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Melanie Accino-Young

Interim Director, Lead Teacher - Children's House

I have been teaching Montessori for 16 years. I did my Montessori training in 1996 in New England at New England Montessori Teacher Education Center in Boston, MA. I began teaching Montessori at SVMS in 2005, so this is my 9th year teaching at SVMS. I am currently finishing my degree in Early Childhood Education at AB Tech. Most of my course work has been with Johnson State College in Vermont. I am married and live in Black Mountain with my family–husband Randy and two sons Noah (16) and Eli (11). We have three cats, a dog, and 4 chickens. I enjoy hiking, reading, cooking and volunteering.

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Sarah Roosa-Collins

Lead Teacher - Children's House

Sarah has a BA in Human Studies – Global Issues from Warren Wilson College, and Montessori Certification: AMS Early Childhood Credential. She has 11 years experience teaching Montessori. This is Sarah’s first year at SVMS. Sarah moved to Black Mountain this summer from North Atlanta.

Why Montessori: Sarah wanted to be a teacher but not in a traditional school. Sarah knew she wanted to teach in a Montessori school when she first observed a Montessori class in action. She fell in love with it. The whole philosophy spoke to her. It is such a respectful way to work with children. Respecting children where they are and letting them grow at their own rate honors them.

Other related experiences: Sarah went to India in 1988 for a few months where her eyes were opened to different ways of living. Sarah worked with Americorp in Asheville after graduating from Warren Wilson where she worked in several different public schools. She tutored children in reading and worked with conflict resolution and mediation skills with after school kids. They also worked with service learning projects.

Family: Sarah is married to Chris. Chris works with the City of Asheville. They have 3 children ages 10, 8, 5.

Interests, Hobbies: cooking, making cakes, traveling, being outside, listening to music.

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Lucy MacGregor

Lead Teacher - Children's House

I grew up with a Montessori teacher for a mom, and attended Montessori school.  Relocated from Northern Ireland at age 13, I love exploring cultures and diversity.  I hold a BA in sociology and have worked in experiential education with children for 10 years.  I have previously taught in a Montessori preschool for two years, worked as a rock climbing guide in Alaska, as well as with North Carolina Outward Bound.  I am certified in children’s yoga and taught at SVMS for three years as an Assistant Teacher.  I completed my Montessori 3-6 training in June 2011.   My husband and I live in the Swannanoa area, and our two children are SVMS students.

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Jennifer Hermance

Interim Director - Elementary/Middle School * Lead Teacher - Lower Elementary

I was introduced to Montessori education when my children began attending Montessori school at age 3.   My children are now in the Elementary program at SVMS.  I hold a B.A. degree in Elementary Education and AMS Elementary Montessori Certification.  I have been an Elementary Montessori guide for eight years, the past four at SVMS.

I live in Black Mountain with my two children where we enjoy the outdoors–fishing, canoeing, camping, and music.

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Kristy Beaver

Lead Teacher - Lower Elementary

I have been involved in education for over 20 years as a Title 1 Reading Specialist, a private tutor, a Montessori preschool teacher at SVMS, and a Montessori Lower Elementary teacher, where I have found my niche.  My college degree is in psychology, with a NC K-6 teaching license. As a reading specialist, I have a K-12 reading license from UNC-A. I joined SVMS in 2007, and I have AMS 3 – 6 Montessori certification.

I have 2 daughters who are 12 and 15. They keep me busy driving them to and attending horseback and martial arts events. My husband and I just celebrated our 20th anniversary. Our family likes to camp and hang out with friends. I love to read, cook and explore new places with my family and take naps with my dog.

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Kara McNerney

Lead Teacher - Upper Elementary

I have been involved in education for the past 12 years.  I’ve worked with preschool age through elementary with an emphasis on outdoor education.  My degree is a B.S. in Wildlife Management and relates well to the strong science base in the Elementary curriculum.   I have my Montessori certification in Upper Elementary.

I live with my husband and two children (both SVMS Elementary students) in Black Mountain, where we enjoy biking and are avid hikers.

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Corey Hadden

Lead Teacher - Middle School

I have a B.A. from Earlham College.  I was an outdoor educator for sixteen years with Outward Bound, and I joined SVMS in 2012. I am working towards my M.Ed. from Xavier University.

I am currently working toward my AMS/MACTE Montessori Secondary Teacher Credential.

I joined the SVMS community as a parent in 2010. I live with my partner, Betsy, and our two kids, Nona and Tru, near Warren Wilson College.  I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, and exploring the southern Appalachians by foot, boat, ski, or rope.
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Gretchen Eastridge

Assistant Teacher - Children's House

My name is Gretchen.  I am in my third year at Children’s House and love every minute I spend with these wonderful children.

I was an assistant teacher in a public school Special Education department for 3 years and then became the secretary in the junior high school for 9 years.  My husband Bud and I had a home and garden shop for 8 years before moving to Black Mountain.

Bud and I have lived in Black Mountain for 11 years.  We moved here from Ohio to be close to our daughter and her family.

We have 2 children and 4 grandchildren.  Our daughter Kara, her husband, Mike and our granddaughters, Iris and Stella, also live in Black Mountain.  Kara is a teacher in the upper elementary, and Iris and Stella also attend school at SVMS.  We have a son Eric–he and his wife Katie, our granddaughter Ember and our grandson Fynn live in McKinleyville, California.

