Laurie Kemp has her AMS certification for Primary (3-6) from Columbus Montessori Teacher Education Program and a Bachelor’s degree in Biology. She worked for 12 years as a Montessori teacher and then worked for many years as a publications supervisor for a small cargo airline. Laurie has 4 children and 6 grandchildren. Both of her grandsons attend Gloria Dei in August 2011 and became Head of School in 2013.
Barbara Fox, Toddler Head Teacher
Mrs. Barb has a BA in psychology from Ohio Dominican University and is AMS Certified to teach from birth-3 yrs from the Columbus Montessori Education Center. She has been the Toddler teacher since 2015. Her hobbies include woodworking, swimming, camping and visiting National Parks.
Brandi Rutledge, Toddler Assistant Teacher
Carrie Jackson, Primary (3-6 years) Head Teacher
Ms. Carrie has completed Montessori training in Columbus, Ohio and started and ran a Montessori School in Arizona before moving back to Ohio and returning to GDMS in 2013. She previously taught at GDMS from 1979-1986. Carrie enjoys kayaking, biking, and swimming in her free time.
Ms. Holly has a BA in music, a MA in Montessori Education (3-6 classroom) and is a certified teacher for preK-K and K-3rd grade. She has been a Montessori teacher for many years and has previously taught at River's Edge Montessori School. This is her second year at GDMS as an assistant teacher. Ms. Holly enjoys anything having to do with music and cinema.
Ms. Tiarra has a BA and Masters in Middle School education and has also worked as an educational administrator. She is a former ballerina with the San Francisco Ballet, and her hobbies include fishing, freelance writing, photography, dancing, hiking and event planning.
Nicole LeFever, Primary (3-6 years) Head Teacher
April Lowry, Primary (3-6 years) Assistant Teacher
Ms. April is CPR & first aid certified and has her Educational Aide Permit. She has been an assistant teacher at GDMS for over three years. In her spare time, she is a reader, equestrian, photographer, and connoisseur of arts & crafts.
Ms. Sudha has a BS in Engineering & Computer Science and is an AMI Certified Montessori Teacher (ages 3-6). She's had two years of experience being an assistant teacher at GDMS. She is also an experienced culinary artist.
Anita Bachman, Lower Elementary (6-9 years) Head Teacher
Mary Alice Meeks, Lower Elementary (6-9 years) Co-Teacher
Ms. Mary Alice studied educational psychology, and Orff Music for classroom teachers. She was a Montessori teacher from 1986-1990, and 2000-2001 and has been in the 6-9 classroom at GDMS since 2014. She enjoys walking & reading and has also dabbled in sewing and gardening.
Al Gomez, Upper Elementary (9-12) Head Teacher
Mr. Al has a BS in Biology and is licenced to teach grades 7-12. He has been head teacher at GDMS for two years. He enjoys photography, gardening, travel, and cooking.
Dani Alexander - Upper Elementary & Lower Elementary School (12-14 years) Assistant Teacher
Dani is currently enrolled part-time at Sinclair Community college and working towards a Health Sciences degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. She has a ServSafe Certification, Educational Aid Permit, First Aid & CPR certified and has attended seminars on Positive Discipline as well as attending various Montessori conferences. She has been at GDMS for seven years as an assistant, after school staff, and substitute teacher. In her free time, Dani loves reading, watching documentaries, outdoor exercise and art/DIY projects.
Amber has been assisting at Gloria Dei for two years and both of her children also attend the school. Along she is an outdoors enthusiast.
Richard Dawson - Middle School (12-14 years) Head Teacher
Richard Dawson has his AMS in Middle School/High School education as well as a certification in Biology and as a Intervention Specialist, his Masters degree is in Science Education. Rick is working on his Middle School and High School Montessori Credentials. He has been in the classroom for 31 years. He has been associated with Gloria Dei Montessori for almost 20 years. His two older sons Henry & Justin attended and have graduated from Gloria Dei, Ben is currently attending.
Sidney Williams - Middle School (12-14 years) Assistant Teacher