Meet the TMA Team!

  • Amanda Rainey Amanda Rainey

    Amanda Rainey

    Assistant Head of School

    arainey@tmaonline.org

    My Stats: Years at TMA: 6

    My Passions: Montessori, sports, outdoor adventures

    My Hobbies: Coaching girls select softball, 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!

  • Amanda Zarbock Amanda Zarbock

    Amanda Zarbock

    Lead Infant "Nido" Guide

    azarbock@tmaonline.org

    My Stats: Years Teaching: 13 | Years at TMA: 6months/p>

    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!

  • Ana Comer Ana Comer

    Ana Comer

    Early Childhood Intern

    acomer@tmaonline.org

    My Stats: Years Teaching: 7 | Years at TMA: 1

    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.

  • Bianca Costilla Bianca Costilla

    Bianca Costilla

    Extended Day Staff / Substitute Teacher

    bcostilla@tmaonline.org

     

  • Candy Proctor Candy Proctor

    Candy Proctor

    Lower Elementary

    cproctor@tmaonline.org

    My Stats: Years Teaching: 14 | Years at TMA: 9

    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.

  • Carol Russell Carol Russell

    Carol Russell

    Toddler Assistant Teacher

    crussell@tmaonline.org

    My Stats: Years Teaching: 13 | Years at TMA: 1

    My Passions: Shopping, traveling, and going to my son's ball games

    My Hobbies: Collecting candles

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

    Cajun boiled shrimp (yum)

    What is your favorite Montessori material and why?

    I would have to say the laminating machine it just makes things look so professional and neat.

  • Cindy Honeycutt Cindy Honeycutt

    Cindy Honeycutt

    Drama Specialist

    crhoneycutt@sbcglobal.net

    My Stats: Years Teaching: 25 | Years at TMA: 7

    My Passions: Family, Music, the Beach

    My Hobbies: Reading, singing, swimming, 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.

  • Dakota Montet Dakota Montet

    Dakota Monet

    Early Childhood Assistant Teacher

    dmonet@tmaonline.org

     

  • David Reyes David Reyes

    David Reyes

    Business Manager

    dreyes@tmaonline.org

    My Stats: Years at TMA: 4

    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!

  • Elaine Marshall Elaine Marshall

    Elaine Marshall

    Toddler Teacher

    emarshall@tmaonline.org

    My Stats: Years Teaching: 13 | Years at TMA: 3

    My Passions: Relaxing,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.

  • Heidi Holguin Heidi Holguin

    Heidi Holguin

    Teacher

    hholguin@tmaonline.org

    My Stats: Years Teaching: 3 | Years at TMA: 5

    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

  • James Oliver James Oliver

    James Oliver

    Science Enrichment

    jamesbenoliver@gmail.com

    My Stats: Years Teaching: 30 | Years at TMA: 3

    My Passions: White water rafting, caving, world travel

    My Hobbies: Rock and mineral hunting, collecting comics

  • Jennifer Clarkson Jennifer Clarkson

    Jennifer Clarkson

    Music and Computer Specialist

    Jclarkson@tmaonline.org

    My Stats: Years Teaching: 20 | Years at TMA: 7

    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

  • Jodie Smith Jodie Smith

    Jodie Smith

    Director of Marketing and Admissions

    jsmith@tmaonline.org

    My Stats: Years at TMA: 3

    My Passions: Ayurveda and camping

    My Hobbies: Yoga, backyard chickens

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

    My favorite water bottle and grilled cheese

    What is your favorite Montessori material and why?

    My favorite material is kids tracing countries, punching them out, and making a map

  • Kelle Johnson Kelle Johnson

    Kelle Johnson

    Extended Day Staff - Infant/Toddler

    kjohnson@tmaonline.org

     

  • Laboni Rahman Laboni Rahman

    Laboni Rahman

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    lrahman@tmaonline.org

    My Stats: Years Teaching: 5 | Years at TMA: 5

    My Passions: Chocolate, flowers & family/friends

    My Hobbies: Scrapbooking, arts & crafts

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

    Soap & Chocolate?!

    What is your favorite Montessori material and why?

    I love the golden bead material. It is such a unique way to introduce the decimal system. It is truly an incredible way to teach children math. I remember thinking during my training how math would have been so much easier if I had worked with the Montessori golden bead material!

  • Lanundra Lanundra "Trese" Jordan

    Lanundra "Trese"Jordan

    Nido (Infant) Assistant Teacher

    ljordan@tmaonline.org

    My Stats: Years Teaching: 20 | Years at TMA: 2

    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.

