Faculty & Staff

 

Ms. Danielle Miller is our Directress.  Ms. Danielle first began her passion for education while working with children with autism spectrum disorders. She has a degree in Psychology with several years of experience as an early childhood educator, and administrator.  She is inspired by how the Montessori method of education emphasizes active learning with each child’s unique pace of development. Ms. Danielle is committed to an exceptional learning environment that engages students, staff, families and the community.

 

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Dr. Brent is one of the owners of Liberty Eagle Academy, as well as our Elementary Assistant Entrepreneurship Skills Teacher.  He completed his Residency in Family Medicine at the University of Texas, his M.D. at Mercer University, and both his B.S. in Biology and his B.S. in Chemistry at Martha Berry College.  Dr. Brent enjoys leading lessons in a variety of subjects, and he often directs focus onto how passions and interests can translate into business endeavors.

 

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Dr. Anna is one of the owners of Liberty Eagle Academy as well.  Dr. Anna is our Elementary Assistant Language Arts Teacher.  She completed her Residency in Radiation Oncology at the University of Texas,  her M.D. at Mercer University, and her B.S. in Biochemistry at Kennesaw State University.  Dr. Anna loves the independent exploration Montessori incorporates because it allows children to follow their interests.

 

Elementary Program

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Ms. Amber Lee Minor is our Lead Upper Elementary Teacher. She holds AMI [Association Montessori International] and NAMTA [North American Montessori Teachers’ Association] certifications among other teaching certifications, and American Sign Language certification. Ms. Amber Lee has North American Montessori Certification in Upper Elementary with high marks.  She has been involved in Montessori environments since 1999, and she especially loves the way children’s absorbent unbridled minds blossom in Montessori environments.

 

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Ms. Wendy Flournoy is our Lead Lower Elementary Teacher.  She has her Bachelor’s of Arts in Early Childhood Education, Psychology, and Sociology, and has North American Montessori Certification in Lower Elementary.  She has embraced the opportunity to use her background in public education to work alongside Ms. Amber Lee.  Ms. Wendy loves the way in which Montessori empowers children to be strong leaders.

 

Primary Community

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Ms. Debra Hilke is a Primary Lead Teacher who has an extensive history in teaching 3-6 year olds.  She has been in the Education field for over three decades and has a passion for hands on fun, adventure, social skills development, and independent exploration.  She is actively completing her North American Montessori Center certification in Primary.

 

Ms. Kellie Williams is a  Primary Teacher Assistant .   She has a Bachelors of Science in Biology  and loves how the Montessori method approaches education.  Ms. Kellie loves helping the children master tasks and lessons as their drive to be more independent continues to grow.  She has specific interest in the Primary class and how they prepare for the Elementary environment, as she is also interested helping with the development of our Middle School program.

 

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Ms. Nicole Bettis  is one of our Lead Primary Teachers at Liberty Eagle Academy.  She has double Masters in Psychology, and she has been teaching since 2012.  She is completing her North America Montessori Center Primary certification this year.  She loves engaging children, and she often volunteers by leading extracurricular activities in the community including Tinker-garden classes and Art Camps.

 

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Ms. Kelli Lancaster is a Primary Teacher Assistant .  She has been in our Primary Montessori environment at Liberty Eagle Academy for the 2018-19 school year; prior to that, she was in childcare for 3 years.  She is currently working on acquiring an Associate’s degree in Childhood Development.

 

toddler community

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Ms. Nicole Bishop is a Lead Toddler Teacher.  She is certified in Infant & Toddler Montessori and especially enjoys the Toddler environment.  She has been working in the Toddler Montessori community for several years.  She enjoys watching the children learn new concepts!

 

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Ms. Emily Bryson is a Teacher Assistant.  She has a B.A. in Mass Communications.  She has been in childcare for fifteen years with several of those years assisting in the Montessori classroom.  She enjoys applying her knowledge of child development in the Toddler classroom and loves playing with the children.  Ms. Emily enjoys singing and playing her ukulele for the children as well!

 

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Ms. Katie Arrington is one of our Lead Toddler Teachers.  She has a long background of teachers in her family, and she has always enjoyed working with children of all ages.  Ms. Katie really admires how Montessori environments foster children’s development of self-reliance and independence–two traits she has observed are crucial to success! She has experience as a prior Toddler Teacher Assistant at our school, and is currently undergoing Montessori training for certification at the Infant & Toddler levels.

 

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Ms. Sarah Thomason is a Toddler Assistant (not pictured).   She has a BA in Psychology and likes how her studies  mirrored the philosophy of Montessori.  She’s worked in a Montessori environment since 2012 and holds a certificate for a continuing education course, “Montessori Beginnings: Overview of the Infant-Toddler Level.” 

 

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Ms. Sequarya Jones is one of our CoTeachers.  She has been working with children over 15 years.  Her experience entails traditional teaching settings, Emilia Reggio, and Montessori.  She is currently in school to further her education in Childcare to earn certification as an Early Childhood Specialist.  She is also undergoing NAMC certification in the Infant & Toddler levels.

 

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Ms. Kimmie Bennett is a Toddler Late Stay Teacher. She is a senior at Carrollton High School. She comes from a family of educators and has 3 years of childcare experience through Carrollton First United Methodist Church. She is in the Dual Enrollment program at CHS and pursues a college education in Nursing alongside her high school studies. She also enjoys taking classes and assistant teaching at Robinson Karate Dojo. Ms. Kimmie loves to provide care for the children in the afternoon and experience how their education shapes their independence and holistic development.

 

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Ms. Lucy Wilson is a Late Stay Teacher with dual enrollment at the University of West Georgia and a senior at Carrollton High School.  She is looking forward to studying nursing in college.  She was a Montessori student from Toddler through Elementary age at the original Blackstock Montessori School.

 

infant community

 

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Ms. Stephanie Young  is a Lead Infant Teachers.  She has been a Lead Infant Teacher in Montessori for over three years.  She enjoys nurturing our infants and watching them achieve their milestones.  She has a passion for little ones and it shows!

 

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Ms. Star Smith is one of our Teacher Assistants.  She helps in the Infant and Toddler Communities as needed.  She is one of our Infant Late Stay Teachers and loves to sing and read to the Infants.  She has experience working with infants in different childcare settings including at CityStation.

 

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Ms. Teri Darnall  is an Infant Teacher Assistant .  She has over 20 years experience working with children ranging in ages from newborn through adolescence.  In addition, she has 11 years of experience working as a Montessori Teacher Assistant.  Ms. Teri is passionate about education and especially enjoys reading to children. 

 

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Ms. Tara Meeks is a Lead Infant Teacher with North American Montessori Center certification for Toddlers and Infants as well as several years of experience working in school environments.  Ms. Tara has been a Lead Toddler teacher at Liberty Eagle Academy in the past; she loves the Montessori method and the spontaneous learning that happens in Montessori environments.

 

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Ms. Angelica Walker is an Assistant Teacher who visits all the classrooms.  She speaks both Spanish and English fluently, and enjoys reading to the children in both languages.  She has a few children of her own, and she especially loves the infant stage of childhood.   She will be assisting us by reading to our children in English & Spanish!  

 

additional staff members

Beth Turner (not pictured) is our Principal and Curriculum Consultant for our Elementary Program (and developing Adolescent Program).  She has a Bachelors in Elementary Childhood Education, years of experience teaching Elementary through Adolescent ages, and is currently completing her PhD in  Leadership Education.

 

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Ms. Terry Meeks is a Consultant for Montessori Curriculum and Pedagogy.  She has  years of experience as a Montessori educator and also has Pan American Montessori Society certification.