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Rhonda Reynolds
Lower Elementary Teacher
Rhonda Reynolds has been at the Montessori Academy since 1986. She received her BS in Education from Indiana University in 1976, and, after spending one year as a part-time assistant in the Upper Elementary classroom, she decided to take her Elementary I & II Montessori training at Midwest Montessori Teacher Training Center, becoming certified in 1989, She has been a lead teacher in the Lower Elementary division ever since. She is a member of AMS. She and her husband are the parents of two young men, Trent and Trevor, who both MAEL graduate, and grandmother to Astrid.  In her spare time Rhonda enjoys reading, doing crafts, and gardening.

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Jennifer Darmogray
Lower Elementary Teacher & MTA Course Coordinator
Jennifer Darmogray attended Northern Michigan University and received a BS in education in 1993. After completing her degree, she moved to Indiana to attend Montessori Teacher Academy's Montessori teacher training. She received her Early Childhood certification in 1994 and began teaching at MAEL that same year. In 2000, she left MAEL to become Executive Director of a Montessori school in Illinois. Since then, she has received her Elementary I & II Montessori teaching credentials at the Houston Montessori Training Center in 2010. Jennifer has also been a Montessori Teacher Trainer with the Montessori Teacher Academy since 1998 and recently assumed the position of Course Coordinator for MTA in 2016. She also completed training in Applied Behavior Analysis in 2015. She is a member of AMS,
  
Jennifer lives in Michigan with her husband, Bryan, and two dogs, Jack and Paisley the pug. The family loves to camp, fish, and garden.

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Carolyn Owens
Lower Elementary Associate Teacher
Carolyn Owens, residing in Bristol, Indiana with her husband Patrick, earned her BS from Ball State University in July, 1984 and Elementary I & II credentials from the Midwest Montessori Teacher Training Center in Chicago, Illinois in 1998 and 2002, respectively. In addition to teaching, she has served as a Lower Elementary (6-9 yrs.) teacher trainer and as an Upper and Lower elementary (6-12 years) coordinator.   Extensive training in science, inquiry, and STEM through ETHOS in Elkhart helped her in her most recent position as a Middle School Science teacher.  At the Middle School level, Carolyn also taught history and language arts.  Interests include hiking, biking, and a keen interest in health and fitness. She is on an obstacle course racing team and has been competing for the last four years.  She also enjoys traveling to Chicago and South Carolina to visit her two daughters and two grandsons.

Becky Dennis
Upper Elementary Teacher/ Elementary and JH Division Coordinator
Becky Dennis is an Upper Elementary teacher and Elementary Division Coordinator who began her teaching career in the public schools in 1971. A graduate from Indiana University with a BS in Education (1971), at one point, visited "Little Flower Montessori" aka "The Montessori Academy", and automatically knew that the Montessori method was the way she wished to teach. Becky became a certified Elementary I & II Teacher with a certificate from Midwest Montessori Teachers' Training Center in Chicago, Illinois in 1989 and began her Montessori career teaching Lower Elementary. As the school grew and added higher-aged classes, she moved to Upper Elementary. She is a member of AMS.

Her four children went through our Montessori program and still keep in touch with their classmates from those years. Becky enjoys reading, jet skiing, traveling, and spending time with her grandchildren.

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Helen Muffoletto
Upper Elementary Teacher
Helen Muffoletto, a graduate with a BA from Valparaiso University in 1982, is a 20-year veteran of Montessori Academy. She began her Montessori career assisting in the Toddler classroom with her son, and has been an assistant in Early Childhood and Upper Elementary as well. In 2006/2007, after assisting in Upper Elementary for six years, she started her training at Midwest Montessori Teacher Training Center in Crystal Lake, Illinois. She received her Elementary I & II Montessori certification in 2008 and spent three years team-teaching in Lower Elementary before moving to the Upper Elementary level where she is now the lead teacher in Room 102. She is a member of AMS and Alpha Xi Epsilon of Phi Beta Chi and has served on numerous Accreditation teams for AMS.

Helen is the daughter of Greek immigrants and speaks the language fluently. She grew up outside of Chicago and is an avid Bears and White Sox fan. Her daughter is a 2005 MAEL graduate and graduate of Purdue University, and her son is a 2011 Penn High School graduate.

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Terri Foley
Upper Elementary Assistant
Terri Foley has been with The Montessori Academy at Edison Lakes for 30-plus years. Have you noticed her bench in front of the school? In the late 70's she received a call at home from the then-President of the Board asking her to fill in at the Toddler level when the teacher assistant was on maternity leave. That was the beginning! After a number of years in Toddlers, Terri moved to an Early Childhood classroom where she worked until she moved over to the "big building" to work for 15 years with her neighborhood friend, Connie Richardson. After a brief two years working with Rhonda Reynolds at the Lower Elementary level she is back in her favorite spot, assisting Becky Dennis in the Upper Elementary.

Terri's three boys attended our Early Childhood as well as two of her 'grandgirls'. If you are looking for Terri after hours, try the libraries (she loves to read) or the airport, where she spends time waiting between trips to Arizona to visit her grandson.

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Sonia Costilla
Lower Elementary Assistant
Sonia and her family moved to South Bend, Indiana in 2004. Sonia is a proud mother of four daughters and one son. She also has four grandchildren. Sonia has been a substitute at the Montessori Academy at Edison Lakes since 2007. She has enjoyed each area of MAEL but is thrilled to be the Room 106 Lower Elementary Assistant for Rhonda Reynolds. She loves it!

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Chandler Miller
Athletic Director/Upper El Assistant
Chandler Miller is a second year teacher at Montessori Academy Edison Lakes. After graduating from Penn High School with Technical Honors, Chandler went on to Indiana University South Bend and will complete his Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in English Literature in May. He is a Michiana native, currently living in Granger.
 
Chandler’s goals include having a family of his own one day, and being a professional educator in his hometown, doing what he can for the city that made him who he is.  He also plans to coach football and wrestling in his free time for Penn, and has already begun helping out in their wrestling room.  In his spare time, Chandler loves to be outdoors whether it involves hiking, camping or exploring. He also plays recreational team sports including volleyball, football, basketball and wrestling.
 

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