Asheville Montessori School
The Children's House
Natalie Laney - Lead Teacher - My name is Natalie Laney, and I am so excited to be a part of Asheville Montessori School! I grew up in a small town outside of Columbia, South Carolina called Swansea. I attended undergrad at Presbyterian College where I received a BA in English with a minor in Religion. After graduating, I worked as an Interventionist in the Early Childhood Center in Swansea. The school had a few years prior switched from a traditional public school setting to that of a Montessori public school, and it was there that I had my first experiences with the Montessori classroom. I fell in love with the simplicity, peacefulness, and design of the Montessori philosophy and decided to pursue my Masters at Lander University in order to someday teach my own Montessori class. In the spring of 2013, I finished my Montessori certification, and that summer, I finished my Masters in Preschool Education. I love working with young children and feel honored to be a part of the Asheville Montessori School community.
While teaching and taking Masters courses I also met my now husband through mutual friends. We were married June 1st and he is how I ended up in the Asheville area! For almost 5 years, he has lived in Marion, NC, and I now live with him there! I love the mountains and enjoy being so close to Asheville. When we aren’t working on turning the bachelor pad into a home, we love to cook, hike, run, read, and get sushi!
Katie Anderson – My name is Katie Anderson and I’m so happy to be a part of the AMS family. I was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida but spent many family vacations in Western North Carolina. I graduated from the University of North Florida with a major in history and a – My name is Katie Anderson and I’m so happy to be a part of the AMS family. I was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida but spent many family vacations in Western North Carolina. I graduated from the University of North Florida with a major in history and a minor in art history. After graduation, I spent a year working with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps at an inner city after school program in St. Louis, MO. It was a very rewarding, eye-opening and humbling experience. I moved back to Florida and began working at the I.M. Sulzbacher Center for the Homeless as an assistant in the children’s department. I made my way to North Carolina in the spring of 2012 to work at Full Sun Farm for the season. After spending a summer in Asheville I decided to make this place home.
I thoroughly enjoy the daily interaction I have with the children at school, and playing a part in their most precious formative years. They amaze me everyday. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is very important to me. My interests include, hiking, growing food, reading, watching documentaries and trying out new vegetarian recipes.
Christine Melvin – Hi there! I’m Christine Melvin, a pleased new member of AMS. I grew up in Lawrenceville, Georgia and graduated from Georgia College and State University in 2011 with a B.S. in Environmental Science and a minor in Geology. I’m an observer of nature with a love of cooking, journaling, and leading an active lifestyle. My first time in Western NC was in 2011 when I WWOOFed on an organic homestead in Leicester. The farm life’s simplicity, rewarding work, and delicious food brought me back in the summer of 2012 where I apprenticed at Full Sun Farm in Big Sandy Mush for three months. After farming twice in the region, I knew I wanted to stay in the mountains. I’m thrilled to currently be working with children in a Montessori setting; their eager minds and willingness to learn is truly inspiring. I feel privileged to be a part of the AMS team and I look forward to bringing warmth to the Julia Street Campus!