Meet the TMA Team!

Administrators

  • Amanda Rainey Amanda Rainey
    Amanda Rainey

    Amanda Rainey

    Assistant Head of School

    arainey@tmaonline.org

    My Stats: Started at TMA: 2009

    My Passions: Montessori, sports, and outdoor adventures

    My Hobbies: Coaching girls select softball and reading

    If you were only allowed one item and one food on a deserted island, what would you bring?

    Iced mocha and iPhone

    What is your favorite Montessori material and why?

    Trinomial cube... because it is the three dimensional form of an algebraic equation. Awesome!

  • David Reyes David Reyes
    David Reyes

    David Reyes

    Business Manager

    dreyes@tmaonline.org

    My Stats: Started at TMA: 2011

    My Passions: Family, football, and cars

    My Hobbies: Origami, gaming, sports, outdoors, and grilling

    If you were only allowed one item and one food on a deserted island, what would you bring?

    A hammock and a bacon burger.

    What is your favorite Montessori material and why?

    The pink block tower!

  • Linda Martin Linda Martin
    Linda Martin

    Linda Martin

    Office Coordinator

    lmartin@tmaonline.org

    My Stats: Began Teaching: 1995 | Started at TMA: 1995

    My Passions: Being a mom, my sweet schnauzer, and Slurpees

    My Hobbies: Scrapbooking, organizing stuff, and watching old sitcoms

    If you were only allowed one item and one food on a deserted island, what would you bring?

    My bed, spaghetti, oh wait...a Slurpee machine!

    What is your favorite Montessori material and why?

    It's too hard to single out just one material...so I won't. My favorite "aspect" of Montessori is being able to guide the development of the whole child.

  • Lynette Engelke Lynette Engelke
    Lynette Engelke

    Lynette Engelke

    Director of Marketing and Admissions

    lengelke@tmaonline.org

    My Stats: Started at TMA: 2017; 2007-2010 as Marketing Communications Specialist

    My Passions: Being the best parent I can be to my 2 sons

    My Hobbies: Reading, exercise, and travel

    If you were only allowed one item and one food on a deserted island, what would you bring?

    My Kindle with 1,000 books and cashews

    What is your favorite Montessori material and why?

    I love the Trinomial Cube! It presents the younger child with a concrete, puzzle-like, version of the quadratic equation and allows the older child to progress to abstration, solving the quadratic equation in elementary school. 

  • Melanie Henshaw Melanie Henshaw
    Melanie Henshaw

    Melanie Henshaw

    Accountant

    Mhenshaw@tmaonline.org

    My Stats: Started at TMA: 1996

  • Pam Dunbar Pam Dunbar
    Pam Dunbar

    Pam Dunbar

    Head of School

    pdunbar@tmaonline.org

    My Stats: Began Teaching: 4-6th Latin teacher—1999; 3rd Greek & Latin Roots—2001 | Started at TMA: 1995

    My Passions: Boxster, dogs/cats/horse, flying pig collection

    My Hobbies: Hanging out with family,friends,horse; quiet time

    If you were only allowed one item and one food on a deserted island, what would you bring?

    A Bible and coconut cream pie

    What is your favorite Montessori material and why?

    Golden Bead Demonstration Tray and 45 Layout. Who would have thought you could introduce place value to children younger than 5? Dr. Montessori did and created a plethora of hands-on materials that help children develop a mental model of how math works.

Infant

  • Amanda Zarbock Amanda Zarbock
    Amanda Zarbock

    Amanda Zarbock

    Lead Infant "Nido" Guide

    azarbock@tmaonline.org

    My Stats: Began Teaching: 2003 | Started at TMA: 2015

    My Passions: My family, my job, and chocolate

    My Hobbies: Singing, embroidery, shopping

    If you were only allowed one item and one food on a deserted island, what would you bring?

    A multi tool and fruit

    What is your favorite Montessori material and why?

    The mobiles because that's where it all begins!

Toddler

  • Elaine Marshall Elaine Marshall
    Elaine Marshall

    Elaine Marshall

    Toddler Teacher

    emarshall@tmaonline.org

    My Stats: Began Teaching: 2003 | Started at TMA: 2013

    My Passions: Relaxing and spending time with family and friends

    My Hobbies: Gardening

    If you were only allowed one item and one food on a deserted island, what would you bring?

