Primary Teachers

Lorri Judson

Lead Primary Teacher, Primary AMI Trained

I became a teacher because of a deep appreciation and respect for the child. Through Dr. Montessori's teachings I am able to provide the environment and guidance that cultivates the child's independence and desire for a lifetime of learning.

Favorite Quote: "Education is a natural process carried out by the human individual, and it is acquired not by listening to words, but by experiences in the environment." - Maria Montessori, Education For A New World

Angel North

Primary Assistant (Ms. Lorri's)

My inspiration for teaching was my mother. Encouraging independence in me, she taught me all the way through high school. Growing up I loved the idea of teaching and understanding the influence a teacher has on the student, made me passionate. Montessori was the perfect fit for me. I love to see children's independence flourish before my eyes.

Favorite Quote:“Little children, from the moment they are weaned, are making their way toward independence.” - Maria Montessori

Rhonda Lucadamo

Lead Primary Teacher, Primary AMI Trained

I treasure the natural learning process that occurs in the Montessori classroom. I love watching children learning through their own experiences and interests. I love to share my other interests of gardening, hiking, and visiting National Parks with the children. I have even been known to teach a little golf... but know now to duck while the children are swinging those clubs.

Favorite Quote: “Help me to do it myself. Let us give the child the gift of freedom through independence.” - Maria Montessori

Pat Patel

Morning Primary Assistant (Ms. Rhonda's)

I have been an assistant in Ms. Rhonda's room since 2013. Although I am a native of California, I am now a confirmed Georgian thanks to my husband, 2 children, and my extended CASA family. My most difficult challenge in the classroom is to not laugh too loudly when I witness daily children revealing their humorous and sometimes ingenious ways of working with each other and with the materials. I have been called a neat freak, and no matter how much I clean a room, there always seems to be one piece of paper or golden bead that shows up on my floor!

Ashley DeMuth

Afternoon Primary Assistant (Ms. Rhonda's)

I have been working with kids many years and they bring me much joy! I am so excited to be in the Montessori field now and am always re-defining how to make after-school at CASA a fun and rewarding experience.

Claire Paglia

Lead Primary Teacher, Primary AMI Trained

Dr. Montessori said, "You must find the work that satisfies your spirit." This work renews my spirit daily and I am honored to guide the children as they grow. It's amazing to see the world through the eyes of a primary child as he or she excitedly discovers the carefully prepared primary environment. I find the Montessori Method to continually meet the child where he is and help him to soar.

Favorite Quote: "...if we ponder the influence that education can have on the attainment of world peace, it becomes clear that we must make the child and his education our primary concern. We have realized that education can have an enormous influence on humanity." - Maria Montessori

Alison Harris

Primary Assistant (Ms. Claire's)

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Kristina Todd

Lead Primary Teacher, Primary AMI Trained

My love for Montessori started at an early age. I grew up immersed in it and was enveloped by the values and love Montessori brings. Casa was my first home. I am so excited to be back and surrounded by such incredible children and families who love Casa as much as I do! Nothing brings me greater joy than to have guided a child along in their process to discovery and learning! The process of development towards independence and self-actualization is the most incredible journey to witness.

Favorite Quote: "Free the child's potential, and you will transform him into the world." - Maria Montessori

"Joy, feeling one's own value, being appreciated and loved by others, feeling useful and capable of production are all factors of enormous value for the human soul." - Maria Montessori

Traci Coleman

Primary Assistant (Ms. Kristina’s)

As far back as I can remember, Montessori has been a big part of my life. I was seven years old when my mother became employed at a Montessori School, and in my pre-teen years she became a certified Montessori teacher. When I became an adult and had children I became intrigued with Maria Montessori and her work. I wanted to be a part of and see the reality of it all. The making of a teacher was in progress.

I enjoy teaching children because wonder surrounds them. By design, they are natural leaders that I enjoy following. Like them, my appetite for knowledge is immense. For me to be able to fill that canvas of such ones is a blessing.