Staff Information

Karen Mangham (Director, Lead Teacher Lower Elementary, 40 years' experience)

B.A. Elementary Education, Mercer University

M.S. Early Childhood Education, Peabody College for Teachers

3-6 yr. Montessori credential, MIA, MEPI

6-9 yr. Montessori credential, MEPI

 

Karen C. Mangham is a graduate of Mercer University with a B.A. degree in Elementary Education and a graduate of George Peabody College for Teachers (Vanderbilt) with an M.S. degree in Early Childhood Education. After teaching in public education in Jackson and Macon, GA, for over six years, she finally had the opportunity to study Montessori. She holds two certifications from Montessori Educational Programs International (MEPI)—primary 3-6 year and lower elementary 6-9 year. Her Montessori journey has spanned over 35 years to include being co-founder, director, and lead teacher of St. Andrews Montessori School; early childhood teacher trainer and program director for the Institute for Guided Studies; current board member of MEPI; conference presenter; and school consultant. She is the proud grandmother of five and enjoys all things related to nature.

 

Jeanette Davis (Co-Teacher, Lower Elementary, 18 years' experience)

IGS Montessori Parapro Certificate

 

Jeanette Davis is a graduate of Saint Theressa's Girls College in George's Hill, Dublin, Ireland. Her work background began in pharmaceutical sales, which lasted close to 20 years. She emigrated from Ireland to the United States in 1991 and began a career in retail at a managerial level in New York. She has 18 years’ experience in Montessori, all at St. Andrews. She has an assistant’s certification from the Institute for Guided Studies. She began by working in the primary II level with children ages 3 to 6 years. Now she can be found in our lower elementary class, where she co-teaches with our director, Karen Mangham. She is the proud mother of a junior in college and loves to travel.

 

Elena Buck (Assistant Teacher, Lower Elementary)

 

Eileen Sexton (Lead 3-6 Yr. and Kindergarten Teacher, 29 years' experience)

Montessori credential, MEPI

 

Eileen Sexton has a Montessori classroom director of primary education certification from MEPI. She has taught in the 3-6 year classroom for 29 years. She is currently a lead primary teacher at St. Andrews.

 

Taibat Adeniyi (Assistant Teacher, 26 years' experience)

National Certificate of Education (NCE), Kwara State College of Education

 

Taibat Adeniyi is a native of Nigeria in West Africa. She came to the United States in 2001 with her husband and three sons. She has a National Certificate of Education (NCE) from Kwara State College of Education and has been teaching since 1991, where she began at Lerato International School in Lagos, Nigeria, and Marina International School in Banjul, the Gambia, West Africa. She has been a volunteer parent with her sons' schools, Ingram Pye and Alexander II, in Macon. She has been involved in the care of a child with special needs since 2007 and completed a paraprofessional course at St. Andrews in early 2015, where she has been a substitute teacher prior to becoming an assistant teacher. She is currently pursuing a Montessori Teacher Certification at the Early Childhood level through MEPI.

 

Chhabi Rahman (Lead 3-6 Yr. and Kindergarten Teacher, 5 years' experience)

B.S. Biochemistry and Physiology, Queen Mary College

M.S. Bio Technology, Imperial College

IGS Montessori Parapro certificate

 

Chhabi Rahman graduated from Queen Mary College, University of London, with a BSc. degree in Biochemistry. She also has a MSc. degree in Biotechnology from Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine, University of London. In 2013, she completed the 201 Foundations of Montessori Philosophy and Educational Theory and is now working on completing the Early Childhood course. She began as a dedicated parent, later became an assistant teacher, and in the fall of 2017 will be a lead teacher in Primary II. She moved to Macon from London, England, nineteen years ago with her husband, with whom she has three children. She enjoys photography, reading, and crafts.

 

Sarah Fripp (Assistant 3-6 Yr. Teacher)

IGS Montessori Parapro Certificate

 

Sarah Fripp is a graduate of Oconto Falls High School (2000). She moved from Wisconsin to Georgia 12 years ago and is married with two children who attend St. Andrews.  She started the 201 Foundations of Montessori Philosophy and Educational Theory in 2016 and finished it in 2017, all while working at the school three hours a day, volunteering inside and outside the classroom and substitute teaching. She enjoys traveling, camping, reading, and learning anything related to natural and holistic health.

