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!
Tori Reeves - I’m Tori Reeves, a 22 year-old who leads a rather simple life. My hobbies include making jam, soap, and candles … and growing an awesome vegetable garden. I started working in Montessori at Swannanoa Valley Montessori School in Black Mountain, NC while I was attending school at AB Tech. I am truly looking forward to furthering my knowledge and experience here at Asheville Montessori School.
Kasha Burrows – My first experience with the Montessori Method in action was nannying for a family of nine (now eleven) who followed Maria Montessori. My own odyssey into understanding Montessori, however, began in Denver in 2013. After an active childhood in Northwest Arkansas and the Gulf of Mexico and a scholastic adventure that took me through my homelands, France, and Colorado, I attended the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design and the School of Botanical Art and Illustration at the Denver Botanic Gardens resulting in a BFA in Illustration in 2010 and a certification in Botanical Illustration in 2012. I also spent several years during my time in Denver volunteering with Food Not Bombs and working for the Denver Public Library. It was in the moments between my scholastic/artistic pursuits and involvement with service oriented employment/volunteer work that I discovered my love for Montessori.
It does not surprise me that my environments then in Denver and now in Asheville, so focused on community, service, education, and the arts, would be filled with Montessori teachers and families.My conversations with Montessori-inclined friends, particularly those I know from Denver, lead me to realize my own desire to teach Montessori. There are not many places I could apply a love for painting, drawing, sustainable agriculture, camping, hiking, yoga, beekeeping, environmental preservation, service, community, and a passion for learning to working with children on a daily basis towards creating a more compassionate and peaceful future. I am happy to be a part of Asheville Montessori School and am very much looking forward to this school year.