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 since 2008 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., since then Ms. Khadse is teaching toddlers. Recently Ms. Manisha also finished 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
Anna Mireya Cardenas, originally from Colombia and has been in the US for more than 15 years. She is married and has 2 bilingual boys.
She has a degree in Communication and Journalist from Colombia. A few years ago she received Advanced Education in Subtitute teacher from A-way Institute of Georgia and GACE certificate on Spanish teacher. She brings with her several years of writing experience as journalist and she also worked as the coordinator of educational and magazines for children. It has always been her passion to teach children. She is teaching Spanish at MSOC
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
“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.
Mariah Calrk is the assistant in the toddler community. Mariah attended Mercer University and got her degree in Economics and Political Science. Her first job out of college was overseas as a Business Analyst, where she worked in Belgium, Malaysia, and the Philippines. After some time back home, she went overseas again, this time as an English Teacher in the Republic of Georgia. After coming back and working in the legal field for three years, she realized that her passion was working with children and helping them learn and explore, and so she is very excited to be here with the Montessori School of Cumming. She lives with her husband Devansh and her dog Eevee in Cumming.
Joshua Robinson, Joshua Robinson is our young and energetic drama instructor. He is originally from Fairmount Georgia. He has a BFA in theater and a minor in voice from Reinhardt University. Josh has been a teaching artist as well as acting and directing full time in the Atlanta area since he graduated in 2015.
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.
Tory Daniel, is a student at the University of North Georgia working towards an Art Education degree.She has worked in childcare since she was seventeen and before she was old enough to work I was a girl scout camp counselor. My life’s passion is working with students to achieve their highest potential. I am a very outgoing, and energetic teacher, who likes to keep the energy up in the classroom and the students engage. I believe that students are capable of anything given the right tools, guidance and the free space to express their individuality. I am extremely excited to be working with your students this school year.