Lowcountry Montessori School Staff

Administration and Office Staff

Amy Horn, Director, Health Guide, ​AMSEI, MEd., A.Horn@Lowcomo.com

Horn, previously a Montessori teacher at E.C. Montessori School in Beaufort, has dedicated her career to education. After receiving her Master’s Degree in 1996, Horn taught in a variety of settings including elementary and high school. In addition, Horn has been the LMS Planning Committee Co-Chair since the inception of the school in April 2013, and became the Board Chair after the school’s charter was approved in July 2013. Her love and passion for the school, extensive education background, and experience in the Montessori Method gives the school a leader who is dedicated to its vision paired with the knowledge to provide excellence in education.  Amy Horn has a SC teacher certification in Health K-12 and Montessori Lower Elementary.

Sarah Fox, Assistant Director, B.S. Psychology, AMSA, S.Fox@Lowcomo.com

Sarah came to LMS from E.C. Montessori & Grade School.  After receiving her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Alabama in Birmingham, she promptly moved to the Washington, DC area to work on Capitol Hill. She then moved into a position at the National Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers to aid communities in their coordinated fight against child abuse. After a few years, she quit pursuing her dream of working in the theatre. During this time, she found the Tutor Training Program at the Lab School of Washington. Sarah fell in love with the arts-infused curriculum and the experiential and multi-sensory focus utilized at the school. She is thrilled to be at LMS, where those same principles are naturally incorporated in the Montessori Method.

 Becky Shaffer, Special Education Coordinator and Guide, B.Shaffer@Lowcomo.com

Becky loves working with the Lowcountry Montessori staff and students  as a special education coordinator and guide. She earned her Bachelor's of Education Degree in Special Education from Columbia College and a Master's Degree of Education in Integrating Technology in the Classroom. She has been teaching for twenty one years and has taught in a variety of special education classrooms. Becky currently resides in Varnville, SC with her husband, Mayor Nat Shaffer and her three children; Parker, Banks, and Elizabeth.  In her spare time she enjoys running, hosting at Hunting Island Campground, reading, camping, spending time with her family, and attending church. Her philosophy of education is every child has a love and joy for learning and it is her responsibility as a guide to provide her students an environment where they can foster their love for learning. She strives to provide her students with the highest quality of education that supports their physical, emotional, social and cognitive potential. She feels blessed to have the opportunity to teach at a school where people are committed to creating an environment that inspires children to be life-long learners and the whole child is being taught. Becky Shaffer has a SC teacher certificaiton in Special Education and Technology Education. 

April Beall, Business Office Manager / After School CoordinatorApril.Beall@Lowcomo.com

April has an Associate Degree in Marketing/Design from the University of Maryland.  She used this education as Marketing Director for the South Eastern Division of HCA for a number of years.  While stationed with her husband in Japan she attended the Tsuji Culinary Institute in the Osaka and Misawai, Japan.  She graduated with a 3-year Advanced Culinary Arts and Management Degree which assisted her in opening a restaurant and catering company in North Georgia.  She is also a 37 year veteran of National Girl Scouting.  She has been with LMS for 5 years.

Michael Bell, Registrar and PowerSchool AdministratorM.Bell@Lowcomo.com

Michael, a seasoned student data manager is excited to work in the LMS setting.  He has spent over eight years with Beaufort County School District managing the data of twenty-seven schools and two different calendars and most recently nearly five years at Jasper County School District.  Mike is originally from Baxley Ga. and matriculated at Albany State University (Ga) where he received his B.Sc (Hon) Degree.  He also attended Webster University.   Mike moved to the area over thirty years ago to work as a Senior Planner charged with assisting the newly formed Town of Hilton Head Island in writing ordinances, developing policies and formulating land management goals. Mike has started and operated two businesses worked as a Development Consultant and as a Real Estate Executive.  Mike has an extensive volunteer history throughout Beaufort County and especially on Hilton Head Island.  As a life-long learner Mike is energized by the Montessori method of teaching.  His passions include God, Family and Golf.

Rose Beck, Front Office ManagerR.Beck@Lowcomo.com

Rose is very excited to be part of The Lowcountry Montessori Family. Rose comes to LMS with an Associate Degree in Business and 12 years of homeschooling experience. Rose loves living in the Lowcountry and being a wife and a mother to two sons is an added sweet privilege. Rose enjoys serving in her community through her local church and enjoyed being a teacher to women and children there for many years. Rose is ready to serve and help students, teachers, and parents in the business office at Lowcountry Montessori School.

