Staff Bios


Meet our staff team!  At Morey Montessori our staff embody our mission to create a space where each child is known and valued.  Our teachers and support staff are passionate about your child, their education, and their development as an individual!  Get to know their stories below!

“Thank you for creating a place he feels welcomed and at home! There is no other school that would do this for him.”

Eric Johnson | Principal

I was born and raised in the mid-Michigan area and attended Central Michigan University studying Business Education with minors in Leadership and Communications. I have of a Masters of Arts in Charter School Leadership from Central Michigan University. I have a passion for working with programs and schools to help youth to be successful! I am excited to see Morey grow into a dynamic, energizing place to learn!

Anita Brown | Office Manager

I was born and raised in Mt. Pleasant; I’ve been married for 25 years and have four daughters. I’m truly blessed and honored to say that I have been part of the Morey family since 1997.  All of my children have attended Morey. Our oldest daughter started 1st grade the first year the school was open in 1997!  Before I was hired, I was very involved in the school volunteering in the classrooms and helping out anywhere it was needed. I was hired in 2007 as an office manager, and an administrative assistant.  I love that my job allows me to make relationships with all of our Morey families and students!

Ali Radojcich| Montessori Pre-School

I was born in Kalamazoo, but raised in Ann Arbor, MI. In between I lived in Poland, Europe, where I attended a Polish school and learned to speak the language. I graduated from Central Michigan University with a degree in Theatre and Interpretation, with a concentration in children’s theatre. I am passionate about providing students an environment where they can grow in public speaking. My free time looks a little differently now as I am working towards my Masters in Counseling from Cornerstone University. When I’m not busy with school or teaching, I like to spend my time getting involved with my church community. I’ve loved the opportunities I have had working here at Morey that have included my love for theatre, kids, even animals and cooking! I am excited to continue growing in relationships with the students and families.

Christina Parrish| GSRP Pre-School

Stephanie Lozano| Kindergarten Teacher

I am currently finishing my first year teaching Kindergarten at Morey Montessori and I love it!  Although born and raised locally, I received my B.A. from San Diego State University in International Relations and Conflict Resolution in 2007 and my teaching credential from San Francisco State University in 2010.  For 6 years I taught 1st grade in a traditional San Diego charter school before moving back to Michigan with my son, Maximus. I am currently working on my masters in Educational Leadership at CMU and I will complete my teaching certification with the North American Montessori Center this summer. I am so excited to share my passion for content, collaboration and community in my years ahead at Morey.

 

Celeste Mills | 1-2 Teacher

My name is Celeste Mills and this is my 2nd year of teaching at Morey Montessori. I am a graduate of Cornerstone University. I graduated with a major in Language Arts and a group planned minor in Elementary Education. Before Morey I taught at both Stanton Elementary and  St. Mary’s of Alma. I decided to leave traditional education after watching my own children thrive in the Montessori environment at Morey. I have fallen madly in love with the Montessori philosophy and feel incredibly blessed to be able to teach a philosophy I believe in and enjoy! I am currently enrolled in the Center of Montessori Guided Studies and finishing this year!  I also enjoy beekeeping at home and school.

Jane Martin | 3-4 Teacher

Hello, I am proud to have been part of Morey for 13 years and have taught Montessori for 6 of those years. I received my Bachelors in Elementary Education from Central Michigan University, my Masters in Education from Mary Grove College and my Lower Elementary Montessori Certification from the North American Montessori Center. My 21 years of teaching have brought diverse experiences including; teaching Kindergarten, First, Second, Third grades, Remedial Reading, Special Education and Title I. I love that I can spend 3 years with children in my class, watching them grow into independent learners. I also love to garden, sew, and read!

Chelsea Myers | 5-6 Teacher

I am beyond thrilled to be the Upper Elementary Guide in Honeycrisp Avenue. I have a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education from Northern Michigan University with specializations in Language Arts and Integrated Sciences. I am in my second year of my Montessori Certification, where I will be certified grade 1-6. This is my second year here at Morey Montessori and I could not have asked for a better place to start my career. Morey is my second home and I believe strongly in the philosophy that we follow here. When I am not here at school, I love being outside and spending time with family.

Eva Charkowske | 7-8 Teacher

Hi, I am the Middle School teacher at Morey Montessori.  I graduated from Central Michigan University with endorsements in Mathematics and Reading.  I enjoy teaching students how to take ownership of their own learning and watching them grow as individuals both in academics and in character.

My husband and I currently call Saint Louis home and live there with his 4 year old son, Vincent.  During the summer I love spending my free-time participating in different activities including playing sports, running, or simply going for a nature walk.  In the winter I prefer to stay inside cuddling up to a good movie or reading a book.

Check out our class website! http://moreymiddleschoolers.weebly.com

Tracey Miret | Teacher Assistant

I am born and educated in Canada at Georgian College and have lived in the United States for 11 years! I have been at Morey for 6 wonderful years!  Outside of school I instruct CPR/First Aid courses, am a mom of 2 teenage boys, and enjoy running half marathons and Warrior runs!  I love working at Morey and seeing students grow into independent learners and individuals.

Mandy Parsons | Teacher Assistant

I was born and raised in Midland.  I went to Central Michigan University and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology.  After a few years of working in laboratories, I went to Eastern Michigan University to get my teacher certification in biology, chemistry and science.  I have substitute taught and taught driver education for many years.  This is my second year at Morey as a teacher assistant and really enjoy working with the students and staff.

Jen Faber | Special Education Teacher

This is my 5th year at Morey Montessori. Over the last few years I have enjoyed learning about the Montessori method of teaching and how to use the materials.   I graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science in Education with a major in Elementary Education and minor in Early Childhood Education with a certification in Special Education, CI. While I’m not at school I enjoy spending time with my family. My husband and I have two little boys, Gabe a rambunctious 3 year old and Gavin a calm and content 4 month old. Both boys keep us pretty busy but we love to see them grow and learn new things!

 

Amanda Pestridge| Special Education Teacher

My name is Ms. Pestridge, I am a special education teacher. I graduated Cum Laude from Central Michigan University in May of 2016. I began working at Morey Montessori Public School Academy in February 2017. I have family in Indiana and Colorado, I travel often to visit them. My fiancé and I enjoy watching sports together. My favorite pastimes include reading, hiking, and riding horses.