our staff

George Markham,
Head of School

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  • Over 10 years with Montessori Academy and over 30 years of experience in the education field

  • MBA from Northwestern University

  • Mr. George has two daughters, loves biking and working on cars

 

Joey Snyder, North room
Primary Lead Teacher

Joey Snyder, Primary Lead Teacher at Montessori Academy Batavia
  • Over 25 years of Montessori teaching experience

  • Age 3-6 Montessori Certification from Seton Institute

  • Associate’s Degree in Art

  • Ms. Joey enjoys time with her 5 adult children, who were all Montessori educated

Stacie Benjamin,
Director of Administration

Stacie Benjamin, Director of Admissions at Montessori Academy Batavia
  • Over 30 years with Montessori Academy

  • Completed a variety of Montessori training courses in administration and teaching

  • Ms. Stacie’s daughter and granddaughter are Montessori Academy alumni

 

Mary Ormond, North room
primary assistant

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  • 10 year teaching experience with specialty in Early Childhood Education

  • Certificate of Mastery in Early Child Development from Rose State College 

  • Ms Mary’s has a passion for Montessori at home and uses it in her home with her 3 young daughter’s

 

Jill Zink, west room
Primary Lead teacher

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  • 10 years of Montessori teaching experience

  • Age 3-6 Montessori Certification from Seton Institute

  • Master of Teaching degree with ESL endorsement from National Louis University

  • Ms. Jill enjoys spending time with her family, preferably outdoors!

audrey hillyer, west room
primary assistant

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  • Over 20 years of Montessori teaching experience

  • Age 3-6 Montessori Certification from Seton Institute

  • B.A. in Psychology from DePaul University in Chicago

  • Ms. Audrey enjoys biking, camping and hiking with her husband and son.

 

Valerie DeMeritt
After care Lead & art Teacher

 
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  • Over 15 Years of teaching experience

  • Bachelor's in Elementary Education with concentrations in English and Art History

  • Certified Montessori Paraprofessional from Seton Institute

  • Ms. Valerie loves to cook, bake and read. She is a runner who has participated in marathons