Administration and Office
Interim Head of School
Dr. Barbara Kehr is a graduate of Muhlenberg College with a degree in humanities and elementary certification. She has a master’s degree in reading from Hood College, a master’s in administration from McDaniel College, a doctorate in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in literacy from the University of Maryland, and a superintendent’s letter of eligibility from Shippensburg University. During her 34 year career in public education, she was an elementary classroom teacher, reading coordinator, and director of curriculum and instruction for the Waynesboro Area School District, and the assistant superintendent of South Western School District in Hanover, Pennsylvania. Dr. Kehr has taught graduate courses for Penn State University, Shippensburg University, and Cabrini University, and is currently an adjunct professor for Wilson College. She most recently worked as a literacy coach for the York City School District. She lives in Waynesboro with her husband, John Krebs. Dr. Kehr is excited and honored to be serving as the interim Head of School for the 2019-20 school year.
Interim Director of Education
Mrs. Kim Calimer has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in reading from Shippensburg University. She is certified in Early Childhood and Elementary Education and as both a Reading Supervisor and School Principal (K-12). Prior to entering public education, Mrs. Calimer was the Director of the Quincy Child Development Center for nine years. She also worked with babies and their families as Director of UCP’s Children’s Program, coordinating services for children with special needs. Upon entering public education in 2000, Mrs. Calimer taught reading at both the elementary and secondary levels, and worked closely with colleagues, students, and parents as an Instructional Support Teacher. She was the Assistant Principal at the Waynesboro Middle School, and most recently retired as Principal of Hooverville Elementary School.
Amanda Krantz is currently the Executive Assistant in our front office. Miss Krantz obtained her Lead Teacher certificates for Infant/Toddler, Pre-school and school-aged children at Howard Community College. Amanda previously worked for a Montessori and Arts school in Frederick, Maryland for four years as an assistant for Lower Elementary and a Lead Teacher for the Toddler classroom. She also helped as an Administrative Assistant. She lives in Fairfield, PA with her spouse Corey and three children, Twins Easton and Sophia (8) and Raylynn (4). Outside of school Amanda enjoys spending time with her family at their river house and traveling to off-roading parks to ride their ATV’s. During the winter months she enjoys going to as many Washington Capitals Hockey games as possible.
Kristin Valentine is the Lead Teacher in the Toddler A Community for the 2019-2020 school year. She previously worked as an assistant teacher in the Toddler Community. She has taken Infant Toddler Montessori coursework at the Center for Montessori Education in New York.
Toddler Assistant Teacher
Carrie Mong is currently the Assistant Teacher in the Toddler B classroom. Mrs. Mong attended Hagerstown Community College where she obtained her Associates of Applied Science. Carrie has a history with our Academy, her son attended our school 10 years ago and her mother is currently a Teacher for Children’s House. Carrie is married and has two children, Emma and Titus. She has a love for animals and has two dogs, three cats, three chickens and two horses. Outside of school Carrie likes to spend time with her family at the beach and sporting events. Mrs. Mong also likes to cook and take pictures of her family and friends in her spare time.
Children’s House A Teacher
Sarah Durden has been teaching for 9 years, but is new to the Montessori method. She holds a Bachelors in Early Childhood Education with a Pennsylvania Instructional I Teaching certification for birth to 3rd grade. She also holds a Masters in Special Education and is currently studying with the Barrie Center of Advanced Montessori Studies. Sarah is a mom of 7 kids and enjoys coaching soccer with her husband Bobby. She is an art instructor and enjoys sharing a passion for art and creativity. Her hobbies are photography, drawing, reading, writing and being outside.
Children’s House A Assistant Teacher
Cindy Maritza Rodriguez considers herself both Latina and American since she was born in the United States and was raised to be proud of her Guatemalan heritage. She is bilingual, as she grew up speaking two languages; Spanish as her first language and English as her second language. Cindy obtained her Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Care and Education from Harrisburg Area Community College. In addition to being an Assistant Teacher in Children’s House A here at Montessori Academy, she works at the YMCA aftercare program as a counselor. She also works with the Lincoln Intermediate Unit, during their summer program as a teacher’s assistant and as a translator in their office. Cindy enjoys working with children of all ages and will continue to educate the future generation with knowledge at Montessori Academy of Chambersburg Pennsylvania.
Children’s House B Teacher
Cathy Davidson joined the Montessori family of Chambersburg in 2002. Before she came to the Academy, she worked in childcare for seventeen years in Pennsylvania and South Carolina. She attended school in West Virginia. Currently she resides in the town of Shippensburg with her husband, Tim, and two sons, Russ and Ethan. She has a house rabbit and a very large puppy. Her family is very active in area sports.