    A family photo and a delicious mango

    What is your favorite Montessori material and why?

    The golden beads introduce operations and mathematical process in an amazing way. I wish I could have learned math this way.

  • Jarese Fauls Jarese Fauls
    Jarese Fauls

    Jarese Fauls

    Toddler Teacher Assistant

    jfauls@tmaonline.org

    My Stats: Started at TMA: 2015

  • Kelle Johnson Kelle Johnson
    Kelle Johnson

    Kelle Johnson

    Extended Day Staff/Toddler Assistant

    kjohnson@tmaonline.org

    My Stats: Started at TMA: 2014

  • Lanundra Lanundra "Trese" Jordan
    Lanundra

    Lanundra "Trese"Jordan

    AM Extended Day Coordinator/Substitute

    ljordan@tmaonline.org

    My Stats: Began Teaching: 1996 | Started at TMA: 2013

    My Passions: Shoes, dishes, Books

    My Hobbies: Hosting, Reading, Cooking, Party Planning

    If you were only allowed one item and one food on a deserted island, what would you bring?

    Chicken and a picture of my children

    What is your favorite Montessori material and why?

    I don't know if I Have a favorite. I love all the work in a Montessori classroom, because it allows for the child to be self-sufficient.

Early Childhood

  • Ana Comer Ana Comer
    Ana Comer

    Ana Comer

    Early Childhood Intern

    acomer@tmaonline.org

    My Stats: Began Teaching: 1999 | Started at TMA: 2016

    My Passions: Family, Brazilian food, and Christmas time

    My Hobbies: Singing, cooking and teaching

    If you were only allowed one item and one food on a deserted island, what would you bring?

    A Hemm Sailboat and Acai pure

    What is your favorite Montessori material and why?

    The Sandpaper Letters: With the sandpaper letters the teacher will introduce the phonetic sounds to the child. They are able to see, touch, and say (hear) a phonetics sounds. It is the beginning of the magical moment that the child learns to read and write.

  • Dakota Montet Dakota Montet
    Dakota Montet

    Dakota Monet

    Early Childhood Assistant Teacher

    dmonet@tmaonline.org

     

  • Letty Marquez Letty Marquez
    Letty Marquez

    Letty Marquez

    Early Childhood Teacher

    Lmarquez@tmaonline.org

    My Stats: Began Teaching: 1988 | Started at TMA: 1988

    My Passions: My family, friends, puppy, and my faith

    My Hobbies: Reading, listening to "oldies" music, and walking

    If you were only allowed one item and one food on a deserted island, what would you bring?

    My mascara and an apple

    What is your favorite Montessori material and why?

    I would have to say the math area in general. They are the most inviting and beautiful works. The foundation for many concepts and skills are found in this area and it allows the child to develop thinking, reasoning, and problem solving. All the materials are designed with such precision.

  • Lulu Moronu Lulu Moronu
    Lulu Moronu

    Lulu Moronu

    Early Childhood Teacher

    Lmoronu@tmaonline.org

    My Stats: Began Teaching: 2005 | Started at TMA: November 2016

    My Passions: Traveling and spending time with family and friends

    My Hobbies: Sewing, quilting, gardening, and golfing

    If you were only allowed one item and one food on a deserted island, what would you bring?

    A hammock and chocolates

    What is your favorite Montessori material and why?

     

    I love the Montessori Math materials. They make so much sense. I remember thinking, “If I only learned math this way when I was a child, I would have actually loved it!”

    traveling and spending time with family and friends

  • Ramona Jaber Ramona Jaber
    Ramona Jaber

    Ramona Jaber

    Early Childhood Teacher

    Rjaber@tmaonline.org

    My Stats: Began Teaching: 2006 | Started at TMA: 2006

    My Passions: Family time, movies, and shopping!

    My Hobbies: Travelling

    If you were only allowed one item and one food on a deserted island, what would you bring?

    Dessert... I love it!!! Radio

    What is your favorite Montessori material and why?

    The teen board.. It's just so amazing how the child ends up learning his teens. A reason and a fact behind every step and every new idea the child is approached with.

