Faculty & Staff

administration

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Dr. Anna Harris is a co-owner and founder of Liberty Eagle Academy. She serves as the school’s Directress. She completed her Residency in Radiation Oncology at the University of Texas, her M.D. at Mercer University, and her Bachelor of Science 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 Harris is a co-owner and founder of Liberty Eagle Academy. He helps guide elementary students to explore entrepreneurship. He completed his Residency in Family Medicine at the University of Texas and his M.D. at Mercer University. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry at Martha Berry College. Dr. Brent enjoys leading lessons in a variety of subjects. He helps students understand how focusing on one’s passions and interests may translate into business adventures. 

 

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Dr. John Wilborn is our Headmaster. He leads all learning communities and oversees curriculum design and instruction. He brings nearly four decades of educational leadership and instructional experience to Liberty Eagle Academy. He has instructed courses at WGTC, eCore (online), served as an online course editor, and teaches in the UWG Graduate Music Education Department. 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!  

 

Ms. Jenny Herrin is an Administrator. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting and a Master of Business Administration Degree from UWG.  She worked at Southwire for a decade in administrative and management positions. Jenny comes from a family of educators and feels at home in our school environment. She is adept at creating workflow processes that increase efficiency and improve overall effectiveness.

 

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Ms. Kelli Lancaster is an Administrator. She has been with Liberty Eagle Academy since 2018; prior to that, she was in childcare for several years and served as an assistant Pre-K teacher. 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 Community

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Ms. Tracy Milanese serves as a Lead Elementary Teacher. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut with a major in counseling. She holds a Master’s Degree from Central Connecticut State University in Criminal Justice. Her area of concentration was childhood psychological and developmental disorders. Tracy recently completed the North American Montessori Certification in Lower Elementary. She highly values seeing how children can become strong leaders through Montessori education. Ms. Tracy brings a wealth of experience and looks forward to working alongside Ms. Theresa.

Ms. Theresa Harte is a Lead Elementary Teacher. She earned a Masters degree in Education (K-12) and brings 20 plus educational years of instructional experience. She has taught students in all K-12 grades. She enjoys teaching our Elementary students Home Economics.  Ms. Theresa is passionate about helping each child reach his or her maximum potential. 

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Mr. Dane Tressler is an Elementary Assistant and attends UWG as a pre-medicine student. He aspires to become an Orthopedic Surgeon. He has extensive understanding of science and math! He brings experience as a history tutor and enjoys helping children learn. He likes playing football with the children during recess time.

 

Primary Community

Ms. Nicole Bettis is a Lead Primary Teacher.  She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Arts, a Master’s degree in Counseling, and a Master’s Degree in Research Psychology.  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 a Licensed Associate Professional Counselor.  She is completing her North American 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 & Lower Elementary Co-Teacher. She has worked in Montessori for over 25 years and has extensive experience in teaching  phonetics and written language.  She received her Montessori certification from Atlanta Montessori Teacher Education (AMTE) and assisted as a field supervisor with a teacher training program for three years. She loves meeting new people and teaching young children in various settings. She hopes that the children in her care become life-long learners!

 

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

toddler community

Ms. Nicole Bishop is a Lead Toddler Teacher.  She is certified in both Infant & Toddler Montessori. She has worked in the Toddler Montessori community for several years. She thrives with this community and enjoys watching the children learn new concepts!

 

Ms. Sequarya Jones is a Lead Toddler Teacher. She completed the Montessori Training for Toddler and is currently pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Education. She has worked with children for over 15 years in traditional environments as well as Emilia Reggio and Montessori. 

 

Ms. Kayse Kilgore  is a Toddler Assistant. She earned a Technical Certificate of Credit in Early Childhood Development and is actively pursuing a dual licensure Bachelor of Arts in Special Education and Early Childhood Education. She has worked with children from 12 months old to 12 years old in a Montessori setting for nearly a decade.

 

Ms. Sarah Thomason is a Toddler Assistant. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and holds a certificate in Montessori Beginnings: Overview of the Infant-Toddler Level. Ms. Sarah has worked in a Montessori environment for nearly a decade. She values that her undergraduate training uniquely aligns with the Montessori educational philosophy.

 

infant community

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Ms. Star Smith is a Lead Infant Teacher. She earned NAMC Montessori certification for Infants and Toddlers and is certified in American Sign Language. Ms. Star teaches our infants basic ASL to help them communicate their needs. Ms. Star loves creating a safe, healthy, and fun Montessori environment for our tiniest learners. She loves to sing, dance, and read to them.  

 

Ms. Katie Miller (not pictured) is a Lead Infant Teacher. As a didactic learner she finds deep connection with Montessori learning styles. She nurtures and loves caring for our infants. She especially enjoys taking them outdoors and reading to them. She hopes to earn NAMC Infant & Toddler Guide Certification within the next school year.

Ms. Ryan Duke is an Infant Assistant. She has served as a Toddler Montessori Teacher Guide.  She brings years of Montessori experience where she has worked with infants and toddlers. She is certified in ASL and is working on a Child Development Associate, she hopes to complete NAMC Infant & Toddler Guide Certification next. Ryan is a passionate educator and especially enjoys reading and singing to children.

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Ms. Emily Bryson is an Infant Assistant. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications. She has worked with children for fifteen years – including her work in various Montessori classrooms. She applies her understanding of child development as she engages with the toddlers in her classroom. Ms. Emily enjoys singing and playing her ukulele for the children!

 

late stay and additional staff

Ms. Kimmie Bennett is a Late Stay Teacher.  She comes from a family of educators and has years of childcare experience through Carrollton First United Methodist Church. She is currently pursuing a college education in nursing. She also enjoys taking classes and assistant teaching at Robinson Karate Dojo. Ms. Kimmie loves caring for the chidlren. She is inspired by seeing how education helps each child to grow holistically. She enjoys helping the children to become independent learners.

 

Ms. Lucy Wilson is a Late Stay Teacher. She is currently 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 Frazier is a Late Stay Teacher. She is currently pursuing a degree in Communications at UWG. She loves working with the younger children!

 

Ms. Kirstian Johnson is a Late Stay Teacher. She has several years of childcare experience. She enjoys working with all children but especially loves working with our toddlers after school.