Staff

Emma Neilsen (Head of School) holds an MBA from the University of Maryland and a Masters in Marketing from France. She is a certified Montessori teacher and has been a dedicated educator for the past 10 years. Before joining Bryant Woods Montessori School, Emma developed and implemented a full French immersion program that reached capacity in its first year and every year thereafter at two different preschools. Emma also managed a team of over 100 teachers throughout the United States when working for Rosetta Stone. These experiences have taught Emma how to meet each student and each family where they are at to ensure the school and teachers provide the best environment for the community.

When Emma does not work, she continues to educate her own four young children who have all attended a Montessori School. Emma was born in Paris, France and is constantly trying to keep a bilingual environment for her family.


Kyung Sharon (Montessori Directress) was born and raised in Seoul, Korea. Kyung graduated from Chung-Ang University in Seoul, where she trained to teach English to Korean high school students. After marrying an American and relocating to the U.S, she took her Montessori training at the Maryland Center for Montessori Studies in Lutherville. Kyung is an experienced and seasoned Montessori professional. Her Montessori experience includes working as a Directress at the Early Childhood Learning Center Montessori School in Seoul for three years, an assistant at the Love of Learning School in Ellicott City for a year, and then as a teacher’s assistant at the Global Children’s Montessori School in Columbia for four years. Kyung joined Bryant Woods Montessori Children’s House as a Directress In 2012. She very much enjoys her work with the children. She derives pleasure in seeing their development and looks forward to another productive school year.


Joanne Alme posses a wide range of musical talents including playing the oboe, English horn, and saxophone. She studied Music Performance and Music Education at the University of Kansas, and earned her Masters of Education in Early Childhood Education at SUNY Purchase. During her studies, she was introduced to Montessori philosophy and methodology.  Alme completed Montessori training through Saint Nicholas and received certification with a focus in Early Childhood Education and Music Education.

Her education and experiences have shaped her desire to educate young children and to bring music education to all ages and skill levels. When she is not playing an instrument or teaching, Alme enjoys being outside with her husband and two children. She is often running, swimming, or biking in preparation for her next marathon or triathlon.

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