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.

  • Earned his 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.

  • Completed age 3-6 Montessori Certification at Seton Institute.

  • Earned an 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 at Seton Institute.

  • 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.

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

  • Ms Mary has a passion for Montessori and uses it in her home with her 3 young daughters.

 

Jill Zink, west room
Primary Lead teacher

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  • Over 10 years of Montessori teaching experience.

  • Completed age 3-6 Montessori Certification at Seton Institute.

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

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

vandana Caruso, west room
primary assistant

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  • Over 10 years of Montessori experience as a lead teacher in primary classrooms.

  • Obtained age 3-6 Montessori Credentials from Montessori Center of the Rockies

  • Ms. Vandana enjoys spending time with her daughter, dancing and being in nature.

 

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