Faculty & Staff



Dr. Anna (not pictured) is one of the founders of Liberty Eagle Academy as well as the Directress.  Dr. Anna also assists in Elementary Language Arts.  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.  She has several publications in her research studies along with a couple of books she has published.  Dr. Anna loves the independent exploration Montessori incorporates because it allows children to follow their interests.



Dr. Brent (not pictured) is one of the owners of Liberty Eagle Academy, as well as our Elementary Assistant Entrepreneurship Skills Guide.  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.


Ms. Jenny Herrin is our Executive Assistant.  She has a Bachelor’s in Accounting and Masters in Business Administration.  She has experience working with Southwire since 2009 in administration and management positions.  She comes from a family of educators and feels at home in our school environment.  She loves to organize and find ways to make processes more efficient and effective.


Ms. Kelli Lancaster is an Office Assistant .  She has been with Liberty Eagle Academy since 2018; prior to that, she was in childcare for 3 years.  She has completed her Associate’s degree in Childhood Development.  She loves to assist in all the different communities as well as in administration.


Elementary Program


Ms. Wendy Flournoy (not pictured) is one of our Lead Lower Elementary Teachers.  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.


Ms. Theresa Harte is one of our Lead Elementary Teachers.  She also enjoys teaching our Elementary students Home Economics.  She has a Masters in Education in grades K-12 and over 20 years of teaching experience.  She has taught all grade levels including Elementary, Middle School, and High School.  She looks forward to helping our Elementary & Adolescent Programs grow! 


Mr. Dane Tressler (not pictured) is an Elementary Assistant who is proficient in science and math! He is currently pre-medicine with the end goal of being an Orthopedic Surgeon.  He has extensive knowledge in science and math; he has a history of tutoring and enjoys helping children learn.  He also enjoys playing football with the children during recess time.


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.


Dr. John Wilborn (not pictured) is our Headmaster and Curriculum Manager, overseeing the Elementary Program and its continued growth.  He brings 37 years of leadership and educational experience to Liberty Eagle Academy. He is known for his passion for training students to their maximum potential. He has taught choral music, music technology, web design, and more in four west Georgia area public school systems. He has instructed courses at UWG, WGTC, and eCore (online) and served as a course editor. In 2013, he earned a Doctorate of Education in Teaching and Learning (with High Distinction) from Liberty University Online. He maintains that people don’t care how much we know until they know how much we care.  Dr. Wilborn seeks to facilitate growth in every child,  staff member, and individual and to help each person make a positive difference in the world. Because everything rises and falls on leadership (John Maxwell), we must own the overarching vision and mission of Liberty Eagle Academy and align our efforts. Only then will our dreams come true. Soli Deo Gloria!  


Primary Community

Ms. Nicole Bettis is a Lead Primary Teacher.  She holds master’s degrees in both counseling and research psychology as well as a BFA in visual arts.  She has been working with children for over 10 years and aims for mindful and purpose-driven ways to approach teaching.  Ms. Nicole is certified in Early Childhood Montessori with high marks.  She has extensive experience teaching language and visual arts to young people and is passionate about creativity as she strives to incorporate Montessori principles at home with her two young children.


Ms. Laura Williams is one of our Lead Primary Co-Teachers.  She has a Master’s Degree in Psychology and has experience teaching English and working with young children as an Licensed Associate Professional Counselor.  She is completing her North America Montessori Center Primary certification this year.  Laura has a passion for working with children and believes that all children need a supportive, growth-oriented environment in order to overcome challenges and become thriving individuals in their community.


Ms Caterra Whittaker is a Primary Co-Teacher. She has worked in Montessori for almost 25 years and has extensive experience in the Primary environment.  She received her Montessori certification from Atlanta Montessori Teacher Education and even assisted with the teacher training program for 3 years. She loves meeting new people and teaching small children in various settings. It is her hope that the children in her care become lifelong learners!


Ms Dani Isley  has extensive experience and certifications in science and electronics. She has worked as a substitute Guide K-12 and is a certified paraprofessional. She is a Primary  Assistant and wonderful asset to our Primary Community!

toddler community

Ms. Nicole Bishop is a Lead Toddler Teacher.  She is certified in both Infant & Toddler Montessori; she 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!


Ms. Sequarya Jones is one of our Lead Toddler Teachers.  She has been working with children for 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.


Ms. Kayse Kilgore  is a Toddler Assistant.  She has her TCC and is actively pursuing a dual licensure B.A. in Special Education and Early Childhood Education.  She is excited to bring her 6 years of experience, working with children aged 12 months to 12 years, into a Montessori setting.


Ms. Sarah Thomason is a Toddler Assistant.   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 “Montessori Beginnings: Overview of the Infant-Toddler Level.” 



infant community

Ms. Star Smith (not pictured) is one of our Lead Infant Teachers.  She loves to sing and read to the Infants.  She is knowledgeable in American Sign Language and uses this in the Infant room!  She is currently undergoing training for certification for Infant & Toddler Montessori Levels.  


Ms. Gabriela Belu is a Lead Infant Teacher.  She is a self-didactic learner and for that reason has really connected with the Montessori style of learning.  In fact, she can speak three languages fluently and even has a Dental Hygienist certificate!  She takes great care in nurturing and loving on our infants!  She enjoys taking the babies outdoors and reading to them.  Her goal is to become a certified Infant & Toddler Guide by the end of the year! 


Ms. Teri Darnall  is an Infant  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 Guide.  Ms. Teri is passionate about education and especially enjoys reading to children. 



Ms. Emily Bryson is an Infant 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!


late stay and additional staff

Ms. Kimmie Bennett is a Late Stay Teacher.  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.


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.  She enjoys playing with the children in late stay.


Ms Bria is one of our Late Stay Teachers who has been working with us since last school year.  She currently attends UWG with goals of obtaining a Communications major.  She loves working with the younger children!


Ms Kirstian is also a Late Stay Teacher!  She enjoys working with all children but especially loves our toddlers.  She has years of childcare experience and enjoys playing with the children after school.