 

Matt Zappia, Technology Consultant,  M.Zappia@Lowcomo.com

Matthew's unique background offers a dynamic approach to today's technology.  He was born on a commune in western MA and schooled in ME. After graduating with a BFA in Sculpture from Maine College of Art he moved to Greece for extensive travel, studies, and work.  Being immersed in ancient cultures and studying technology sparked a passion, in which Matt envisioned a balanced and sustainable global future.  After moving back to the US, he helped start a non-profit organization SEEWALL-Child that brought Art and Technology into children's hospitals. Working with MUSC and the Charleston Aquarium, SEEWALL introduced interactive touch displays with live aquarium feeds and colorful underwater murals to children in great need. Matt previously worked for Beaufort Alarm and Sound Systems as a lead technician in a wide variety of cutting edge home and business technology.  His daughter has become the center of his world but he still finds time to build custom HiFi speakers, sculpt, and create digital design.  He is very excited to work with our young future leaders and on this amazing team.

Martha Watkins, Facilities Manager/RTI Assistant, M.Watkins@Lowcomo.com

Martha is married to her husband, Jonathan and they have three children, Uriah, Noah, and Meda, all of whom attend Montessori School. She owned Superior Cleaning Company for seven years and homeschooled her children for five years before enrolling them here at Montessori. She began volunteering at the school at first and then became a part of the Montessori team as an assistant guide three years ago in Upper Elementary. She also has been the overseer of the cleaning crew here at the school for two years.  Martha enjoys tennis, cooking, flower arranging for events and spending time with her family. 

Lonnie Elliott, LPC, Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Addiction Counselor, L.Elliott@Lowcomo.com

People have been seeking me out to talk with me since I was a teenager. While in graduate school at USC I was intrigued by Adlerian Counseling, also known as Individual Psychology based on the work of Alfred Adler, a contemporary of Maria Montessori. As I continue learning about Montessori I see more and more similarities to Adler’s beliefs about children, families, education. When our children completed Montessori kindergarten we wished they could continue learning using the Montessori Method through graduating from high school but no such option existed in Beaufort at the time so I was excited when asked to join the staff at LMS. I have since split my time between LMS and Beaufort Counseling Services, looking forward to going to work each day.

Meredith Fent, M.Ed, Counselor, M.Fent@Lowcomo.com

After graduating from the University of South Carolina-Aiken with a degree in Psychology, Meredith moved to California for adventure and to become a Graduate Gemologist with the Gemological Institute of America.  After earning her degree, and one big earthquake later, she returned to South Carolina to pursue her Master’s Degree in Counseling from the University of South Carolina-Columbia.  Meredith has been an Elementary school counselor for 18 years. She taught in the Lower Elementary Montessori classroom for two. She has a true passion for working with children. A few years ago Meredith had the opportunity to be part of the team that brought the Montessori program into the public school system. Meredith is a counselor here at LMS to all Primary, Lower Elementary and Upper Elementary Students. She goes into the classrooms and teaches guidance lessons about problem solving and friendship using Kelso's Choices and Second Step. Meredith also works with students individually and in small groups. She sees students about family changes, grief and loss, anger, social skills, being the best me, etc. While not in school Meredith spends her time with family kayaking, camping, and going to the beach. She loves to read, exercise, bake, and make pottery.  She has lived in Beaufort since 1998 and is very excited to be part of the LMS team!  Meredith Fent has a  SC teacher certification in Counseling and Montessori Lower Elementary.

Rebecca Carrington, Counselor, High School Guidance Counselor, M.Ed. in Professional School Counseling and M.Ed. in Language and Literacy, R.Carrington@Lowcomo.com

Rebecca Carrington taught high school sciences for 9 years in the public school setting, all at her own Alma Mater, before coming to LMS. She has enjoyed the transition out of the classroom, and has now been the Middle and High School Guidance Counselor for 3 years at LMS. Rebecca has a B.A. in Biology with a Minor in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of South Carolina-Aiken Campus, a Masters in Education in Language and Literacy from the University of South Carolina-Columbia Campus, and a Masters in Education as a Professional School Counselor from Lamar University. Rebecca lives locally with her husband and their sons Sheldon and Grayson. She enjoys reading and going to the beach with her family during the summer, and looks forward to every exciting new year at Lowcountry Montessori!  Rebecca Carrington has a SC teacher certification in Counseling and HS Science.

Ronda McElveen, R.N., School Nurse, R.McElveen@Lowcomo.com

Ronda has been an RN for since 1994.    She graduated from Tri-County Technical College in Pendleton, SC.  She previously worked in the hospital setting,and in home health care. She has lived in the Beaufort area for over 20 years.  She was part of the LMS founding committee and has worked at LMS since its inception.  She has two children and multiple animals.  She is an advocate for animal adoption and rescue. 

