I have no hesitation in recommending KMS. The school is well run; the teachers are very nurturing and knowledgeable. [My son] has adapted with ease to his new environment. KMS Parent, 2010

Our Staff

The KMS teaching staff includes some of the best and most experienced Montessori educators in East Tennessee.

All of our teachers have a minimum of a B.A. and a Montessori certification from training centers accredited by the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education.

All of our teachers and staff care deeply about our students, and they have the training and experience to help children reach their full potential.

Montessori Educators

Paige Fowler

Primary II Senior Teacher

  • B.S., Wildlife and Fisheries, University of Tennessee
  • Montessori Early Childhood Teacher Certification, Montessori Educators International, Knoxville, TN
  • KMS Tenure – Since 2002

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Ellen Kellogg

Lower Elementary Teacher

  • B.A., Psychology, Maryville College, Maryville, TN
  • Montessori Primary Teacher Certification, Center for Montessori Teacher Education, Angier, NC
  • Montessori Elementary Teacher Certification, Center for Montessori Teacher Education, Angier, NC
  • KMS Tenure – Since 2008

Sukhee Kim

Primary I Assistant

  • B.A., Chinese Culture, University of Ulsan, Mugeo-dong, Ulsan, South Korea
  • M.S., Linguistics, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV
  • KMS Tenure – Since 2018

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Nigel Lay

Lower Elementary Assistant

  • M.A., Psychology, University of Tennessee Knoxville, TN
  • B.A., Psychology, University of Tennessee Knoxville, TN
  • KMS Tenure – Since 2014

Rachael Resurreccion

Upper Elementary Teacher

  • B.S., Arts in Communication, Thomas Edison State University, Trenton, NJ
  • M.Ed., Loyola University Maryland, Baltimore, MD
  • AMI Montessori Elementary Teacher Certification, Montessori Institute of San Diego, San Diego, CA
  • KMS Tenure – Since 2020

Operations Staff

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Gillian Denham Jones

Operations Director

  • B.A., Parks and Recreation Management, Program Leadership, Minor: Elementary Education; Western Carolina University; Cullowhee, NC
  • KMS Tenure – Since 2010

Valérie Kuentz

Education Director

  • B.A., Psychology and Education, Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT
  • M.Ed., Preschool-Grade 3, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH
  • AMI Montessori Early Childhood Teacher Certification, Ohio Montessori Training Institute, Cleveland, OH
  • Montessori Teaching Experience (partial): New Horizon Montessori School (Knoxville), Jefferson Montessori School (Jefferson City, TN), Garden Montessori School (Knoxville), Nature’s Way Montessori School (Knoxville), The Bilingual Montessori School of Val de Marne (Paris, France), and Marotta Montessori Schools (Cleveland, OH)
  • KMS Tenure – Since 2013

Justine Link

Lead After Care and School Support

  • B.S., Adventure Based Counseling, Burman University, Alberta, Canada
  • KMS Tenure – Since 2019

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We are enjoying KMS very much. [Our daughter] has grown in ways big and small since August and we appreciate the positive and cheerful atmosphere KMS provides. KMS Parent, 2014