  • Sydne Somers Sydne Somers
    Sydne Somers

    Sydne Somers

    Early Childhood Teacher Assistant

    ssomers@tmaonline.org

    My Stats: Began Teaching: 1991 | Started at TMA: 2012, 1997-2000

    My Passions: Trees, children's books, beverages

    My Hobbies: Walking, listening to music

    If you were only allowed one item and one food on a deserted island, what would you bring?

    A radio (with power) and hamburger

    What is your favorite Montessori material and why?

    The continent maps because they teach the children about the world and are rarely found in other education environments.

  • Sylvie LeBlanc Sylvie LeBlanc
    Sylvie LeBlanc

    Sylvie Leblanc

    Extended Day Coordinator/Teacher Assistant

    sleblanc@tmaonline.org

    My Stats: Began Teaching: 1997 | Started at TMA: 1997

    My Passions: Shopping, dinner with friends and good wine

    My Hobbies: Shopping and babysitting my grandchildren

    If you were only allowed one item and one food on a deserted island, what would you bring?

    I would bring my iPad to face time my people while eating a bag of chips!

    What is your favorite Montessori material and why?

    I am always impressed to see children master work skills with the 45 lay out. To me it's one of the most beautiful floor work that I witnessed at school. When Kameryn did it for the first time, I cried!

Elementary

  • Candy Proctor Candy Proctor
    Candy Proctor

    Candy Proctor

    Lower Elementary

    cproctor@tmaonline.org

    My Stats: Began Teaching: 2002 | Started at TMA: 2007

    My Passions: Coffee, essential oils, and music

    My Hobbies: Cooking, reading, listneing to music

    If you were only allowed one item and one food on a deserted island, what would you bring?

    Lavender tea tree oil and macaroni and cheese

    What is your favorite Montessori material and why?

    The Checkerboard for multiplication because you can multiply big numbers on it, in a very concrete way. It's most like multiplying on paper to me.

  • Heidi Holguin Heidi Holguin
    Heidi Holguin

    Heidi Holguin

    Lower Elementary Teacher

    hholguin@tmaonline.org

    My Stats: Began Teaching: 2013 | Started at TMA: 2010

    My Passions: My family

    My Hobbies: Sports!!!

    If you were only allowed one item and one food on a deserted island, what would you bring?

    My one food is Marble Slab and a spoon!!

    What is your favorite Montessori material and why?

    Test Tubes

  • Madeline Yzaguirre Madeline Yzaguirre
    Madeline Yzaguirre

    Madeline Yzaguirre

    Lower Elementary Teacher

    Myzaguirre@tmaonline.org

    My Stats: Began Teaching: 2015 | Started at TMA: 2015

    My Passions: Coffee, books, and flowers

    My Hobbies: Reading, gardening, and going on road trips

    If you were only allowed one item and one food on a deserted island, what would you bring?

    A copy of Lord of the Flies by William Golding and spaghetti and meatballs.

    What is your favorite Montessori material and why?

    The Bead Chains because they make math more tangible for children in multiple levels.

  • Price Barnes Price Barnes
    Price Barnes

    Price Barnes

    Upper Elementary Teacher

    pbarnes@tmaonline.org

    My Stats: Began Teaching: 2014 | Started at TMA: 2014

    My Passions: Reading, running, and laughing

    My Hobbies: Translating Latin and Greek, eating food

    If you were only allowed one item and one food on a deserted island, what would you bring?

    Ovid's Metamorphosis and noodles

    What is your favorite Montessori material and why?

    Cubing materials. I have never seen anything so well explained! I can now see math in a new way and it actually makes sense.

  • Robin Dotson Robin Dotson
    Robin Dotson

    Robin Dotson

    Upper Elementary Teacher

    rdotson@tmaonline.org

    My Stats: Began Teaching: 2006 | Started at TMA: 2006

    My Passions: My family, Mexican food, and going to live theater

    My Hobbies: Reading, going to the movies, and live theater

    If you were only allowed one item and one food on a deserted island, what would you bring?

    Chapstick and hamburgers!

    What is your favorite Montessori material and why?

    The Square Root material because it's sheer genius! Anyone can understand square roots after they master it.

