Jemma Lortie and Sarah McCartney
Jemma Lortie studied Social Work, and has a B.S.W. degree from Natchitoches State University. She has worked with two to three year old children for over 10 years. She has been a teacher in our Toddler Program since January of 2011. She received her Montessori teacher certification from North American Montessori Center.
Sarah McCartney has been a teacher is our Toddler Program since August of 2012. She is a graduate of Louisiana State University, Alexandria, where she received a B.S. in Psychology. Her experience with toddler students dates back to 2007. She received her Montessori teacher certification from North American Montessori Center.
Jen Bray and Catherine Ewing
Jen Bray received her Montessori teacher certification form North American Montessori Center. She began as a part-time floater in our Toddler Program in 2014, and became a full-time teacher in 2015. Prior to working at MEC, she had experience as a nanny. She attended Louisiana Tech University where she studied Early Childhood Education.
Catherine Ewing is the parent of three children who currently attend MEC. She formerly taught in our Upper Elementary class, and joined the Toddler Program beginning with the 2016-2017 school year. She earned a B.A. in International Studies with minors in French and Italian from Louisiana State University. She completed her Montessori teacher certification with North American Montessori Center.
Tiffany Bailey-Johnson joined our toddler staff in August of 2017. She has more than 11 years of experience working with toddler and preschool children.
Jennifer Estes and Jamie Dauzat
Jennifer Estes received her Montessori teacher certification from the Montessori World Educational Institute in 2001. Jennifer is the parent of an MEC graduate. After a brief hiatus to work as a youth director for a church, Jennifer returned to work at MEC in 2013.
In addition to being an MEC parent and volunteer, Jamie has served as the school's Activities Coordinator and the Administrative Assistant. In 2016, she began her Montessori primary training with the Montessori World Educational Institute. Jamie is joining Jennifer Estes in the classroom beginning with the 2017-2018 school year.
Ary Deaton and Shahla Khalid
A former registered nurse, Ary Deaton completed her Montessori teacher certification through the Center for Guided Montessori Studies. She is the parent of three MEC students, and began her employment with MEC as the Activities Director. She has served as a Primary teacher since the 2015/2016 school year.
Shahla Khalid graduated from the University of Karachi in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science degree. She obtained her Montessori certification through the Association Montessori Internationale . She joined MEC as a primary teacher in the Spring of 2017. Shahla is the mother of three.
Tala Wagner and Coty Verdin
Tala Wagner is graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University where she received a B.A. in English. She received her Montessori Teacher Certification from the American Montessori Society in 2010. She has taught at Montessori Schools in Waco, Texas and Lawrence, Kansas. She joined the faculty of MEC in 2015 as a Toddler teacher. She began working in the Primary program during the 2016/2017 school year. She is also the parent of an MEC student.
Coty Verdin is a graduate of Northwestern State University where she received a B.S. in Biology, a B.S. in Psychology, and an A.A in Criminal Justice. She is an MEC parent of one and frequent school volunteer. She began as an MEC substitute teacher in the Spring of 2017. She will be joining the Primary program full time during the 2017-2018 school year.
Connie Snipes has served as an assistant at Montessori Educational Center since 1995. She has worked in the Primary, Lower Elementary and Upper Elementary classrooms. She currently assists in all three Primary classrooms as a floater.
Lower Elementary Faculty
Carrie Gaiennie and Lisa Rozas
Carrie Gaiennie has been a teacher at Montessori Educational Center since 1994. She is a graduate of the University of New Orleans and has a degree in General Studies. She received her Montessori teacher certification from the Montessori World Educational Institute. She has taught in both the Upper and Lower Elementary Environments. Both of her children attended MEC.
Lisa Rozas has worked at Montessori Educational Center since 1996. She has a degree in Vocal Performance from Louisiana College. She began her career at MEC as our Music teacher. She began working with Carrie Gaiennie in the Lower Elementary environment during the 2013/2014 school year. She received her Montessori teacher certification from the Center for Guided Montessori Studies. Both of her children attended MEC.
