Asheville Montessori School

Ms. Monica’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


Kat Christofilis

Assistant Teacher

Hi! I’m a Florida transplant, happy to call the mountain ridges of Western North Carolina my new home. My introduction to structured learning was through a Montessori school, called World of Knowledge, at the age of three. A few months post high school graduation I returned to World of Knowledge curious to learn, volunteer, and reconnect with those roots.

Within a few weeks, a position as an assistant in one of their preschool classes opened up, and it was offered to me. Collectively, I aided in that classroom for two and a half years. I left in 2010 to grow away from that environment, knowing I’d eventually return with deeper insight and diversity of experiences to contribute.

During that time I volunteered for various chapters of The Boys & Girls Club and Food Not Bombs, helped create an intentional community in Tampa, embarked on a bicycle tour, assisted in fostering a community garden in west Tampa, and worked on a couple of organic farms. Prior to being hired at Asheville Montessori, I was Lead Youth Mentor at the YMCA after school program at Hominy Valley Elementary. Prior to that, I worked for the Nantahala Outdoor Center.

Within the next two years, I plan to begin my Montessori teacher training. I believe in growing your own food, in music, dance, art, poetry, the magic of kindness, and that peace and well-being relies on time spent outside. I consider every day with the children a privilege and am ceaselessly inspired by them. We have as much to learn from our kids as they have to learn from us.

I am convinced the Montessori method is imbued with this understanding at its heart. The Asheville Montessori School community has been awesomely welcoming and supportive! I’m grateful to be here and look forward to every day.

Katie Anderson

Assistant Teacher

KatieMy name is Katie Anderson and I’m so happy to be a part of the AMS family. I was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida but spent many family vacations in Western North Carolina.

I graduated from the University of North Florida with a major in history and a minor in art history. After graduation, I spent a year working with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps at an inner city after school program in St. Louis, MO. It was a very rewarding, eye-opening and humbling experience.

I moved back to Florida and began working at the I.M. Sulzbacher Center for the Homeless as an assistant in the children’s department. I made my way to North Carolina in the spring of 2012 to work at Full Sun Farm for the season. After spending a summer in Asheville I decided to make this place home.

I thoroughly enjoy the daily interaction I have with the children at school, and playing a part in their most precious formative years. They amaze me everyday. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is very important to me. My interests include, hiking, growing food, reading, watching documentaries, and trying out new vegetarian recipes.