“Our care of the child should be governed, not by the desire to make him learn things, but by the endeavor always to keep burning within him that light which is called intelligence.” - Maria Montessori
Diane Lentz Co-Director
Diane has been teaching at BMS for 49 years. She received her certification from the St. Nicholas Training Center in London, England. She enjoys cooking, traveling, spending time with her family and working with children in the Montessori classroom.
Doreen Natour Co-Director
Doreen has 20+ years of experience with teaching international children in Palestine, Connecticut, Jordan, and Kentucky. Her education includes a Montessori Certification, which she received early in her teaching career from Jerusalem, Isreal and a bachelor’s degree in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from the American University of London. Doreen is passionate about teaching, spending time with her family and friends, traveling and cooking.
Mia Bull Head Teacher
Mia was born and grew up in South Africa. She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Natal, Durban, followed by a post grad year in Higher Education at UNISA. She taught biology, math and science in Middle and High school for 8 years.
After completing her Montessori Certification for 3-6 year olds, she moved to the USA with her family and taught at Southern Hills Montessori (now Bluegrass Montessori) for 17 years before moving to Florida. There she was Lead teacher at Innovation Montessori of Ocoee for 4 years.
Throughout her career she has enjoyed teaching children of all ages but found her passion in becoming a Montessori teacher for this age group where the foundation is laid for the child’s educational future.
In her free time, she loves spending time with family, especially her 5 adorable grandchildren.
Christina Netzel Head Teacher
Christina is AMS/NAMC trained. She quickly fell in love with the Montessori philosophy and has been at BMS since 2011 , the last five as a Lead Teacher. She was raised in Lebanon, KY and has lived in Lexington for the last 14 years. She enjoys cooking, outdoor activities such as hiking and gardening.
Lana Sculli Head Teacher
Lana has her Masters degree in Education from the University of Kyrgyzstan. She majored in Linguistics and American Literature and has been a high school and college teacher. She earned her Montessori certification from the North American Montessori Center and has been teaching at BMS since 2016. In her free time Lana loves to spend her time with her husband and son as well as cooking, gardening and reading.
Jillian Heireman Assistant Teacher
Jillian graduated from Morehead State University in 2017. She is presently completing her Montessori training and is excited to be working with the children at Bluesgrass Montessori School. She enjoys soccer, church activities, live music, and going to UK games!
Kimberly Wilson Assistant Teacher
Kimberly was born and raised in Lexington, KY. She graduated from Lafayette High School and studied Early Childhood Development. She’s been working with preschool children for over 13 years. She’s also active in her church’s Sunday School program. During her free time she likes to hangout with her two nephews and enjoy a good book.
Debra French Office Administration
Debbi is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and as the Director/Teacher of a preschool has been teaching children for the past 23 years. She loves spending time with her two boys and her husband. She is an avid reader and loves doing story time .
Sarah Sillman Substitute Teacher
Sarah Sillman is super excited about joining the staff at Bluegrass Montessori. She has 30 + years of teaching children 12 months to pre K children. Sarah grew up overseas and graduated high school in New Delhi India. In her free time she enjoys sitting and reading a book or sitting on the back of a horse. She volunteers at Central Kentucky Riding for Hope which combines her passion for children and her love for horses.
Taylor Polk Substitute Teacher
Taylor Polk is an upcoming Sophomore at the University of Kentucky pursuing a major in Education. For the past 2 years, she volunteered her time at our school helping out in the classroom and after school program. Taylor commits herself wholeheartedly to the Montessori community, and is very passionate about working with kids.
Anitha Venkatesu Substitute Teacher
Anitha has a bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering. She is originally from India, and has been living in Lexington Kentucky since 2010. She has more than 2 years of experience working with children in a Montessori and Elementary school setting and enjoys every aspect of teaching. Anitha has been at BMS since 2017. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, dancing and traveling with family and friends.
Aimee Monarch Substitute Teacher
Aimee is thrilled to have come full circle having started her education as a 3 year old at Bluegrass Montessori School (formerly Southern Hills Montessori) in 1974! Since then Aimee has received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in elementary education and her Primary Montessori certification from the Providence Montessori Teacher Education Center in 2005. She was a lead teacher at BMS for 4 years and is now happy to be a substitute. Aimee loves spending time with her family and can be found most weekends in the barn with her horses.