Toddler Teaching Staff



Rey Ann Garcia-Mills

Director

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.


Casey Thomas

Moon Room Lead Teacher

Ms. Casey has been at MCB for three and a half years, working previously as an Assistant Teacher in both the Moon Room and Star Room. She earned her bachelor’s degree from URI with a major in Human Development and Family Studies, and is also certified in Early Childhood Education. She is currently working towards her Montessori Certificate through North American Montessori Center. She has over 17 years’ experience working with young children in group settings. She lives in East Providence with her husband Mike and their son Mikey. They love to take drives to Newport and enjoy riding dirt bikes.


Cathleen Fraser

Star Room Lead Teacher

Hello, my name is Cathleen Fraser, or Ms. Cathy in the classroom. I am very excited to be holding the role of Lead Teacher for the Star Room Toddler Program at Montessori Centre. I am currently enrolled in a Montessori Training Program through the North American Montessori
Center and am enthusiastic about learning more and providing the best classroom experience I can for our kids. I recently moved to Rhode Island from Western Massachusetts. I have my bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Westfield State University and working with children has always been what I love to do. I’ve done so in several settings, including running an outdoor
education program for school age children, teaching one-on-one toddler/child swim lessons, and working as a Care Coordinator for children with severe mental health concerns. In the classroom you can usually find me helping the children learn routines, become independent with tasks, and teaching them to manage emotions and social situations that may arise. I
believe that a child’s social/emotional growth is so important at this age and do my best to create opportunities for them to grow in these areas as well. My true love is for outdoor recreation and anything I can do in or on the water. Some of my favorite activities include hiking, painting, skiing, kayaking, and playing with the best pup in the world (my rescue pit bull,
Rambo). I fell in love with the Montessori philosophy on teaching and align with the idea that children are often capable of so much more than we may think. I love showing up each day and not only imparting knowledge but learning from your little ones as well!


Amy Hutchinson

Moon Room Assistant Teacher

Hi! I’m Ms. Amy, one of the Assistant Teachers in MCB’s Moon Room. I have multiple years of experience working with in early childhood settings such as classrooms, day cares and nannying. But I’ve found MCB to be my happy place and the 18-month to 3-year age group to be my niche! I have my associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education and Child Development from Community College of Rhode Island. I believe in focusing on the “whole child” and apply the peaceful and positive principles of the Montessori philosophy to the classroom and beyond.

In the classroom, I can often be found focusing on a work with a child, modeling a practical life fundamental, or observing the children to understand and provide for each of them as well as possible. I believe in applying mindfulness each day and passing this practice onto the children. I grew up close by in the town of Warren and love exploring Rhode Island and the outdoors. Our beaches are my favorite! In my free time I enjoy making art, reading, or cooking and enjoying meals with my friends and family. Thanks for sharing your wonderful children with us and brightening our days and classroom!


Sophia Adams

Moon Room Assistant Teacher

Ms. Sophia earned a bachelor’s degree from Plymouth State University, majoring in Early Childhood Education. This is her first year at Montessori Centre of Barrington and is an assistant teacher in the Moon Room. She is so excited to be here! The past four years she worked at
Plymouth State University Centre for Young Children and Families in all four classrooms (Toddler-PreK). She also did an internship at Laconia Early Head Start in the infant room. In her free time she enjoys taking her dog on rides, going out to eat, and staying at home with her family. She lives in Johnston with her mom, dad and sister.