Rey Ann has been teaching in and directing Montessori schools for the past 35 years, and has helped open several Montessori programs on both the East and West Coasts. She is American Montessori Society (AMS) trained, receiving her credentials from the Montessori Western teacher training program. She has an Early Childhood Development and Child Psychology background from Mesa College in San Diego and Long Beach State College in California.
Rey Ann loves to garden and go to the beach in her spare time. She has one daughter who attended Montessori when she was young. Rey Ann lives in Middletown with her husband.
Sun Room Lead Teacher, Private Drama Instructor
Ms. Heather earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre from Shenandoah University. She has an American Montessori Society credential through New England Montessori Teacher Education Center, and is also taking classes in Early Childhood Education, working toward earning her ECE certificate.
Heather has been the after school drama instructor here at the Centre since 2010. She started out as a substitute at the Centre and spent the 2010-11 school year as co-teacher of the Toddler classroom. She is returning for her eighth year at MCB.
She is married and has two wonderful children of her own, who are the light of her life. She is delighted to be here and excited to continue her work with all of the children! We are thrilled to have Ms. Heather as part of our MCB team.
Sun Room Assistant Teacher
Ms. Ashleen earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of New Mexico with a concentration in Art History. After finishing college, she worked in various educational settings that in turn, cultivated a love for teaching.Ashleen taught in a Montessori school in New Mexico for the past two years.A Montessori alumni herself, she has always held a special place in her heart for it, and loves to be in the Montessori classroom.
Ms. Ashleen was born and raised in New Mexico and recently moved to Rhode Island with her husband. She loves running, traveling and spending time with family.
Sky Room Lead Teacher
Ms. Amanda is now in her sixth year of teaching at Montessori Centre of Barrington.With a background in Human Development and Marine Science from Eckerd College, she enjoys incorporating her creative capabilities and scientific interests in her lessons.
Ms. Amanda is also working towards her AMS Early Childhood Montessori Certification, as well as an Early Childhood Certificate and Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Learning from Rhode Island College. She continues to expand her knowledge of education through Montessori workshops, and attended seminars focusing on sensory processing disorders. Ms. Amanda also utilizes her passion for singing, theatre and dance to engage as well as foster the children’s love of music and movement.
Ms. Amanda is a native of Massachusetts and lives in Bristol.
Sky Room Assistant Teacher
Ms. Michaela earned her Bachelor’s degree from Northpoint Bible College in 2009 with a background in Early Childhood Education. Since then, she has worked with children of all ages in various settings. Upon discovering the Montessori method of education in 2012, Michaela began implementing this philosophy in all interactions with children, including in her own home with her children. Seeing the immediate positive effects as well as long term benefits of following the Montessori method first hand, it has become a goal of Michaela’s to pursue a lifelong career in a Montessori environment.She is very excited to be a part of the team here at MCB!
Substitute / MCB Spanish Teacher
Ms. Nancy taught at MCB from September 2005 to June 2016, and continues teaching Spanish and substitutes and helps in the office as well.She graduated from the University of Rhode Island with majors in Mathematics and Education; she has Life Certification in Math and English for grades 5 through 12. For thirty-one years she taught Math and/or English at the Portsmouth Middle School, retiring in 2003. Since joining the staff, she has taken several Montessori day seminars, as well as AMS assistant training at Gordon College in June 2007.
Ms. Nancy lives in Bristol with her husband. She likes crossword puzzles, Sudoku, reading, traveling and gardening.
We are pleased to welcome Ms. Michelle back for her seventeenth year at Montessori Centre. She has been teaching since 1985, and has taught music in many of Rhode Island’s Montessori schools. She graduated with honors from the National College of Education, and her specialty is early childhood music. In addition, Michelle is currently serving on the Arts and Education Roster with the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.
In her spare time, she plays in a Cajun band, The Magnolias, and lives in Barrington with her husband.
We are happy that Michelle will be again be enhancing our Montessori environment with her many musical talents.