The school’s Directress, Reanna Sarieh, is 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 State of Tennessee teaching license for pre-K through 3rd grade. She also recently completed a certification in Positive Discipline and is now a Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator. She is a member of Kappa Delta Pi (Education Honor Society) and maintained a 4.0 at Belmont University. Having completed her undergraduate studies at MTSU she has a love for the Murfreesboro community and is honored to share the Montessori methods of teaching to her students. She brings to the classroom a passion for 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, 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.
Megan McClellan holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Outdoor Adventure Education from Lees-McRae College, in Banner Elk, NC. Growing up as a Montessori child helped her to gain independence through studying abroad in Prague, Czech Republic and London, England. Through her four years at Lees-McRae, she held leadership roles with Delta Omicron Theta (service based sorority) and through Nu Delta Theta (Dance Honor Society). During her college years, she also served as a Teacher's Assistant for Rock Climbing, Backpacking and Wilderness Skills classes, and was the Vice President of the Search and Rescue Club.
Upon graduating from Lees-McRae college in 2012, Megan worked for Disney Cruise Line, for a year, on the Disney Dream Cruise ship as a Youth counselor, where she traveled to the Bahamas from Cape Canaveral, FL. Since that time, she has studied at the International Montessori Training Institute of Atlanta, GA, where she participated in observing children, practiced teaching and establishing the curriculum. Megan also served part-time as a nanny for twin girls in Atlanta, GA.
In her spare time, Megan loves to travel and has been to four different continents and over two dozen countries. Megan has obtained a 3rd degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo and loves hanging out with her friends, child care, reading, knitting, listening to country music and watching football (college and NFL).
Elaine Mitchell Palmore is Montessori certified in both Early Childhood and Elementary. She earned a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Belmont University, and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Tennessee. Elaine holds a teaching certificate for age 3 through 3rd grade, with certifications in ESE and ESOL (K-12). She has been a classroom teacher, elementary principal, and director of the Child Development Center at MTSU. She has been a workshop presenter at local, regional, and national educational conventions.
In 2012 Elaine became a published children’s book author. Her books, The Dragon Who Lives At Our House and Big Changes In The Crow Family have been read all over the world. Her writing has been published in several educational magazines and newspapers. She is married, has two adult children, and two beautiful grandchildren.
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!
Meagan Bullington has been playing the violin since she was nine years old. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Violin Performance from the University of Memphis where she studied with Soh-Hyun Park Altino. A teacher for over 15 years, Meagan is passionate about teaching young children to play with excellence. She believes that the foundation for good technique begins with the first lesson and that respect, trust and hard work are integral parts of learning to play the violin. She has received Suzuki Violin Method training from Ronda Cole, Edmund Sprunger and others and is a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas. Meagan lives in Murfreesboro with her husband Matthew and two young daughters, Mercy and Mollie.
Susan Gaither is a strong advocate for Montessori education in Murfreesboro. She helped bring Bambini Village to Murfreesboro and has been a part of our community since the beginning. Her credentials include: Undergrad in Psychology for Rhodes University, MS in Educational Psychology, taught in the public school system for 9 years, and has over 180 hours of training in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd curriculum. She comes to Bambini Village weekly to present lessons on the Catechesis program for children who have been signed up for the class.