Asheville Montessori School
Elenore Vena – Lead Teacher “Hi I’m Elenore Vena and I’m so pleased to be starting my 4th year at Asheville Montessori School. I’m originally from Little Rock, AR but have lived in Swannanoa for the last 6 years. I graduated from Warren Wilson College with a BA in Visual Art with a focus in Intaglio Printmaking and a minor in Environmental Science. I am thrilled to be starting my first year as a lead teacher and am so excited to be completing my Montessori training. I live with my partner Ryan Frank and our cat Luna and enjoy spending time with them. I love gardening, seeing live music and spending time with friends and family.”
Daniela Stein – Hello! My name is Daniela Stein, but the children call me Ms. Dani. I was born and raised in Gainesville, Florida where I attended Santa Fe College. I graduated in 2009 with a degree in Radiography. Before college I worked as a toddler teacher at the very school I attended from Pre-K through 5th grade. I absolutely love working with children! My first class of toddlers was 6 years ago and I still keep in touch with most of the children I’ve had over the years. The Montessori method is new to me but I am very excited to grow and learn along side your children! Outside of the classroom, I enjoy hiking, working on my vegetable garden, and exploring Asheville.
Eliza Schweizbach – Hello, I’m Eliza Schweizbach and I am thrilled to be joining the AMS team year in Ms. Elenore’s class. Ten years ago I moved to Asheville after graduating with a degree in photography and a french minor from Ithaca College. It’s been the perfect home for writing and performing songs, learning the banjo, crafting, dancing, farming, being a photographer, hiking, reading, falling in love, and even getting married!
As an Aunt of 6 nieces and nephews children have always been a big bright part of my life. Their creativity and openness to wonder is a constant reminder to me. Several years ago I volunteered at a Montessori school as a guest musician and was amazed at what I saw. Children encouraged to love learning! I am convinced that this is why my husband, Montessori educated through 12th grade, is so clever and curious. Recently, I discovered that my own great grandmother founded the second Montessori school in the country in her home in New Jersey. So here I am almost 100 years later following in her footsteps.