 

Meagan Laurens (Assistant 3-6 Yr. Teacher, 4 years' experience)

IGS Montessori Parapro certificate

 

Meagan Laurens is a 2009 graduate of Mount de Sales Academy. She is continuing her education by transferring to Middle Georgia State College and majoring in child psychology. Starting her Montessori education, she began to substitute teach at St. Andrews Montessori School in 2012. She received her certification with the Institute for Guided Studies as a parapro during the summer of 2012. Since 2014, she has been an assistant teacher and also works with our After Care. Singing is a great passion of hers, as are organizing, reading Pinterest, spending time with family and friends, watching movies, and bragging about her students.

 

Toni Joseph (Lead Toddler Teacher, 9 years' experience)

IT Montessori credential, NAMC

 

Toni Joseph is the lead teacher of the toddler program here at St. Andrew’s Montessori school. She began her teaching career ten years ago in the toddler building as a substitute teacher and is currently pursuing an IT certification from MEPI. As these wonderful years have progressed, so has her Montessori education. She holds an International Montessori Teaching diploma in Theory and Practice of the Montessori Method of Education for children birth to three years of age from the North American Montessori Center. She has close family ties to this school and the community. She considers this her home and cherishes every life touched and every child taught. She loves the Lord, moon-gazing, flowers, and doing new things. She has four grown children and six children who call her “NONI.”

 

Melinda Toler (Assistant Toddler Teacher, 6 years' experience)

IGS Montessori Parapro certificate

 

Melinda Toler is a graduate of Gilead Christian Academy and has completed training with The Institute for Guided Studies for Montessori paraprofessional. She has worked with children for 28 years. Her experience includes work in daycare, substitute teaching, a position as a nanny for 11 years, therapeutic foster care for troubled youth and children, and a facilitator in the Nurturing Parenting Program for adolescents with mental health disorders and their families. She currently serves as an assistant teacher in the toddler house and oversees our Early Care Program. She is the mother of four and enjoys nature and all of its inhabitants.

 

Lindsey Johnson (Assistant Toddler Teacher, 5 years' experience)

A.S. Early Childhood Ed., Central Georgia Technical College

IGS Montessori Parapro certificate

 

Lindsey R. Johnson is a graduate of Central Georgia Technical College with an Associate of Science degree in Early Childhood Education. She’s currently working on her Infant/Toddler Institute for Guided Studies training. She received her paraprofessional certificate from the Institute for Guided Studies in September of 2013 and has worked with children ranging from 18 months to five years of age. She has been at St. Andrews Montessori School for four years and is looking forward to many more. She is a Maconite of 28 years, and has been enjoying her hobby: yoga.

 

Deloras Moon (Administrative Director, 48 years' experience)

B.A. English, Eastern University

M.A. Religious Edu. Palmer Theological Seminary

 

Deloras Moon came to St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in 1986 as Director of Children’s Ministries for St. Andrews Presbyterian Church and Montessori School. She graduated from Eastern University in St.Davids, PA, with a Bachelor of Arts in English and from Palmer Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, PA, with a Master’s Degree in Religious Education. Before coming to Macon in 1982 with her husband and two children from East Lansing, MI, she was employed by People’s Church Interdenominational as Director of Christian Education. Deloras currently serves as Administrative Director for St. Andrews Montessori School. She enjoys reading, being at the beach, and spending summers with extended family in the mountains of Pennsylvania.

 

Tiffany Brennan (Administrative Assistant, 12 years' experience)

 

Tiffany Brennan is a native of Monroe County, having graduated from Mary Persons High School in 1999. She is married to her high school sweetheart, with whom she has two children. She currently resides in Monroe County and enjoys crocheting, reading, and cross-stitching in her spare time.

 

 

 

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501 Bass Road

Macon, GA 31210

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