Kelly Erdel, LPN, School Nurse, K.Erdel@Lowcomo.com

Kelly is excited about being a part of LMS as one of the school nurses, as well as having her children attending this great school.  She received her nursing education in Washington state , then worked in a hospital and nursing home. After marrying her best friend, the Marine Corps brought them to Beaufort where they have since had three kids.  The last 14 years have been spent at home with her children, enjoying homeschooling and teaching children in her church.  Kelly believes in individualized education and is filled with gratitude and hope seeing more school choice in Beaufort.  Kelly attended a refresher course to get her nursing skills up to date, and now is enjoying getting to know and caring for the children of LMS. What a great group of kids!

Learning Center & Special Education

Lynn Powell, Special Education Guide, B.A. in Special Education. MEd. Learning Disabilities., L.Powell@Lowcomo.com

Lynn  is very excited to be a part of the Lowcountry Montessori team as a special education teacher. She feels truly blessed to have the opportunity to teach at such creative environment. She earned her Bachelor's of Education Degree in Special Education from Clemson University and a Master's Degree of Education in Learning Disabilities from Furman University. She has been teaching for over twenty years. Lynn currently resides in Beaufort, S.C.  with her husband, Jim, and all their fur babies. In her spare time she enjoys the beach, reading, camping, spending time with her family and friends. Lynn’s love for learning and helping others led her to go back to school at the age of twenty-six to learn to read. She realized early on that she not only had the ability to change her own life, but that she could change the lives of others. Her philosophy of education is anyone can learn and will learn given the right tools.  

Debbie Yates, Reading CoachD.Yates@Lowcomo.com

Debbie has a long career as a Montessorian.  She has her Primary, Lower Elementary, and Upper Elementary Montessori credential from AMS.  She has also earned her Reading Coach Endorsement through the SCDE.  She also holds a SC teacher certification in Early Childhood Education.

Katie Watkins, Special Education Assistant, K.Watkins@Lowcomo.com

Denise Vertucci, Secondary Special Education Guide, D.Vertucci@LowcountryMontessori.com

Shaun Morgan, Learning Center Assistant, B.S. Math. Currently in  MEd. Program in Learning Disabilities (by 2022). AMSSI/II (summer 2020).  S.Morgan@Lowcomo.com  

Marie "Shaun" Morgan was born in Beaufort, SC, and raised in Jasper County. She is a graduate of Thomas Heyward Academy and has always wanted a career as an educator. As a mother of three, she completed her initial degree through the Technical College of the Low Country. Then continued her education through Southern New Hampshire University. She has been involved in education for more than 7 years. Shaun has attended the Houston Montessori Center to achieve her AMS Montessori Secondary Credential. All three of her children attend Lowcountry Montessori School. Shaun is married and loves family time. 

High School Level

Dan Mackin, Social Studies and Speech/Debate Guide, AMSSI/II, SC Cert. SS, Gifted and Talented in process, D.Mackin@Lowcomo.com

Dan graduated from  the College of Charleston with a B.A. in history in 2013, he earned his teaching credential from Lander University in 2015, and he finished his Montessori secondary I/II credential in 2018. When not in the classroom, Dan coaches the Quiz Bowl team and advises the Theatre Arts program. Prior to beginning his teaching career, Dan served as an AVID Tutor in his hometown of Greenwood, SC and served as the Civil Development director for seven years at Camp Old Indian Scout Reservation. Dan credits these roles for nurturing his ability to encourage young people to explore social studies in exciting and creative ways. Having never met a book he does not like, Dan is a voracious reader and enjoys camping and hiking. Dan Mackin holds a SC teacher certification in HS History and Montessori Secondary Education.

Stephen Myers, Science Guide, AMSSI/II, SC Cert. Science, S.Myers@Lowcomo.com

Stephen Myers earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from the University of South Carolina. He held an internship with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in Beaufort County, South Carolina where he was then hired as a finfish scientist. The fish; including Cobia, Red Drum and Striper Bass; were raised to be released in the waterways and off the coasts of Beaufort County. After leaving the DNR, Stephen joined a wildlife tour group and lead dolphin and river tours in and around the waters of the May River.Today, Stephen is a high school science teacher. He teaches Marine Science and has moved to the Saint Helena Sound Marine Estuary where he continually works to educate today’s youth about the importance of taking proper care of The Low Country’s salt marshes. In their spare time, Stephen and his wife Kendra work to expand their local farm, Myers Family Farms, in order to provide fresh food to the ever-growing, ever caring Sea Island community. Stephen Myers holds a SC teacher certification in HS Science and Montessori Secondary Education.