Enrichments

  • Cindy Honeycutt Cindy Honeycutt
    Cindy Honeycutt

    Cindy Honeycutt

    Drama Specialist

    crhoneycutt@sbcglobal.net

    My Stats: Began Teaching: 1991 | Started at TMA: 2009

    My Passions: Family, music, the beach

    My Hobbies: Reading, singing, swimming, and animals

    If you were only allowed one item and one food on a deserted island, what would you bring?

    My kindle and tacos.

    What is your favorite Montessori material and why?

    The rugs to put works on. I am a very tidy person and dislike clutter. I like the orderliness of the rugs.

  • David Reyes David Reyes
    David Reyes

    David Reyes

    Enrichment Computer Lab Teacher

    dreyes@tmaonline.org

    My Stats: Began Teaching: 2016 | Started at TMA: 2011

    My Passions: Family, football, and cars

    My Hobbies: Origami, gaming, sports, outdoors, and grilling

    If you were only allowed one item and one food on a deserted island, what would you bring?

    A hammock and a bacon burger.

    What is your favorite Montessori material and why?

    The pink block tower!

  • Denisse Aquino Denisse Aquino
    Denisse Aquino

    Denisse Aquino

    Spanish Specialist/Art Specialist

    daquino@tmaonline.org

    My Stats: Began Teaching: 2015 | Started at TMA: 2015

    My Passions: Good coffee and family time

    My Hobbies: Listening to Christian podcasts, working out, walking my dogs

    If you were only allowed one item and one food on a deserted island, what would you bring?

    A cup of coffee and my Bible

    What is your favorite Montessori material and why?

    Montesori Smelling Bottles. I'm amazed how the sense of smell is linked to the brain so that certain smells may evoke good memories.

  • Jennifer Clarkson Jennifer Clarkson
    Jennifer Clarkson

    Jennifer Clarkson

    Music Specialist

    jclarkson@tmaonline.org

    My Stats: Began Teaching: 1996 | Started at TMA: 2010

    My Passions: Gardening, movies, music

    My Hobbies: Piano, ponding, playing piano, home improvement

    If you were only allowed one item and one food on a deserted island, what would you bring?

    Tiramisu

    What is your favorite Montessori material and why?

    Orff instruments

  • Jennifer Williams Jennifer Williams
    Jennifer Williams

    Jennifer Williams

    Librarian/Conflict Resolution Specialist

    jwilliams@tmaonline.org

    My Stats: Began Teaching: 2008 | Started at TMA: 2008

  • Pam Dunbar Pam Dunbar
    Pam Dunbar

    Pam Dunbar

    Latin Enrichment Teacher

    pdunbar@tmaonline.org

    My Stats: Began Teaching: 4-6th Latin teacher—1999; 3rd Greek & Latin Roots—2001 | Started at TMA: 1995

    My Passions: Boxster, dogs/cats/horse, flying pig collection

    My Hobbies: Hanging out with family, friends, and my horse; quiet time

    If you were only allowed one item and one food on a deserted island, what would you bring?

    A Bible and coconut cream pie

    What is your favorite Montessori material and why?

    Golden Bead Demonstration Tray and 45 Layout. Who would have thought you could introduce place value to children younger than 5? Dr. Montessori did and created a plethora of hands-on materials that help children develop a mental model of how math works.

  • Takako Kusayanagi Takako Kusayanagi
    Takako Kusayanagi

    Takako Kusayanagi

    Science Specialist/Elementary Extended Day Curriculum Coordinator

    Tkusayanagi@tmaonline.org

    My Stats: Began Teaching: 1987 | Started at TMA: 1990

    My Passions: Spending time with my daugther, Mali, learning new things, and travel

    My Hobbies: Reading

    If you were only allowed one item and one food on a deserted island, what would you bring?

    A book and tuna roll

    What is your favorite Montessori material and why?

    Checkerboard ... Brilliant!

  • Walt Montet Walt Montet
    Walt Montet

    Walt Montet

    Movement Specialist

    wmontet@tmaonline.org

    My Stats: Began Teaching: 1991 | Started at TMA: 2001

    My Passions: Family, outdoors, and movement

    My Hobbies: Mountain biking, paddle boarding, and movement

    If you were only allowed one item and one food on a deserted island, what would you bring?

    Water Filter and avocado

    What is your favorite Montessori material and why?

    Wildscape - Nature Research shows it engages the brain for optimal growth for learning!!!