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Asheville Montessori School

Ms. Anna's Class

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Anna Parker – Lead Teacher “Hi, my name is Anna Parker. I grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska where I attended Montessori school as a child. This early foundation has been an important influence throughout my life. My life has truly come full-circle now, as I teach children many of the same lessons and songs I loved as a child!

I graduated from Kansas State University with a B.A. in Philosophy and Spanish. During this time, I took the opportunity to study abroad — once in Ronda, Spain, and once in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Traveling, particularly to Spanish speaking countries, continues to be a passion of mine. After graduation, I moved here to Asheville to enjoy the beautiful mountains. I have been with Asheville Montessori School since January, 2006. I completed my Montessori training and certification through the NC Center for Montessori Teacher Education (an AMS accredited organization) in 2007. Continuing education is important to all of us, here at AMS. I have attended several annual American Montessori Society conferences, in addition to smaller workshops and trainings, and continuously read about current research in the field of education. In 2010, I passed the state certification test for Early Childhood Education. I love working with children and have truly found my calling as a Montessori teacher.”

Assistant Teachers

ToriTori Litz – Hello, my name is Tori Litz, I am a newlywed, a new resident of Asheville and the newest addition to the AMS family! I moved to WNC from Maryland where I was an assistant teacher in a Montessori toddler class for two years. I have worked with children for many years and have a strong passion for the Montessori Method. I studied elementary education but switched course to pursue an interdisciplinary degree with concentrations in psychology and art in order to more openly pursue a career in Montessori education. I earned my BA from Salisbury University in December of 2010. I have hope and intention that my life will align itself in a way that will allow me to pursue and complete my Montessori teacher training in the near future. I am very eager to learn about and work in the primary Montessori classroom with Ms. Monica and Ms. Adrianne. In my free time I enjoy my yoga practice, walking around town, exploring the mountains, checking out the local music scene and cooking!


Susan Purdy - Hi! My name is Susan and I grew up in Clarksville, Tennessee where my father was a farmer and raised chickens/cattle. I got my B.A. from Peabody College in Nashville, Tennessee and my M.A. from the University of Northern Colorado – both in special education. I have taught blind/deaf-blind children and have been a braille transcriber for 23 years. Recently, I was certified in birth through kindergarten from UNC in Greensboro and was certified in birth through three years from the North American Montessori Center. I have three adult children and three grandchildren. My children went to Montessori school when they were younger and my oldest grandbaby (18 months) has just started going to a Montessori school in Alabama three mornings a week! My husband retired from being a high school science teacher in Chapel Hill last summer and we now live in Weaverville. I volunteered and substituted at the Asheville Montessori School last year and fell in love with the environment, staff, and children! I am excited about being there this year and about starting a new stage of my life.