Jonathan Albright, English Guide, B.A. English Literature, AMSSI/II (2022), M.A. (TESOL) & Applied Linguistics, SC Cert. Secondary English (7-12), J.Albright@Lowcomo.com

For the past ten years I have taught at a variety of levels both  in the United States and in South Korea. During my graduate program, I tutored international students.  After finishing my degree, I moved to South Korea. There, I taught students from pre-kindergarten to twelfth grade, university students, and other English teachers.  Returning home, I then entered a program to attain my secondary English certification. During the program, I taught students in grades eight, eleven, and twelve in inclusions, honors, and ESL classes.  Since finishing the program, I have been substitute teaching at a school for special needs students. These students range from kindergarten to third grade. When I am not teaching I like to spend my free time at auctions, yard sales, and thrift stores.  I collect a variety of items including coins, stamps, marbles, glassware, and anything mid-century modern. A native of Pennsylvania, I hope to explore Beaufort and learn as much as I can about the history and culture of this beautiful Area. I agree with the ideas that the school presents such as the importance of community, student centered leading and learning, and peaceful problem solving. I am really looking forward to grow and learn with each and every student, parent, and staff member to make teaching at Low Country Montessori School a wonderful and inspiring experience. Jonathan Albright  holds a SC teacher certification in HS English and is currently working on his Montessori Secondary Education certification..

Matt Russell, HS Math Guide, M.Russell@Lowcomo.com

Mr. Russell graduated from the University of Cincinnati of Ohio while majoring in Education and Mathematics. Mr. Russell previously taught in the inner city schools in Cincinnati, Ohio and was the head basketball coach in a suburban town outside of Cincinnati for 3 years. He is passionate and nerdy when it comes to Mathematics. He throughly enjoys exploring math along side the students and, as he would say, loves to “get messy with the math”. He has inspired to be an educator since he was in the 3rd grade and is extremely excited to teach at Lowcountry Montessori. Matt Russell holds a SC teacher certification in HS Math and is working on his Montessori Secondary Education credential.

Quitman Marshall, HS Journalism Guide, SC State Certified secondary language arts/English, Q.Marshall@Lowcomo.com

After nearly 20 years of teaching at various educational levels (poet in the schools in NY and across SC, middle school language arts teaching in Beaufort, and college English instruction) Quitman (Mr. Q) came to Lowcountry Montessori following two of his children. He received his Montessori training in Houston and Charleston, and looks forward to growing as a teacher with the LMS community.  Quitman Marshall holds a SC teacher certification in HS English and attended Montessori Secondary Education training.

Middle School Level

Jason Griffis, MS Guide, AMSSI/II, M.Ed. Integrative Montessori Education, J.Griffis@Lowcomo.com  

Jason Griffis is an adolescent teacher/guide who received his AMS Montessori Secondary credential through the Houston Montessori Center in June 2015. He has been an educator since 2005, after obtaining his Bachelors degree in Education from the University of North Florida. He holds a Masters degree of Montessori Integrative Education from TIES, of Endicott University. While being in education for many years, he found his calling in Montessori educational philosophy. "I feel lucky to be back home here in the south, surrounded by family and friends. I look forward to seeing what change this strong middle school community will bring to the the Lowcountry." Jason holds a SC teacher certification in MS Math and Montessori Secondary Education.

Emily Fowler, MS Guide, AMSSI/II, M.Ed. Integrative Montessori Education, MMUN Certified, E.Fowler@Lowcomo.com

Emily Fowler is a seasoned home educator to her 5 children and a Montessorian at heart.  She joins the LMS family after 10 years of homeschooling on the road, with their adventures taking them all over the southeast and to Paris, France.  She holds a bachelors in History from the University of Memphis and is currently getting her MA in Montessori Integrative Learning through the TIES program at Endicott College.  When she isn't pouring over Montessori philosophy, she can be found reading French history books at the beach with her amazing and supportive husband, Peter, and her constant inspiration, her children.Emily is working towards her SC teacher certification in Montessori Secondary Education. and has finished her Master's in Montessori from Endicott University.

Chad Rentz, MS Guide, ASMSI/II, MA Teaching, SC Cert. Science, C.Rentz@Lowcomo.com

Mr. Chad is a graduate of Clemson University with a bachelor of science in environmental and natural resources and a concentration in conservation biology. He possesses a masters of arts in teaching middle school science from the College of Charleston and The Citadel. He considers himself a creative thinker with an entrepreneurial spirit. Mr. Chad has spent the last few years teaching for two different magnet schools in Charleston and he oversaw the middle level science program at Coastal Montessori Charter School on Pawley's Island. When Mr. Chad is not teaching, you can find him with his family, at the beach, or at a live music event. Chad holds a SC teacher certification in MS  and Montessori Secondary Education.

