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 in the community for true Montessori education, CMS purchased a school property in Liberty Township. The Liberty Township space sits on 12 beautiful acres of open field and nature filled woods. Jamie’s vision to provide an amzing outside natural learning space made the Liberty township location a perfect home.
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Founder/Director/Lead Teacher is Jamie Minniear who has over twenty years of teaching experience in both public and private Montessori 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 takes every available opportunity to share this power with the world!
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.
Elisabeth Wise is a Cum Laude Honors graduate from Xavier University with a B.S. in Montessori Elementary Education ages 6-9. She also holds Montessori Certification for ages 9-12 from the Montessori Education Center in Boulder Colorado. Elisabeth has been a Montessori Co-teacher or Lead Teacher for 15 years in Brooklyn, NY; Jersey City, NJ overlooking the Statue of Liberty; Littleton MA; and London, England. She loves nature, yoga, and is an experienced cook with a A.A.S degree from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Cambridge, MA. Elisabeth leads the Lower Elementary class and has been teaching at CMS since 2019.
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.” Rhianon teaches in the Lower Elementary classroom.
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.