Asheville Montessori School
Ms. Monica's Class
Monica Curwen – Lead Teacher “Hola! I am Monica Curwen. Originally from Chicago, I spent my formative years in Nashville, TN. I have lived in Asheville since 94’ and know that I am at home in the mountains! After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Asheville with a BA in Spanish in 2000 and settling in town to begin a family, my love for teaching was kindled about 4 years ago. While my son was attending the Julia Street location, I discovered quickly how much the Montessori method both inspired my child’s love for learning and awakened my love of teaching. I then began teaching Spanish at Asheville Montessori School while working towards my full Montessori accreditation. I now live in North Asheville with my husband and two sons. We are an extremely active family; whether hiking, camping, running or cycling, we are constantly in motion and at play! I look forward to working, playing, and sharing the joy of learning with your children.”
Tori 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!
Adrianne Webb-Mitchell – Hello! My name is Adrianne Webb-Mitchell. I am delighted to be joining Asheville Montessori School this year! After volunteering last spring I absolutely fell in love with the school and am so pleased to be an assistant teacher now! I grew up in Carrboro, North Carolina and fell in love with the mountains when I moved here to attend Warren Wilson College. I graduated in 2010 with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Spanish. Then I moved to New England for a year-long interlude and am now back in Asheville! It is such a wonderful place to be.
Becoming a teacher is definitely following in my parents’ footsteps, as they are all teachers as well. I find myself so drawn to teaching because of my love for children. I have spent a lot of time nannying and really wanted to find a place to work that allowed me to be with children. And now I have found it! It is truly a pleasure to be a part of this Montessori community and I look forward to learning more and more every day. When I am not at school I enjoy hiking, reading, and indulging in the wonderful places Asheville has to offer.