  • Letty Marquez Letty Marquez

    Letty Marquez

    Early Childhood Teacher

    Lmarquez@tmaonline.org

    My Stats: Years Teaching: 27 | Years at TMA: 27

    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.

  • Linda Martin Linda Martin

    Linda Martin

    Early Childhood Teacher

    lmartin@tmaonline.org

    My Stats: Years Teaching: 20 | Years at TMA: 20

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

    My Hobbies: Scrapbooking, organizing stuff, 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.

  • Madeline Yzaguirre Madeline Yzaguirre

    Madeline Yzaguirre

    Elementary Assistant

    MYzaguirre@tmaonline.org

    My Stats: Years at TMA: 1

    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.

  • Melanie Henshaw Melanie Henshaw

    Melanie Henshaw

    Accountant

    Mhenshaw@tmaonline.org

    My Stats: Years at TMA: 19

  • Monique Harding Monique Harding

    Monique Harding

    Toddler Teacher Assistant

    mharding@tmaonline.org

    My Stats: Years at TMA: 1

    My Passions: Family, church and relaxing

    My Hobbies: Cooking, shopping and traveling

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

    Bed and Tamale pie

    What is your favorite Montessori material and why?

    Montessori Multiplication Bead Board - This is a great way to learn your multiplication and division! I wish I had this method of learning my multiplication and division it's a simple and fun way to explore math.

  • Pam Dunbar Pam Dunbar

    Pam Dunbar

    Head of School

    pdunbar@tmaonline.org

    My Stats: Years Teaching: 4-6th Latin teacher 17 yrs; Greek & Latin Roots 15 | Years at TMA: 20

    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.

  • Price Barnes Price Barnes

    Price Barnes

    Teacher

    pbarnes@tmaonline.org

    My Stats: Years Teaching: 1 | Years at TMA: 1

    My Passions: Reading, Running, 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. 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.

  • RaeManda (Rae) Carew RaeManda (Rae) Carew

    RaeManda (Rae) Carew

    rcarew@tmaonline.org

    My Stats: Years at TMA: This will be my first year at TMA

    My Passions: My family

    My Hobbies: Reading, going on vacation, photography

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

    My Kindle, chocolate chip cookies

    What is your favorite Montessori material and why?

    I love all of Practical Life. I enjoying watching children learn about caring for themselves and their environment.

  • Ramona Jaber Ramona Jaber

    Ramona Jaber

    Early Childhood Teacher

    Rjaber@tmaomline.org

    My Stats: Years Teaching: 8 | Years at TMA: 9

    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.

  • Robin Dotson Robin Dotson

    Robin Dotson

    Upper Elementary Teacher

    rdotson@tmaonline.org

    My Stats: Years Teaching: 10 | Years at TMA: 9

    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.

  • Sydne Somers Sydne Somers

    Sydne Somers

    Early Childhood Teacher and Spanish Specialist

    ssomers@tmaonline.org

    My Stats: Years Teaching: 25 | Years at TMA: 6

    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

    Extended Day Coordinator

    sleblanc@tmaonline.org

    My Stats: Years Teaching: 18 | Years at TMA: 18

    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!

  • Takako Kusayanagi Takako Kusayanagi

    Takako Kusayanagi

    Early Childhood Teacher

    Tkusayanagi@tmaonline.org

    My Stats: Years Teaching: 30 | Years at TMA: 26

    My Passions: Spending time with 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!

  • Thalia Anthony Thalia Anthony

    Thalia Anthony

    Teachers Assistant

    Tanthony@tmaonline.org

    My Stats: Years Teaching: 3 | Years at TMA: 1

    My Passions: Art and sunshine

    My Hobbies: Arts and crafts and writing

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

    If I could only bring one thing, I would bring my pillow! If I could only bring one food I would probably eat mac and cheese every day!

    What is your favorite Montessori material and why?

    My favorite material in the classroom is any practical life work. I love seeing that the kids are able to do things that will be of such great importance in the future.

  • Walt Montet Walt Montet

    Walt Montet

    Movement Specialist

    wmontet@tmaonline.org

    My Stats: Years Teaching: 25 | Years at TMA: 15

    My Passions: Family, outdoors, movement

    My Hobbies: Mountain biking, paddle boarding, 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?

    Wild scape - Nature Research shows it turns on the Brain for optimal growth for learning!!!