Camila Fernandez-Ramos

Toddler Assistant

Camila was born in Asuncion, Paraguay and raised in London, England. She recently relocated to Clarksville, Tennessee from Miami, Florida. Camila is fluent in both, Spanish and English; and also speaks a small amount of Guarani, Paraguay’s indigenous language. Camila feels very fortunate to have experienced different cultures throughout her childhood because it instilled in her the importance of education. She knew from a very young age that she wanted to pursue a career in early childhood education. She is currently pursing my Bachelors degree and hopes to continue into a Masters program. In her spare time, she loves to spend time with her family — her hobbies include photography, yoga, hiking and rescuing animals! 

Classroom Assistants

Chris Coletta

Office Manager 

Chris or more affectionately known as "Ms. C", brings 31 years of office experience with 15 years of those as the Director of Business & Finance at Saint Paul's School in Clearwater, FL.  She loves being a part of a school atmosphere and is excited to have joined her daughter and grandchildren here at Amare.  For the past several years, Chris and her husband have been full time RVer's, traveling cross country visiting family, friends and stopping at the "must-see" places our great country has to offer.

Andrea Ellison

Upper Elementary Guide

Andrea received her Montessori Elementary Certification (ages 6-12) through the Center for Guided Montessori Studies and her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Sam Houston State University. Her love of travel and exploring new cultures inspires her to learn more, dig deeper and explore our world. This curiosity melds brilliantly with the Montessori elementary philosophy to support autonomy, interest, competence, and relatedness to our world. Guiding the child in the development of their own internal motivation, while supporting the development of lifelong skills, is her focus for each child. Having been at Amare since its inception, witnessing the Montessori Methods ability to positively touch so many lives is one of her greatest joys.  Married, with two children, Andrea enjoys traveling, hiking, tennis, reading and spending time adventuring with her family.

Enrichment Guides

Becky Bittner

Lower Elementary Guide

Becky received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Memphis. She taught in the public-school systems of Shelby and Montgomery Counties of Tennessee. She is a wife and mother of four. Becky spent 16 years homeschooling each of them. For several years, she has also enjoyed teaching and leading in a variety of classes at her local homeschool co-op. Having taught her children and others, who were multiple ages and grades, she is very well accustomed to preparing lessons and learning experiences that are targeted for children with varying abilities, learning styles, needs, and challenges. Montessori is a very natural landing place for her. Becky is enjoying her Elementary training with Center for Guided Montessori studies. In her spare time, she enjoys reading mysteries, watching older classic movies, volunteering, and spending time with her family and friends.

Administrative Support

Elizabeth Coleman

Spanish Guide/Performing Arts Guide

Elizabeth is a graduate of Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and
Cinema Camp; Media Arts. She has long been interested in the intersection of arts and
education, and is very excited to be exploring Montessori Education. She has found its
philosophy to be harmonious with her own personal creative beliefs, and is thrilled to be
teaching and learning from Amare’s children as they experience Montessori’s power. In her spare time, Elizabeth revels in reading, writing, and exploring new modes and mediums of self-expression including acting, singing, directing, photography/filmmaking, and ceramics.


Courtney Hester

Student Services Specialist

Courtney was a special needs facilitator and nanny for 12 years, leading her to return to school to study special education in 2003. She graduated from Austin Peay State University with her Bachelor of Science in Special Education in 2005 and her Master’s in Instructional Technology in 2007. Courtney taught in the public school system for seven years and has been with Amare since its opening in 2015. In 2017, Courtney started working on another Master’s degree, this time in Dyslexia Therapy.  In 2018, she left the Toddler Community to become the Student Services Coordinator.  In 2019 Courtney completed her Master’s degree in Dyslexia Therapy and became a Certified Academic Language Therapist from ALTA (Academic Language Therapy Association). Courtney loves spending time with her son, Ivan, her dogs, and her cat. She is an avid photographer and reader and cross-stitches in her spare time.

Devon Thornton

Primary North Assistant

​Devon recently moved to the Clarksville area from Orlando, FL. While in Florida she worked as a nanny and as Primary Assistant at a local Montessori School. Devon loves the environment at Amare and is very passionate about the Montessori approach. She is currently pursuing her Primary (3-6) Certification and is excited for the opportunity to work in a Montessori environment again.

Julie Rullmann

Creative Arts Director

Julie graduated from Martin Methodist College with an AA in Liberal Arts, then following her adventurous spirit, she traveled to Anchorage, Alaska and received her BA in Humanities, Arts and Communication from Alaska Pacific University and then to Seattle, Washington for design courses at Cornish College of the Arts. Julie has worked as a professional in the Creative Arts field as a Graphic Designer and Creative Director for more than 20 years. She discovered her passion for children’s art education when she volunteered to teach art once a week in her son’s kindergarten class. She continued this practice until given the opportunity to teach art regularly at Pleasant View Montessori. Julie has also served as the choir director at Port Royal UMC and has been actively involved in Community Spirit Inc., a local Theatrical organization. Julie lives with her family on their "Century Farm" in Adams, TN.

Maria Thomas

Primary South Guide 

Maria is certified through the American Montessori Society (AMS).  She completed her Early Childhood Teacher Training, ages 2.5-6 years, back in 2017 at the Montessori Training Center of Brentwood.  Maria holds a Bachelor's Degree in Communication from the University of South Florida, graduating Summa Cum Laude. She has worked with children, going on 15 years, both in private independent schools and as a home educator to her own two children in their homeschooling co-op. She believes in fostering a life long love of learning and caring for others. A personal accomplishment of hers is rescuing and rehabilitating two feral dogs, from a pack in the woods, to join her family. She has a big heart for animals and children.  Maria is thrilled to be a part of our Amare community and wants each child to feel loved, encouraged and have a reverence for nature. 

