About Us

Community Montessori was founded by Jamie and Todd Minniear in a quaint historic building in Olde West Chester in 2010, formerly The Discovery Center.  The Discovery Center was established at this location as a Montessori school in 1980.  For almost 40 years, between these walls, many hundreds of children have received the gift of Maria Montessori’s education methods.

In 2018, behind increasing interest from the community for true Montessori education, CMS purchased a school property in Liberty Township.  The Liberty Township space is 6 times the size of the West Chester location and sits on 12 beautiful acres of open field and woods.  Jamie’s vision to grow the school to serve more and older children, and provide outside natural learning space made the Liberty township location a perfect home.

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Community Montessori Staff

Founder/Director/Lead Teacher is Jamie Minniear who has twenty years of 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.

Teachers:

Rashna D’Souza holds a 3-6 Montessori certification from London and a 6-9 Montessori Masters from Xavier University. Rashna has several years of experience teaching in Montessori classrooms prior to joining CMS and has seen many children benefit from being in such a loving, nurturing environment.  “I have a strong passion for the Montessori philosophy and enjoy 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 worked as a Systems Engineer for 10 years before retiring to raise and homeschool her two daughters.  She homeschooled and taught science, geography, and critical thinking at several homeschool cooperatives for 16 years.  I have a passion for child led, experiential learning that makes teaching in the Montessori classroom a great fit for me.  I love building relationships with students and watching them get excited about learning in such a comfortable, safe, classroom community.”  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.  “I enjoy working with the younger children, knowing I am helping build their foundation for lifelong learning.”

Michele Becker resides in Liberty Township with her husband, Mark, and their 5 children. She has her Upper Elementary (9-12) Montessori Diploma from the North American Montessori Center, her MBA in Marketing from University of Cincinnati, her BA in Communication Arts from Xavier University and is a certified cursive handwriting coach and yoga instructor. Michele began homeschooling her children in 2007 and has been integrating the Montessori philosophy and mindfulness principles in her work with children and their families ever since.  Michelle leads the CMS Upper Elementary classroom and has been working with CMS in multiple capacities since 2015.

Alexys Daniel studied Elementary Education at Wright State University, student taught kindergarten in public school for two years and is currently attending the Greater Cincinnati Center for Montessori Education.   “I love being around and teaching young children and leading them to independence. Helping them find their passions and personality. I enjoy watching the children have freedom and be excited in their own environment!”  She has been teaching at CMS since 2017.

Tammy Jennings holds an Elementary Education degree from Buffalo State College and is currently attending the Greater Cincinnati Center for Montessori Education.  “I am very energized and passionate about Maria Montessori’s refreshing and powerful philosophy for educating children.”  She began teaching at CMS in 2018.