communication and Business. She moved to Nashville with her husband 20 years ago and worked in the music industry for a short time while pursuing her M.A. in early childhood education from Belmont University. Her first teaching job was with Hull- Jackson Montessori, Nashville's first public Montessori school. They provided her Elementary 1 training from the North Carolina Center for Montessori Teacher Education. She stayed with Hull-Jackson for 5 years until starting a family. She also worked for 5 years with Belmont University's Montessori teacher education program as the lab coordinator, album reader, and accreditation coordinator. She and her husband have 3 children and enjoy family time, running and traveling.

Beth Woodard, MA, MAT

Room 10 LE Teacher


Beth received a Bachelor in Early Childhood Development and a Masters in Early Childhood Education from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. She has a state teaching license for Pre-K through 3rd grade.  While she was attending UT, she began working at Knoxville Montessori School as an after care teacher where she fell in love with Montessori method and philosophy. 


After completing her graduate work at UT, she began working on her Montessori certification at Belmont University in Nashville, where she earned a Masters in Teaching/Montessori Certification for Primary (AMS).  After 8 years teaching in a Primary classroom, Beth is excited to be moving to Lower Elementary and beginning her 6-9 training for that level.  

Jon Rosenthal, MM

Band Director


John was born and raised in the Chicago area, began his musical training in 1976 with piano lessons, and has gone on to become an accomplished pianist, vocalist, songwriter, drummer/percussionist, composer/arranger, conductor, and educator. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Music Education degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and his Master of Music in Band Conducting from the University of Kansas. Jon has always enjoyed working with kids and has been a professional educator for more than 20 years. Although classically trained, he is a "rock 'n' roll guy" at heart and released his first CD in 2013 and is working on his next one. Jon performs regularly as a keyboardist/vocalist as a solo artist, with his own original band, and also with a locally-renowned 80s & 90s cover band. He also has his own private lesson studio.

Jon lives in Antioch with his wife and two daughters. When not teaching, performing or writing, Jon enjoys date nights with his wife, taking his family on out-of-town trips, watching movies, and, of course, rooting for the Chicago Cubs.​

Hannah Mooring

Infant Teacher


Hannah, originally from North Carolina, has called Middle Tennessee home for twelve years now. Hannah is beginning her first school year at Montessori Academy. She has a background of special education, and early childhood education. Currently, Hannah is working towards her AMS infant and toddler credentials. When Hannah is not at work she enjoys being outside, volunteering, traveling, and spending time with her close friends and family. ​

Kelly Ott

Room 3 Primary Teacher


Kelly began working at Montessori Academy during the fall of 2014 in the After Care Program and as a substitute teacher. She is currently pursuing her Montessori Early Childhood Credential at the Montessori Training Center of Brentwood. Kelly has worked as an assistant at a another local Montessori school and has a decade of experience working with children. She holds a degree in Education from Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin. In her spare time, Kelly enjoys traveling, scuba diving and taking care of her garden.

Demetria Leach

Room 3 Primary Teacher


Demetria was born into a family of educators who instilled in her a love for learning.  She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Education from MTSU.  She is currently working on a Montessori Early Childhood credential at the Montessori Training Center of Brentwood.  She has taught Physical Education in the MNPS system, and has over 5 years of professional experience working with children.  In her spare time, she enjoys riding four wheelers and spending time with her daughter, family, and friends.

Romella (Mia) Bermillo Lee

Room 9 Primary Teacher​


Romella is a native of the Philippines.  She holds a Bachelor’s degree In Secondary Education, major in Math from the University of the Philippines. During her stay in Japan, she learned of Montessori education working at East-West Montessori, a school that served as an English language immersion program for young Japanese children and as an alternative to the public school system for American military children. She holds an Early Childhood Montessori Certification through Montessori Educators International in Louisville, TN.

Mia has worked at Montessori Academy since 2001. She believes that Montessori Academy offers an environment that provides young children an excellent foundation for learning success and feels very fortunate that her children have had such a valuable foundation.​

Faculty & Staff


Montessori Academy’s faculty and administration are committed to uncompromising standards of academic excellence, and to preparing students to be future leaders. 

Erin Truman

Room 9 Primary Teacher


Erin has been with Montessori Academy since May 2015. She began in the Infant Room, and has since transitioned to the Primary level. She is currently working on her Early Childhood certification through the Montessori Training Center of Brentwood. She became interested in education through her studies in psychology at DePaul University, and her experiences as a Teach for America corps member. In her free time, Erin enjoys reading, running, traveling, and drawing.

Mellynne Dickason, MA

Room 4 Primary Teacher


Mellynne hails from Mississippi where she received her B.A. in English with a minor in French and an M.A.  in English with a TESOL Emphasis.  After receiving her Master’s degree, she and her husband relocated to Chicago where she taught a variety of English/writing courses at several Chicago area colleges. She worked for 7 years at Triton College as a full-time English Instructor until she and her husband, Joe, decided to relocate closer to family in Nashville. She found Montessori Academy when looking for a school for her daughter, Waverly. The nurturing environment suited Waverly and her younger daughter Kalee.  Mellynne completed Montessori certification in 2011 through Montessori Educators International.  She loves the child-centric Montessori philosophy and loves working in the 3-6 year old class teaching children to love reading and books just as her family does. 

Cheri Drummond

Strings Instructor


Cheri has been teaching at Montessori Academy since 2000. Ms. Drummond holds a Bachelor's degree from Boston University. She maintains a private violin and viola studio and directs the Lower Elementary Suzuki Violin program and the Upper Elementary Strings classes. She has Suzuki training through book 6 and takes many continuing education classes. She has performed with the Nashville Symphony, the Memphis Symphony, the Naples Philharmonic, the Western Kentucky Symphony, and the Palm Beach Opera.  Cheri has played on many recordings and has appeared on videos with many country and Christian artists, including Vince Gill. She has conducted the Murfreesboro Youth Symphony, the Middle Tennessee Summer Youth Orchestra, and the Williamson County String Bash.  "I couldn't think of doing anything else; I do what I love!"​