We have had many interests over the years, we love to garden, cook, canoe and go on walks.  Being with our children and grandchildren are the highlight of each day.

 

Ali DuFault

Assistant Teacher - Children's House; Lead Teacher Junior Afternoon Workers classroom

I started working at SVMS in 2012 as the PE teacher in the elementary and middle school program.  I also have taught art in the elementary and middle school program.  I am currently working toward my AMS Early Childhood Credential at CMTENC.  I studied Art at Rock Valley College in Rockford, IL.  I worked as a realtor for seven years before having my children.

I live with my husband Cory and three children. Two of my children are students at SVMS. My husband and I own a recycled lighting company called GLOW828. Their art is displayed at local business in the area and on Etsy. I enjoy running barefoot and decorating is one of my passions.

Amanda Campisi

Assistant Teacher - Children's House; Art Teacher - Elementary/Middle School

I have a BA in Early Childhood Education from Granite State University.  I am currently working on my master’s in Child and Adolescent Psychology.  I also studied art at Montserrat School of Art and Design with an emphasis on print making and oil painting.  I started working at SVMS in 2012.  I have worked with children for 12 years as a nanny, in childcare and other settings.

I moved here from New Hampshire and now live in Black Mountain with my daughter who is a student at SVMS and our dog and cat.  I enjoy outdoor activities with my daughter as we explore Western North Carolina.

Katherine Poe

Afternoon Nappers Teacher; Aftercare Teacher at Children's House

I began working at SVMS in the Fall of 2013.  My daughter has been at Children’s House for 3 years during which I have volunteered often and been the chair of a team for the past two years.   I worked for many years as the Art Instructor at Camp Trinity on the coast.  My gardening knowledge came from working with Eve Davis, the owner and operator of a functional organic garden. I also attended Haywood Community College and AB Tech Community College.  I have  completed further studies in Mosaic and Functional Pottery at Penland School of Craft.

My childhood was spent growing the the Great Dismal area of NC. I now live with my husband who is the IT Systems Administrator at Warren Wilson College and my daughter in Black Mountain. I enjoy art, gardening, journaling, and contra dancing.

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Corrie Greene

Assistant Teacher - Upper Elementary; French Teacher

I am the mother of 5 children with 3 attending SVMS.  In addition to assisting in the Upper Elementary classroom, I teach French to our lower and upper elementary students in the afternoons. I also work closely with the teachers to integrate art into the curriculum. Currently, I am working on my graduate degree in English Literature.

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Stacy Lutz

Assistant Teacher - Middle School

I have my Bachelor’s in Music Education K-12 and have been teaching in various forms for the past four years. I have always been drawn toward the Montessori method and, as it is my first year at SVMS, I am very excited to be learning and experiencing such a beautiful art form of teaching.

I moved from Michigan to Asheville in 2010 and am loving it! My family, most of whom come from a long line of math teachers, live in Denver, CO where they enjoy the Rockies as much as I enjoy the Appalachians.
I am a certified yoga instructor and spend my time outside of the classroom teaching and practicing yoga and meditation in the Asheville. I enjoy Ted talks, neuroscience, anatomy, and being outside as much as possible!
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Diane Jackson

Office Administrator

I have been an educator in public schools for 33 years.  And I am happy to have joined the staff at SVMS this Fall.

Most recently, I have tutored children privately and at Huntington Learning Center.  I have worked as a lead teacher in summer schools for 5 years, and as a worker at a home daycare this summer.  I hold a NC teaching certificate and graduated magna cum laude from Western Carolina University with a BSEd.  I served on the committee that started the Terrific Kid Program at Black Mountain Primary school.  This was the creation of a program that went not only to be used in the United States but is still in use internationally.  I have served on the School Improvement Team at BMP for 10 years and as the teacher member on the board of the BMP PTO. I was also on the committee that established the Crisis Response Team for Black Mountain Primary and as the teacher representative on the Owen District Advisory Board.
I live with my mother and my adult son in Black Mountain.   We live in a house ruled by 3 cats.  I enjoy reading, visiting with my large extended family, and I am active member of the congregation of the Church of the Redeemer in Asheville.
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Carol Craig

Administrative Assistant

My first experience with Montessori was when our oldest child started attending SVMS in 2003, its inaugural year.  My husband and I immediately fell in love with the Montessori philosophy and curriculum, and we are been involved ever since.  Two of our children are former SVMS students, and our youngest child is in the SVMS Elementary program.

My background is in science education.  I have a B. S. in Biology, and a M.A. in Biology Education.  For five years, I taught science at a local high school, and now I immensely enjoy being a part of the SVMS community.  My family and I live in Asheville, with our two dogs, and we love hiking, camping, and biking.  I also enjoy playing Irish Fiddle.

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Katie Hanning

Bookkeeper

I joined the SVMS staff in 2009, doing bookkeeping.  Since the school’s conception, I became impressed with the community of families that gathered around the school, and with the development of their children as they attended SVMS.  It was a natural choice for us to send my children to SVMS.  I have 3 daughters–the oldest two are former SVMS students, and the youngest one is a student in SVMS’s Children’s House.

My education is in botany and my background includes wilderness therapy, special education support, and bookkeeping.  It is a joy to be a part of SVMS as both a parent and a staff member.