Asheville Montessori School

Ms. Sarah’s Class


Monica Curwen

Lead Teacher

Monica9Ashevillian for over 20 years, I have been teaching at Asheville Montessori School for nearly 10 years. I am originally from Chicago, and spent my formative years in Nashville, TN. I moved to Asheville, NC in ’94 to pursue my love of the outdoors and to live in these beautiful mountains!I attended UNCA and received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish. My love for teaching was kindled when my son was attending Asheville Montessori at the Julia Street location. My son was thriving and I could see his love of learning sparked by the Montessori method. This awakened my love of teaching and I first became the Spanish teacher at Asheville Montessori School while working towards my full Montessori accreditation.Once fully accredited, I joined the full-time staff as a lead teacher and have enjoyed that position immensely since 2008. I live in North Asheville with my husband, my two amazing sons, a dog, 4 chickens, and a cat! We are an extremely active family; whether running, cycling, camping, or hiking, we are constantly in motion and at play! I look forward to sharing the joy of learning with your child.

Assistant Teachers


Emily Williams

Assistant Teacher

DSC_0081Bonjour, grüezi and hello! I’m Emily Williams, one of your trusty Assistant Teachers here at the lovely Julia Street campus.I’m a four-year transplant to Asheville, hailing from a number of places that include California (Napa), Ontario, Kentucky, Switzerland, Vermont and the UK. Through my travels and adventures I discovered my true passion- helping to guide our littlest people to their full potential!My first forays into Montessori began with toddlerdom and continued through my preteen years. The Montessori method truly laid the foundation for my personhood, intellectual curiosity and values, and I felt a strong pull to return the warmth and encouragement I received during my early years.I’m a current student in AB-Tech’s Early Childhood Education AS program. I plan to continue on to complete my Bachelors’ within the next few years, and then on to train in Montessori education in an official capacity.In my free time, I’m often found knee-deep in a stream, enjoying traditional folk music, dancing, knitting and exploring Asheville’s culinary world. I’m so excited to have the opportunity to train in a Montessori setting, with such a supportive community here at AMS to guide me as I guide our youngest minds!