Introducing Our Wonderful and Gifted team of Educators
Manisha Khadse is playing a dual role at our school as Owner and a teacher. Her passion for Montessori education made her to own the school and run it as Authentic Montessori School. She is with school for last 8 years and beginning her ninth year in our toddler class. She is one of the most patient and pleasant personalities you'll ever meet, perfectly suited to guide our young toddlers. In 2007 she finished her AMI Montessori Aid to Infancy Training (ages 0-3) at the Montessori Institute of Atlanta. Ms. Khadse taught for more than 11 years as a Montessori teacher. Ms. Manisha is continuing with her passion and pursuing her AMI Diploma in Primary. In addition to these Diplomas she possess Bachelors degree in Physics. She and her husband are raising their two beautiful children just a mile from the school. Her son currently attend our school and her daughter has already graduated from our elementary program.
Jiyoung Kim just completed her fifth year as an AMI teacher. She first came from South Korea to the United States almost twenty years ago when her father was a visiting professor at George Washington University. Ms. Kim has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and began a career that took her into computer programming projects and web site development as well as business strategies and marketing plan development. She first taught English as a second language to Korean children. Ms. Kim then took the AMI training in Minneapolis in 2009 under Molly O’Shaunessey, a wonderful AMI trainer. She earned her Master's degree in Education from the Loyola University Maryland. Ms. Kim has twin boys who are in middle school. She joined our staff in 2013.
Ms. Rashmi has been a Montessori teacher for four years. She moved to the United States with her husband in 2007, where she worked as a teacher with children who could not otherwise afford preschool. Ms. Rashmi Musani is from Mumbai, India and has a BS in Bio-Technology. In 2009-2010 Ms. Rashmi completed her AMI Primary training. Ms. Rashmi has worked as a primary teacher the past four years in Atlanta prior to joining us during the 2013-2014 school year. Ms. Rashmi has a son and a daughter and both of them are attending our school. She is artistic and especially enjoys sewing and music, which she shares readily with the children. She made her first quilt for her son before he was born.
Ms. Melanie Roeming is a Georgia native who after graduating with a Journalism degree from the University of Georgia, has traveled the country and has lived in every region of the United States. In 1994 she earned her AMI Elementary (6-12) Montessori Certification at the Montessori Institute of Milwaukee where she was fortunate to have as one of her trainers Ms. Margaret E. Stephenson, who was trained by Dr. Montessori and her son Mario. Melanie has worked with children sharing her love for learning for over 20 years and has taught in both lower and upper elementary classrooms at AMI Montessori schools in Arizona and Georgia. In addition to her Montessori credentials she has experience teaching environmental education to K-12 aged children at an area nature science center and aboard a floating classroom on Lake Lanier. She currently lives in Gainesville, GA, her home of 18 years, with her husband Jeff and their son Grayson, who is a senior competition swimmer. Melanie enjoys hiking, kayaking and whitewater rafting with her family and friends and photographing nature along the way
Christy McKnight, Our Assistant Director, graduated from the Montessori Institute of Atlanta in 2010 and holds an AMI primary diploma. Christy’s Montessori journey with the MSOC began as a parent when her youngest son, Tony, joined the school in 2006. As the parent of three sons, who all attended an AMI Montessori School, she is an avid supporter of the Montessori Method. Christy enjoyed her previous role as a primary guide at our school and is thrilled to be back with MSOC as the Curriculum Coordinator. She has also worked part-time as the course assistant at the International Montessori Training Institute. As a graduate of GSU with a Bachelor of Science degree in physical therapy, Christy has worked with both children and adults as a physical therapist. Her free moments are spent hiking, traveling, playing board games and watching the Pittsburgh Steelers with her husband, Sam, and their sons, Sammy, Bryan, and Tony. Christy is always eager to meet parents and prospective parents to help them understand Montessori philosophy
Abby Wright, Our administrative assistant works along side Christy McKnight in running the front desk. Abby Graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in History and Political Science. She has lived all over the world and loves to travel. Abby is a graduate herself of AMI Montessori in Seattle Washington. In her spare time she enjoys nature and spending time with her two children and husband, Jared. Abby has worked in administrative rolls for over 10 years and thrives in environments where she can help a business and community run more smoothly. Abby joined our team in 2017.
Lisa Bartels, Lisa was born in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico and spent her childhood in Panama and Florida. After graduating from the University of Central Florida with a degree in Biological Anthropology, she moved to Georgia and began working for MSOC for nearly 6 years assisting in our primary classrooms. She and her husband welcomed a baby girl, Fallon, in 2014, and she took time off to focus on raising her daughter. With her daughter of age to join the toddler community, Ms. Lisa rejoined our staff as the toddler room assistant in January 2016
Navpreet Kaur - Naaz
“Ms. Naaz” has been working as an assistant in Ms. Jiyoung’s classroom since 2014. She moved to United States in 2008. She lives in Cumming with her husband and 7 year old son who is in elementary school. Ms. Naaz earned her Master’s degree in Economics and has a Montessori assistant teacher certification. In her free time she loves to do baking and cooking
“Ms. Mona” has been with Montessori School of Cumming for 6 years. She is very passionate about working with kids. Being a mother of two, Ms. Mona has great firsthand experience on how to work with kids. Mona provides a boundless learning experience for kids while providing them exposure to new things. Kids thrive in experience-based learning. Ms. Mona strives to replace the frustrations associated with learning with excitement and joy. Ms. Mona assists Ms. Rashmi in her class as Assistant teacher.
Alicia Aguila, very pleasing personality is originally from Venezuela but moved to the United States when she got married in 1997. She lived in Miami, FL for seven years and in 2004 she moved to Georgia. Alicia has a daughter and two sons. She loves to spend time outside and doing craft activities.
Alicia graduated from the Universidad Metropolitana with a title in Early Childhood Education. She has 10 years of experience working with kids. She joined the school in 2011 as an after-care teacher and in 2013 she undertook additional responsibility to teach Spanish and became one of the most loved Spanish teacher at MSOC.
Lani Brooks, has been our drama instructor for over 5 years. Lani holds a B.S.E. in Social Sciences. Before coming to MSOC, Lani spent almost 20 years in the theatrical world. She began in her teens as a costumer, participating in regional and national contests, earning her title of Master Costumer before she was twenty. She then apprenticed with an armorer and began working at Renaissance Festivals, both as a craftsman and a performer. Lani began acting throughout the Atlanta area in 2001. She appeared in well over fifty productions, and won the 2005 Metro Atlanta Theater Award for Best Lead Actress in a Musical. After directing several productions, she began working exclusively with children’s theater and helped to develop an acting program for children in the Marietta theatrical community. Using her years of experience, Lani created a successful Drama and Arts program for the MSOC. Lani has two wonderful daughters, Bailey and Morgan, who attend Montessori as well.
Simone Jones, has worked for MSOC for over 7 years. She has contributed her talents in several areas over the years, starting work as a primary assistant in the classroom, then as an administrator, aftercare staff, and finally as the school’s cook. She enjoys working with children, watching them grow, and seeing their individual talents come to bloom. The first time she walked into the MSOC she felt like she was at home because the school has an open and welcome feeling to it. Ms. Simone has two grown daughters and seven grandchildren. She lives in Jasper with her husband and pet chickens. In her spare time she loves playing with her grandchildren and playing in the dirt.