Ms. Emma (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.
Ms. Jade (Lead Teacher) was born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa. She believes that community is necessary for kids to thrive because of the nurturing community that trained her in dance at The Eoan Group School of Performing Arts. There she thrived in ballet, jazz, African and Cape Malay styles of dance, progressing to becoming a dance teacher. She graduated from Stellenbosch University where she trained in law and English. In 2011 she taught English as a foreign language to elementary students in Jakarta, Indonesia after studying traditional dance as part of a cross cultural exchange scholarship sponsored by the Indonesian consulate. Relocating to Los Angeles in 2013 with her husband, Jade continued her work as an ESL and dance teacher simultaneously completing a Master of Philosophy in Linguistics: Intercultural Communication from Stellenbosch University. During her tenure as dance teacher at Montessori Shir Hashirim, she was awarded a scholarship to Santa Monica Montessori Institute in 2018 where she received her Independent Montessori Teacher’s Certification in Early Childhood Level. She has worked as both Assistant Teacher and Lead Teacher at Montessori Shir Hashirim. Jade looks forward to affecting social change through Montessori education at Bryant Woods.
Ms. Tsion (Teacher’s Assistant) holds a Bachelor’s degree in Medical Laboratory Technology from Jimma University in Ethiopia. Her career in the medical field provided numerous opportunities including working for the World Health Organization (WHO), Walter Reed, and Holy Cross Hospital(s). Since becoming a full-time wife and mother, she has been raising, nurturing, and teaching her children. Her experience developed an interest and love to work with children in every aspect.
In her free time, Tsion enjoys reading, volunteering, and spending time with her husband and two young children.. She is grateful and proud to be a part of the Bryant Woods Montessori Children’s House community.
Ms. Joanne 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.