A lot of schools where teachers take center stage talk about being “child-centered”. Winston-Salem Montessori School is. In Montessori we speak of the “trio of teachers” a mixed aged community of child, Montessori’s learning materials, and the guide (“teacher”). Each part of the triad is as important as the other and where the teacher is an observer, follower, and guide who brings wisdom, thoughtfulness, and experience to the child’s academic, social, and intellectual exploration.

At Winston-Salem Montessori we believe that each child is possessed of many gifts and is not merely an empty mug to be filled by an all-knowing jug (the teacher). This approach demands special professionals confident and skilled enough to allow the child to be an active participant in his or her learning. It also means that all school decisions are driven by what is best for the children. Learn More

Leadership Team

Jonathan Churn

Head of School
jonathanchurn@wsmontessori.org

The purpose of the Leadership Team is to ensure the success of our educational program. The Leadership Team are dedicated to:

  • articulating the core values and vision of the school
  • providing academic leadership
  • taking leadership in the admissions and recruitment process,
  • building community and enhancing retention among students and families,
  • recruiting and guiding faculty members and staff,
  • ensuring the financial health of the school
  • serving as the school’s representatives to the larger community
  • facilitating the continuous process of internal evaluation
  • fundraising,
  • and implementing the long-term plan for the school.

Paul Raymond

Admissions Director
paulraymond@wsmontessori.org

Cheryl Raymond

Elementary/Adolescent
Program Director cherylraymond@wsmontessori.org

Elizabeth Meadows

Business Manager
lizmeadows@wsmontessori.org

Janelle Cunningham

Development Coordinator
janellecunningham@wsmontessori.org

Holly Tosco

Director of Children’s House and Toddler Programs
hollytosco@wsmontessori.org

Patricia Flavin

Office Coordinator
patriciaflavin@wsmontessori.org

Toddler

Amy Peterson

Toddler 1 Lead Guide
amypeterson@wsmontessori.org

Andrea Apodaca-Olive

Toddler 1 Assistant Guide
andreaapodacaolive@wsmontessori.org

Kay Smitherman

Toddler 3 Lead Guide
kaysmitherman@wsmontessori.org

Shannon Gray

Toddler 3 Lead Guide
shannongray@wsmontessori.org

Pooja Agarwal

Toddler 3 Assistant Guide
poojaagarwal@wsmontessori.org

Leila Edwards

Toddler All Day Lead Guide
leilaedwards@wsmontessori.org

Katherine Payne

Toddler All Day Assistant
katherinepayne@wsmontessori.org

Children's House

Sujata Sonik

Children's House 5 Lead Guide
sujatasonik@wsmontessori.org

Chrysanthie Palaninathan

Children's House 2 Lead Guide
chrysnathan@wsmontessori.org

Faith Money

Children's House 4 Lead Guide
faithmoney@wsmontessori.org

Leslie Turek

Children's House 3 Lead Guide
leslieturek@wsmontessori.org

Eunice Donati

Children's House 3 Assistant Guide
eunicedonati@wsmontessori.org

Holly Tosco

Children's House 6 Lead Guide
hollytosco@wsmontessori.org

Pam Guy

Children's House 6 Assistant Guide
pamguy@wsmontessori.org

Shanon Merritt

Children's House 2 Assistant Guide
shanonmerritt@wsmontessori.org

Heather Dorsett

Children's House 4 Assistant Guide
heatherdorett@wsmontessori.org

Jodi Speaks

Children's House 5 Assistant Guide
jodispeaks@wsmontessori.org

Maria Selles

Children’s House Spanish Resource
Children’s House 6 Co-Lead Guide
mariaselles@wsmontessori.org

Dorian Dugger

Children’s House 4 Morning Assistant
doriandugger@wsmontessori.org

Lower & Upper Elementary

Shama Doshi

Lower Elementary 1 Lead Guide
shamadoshi@wsmontessori.org

Olivia Hinson

Lower Elementary 1 Assistant
oliviahinson@wsmontessori.org

Ellen Kuppinger

Lower Elementary 2 Lead Guide
ellenkuppinger@wsmontessori.org

Evelyn Gilbertson

Lower Elementary 2 Assistant
Web Librarian
evelyngilbertson@wsmontessori.org

Abigail Lutz

Upper Elementary Co-Lead Guide
abigaillutz@wsmontessori.org

Rebecca Satalino

Upper Elementary Co-Lead
rebeccasatalino@wsmontssori.org

Adolescent

Sally Meehan

Adolescent Lead Guide
Humanities/Language Instructor sallymeehan@wsmontessori.org

Mike Hatfield

Adolescent Lead Guide
Math/Science Instructor
MikeHatfield@wsmontessori.org

Luisa Castro

Elementary/Adolescent
Spanish Resource luisacastro@wsmontessori.org

Resource Guides

BJ WIlliams

Physical Education
Elementary Sunset

John Robinson

Primary Substitute
johnrobinson@wsmontessori.org

Debbie Jones

Primary Substitute
debbiejones@wsmontessori.org

Support Staff

Gary Mote

Grounds & Facilities Manager
garymote@wsmontessori.org

Kelly Wolf

Learning Support Specialist
kellywolf@wsmontessori.org