Angela Hayes and Eddie Scroggs
Angela Hayes received a B.A. in Journalism from Louisiana Tech and a M.A. in English from Northwestern State University. She received her Montessori teaching certification from the Montessori World Educational Institute, and has taught in the Lower Elementary program since 1995. Her children and grandchildren have attended MEC.
Eddie Scroggs attended Louisiana College where he earned a B.A. in History. He received his M.A. in History from Louisiana Tech University. He began working as a Lower Elementary teacher in 2014. He is in the final phase of completing his Montessori Elementary I and II teacher certification through the Center for Guided Montessori Studies.
Amber Voorhies, Buffy Stroderd and Patrick McGinty
Amber Voorhies began her career as MEC's Art Instructor in 2003. She attended Louisiana College where she earned a B.A. in Art. She completed Elementary I and Elementary II Montessori teacher certification through Southwestern Montessori Training Center as well as Toddler Montessori training with North American Montessori Center. She has worked with children of all ages in our school, and is currently serving as an Upper Elementary teacher. Both of her children attend MEC.
Buffy Stroderd is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a B.A. in Speech Communication. She obtained her Montessori Elementary I and II teacher certification with the Center For Guided Montessori Studies. She began teaching in the Upper Elementary classroom in 2012. Both of Buffy's children attend MEC.
Beginning with the 2016/2017 school year, Patrick McGinty became a full-time teacher in the Upper Elementary class. In the past, Patrick has substituted where needed, and directed the school computer program. He is a graduate of Tulane University with a B.A. in Paralegal Studies. He has completed the Elementary I phase of his Montessori training and will pursue Elementary II certification with the Montessori World Educational Institute over the next year.
Middle School Faculty
Jess Harris and Sue Sullivan
Jess Harris leads our Middle School program. A graduate of Louisiana State University at Alexandria, with a B.A. in Elementary Education, Jess received her Montessori Secondary I and II teacher certification from the American Montessori Society. She is the parent of an MEC student.
Sue Sullivan is a former professor of biology at Louisiana State University Alexandria. She earned a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Molecular Genetics from the University of Georgia. Beginning with the 2017-2018 school year she will be working full-time with Jess Harris and the Middle School students. She is a former president of the MEC Board of Directors, and the parent of an MEC graduate.
A retired registered nurse, Dianna Kring, directs our Science Lab. She joined the MEC faculty in 2013, and works in the Science Lab with our students ages 5-12. She is the grandparent of an MEC graduate.
Claudia Smith has been teaching Spanish to our Primary, Lower Elementary, and Upper Elementary students since 1996. She attended the Industrial University of Santander in Bucaramanga, Colombia as well as Louisiana State University Alexandria.
Ellene Owens holds a Masters of Music from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and has been a certified Yamaha Instructor for over 40 years. Her students have won local, state, national, and international awards in performance and composition. Her philosophy of teaching music is holistic, involving all aspects of a student's musical development from the most elementary endeavors to the study of advanced piano literature and composition. No matter level is attained, her primary goal is to teach her students to love music.
Jordan Tullos is an Arizona State student who joined MEC as an after-school teacher. She has been serving as our administrative assistant since the Spring of 2017. Jordan completed the Fundamentals of Montessori course through the Center for Guided Montessori Studies.
Betty Chop has been the school's business manager since 2001. She majored in accounting at Louisiana State University Alexandria. Her grandchildren are past MEC students.
Lisa Clair is a graduate of LSU with a B.A. in Political Science and has been teaching at MEC since 1991. She received her Montessori teacher certification from the Montessori World Educational Institute. In 2017 she left the classroom to join the administrative team and assist the Head of School. Her children attended MEC, and her grandchildren are current students.
Joelle Flaherty has been the Head of School at MEC since 2008. Prior to serving as Head of School, she was an Upper Elementary Teacher from 2001 through 2008. She earned a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and an M. A. in Montessori Education from St. Catherine University. She received her Montessori Elementary I and II teaching credentials from Southwestern Montessori Training Center. Both of Joelle's children graduated from MEC. She is the current President of the Louisiana Montessori Association.