Meet Our Team
Montessori Nature School is the long-time dream of Angie Meadows, our founder. She brings to MNS over 25 years of experience as a Montessori parent, teacher, teacher educator, and school leader.
In in our first year, Angie will be wearing two hats--Head of School and Lead Teacher. She is uniquely qualified to play both roles.
Angie earned NC state teacher certification and holds two lead teacher certifications from the American Montessori Society (AMS)--Primary (2.5-6 years) and Lower Elementary (6-9 years).
She also earned AMS School Administrator certification and Non-Profit Management certification from LaSalle University.
Angie's experience as both a teacher and an administrator span all kinds of programs--public and private, magnet and charter, for-profit and non-profit, small and large. She is excited to see her vision of a nature-based Montessori school come to life here in Lenoir, where she and her husband, Wade, have settled with their two furry children (golden retrievers Tanner and Violet).
Angie and her husband, Wade, moved to Lenoir in 2016 with their two furry children (golden retrievers Tanner and Violet). Now, Angie is excited to see her vision of a nature-based Montessori school come to life here in Lenoir!
Ashley Moses is a true “Carolina girl,” born and raised right here in Lenoir. Growing up in rural NC, her fondest memories are playing under the pine trees and swimming in Old John's River (which happened to be in her Nana's front yard). From a young age, Ashley knew two things for certain: she loved the natural world AND she wanted to be a teacher when she grew up.
So Ashley followed her heart to the mountains of Boone to attend Appalachian State University. She earned her teaching degree in 2010 and has been teaching young children in our local public schools ever since (starting as a tutoring interventionist, then assistant teacher, and finally as lead Kindergarten teacher for the past 5 years).
Ashley readily admits to having a special place in her heart for unique learners—she loves the challenge of individualizing activities to meet the needs of ALL of her students. Her ability to personalize learning materials for each child is just one of the reasons that drew her to Montessori education and MNS.
In June of 2017, Ashley attended MNS's very first parent-child classes (Eco-Art and Woodland Detectives) with her daughters, River-4 and Fern-2. Now, she is excited to be joining our Hand in Hand program’s Spring 2018 session as our assistant teacher (and hopes to embark upon Montessori training herself this summer).
We are thrilled to welcome Ashley, her husband Frank, and their two girls to the MNS family!
Allison Butler grew up in a small town just outside of Winston-Salem, NC. As a young girl, she vividly remembers three teachers who made an impact on her life. Eventually, she began to feel a calling of her own—to make a difference in a child’s life just as those teachers had in hers. Allison knew she wanted to become a teacher. Following her dream, Allison attended Appalachian State University where she received the prestigious honor of being named a North Carolina Teaching Fellow (1997-2001).
After earning her teaching degree (K-6th certification) in 2001, Allison began educating young children in a wide variety of capacities—as a teacher in public/charter schools, as a museum environmental educator, as manager of a book store’s children’s department, as a Montessori assistant teacher, and as director of a Montessori after-school program.
In 2013, Allison and her husband, Justin, moved to the Lenoir area and started a family. When her daughter (Willow, now 5 years old) started preschool, Allison joined the staff of the public library right here in Lenoir—first in the reference department and then in the children’s section. She was awarded a grant and also has developed interactive programs like Science Storybook, Lego building workshops, and countless summer programs.
When Allison learned that a new Montessori school was coming to Lenoir, she became excited and knew she wanted to become involved. Having worked in a Montessori school previously, Allison had seen first-hand how young children thrive and grow at their own pace in a rich learning environment. More importantly, Allison is thrilled that families in our local community will now have access to this unique learning method.
When she’s not at work, you’ll find Allison out and about town with her family. She loves nature walks with her daughter and photographing flowers. She enjoys her role as Board member to the Caldwell County Arts Council. She also enjoys getting back to her roots by attending local Native American festivals (her family members reside on a reservation in New Brunswick, Canada).
We are thrilled to welcome Allison to MNS. Her cultural background, her passion for education, and her dedication to our local community will be invaluable assets to the school. Please join me in sending a warm MNS welcome to Allison, her husband Justin, and their daughter, Willow!
Become a Part of Our Team
Do you think you can you fill these shoes? Are you an educator who shares our respect for young children and passion for nature education?
We are currently seeking lead teachers, assistant teachers and substitute teachers. Applicants without Montessori training or teacher certification will be considered; however, you must be willing to attend training with support from the school.
It all starts here . . . During our first year, it will be the dedication and support of our Founders Committee that will transform our dream into a reality. As a young and growing organization, we are seeking local community members (including prospective and current family members) who are willing to share their time and/or talents with us. Expertise and/or experience in the following areas is needed:
1) Business (finance, bookkeeping)
2) Legal (incorporation, non-profit status)
3) Facilities (real estate, construction)
4) Marketing (public relations, social media)
5) Other (initiatives requiring man-hours, no specific skill set necessary)
Members of the Founders Committee may participate in a hands-on capacity or simply in an advisory role. For more information on how to become involved, email us to let us know of your interest.