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.”
Katie Anderson – My 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 – My 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.
Kat Christofilis – 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.