Upper Elementary Level

Deborah Savage, Upper Elementary Guide, AMSEI/II, D.Savage@Lowcomo.com

Deborah's first teaching job was at the age of 16, teaching English as a second language in Brazil. She received her SC teaching certificate in the 1980s.  Previously, she owned and operated a private nationally accredited (NAEYC) preschool/kindergarten  for 10 years.  She taught music at Coosaw Elementary and enjoyed producing all of the school performances. She is a Certified LE and UE Montessori Teacher. Deborah loves her students and enjoys her time with them.  In her free time she enjoys travel, spending time outdoors, fishing, gardening, and making art. Deborah holds a SC teacher certification in Early Childhood and Montessori Lower Elementary and Upper Elementary.

Peter Verbrick, Upper Elementary Guide, P.Verbrick@Lowcomo.com

Mr. Peter Verbrick has been in education for over 20 years.  He has been an administrator as well as a classroom guide.

Jordan Melville, Upper Elementary Guide, J.Melville@Lowcomo.com

Jordan grew up in a Montessori family and attended Montessori of Macon From primary to 7th grade. He graduated Savannah College of Art and Design in 2013 with a BFA majoring in printmaking and minoring in book arts.

Jordan has worked in various jobs from screen printing, to vinyl signage, to being a Sous chef, prep cook, cashier and a/v safety/security installation. For the past two and a half years he has been a welding apprentice. He recently spent his first summer of Montessori training in Charleston, SC, and when he came to the campus of LMS, it reminded him of the Montessori school he grew up in.  As soon as he saw the outside space, he felt it was the right jump to make. Mr. Jordan is currently in training to receive his upper elementary Montessori credential.

Caitlyn Creamer, Upper Elementary Assistant, C.Creamer@Lowcomo.com

Caitlyn Creamer is originally from a small town in Massachusetts. She came to Beaufort in 2015 where she now lives with her husband and 2 daughters. She first came to our school when her oldest daughter started attending pre-K classes. She then started as a substitute teacher where she was swept off her feet by the upper elementary students and amazing staff. Caitlyn was made a full time member of our community as an Upper Elementary Assistant Guide and she is excited to help nurture and continue her students enthusiasm and  love of learning

Brandon Lang, Upper Elementary Assistant, B.Lang@Lowcomo.com

Brandon is originally from Charlotte, North Carolina. He attended NC State University from 2015 through 2019, receiving a BS in History. He has worked in a variety of fields; his time staff photographer and shipkeeper were some of his favorites. He has spent his last two years as a Museum Educator at the COR Museum in Raleigh, NC. Continuing his journey as an educator, LMS felt like a natural choice. He enjoys reading and spending times in the outdoors.

Gregory Bednarsh, Upper Elementary Assistant, G.Bednarsh@Lowcomo.com

Indulge me, if you will, in the telling of a journey that spans decades. A journey, that like many before it and many after, has a beginning, a middle, but no end. It starts in Bolivia, works it’s way to New York, zig-zags through North Carolina and eventually lands in South Carolina. Growing up in New York City, I had the privilege of attending Manhattan Country School, founded during the Civil Rights Movement on the principles of MLK - where no matter your race, gender, economic standing, or sexual orientation - everyone deserves a quality education. If that wasn’t enough, MCS owns a Farm, in Upstate NY, because Education doesn’t stop in the classroom. This is where I was introduced to a Montessori-like education, I just didn’t know it at the time. What I took from feeding pigs, milking cows, baling hay, planting onions, exploring nature, baking bread was a sense of self. Was collaboration. Was an independence that helped guide me through a world that, oftentimes, takes the lead. I wanted that, I wanted that freedom, to perhaps fall off that preverbal horse only to rise up and be better than before. To listen, learn, adapt. Thats what MCS did for me, and like Montessori education is. The classroom is everywhere. School is always in session. My philosophy: School should be a place children want to go, not a place they have to go. Oh, and I have a BFA from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Filmmaking with a concentration in Editing/Sound Design and Storytelling, and Tokaido might be my favorite board game.

Lisa Langley, Upper Elementary Assistant, L.Langley@Lowcomo.com

Lower Elementary Level

Amy Scarborough, Lower Elementary Guide, Ph.D. Cultural and Historic Studies in Design, M.Ed. Montessori Elementary, M.S.  Costume and Textiles Studies, B.A.  Geography and International Studies, AMSEI, A.Scarborough@Lowcomo.com

Ms. Amy Scarborough, has been involved in Montessori education for five years as either a parent or lead teacher. She is currently finishing her M.Ed. in Montessori Elementary from Lander University and last year was the Art Guide at LMS. She has her Ph.D. in Cultural and Historic Studies from Oregon State University and both her M.A. in Apparel and Textiles and B.A. in Geography and International Studies from the University of Georgia. Previous to LMS, she was a professor for twelve years and a curator. She and her daughters who are in lower elementary and primary love being a part of the LMS community. Ms. Amy grew up in Alabama and has lived in Savannah, Oregon, Houston, New York City, and Athens, Georgia. She loves to travel with her husband and kids.

