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Our Staff

“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

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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.

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Doreen Natour 

Co-Director & Teacher

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. 

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Christina Netzel

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.

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Anitha Venkatesu

 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.

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Jillian Heierman 

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 Bluegrass Montessori School. She enjoys soccer, church activities, live music, and going to UK games!

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Kimberly Wilson 

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.

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Taylor Polk 

Teacher

Taylor Polk is a recent graduate of the University of Kentucky with a degree in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood 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.

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Michelle Campbell

Teacher

Michelle Walker-Campbell founded Harmony Day Montessori School in 2010 and continues to serve on the school board of trustees. She has a Master's degree in Early Childhood Education and a teacher certificate from the American Montessori Society. Michelle has been teaching Montessori for 30 years (in both primary and toddler programs) and has served on the faculty at both Indiana University at South Bend and Xavier University in the Montessori Teacher Education department.

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