The school’s Directress, Reanna Sarieh, is a doctoral student at Howard Taft University and a graduate of Belmont University’s teaching program. Her credentials include a Master's Degree in Teaching, AMS (American Montessori Society) Certification for ages 3-6, and held a State of Tennessee teaching license for pre-K through 3rd grade until 2018 when she decided to pursue an administrative degree. She also recently completed a certification in Positive Discipline and is now a Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator and offers yearly workshops for parents. She is a member of Kappa Delta Pi (Education Honor Society) and has maintained a 4.0 at both Howard Taft and Belmont University. Having completed her undergraduate studies in Cultural Anthropology at MTSU she has a love for the Murfreesboro community and is honored to share the Montessori methods of teaching to the community. She brings to the school a passion and dedication to exceptional Early Childhood Education and a profound respect for childhood. She knows that the seed for learning is planted early in a child’s life.
The school's Assistant Directress and Primary Teacher, Stephanie Miles is a graduate of the same Belmont Montessori Program attended by Directress Reanna Sarieh and is a member of The American Montessori Society. She attended Georgia Southwestern, in Americus, Georgia, with studies focused in Sociology and Early Childhood Education. In her early college years she was a live-in nanny and went on to work long term for a few more families over the course of 20 years. Stephanie spent 4 of those years teaching Montessori in the Brentwood area. She is enthusiastic about and deeply respectful of the Montessori environment and each child’s development within it.
Andrea Shamwell , Primary Teacher is a graduate of Northern Virginia Montessori Institute. With, 11 years of teaching experience. She received her Infant/ Toddler in 2008 and her primary certification for ages 3-6 in 2015. She is a member of the American Montessori Society. Andrea also spent 3 years in South Africa teaching ELL at the American International School of Johannesburg. One of her favorite parts of Montessori is working with the “Whole Child” and being present as they discover the joy and freedom that the Montessori method brings to them.
Anna Owen is so excited to join to Bambini Village community this fall as an intern and assistant. She has over 10 years of teaching experience, with 7 of those in a Montessori environment. Her Montessori experience ranges from babies through primary, and this will begin the next chapter in her Montessori adventure. Outside of the classroom, Anna has three children of her own, and is married to a wonderful husband for almost 9 years. She enjoys crafting and sewing, and makes Montessori materials for her Etsy page. She also can't get enough of coffee, long distance running, and designing dresses for herself and her daughters.
Kristi Benton: our newest addition to our aftercare and substitute staff, has been a local Rutherford County resident since 1998 after relocating from Manassass, VA. She earned her coding & billing certificate from Nashville State Community College to pursue a new career path, but realized her desire to work with children on a daily basis is what sparks joy for her. Kristi’s love of working with children is built on a foundation of babysitting and being a nanny for many years. Kristi crossed paths with a precocious, 7-year old boy who made quite a lasting impression on her with his communication skills, confidence, self-sufficiency, manners, and individuality. Upon further inquiry, his parents credited his early childhood education to the 4 years he experienced in a Montessori environment as a student of Bambini Village Montessori (PreK and Kindergarten). Kristi became intrigued and enthralled with the Montessori method of teaching and made a commitment to be a part of it. She is pursuing AMS Montessori teacher training and has aspirations to become a certified Montessori teacher at Bambini Village.
Annie Harris, our aftercare teacher, has experience in lifeguarding, babysitting, and has worked for elementary after-school programs since 2016. This is where she started to realize what she wanted her career path to be, a career centered on caring for and helping others. After graduating high school, she attended Motlow State Community College where she took advantage of the Tennessee Promise scholarship. She graduated in May 2018 with an Associates in Science degree. She recently moved to Murfreesboro to complete her Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science at Middle Tennessee State University. She is currently a junior. With this degree, she plans to continue to graduate school with an end goal of becoming a pediatric occupational therapist. Annie loves children, and loves what she does. She's determined to accomplish her goal and to achieve her dream of becoming an occupational therapist, so she can make a difference in children’s lives.
Cindy Guevart joins the Bambini Village community for Spanish and French classes. Cindy graduated from Berry College with a B.S. in Early Childhood Education. After teaching in New Zealand and China, Cindy returned to TN. While teaching Kindergarten in Bedford County, she pursued a master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in teaching English as a Second Language. Cindy's last full time teaching job was at the Discovery School in Murfreesboro. She loves working with children, including three of her own. Her family is bilingual and she is excited to share the love of languages with your child!
Lara Montgomery is delighted to offer music classes at Bambini Village. Lara has eight years of experience teaching music in a Montessori preschool environment, and thirteen years of experience teaching piano to children. She attended Concord College in West Virginia, where her studies focused on music and communications. She completed a master’s degree in communications from Ohio University, with a thesis focused on media coverage of the performing arts. Lara is passionate about working with children and nurturing their instinctive love of music!