Asheville Montessori School

Ms. Anna's Class


Anna Finkelson – Lead Teacher “Hi, my name is Anna Finkelson. 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

KelseyKelsey Forrest - Hi! My name is Kelsey and I’m very excited to join the AMS Family! I have been a teacher at the Jewish Community Center for the past four years, generating and encouraging a ‘green’ movement. I feel that AMS will be a great opportunity to continue this passion and a great experience to grow as a teacher. I look forward to getting to know you all!

I’m a recent graduate from UNCA with a BA in Psychology. I’m continuing an internship at night as the Children’s Program Director in a transition home for women and children. I love helping, playing outside, music, art and all of the unique options Asheville has to offer. I love being in the mountains!

Jennifer Nance – Hi! My name is Jenn Nance. I began my life journey in Columbus Ohio. At 16 I moved to the beautiful state of Utah where I resided for 2 years exploring the red rocks. Living in Utah was a very special part of my life as I was able to delve into my connection to the outside world. Moving to Asheville was a rather spontaneous decision and has proven a fantastic choice! I attended the Aveda Institute of Columbus where I studied and practiced cosmetology. My passion for “art work of the hair” faded as I was presented with more opportunity to have interactions with a movement in people. In April 2010 I began working for a wilderness therapy program as a wilderness field instructor for “troubled adolescents”. I spent 8 days at a time with students in the stunning mountains of the Pisgah National Forest followed by 6 days off. I did this intense work for 2 1/2 years before settling into the idea of following my dream of teaching kindergarten. I was presented with this wonderful opportunity to be an assistant teacher here at AMS entering with a big smile and open heart. I feel very connected to small children and their ever present joy. Montessori education would have changed my educational experience! I am so grateful to be here everyday waking with a feeling of excitement.


I enjoy spending my time on a yoga mat, trotting through the mountains, swimming in the mountain streams, capturing life through a camera lens, walking my dog, cuddling my cat, making stained glass art, reading poetry and when inspired even writing my own!