Asheville Montessori School

Ms. Elenore's Class


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.”

Assistant Teachers


Sarah Benson Sarah BensonHello! I’m Sarah, one of the newest additions to the staff here at Asheville Montessori. I’m very excited to be starting here and look forward getting to know your children and the Montessori method.

I’m originally from Charlotte and have lived here in Asheville since 2004 when I started at UNC Asheville. When I graduated in 2008 I got an assistant teacher position at an arts based preschool program, and my life was forever changed at that point. I knew that I wanted to work with preschool aged children. I recently graduated from AB Tech with my Early Childhood Education degree and was introduced to the Montessori method through my studies. It wasn’t until I visited this school that I had any idea how wonderful Montessori really is! I was impressed with how calm and engaged the children were and how the teachers looked relaxed and focused- a very different picture than what I was use to with other preschool classrooms.

In my free time, I love to work in my garden, spend time with my boyfriend Matt and our three cats, practice yoga, and do crafty things.