Heather Pottenger, Lower Elementary Guide, AMSEI/II, H.Pottenger@Lowcomo.com

Mrs. Heather begun her career in education as an assistant in the Upper Elementary classroom.  She has a degree in biology.  She then was sent to training  for Lower and Upper Elementary Montessori Training.  She completed her training and is now SC certified in Lower Elementary and Upper Elementary.  She is currently a Lower Elementary Guide. 

Boston Hulth, Lower Elementary Guide, MEd. in Education and Elementary Education, state certified in Early Childhood Education, AMSEI (Summer 2020) B.Hulth@Lowcomo.com 

Boston and her daughter are so excited to be joining our Lowcountry Montessori family.   Boston has been teaching first and second grade at Lady’s Island Elementary for the past thirteen years. She holds a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Political Science from Lander University and a Master’s of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education from the University of South Carolina.  As a life-long learner, the pursuit of a Montessori Certification was an easy choice. She has one daughter who is a Montessori student. They love spending family time together.

Lisa Langley, Lower Elementary Assistant, L.Langley@Lowcomo.com

Lisa was first introduced to the writings of Maria Montessori in 1991, when she obtained a copy of The Absorbent Mind. Her fascination grew as she observed Montessori’s principles unfold in the development of her own growing children. Although an artist in training and practice, Lisa has been a student of Maria Montessori’s thought and philosophy for decades, and believes in providing children with a contemplative and creative place to foster their spirit of wonder and independence. Lisa holds degrees from both Rhode Island School of Design and Providence College. She has worked with clients in interior design projects as well as fine art commissions. Aside from her passion for education and the visual arts, Lisa is interested in America’s Slow Food movement and supporting sustainable agriculture in the Lowcountry.

Jessica Gonzalez, Lower Elementary Assistant, J.Gonzalez@Lowcomo.com

Ashley Doray, Lower Elementary Assistant, Ashley.Doray@Lowcomo.com

Ashley has been married to her husband, Darren, for 26 years and they have 6 children, and one grandson. Three of her children Keegan, Nicolas, and Kaleb, go to Lowcountry Montessori. She moved to Beaufort when she was 3 years old, due to her father being in the military. The beauty of this area has kept her here ever since. Her children began at Lowcountry Montessori when it opened in 2003 and they have really enjoyed being part of the Montessori community. Noticing what a difference Montessori education was making, as well as learning the philosophy of Montessori and seeing what it had done for them, she wanted to be part of the community as well. She began to work as a substitute 3 years ago and this school year, 2018 she feels privileged to be a full time Lower Elementary assistant. She am currently in school finishing her degree in Human Services, then will continue her education to receive a Montessori certification. She hopes to be able to become certified in Special Education in the future as well. She enjoys camping and spending time with her family. She loves to be outside and enjoys nature.

Primary Level

Amy Feaver, Primary Guide, AMSEI, SC Teaching certification “Highly  Qualified,” B.A., M.A.Ed. A.Feaver@Lowcomo.com

Originally from Northern Illinois, Amy received her BA in journalism from Columbia College Chicago. She began working in Montessori schools as an assistant in 2001 and became fascinated with the Montessori method of educating the whole child. After receiving her Primary certification in 2008, Amy taught children from the toddler level through elementary. Amy is very excited to be teaching in Primary, and looks forward to seeing all of the new faces this year.  Amy joined LMS with her daughter, who is in the Upper Elementary program, and loves to see how happy she is every day.  Amy looks forward to watching your children flourish and find their happiness. In her free time, she enjoys exploring this (new to her) region of the country, and spending time with her family. 

Kate Lucas, Primary Guide, K.Lucas@Lowcomo.com

Born abroad in Singapore, Catherine "Kate" Lucas, has lived in Ohio, Colorado, and Louisiana and has lived in the South Carolina Lowcountry for the past 22 years.  She is a graduate of Battery Creek High School in Beaufort and the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor's Degree in Human Services. She has recently completed her Montessori training at the Orlando Montessori Teacher Education Institute, where she has earned her credentials from AMS to teach early childhood education.  This will be Kate’s fourth year teaching here at LMS, where she first worked as an assistant teacher in both lower and upper elementary classes.  She is now in her second year as a lead teacher in a primary classroom.   Married for 17 years, she has two daughters, one son and a Labrador retriever.  She enjoys reading, camping and spending time with her family.  

