About Us

Community Montessori is housed in a quaint historic building in Olde West Chester, formerly The Discovery Center.

The Discovery Center was established at this location as a Montessori school in 1977.  For almost 40 years, between these walls, many hundreds of children have received the gift of Maria Montessori’s education methods.

Call for a private tour  777-0808

Community Montessori Staff

Director/Lead Teacher is Jamie Minniear who has twenty years teaching experience in both public and private schools.  She holds an Elementary Education degree from the University of Cincinnati as well as 3-6 Montessori Degree from the Greater Cincinnati Center for Montessori Education.  Jamie is also on staff with Children’s Inc. and teaches future Montessorians at GCCME.

Jamie is a strong advocate for children.  She honors the foundational Montessori beliefs and has a heart for sharing with parents the brilliance of Maria Montessori’s philosophy.


Rashna D’Souza holds a 3-6 Montessori certification from London and a 6-9 Montessori Masters from Xavier University. Rashna has several years experience teaching in Montessori classrooms and has seen many children benefit from being in such a loving, nurturing environment.  Rashna has a strong passion for the Montessori philosophy and enjoys working closely with parents as they learn about how the Montessori classroom supports their children. Rashna leads our Lower Elementary class. Rashna has been teaching at CMS since 2012.

Kelly Bowen has 16 years of experience homeschooling her two daughters as well as teaching classes at several homeschool cooperatives.  Her passion for child led, experiential learning makes assisting in the Montessori classroom a good fit.  Kelly enjoys building relationships with her students and guiding them as they explore their interests.  She has been teaching at CMS since 2013.

Rhianon Cooper holds her 3-6 Montessori Degree from Greater Cincinnati Center for Montessori Education.  She began her Montessori teaching career in 2013 and has been teaching at CMS since 2014.  She enjoys working with the younger children, knowing she is helping build their foundation for lifelong learning.