Amare Montessori does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic level, physical ability, genetic information, learning style, religion, national origin, or ethnic origin in faculty, administration or educational policies or in any school programs.

Tracy Calkins

Upper Elementary Assistant

Tracy is a graduate of Austin Peay State University, where she studied Psychology. A mother herself, she enjoys the emphasis that Montessori education places on children developing independence and self-confidence. 

Morgan Terry

Adolescent Guide

​Morgan is originally from Vandalia, IL. She relocated to Clarksville after completing her Elementary Education degree from Illinois College in Jacksonville, IL. She is currently completing the adolescent program (7th-12th)  through the Center for Guided Montessori Studies. She was raised on what her mother referred to as a "toy farm" with lots of animals including horses, rabbits, sheep and many more. Morgan recently married and is a proud aunt of 5 wonderful nieces and nephews. She enjoys sports and staying active. Morgan believes strongly in education through hands on experiences and having an open mind to learning strategies. These ideals led her to Montessori and she has become an advocate for the philosophy.

Connie Gomez

Primary South Assistant

​Connie was born and raised in the Dominican Republic. She worked there for some years teaching English as a second language to children and adults. After finishing her Bachelor's Degree in General Psychology in 2014, she worked for few years as a Human Resources Manager. She got married in Clarksville, TN to her university boyfriend, lived in New Jersey/New York area for almost two years, and moved to Clarksville because of family. She was introduced to Montessori while working in a school in NJ, where she worked as an assistant and then as a Lead Teacher, working with infants. While working there, she got her Montessori Infant/Toddler Teacher Training Program Diploma, and since then, fell in love with the Montessori philosophy. Connie enjoys listening and singing music, baking and cooking, as well as working with her Lead Teacher and her community of children from three to six years old.

Faculty & Staff

Amare Montessori’s faculty and administration are committed to uncompromising standards of academic excellence, and to preparing students to be future leaders. 

Alexis Beatty

Toddler Guide

Alexis graduated from Austin Peay State University with a BS in English and a minor in Professional Education. She has worked with children for over a decade and has a deep love for teaching. She hopes to instill in her own children and her students a life-long love of learning, independence, and a peaceful disposition. She received her Montessori certification through the Montessori Training Center of Brentwood. She is married to her high school sweetheart and they have two daughters. In her free time Alexis enjoys creating art, practicing yoga, reading, spending time outdoors, and relaxing with her family.

Alysa Cook

Lower Elementary Assistant

​Alysa is from Tampa, Florida. She was delighted to find a job in a Montessori school, when her husband's job brought her to Clarksville, since she had been working for five years in Montessori. Alysa enjoys working with children and helping create the optimal learning environment for them.  Alysa is pursuing a degree in psychology and and enjoys her two canine babies! 

Michelle Eidman

Primary North Guide

Michelle has spent her entire career in education and is a 2nd generation educator.
Michelle has a B.S. in Early Childhood Education from Ohio University. She was
introduced to Montessori when her son started attending a Montessori school while they lived in California. As a mother and educator, she was drawn to the Montessori method
because of the focus on educating the whole child. Her Montessori training is through
the Center for Guided Montessori Studies (CGMS). Michelle and her husband, Chris, enjoy spending time woodworking and being outdoors with their children, Will and

Leigh Anna Bowron

Lower Elementary Guide

Leigh Bowron is receiving her Elementary Certification from Center for Guided Montessori Studies. Leigh has spent her career in education and is very excited to have landed in Montessori. She moved to Clarksville with her husband and together they have established a noisy, busy, fun-loving household with 4 kids, 2 dogs, and good friends and neighbors all around. Leigh loves making things, and especially enjoys the enthusiasm and ingenuity that young children bring to the process of learning. She attended Warren Wilson College and North Carolina State University, and holds a bachelor’s degree in English as well as a certification in English as a second language. 

Classroom Guides

​Jaime Yeager

Head of School

Jaime obtained both a B.S. in Early Childhood Education and Child Development as well as a M.Ed. in Special Education from Vanderbilt University. She also holds a Montessori teaching credential from Montessori Educators International (MEI). Jaime has spent 2 decades teaching and directing Montessori programs in both Tennessee and Arkansas. She is also the Executive Director of the Montessori Alliance of Tennessee, a statewide group for nurturing and expanding Montessori in Tennessee.

Dr. Jim Bernstorf

Executive Director

Jim serves as Executive Director of Montessori Academy, Inc. and as Head of School at Montessori Academy in Brentwood. As the CFO of the entire organization, he provides visionary oversight, leadership development, and strong strategic direction, supporting the organization's consistent achievement of its mission.

Kelsey Hinton

Support Staff

Kelsey Hinton was born and raised in Clarksville, TN. She has always been passionate about caring for children and educating them in the most authentic ways possible. Her love for Montessori was discovered during research in one of her education classes at APSU. In her free time Kelsey enjoys spending time with family, playing golf, and practicing photography.

Ronni Sherbin

Outdoor Classroom Guide

Rhonda Sherbin is a homeschooling mother of four. She taught at her first Montessori school in 1986.  Rhonda has over 16 years experience with both adults and children in Montessori environments. She started her Montessori training in Knoxville and continues personal development yearly. Rhonda has been a guest lecturer at ASPU on the Montessori method. Rhonda has also worked as a private mentor and consultant for families establishing in-home Montessori environments. Rhonda hopes to instill a love of nature, science, and geography in each child.  Her goal is to help develop independent, self-directed individuals who have confidence and a passion for life long learning.