Lindsay Neese, Primary Guide, L.Neese@Lowcomo.com

Lindsay is originally from the coast in NC.  She graduated from East Carolina University in 2001, with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, concentrating in Textile Design.  She was led to teaching soon after graduating but wasn’t being fulfilled teaching Middle School Art. She decided to go back to school and took the path of becoming a massage therapist, yoga teacher and a year ago began an Ayurvedic Health Counselor training.  She found Lowcountry Montessori, as a parent, the first year it opened in 2014 and began teaching Art to all ages until 2017. It is the community of this school, her love of the Montessori classroom and being able to weave all her knowledge together that led her back to teaching in a primary Montessori classroom.  She began her Primary Montessori training this past summer and is currently continuing her training throughout this 2019-2020 school year. In her free time, she enjoys being in nature, taking walks on the beach, and spending time with her two daughters.

Julia Diver, Primary Assistant, J.Diver@Lowcomo.com

Julia was raised on the south shore of Long Island, NY. Starting her Montessori career early as an Assistant Montessori teacher for infant through primary, while putting herself through college for Art. Always wanting to live in NYC, she moved to Queens with her husband and became a nanny for two lovely children . After having her first daughter Ruby, she and her husband  Brian decided to add more adventure into our lives and move to Costa Rica. After two years of running a successful homemade ice cream shop, exploring the rainforest with all of its creatures and beauty, and giving birth to their second daughter Clover, they decided to move back to the states and landed in Bluffton, SC. She now lives on Lady's Island  and has been working at LMS since it opened in 2014. She is happy to share her love of culture, food, and adventure with her new LMS community.

Leah Way, Primary Assistant, L.Way@Lowcomo.com

Leah has been with LMS since it opened in 2014. She has been a Primary Assistant for the last 2 years in Ms. Kate’s room. Ms. Leah has had formal and informal training in the Montessori methodology. She holds a Paraprofessional Guide certificate from IGS and hopes to go through the remainder of her Montessori training in the summer of 2019. Leah is very enthusiastic about Montessori and enjoys working with and educating children in a Montessori setting.

Laura McKeown, Primary Assistant, ASMEC, LL.McKeown@Lowcomo.com

Laura Lopresto-McKeown has been involved in Montessori education for almost 20 years. She has served as a primary and elementary Montessori guide, as well as a school leader. Laura is a wife and the mother of a four year old girl. She is studying Developmental Psychology and School Development with a focus on building communities of learners at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Integrated Arts Teachers

Cabell Heyward, Practical Life, Art, and Drafting Guide, C.Heyward@Lowcomo.com

Raised in Richmond by parents who were both career educators, Cabell loved learning but not being educated. He found himself in engineering school trying to make the best of it when he discovered Industrial Design, a program where engineering was not a set of abstract concepts, but rather a hands-on endeavor involving materials derived from nature and end-users that are human, with all their needs, vulnerabilities and frailties. He remained at Georgia Tech for nearly a decade designing and building unique equipment for people with disabilities. He then fell into a deep dark hole, but later resurfaced in Athens where he was among his own kind and received his MFA in painting and drawing. Marriage brought him to Beaufort and the birth of his son focused his concerns around those things that make for an enduring sense of contentment. After a ten year stint in the home renovation field, Cabell discovered the Lowcountry Montessori School, an unexpected concentration of very dedicated yet open-minded and inquisitive people, for whom education is never routine, but an ever-evolving series of experiments toward the lofty goal of a self-made graduate.

Emily Moore, P.E. Guide, B.A. Education, E.Moore@Lowcomo.com

I am so excited to be back at Lowcountry Montessori as an assistant in Lower Elementary.  I know that my past educational and work experiences will help me enrich the lives of all the children in our classroom.  I was born and raised in a small town called Barnesville, Ohio.  I graduated from Muskingum College in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education and Moderate to Mild Intervention Specialist degree for ages 3-21.  After college, I worked in Ohio as an intervention specialist for six years.  My husband and I moved to Beaufort in 2010.  Here, I taught at an excellent Catholic School and earned Teacher of the Year 2014-2015.  I decided I needed to take a step back from the amount of time I was spending on work.  My husband travels and is gone for months at a time.  The assistant position at the Lowcountry Montessori has been a great fit.  I couldn’t ever imagine giving up teaching.  It’s my passion.  It’s who I am.  My three kids and I all love the Montessori Mission and hope we can continue to help this school grow into something even more incredible. E.Moore@LowcountryMontessori.com

Francy Johannan, Spanish Guide, F.Johannan@Lowcomo.com

Mrs. Johannan is originally from Colombia (S. America), a graduate from La Salle University in Modern Languages, also has a Masters degree in Education and various Professional development in  ESL/EFL at the National University. Since early age to her 16 she was involved in escenic arts and dance. She has coordinated language immersion programs back in Colombia where her students traveled with her to Canada and London to engage in the culture and practice the language (English). She has dedicated her career forging a bond with students, one that will foster a love of language and the value of cultural diversity, respect and appreciation of the difference. Her teaching career in Bogotά, includes 25 years of experience teaching EFL k-11 in Bilingual schools and as a University professor for forming teachers at La Salle University. She has been part of global exchange teaching programs and has worked as ESL,Dual Immersion-Spanish and Dance teacher in the United  States. She loves living in the Lowcountry and loves even more the opportunity to be part of the great family at LMS.