Children’s House B Teacher
Kim Walter is currently our Children’s House B Teacher as well as the 8th grade Math Teacher. She attended Messiah College where she received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and minor in Human Development and Family Science. She also holds Certificates in PA Elementary k-6/Mid-level Mathematics, 7-9/PA Private School Nursery-Kindergarten. Mrs. Walter started co-teaching 5th-8th grade at Montessori in 2004. Then she spent a year in Greencastle-Antrim School District and 9 years in the banking industry before returning to Montessori in 2017. Kim was interested in a school that would challenge children by developing their strengths, encouraging their weaknesses, while also valuing development of the whole child. Kim resides in Chambersburg with her husband Tyson and two children, Seth and Ethan, who currently attend our school. Outside of school Mrs. Walter enjoys singing, spending time with family, working with children, youth and music departments at church.
Children’s House C Teacher
Kim Kulla has many years experience teaching at the Children’s House level. She completed her Montessori Training at Montgomery Montessori Institute in Rockville, MD. Ms. Kulla hopes that her classroom is a prepared environment that will allow each child to enhance their natural love of learning. Ms. Kulla lives in Waynesboro with her husband, two of her four children, and five dogs. She has two granddaughters and two grandsons.
Children’s House C Assistant Teacher
Diane Jones was born and raised in Schuylkill County, PA and graduated from Moravian College in Bethlehem with degrees in Psychology and Business. She has 14 years working in both Toddler and Children’s House Montessori classrooms. Ms. Jones enjoys preparing the environment and work for the students. She especially likes the art and practical life areas. Ms. Jones and her husband, Bob, have lived in Chambersburg since May, 1989. They have 3 daughters who all attended The Montessori School.
Lower Elementary Teacher
Stephanie Miller graduated from Shippensburg University with a degree in Elementary Education and Early Childhood. She taught at the preschool level for 3 years in Martinsburg, WV, before joining Montessori Academy. Ms. Miller lives in Shippensburg with her husband, Zachary, and her 2 children, Ryan and Madison.
Lower Elementary Teacher
Alison Gilbert is a graduate of Kutztown University with an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education. She taught at Magic Years Kindergarten and Pre-School before moving to South Carolina to teach in the Columbia School District. She joined Montessori Academy of Chambersburg in May 2006. Ms. Gilbert moved from South Carolina to return to her home town of Chambersburg.
Upper Elementary Teacher
Alicia Runkle is a graduate of Shippensburg University with her undergraduate degree and teaching certification in Elementary and Early Childhood Education and a minor in Reading. Also, Mrs. Runkle received her Upper Elementary (9-12) Montessori training and certification from the Center for Montessori Teacher Education in New York. She has worked in a daycare center and tutors in reading, writing, and math. In her free time, she enjoys singing, attending Hershey Bear hockey games, and spending time with her husband and family. Mrs. Runkle joined Montessori Academy in March 2012.
Upper Elementary Teacher
Sara Billman holds a Bachelor’s of Science from Lock Haven University. She became interested in Montessori through observations done through college and during her study of philosophy. Sara is involved in the theater and is a Cantale Carlisle Choir singer. She is currently working on her Masters of Alternative Education.
Stephanie Whitlock graduated from High Point High School in Beltsville, MD. She provided daycare in her home for 10 years. She helped design a cooperative pre-school with her church and participated in it for 6 years. She has spent many hours as a volunteer in her children’s classrooms. She resides in Fayetteville with her sons, Sean and Nicholas, and her daughter, Sofia. Ms. Whitlock joined Montessori Academy of Chambersburg in August 2006.
Middle School Teacher
Liz Cleary is a graduate from Shippensburg University, with an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education. Ms. Cleary is a member of National Council for History Education and Kappa Delta Pi, an International Honor Society in Education. Since graduating college, she has taught a variety of grade levels in various local school districts. She joined Montessori Academy in November 2006.
Middle School Teacher
Kristin Byers is currently an Assistant Teacher in the Middle School class. Mrs. Byers is a Shippensburg University graduate with her Bachelors of Arts in Geography. She has a passion for cultivating natural learning through exploration. While homeschooling her sons during their Elementary years, she implemented many Montessori type strategies, which started her love of Montessori. Kristin lives on a rural homestead outside of Newburg, PA with her husband Sam and four sons. Outside of school Mrs. Byers is the violinist for Blythe Spirits Harp Trio, a string trio that performs for special events in central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland.
Quaid Swiger Quaid holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Music and studied at Harrisburg Area Community College and York College of Pennsylvania. In addition to teaching Music Education at Montessori Academy, he works with the Indoor Drumline and Marching Band at Biglerville High School. Quaid has marched with the Raiders Drum and Bugle Corps and Reading Buccaneers Drum and Bugle Crops.
Joh Ricci holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Kutztown University. In addition to teaching art at Montessori Academy, she also teaches adult classes at various art education centers in Pennsylvania and Maryland, and leads children’s art camps. When she is not spending time with family and friends, Joh can be found in her studio creating art at the painting easel, jewelry table, or her 45” floor loom.
Physical Education – Shelly Novak Shelly holds a Bachelor’s of Science from Wilson College and an MBA from Frostburg State University. In addition to teaching P.E. at Montessori Academy, Shelly also coaches field hockey. When she is not teaching or coaching, Shelly enjoys running recreationally.