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.
Lisa Hill is excited about joining the Bambini Village community. She has a Master’s degree in Teaching from Belmont University and nine years of experience teaching in a Montessori classroom. She is a native of Nashville and currently resides in Rutherford County. She is the aunt of two amazing boys and is having a blast watching them grow and develop. Encouraging the natural sense of wonder and curiosity in children is one of her greatest joys, and she loves sharing her delight of learning. During her free time, she enjoys reading, learning new hobbies, and spending time with her friends and family.
Gaylene Latham grew up in Nebraska roaming the aisles of the local Public Library where her Grandmother worked as a librarian. A love of all things literature and education was inspired in her from a young age. She moved to Nashville, TN from Boston, MA where she earned at BA in Humanities/Literature and Elementary Education at Wheelock College. She is currently the Nursery Director at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in Nashville where she loves the opportunities she has to interact with both young children and their families. She also serves as a Level 1 Catechist in a Catechesis of the Good Shepherd atrium.
Gaylene has spent the last 6 years homeschooling her 2 boys, Adam (11) and Austen (8). Through her homeschool-parent journey she was introduced to the Montessori Method and was immediately captivated by the emphasis on individuality, exploration, and wonder . She enrolled her children in a Montessori homeschool tutorial and began to see the amazing benefits that a Montessori education has to offer.
In Sept 2017 Gaylene began her Primary Montessori Certification studies with Age of Montessori. She is looking forward to learning more from hands-on experience in a Montessori environment and is delighted to join the Bambini Village Montessori team!
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!