Samantha Campbell, Ecology Guide, BS. in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, Master Naturalist Certification from Lowcountry Institute. Currently in training for:

Master Gardener Certification with Clemson University and Master of Arts in Teaching Biology from Miami University's Graduate School Global Field Studies Program. Winner of Keep America Beautiful's "Excellence in Education" award. S.Campbell@Lowcomo.com

Samantha Campbell is a naturalist and educator who loves sharing her love of the natural world with others. She has worked with LMS students to create outdoor classrooms where they garden to attract wildlife, raise native butterflies, conduct scientific research, as well as grow food.  She has worked on South Carolina’s beaches with the SCDNR Marine Turtle Conservation and Genetics Project for the last 13 years. Additionally, she has worked internationally with sea turtle protection projects, wildlife hospitals, and environmental education centers. She holds a degree in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation from the University of Miami and completed a thesis on Community-based Sea Turtle Conservation in Mafia Island Marine Park, Tanzania. In addition to serving as the Ecology & Gardening Educator at Lowcountry Montessori School, she co-leads eco-tours to Costa Rica every Spring and gives summer presentations on native wildlife for the Coastal Discovery Museum on Hilton Head Island.  She lives in historic downtown Beaufort with her husband, Moon Longo, and their two cats, Eddie & Talula.

John Bowman, Culinary Guide, J.Bowman@Lowcomo.com

Graduated Cum Laude from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in Social Science (Economics & Sociology).  Father of two wonderful daughters who also attended LMS.  Local small business owner and micro farm operator. Growing and cooking my own food and showcasing local cuisine is my passion. I have over two decades of culinary experience from local fine dining to southern bbq.  Currently enjoying the opportunity to share my knowledge and life skills with upper elementary, middle and high school students as the culinary instructor for Lowcountry Montessori's Food & Nutrition curriculum. ​

Janine Cole, Art Guide, SC Certified in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, J.Cole@Lowcomo.com

Janine grew up in New Jersey and studied Early Childhood, Human Services and Art at Montclair State University.  She has worked with children in many diverse settings for most of her life.  Her family of 3 moved to Bluffton, SC, in 2009 and shortly after her family became 4.  Several years later, Janine began teaching Art to children.  In 2019 she joined the LMS community and is thrilled to be here.

Communication Directory

For Matters Related to the following, Contact Lead Teacher:

 

Child’s progress

Classroom activities

Specialist’s Class procedures

Behavior and discipline

Field Trips

For Matters Related to:

 

Facilities  (Administrator of Facilities Matt Zappia, m.zappia@lowcomo.com)

Legal matters  (Director, Amy Horn, a.horn@lowcomo.com)

Fundraising  (Director, Amy Horn, a.horn@lowcomo.com)

Public relations (Director, Amy Horn, a.horn@lowcomo.com)

Pedagogical issues (Director, Amy Horn, a.horn@lowcomo.com)

Communication (Assistant Director, Sarah Fox, s.fox@lowcomo.com)

Policy (Administrators Amy Horn: a.horn@lowcomo.com, Sarah Fox: s.fox@lowcomo.com or Matt Zappia: m.zappia@lowcomo.com)

Staff (Administrators Amy Horn: a.horn@lowcomo.com, Sarah Fox: s.fox@lowcomo.com or Matt Zappia: m.zappia@lowcomo.com)

 

For Matters Related to:

 

Early/After School  (April Beall, april.beall@lowcomo.com)

After School Schedule (April Beall, april.beall@lowcomo.com)

Daily Scheduling (Data Administrator, Michael Bell m.bell@lowcomo.com)

Student Records (Data Administrator, Michael Bell m.bell@lowcomo.com)

Observations  (Director, Amy Horn, a.horn@lowcomo.com)

Registration  (Data Administrator, Michael Bell, m.bell@lowcomo.com)

Admissions  (Assistant Director, Sarah Fox, s.fox@lowcomo.com)

 

For Matters Related to:

 

Parent Volunteering (Rose Beck, r.beck@lowcomo.com)

Billing/Account (April Beall, april.beall@lowcomo.com)

 

For Matters Related to:

 

Testing Info & Schedules (Rebecca Carrington: r.carrington@lowcomo.com or Becky Shaffer, b.shaffer@lowcomo.com))

High School Transition (Rebecca Carrington, r.carrington@lowcomo.com)

 

For Matters Related to:

 

Special Education (Becky Shaffer,  b.shaffer@lowcomo.com)

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