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Jayme Russell
Lead Librarian
Jayme Russell received her B.A. in Creative Writing and her M.A. in Poetry from Ohio University in 2009 and 2011, respectively, and received her MFA in Poetry from The University of Notre Dame in 2014.  Recently, she received the Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award from the Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning and was nominated for the Midwest Association of Graduate School’s Excellence in Teaching Award, a prestigious nomination given yearly to one select master's student teaching at Notre Dame. She has been lead librarian at Montessori Academy Edison Lakes since 2015, in which she has been working to expand and rejuvenate the library collection and services.

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Joan Berta
Elementary After Care Teacher
Joan Berta, also known as "Grandma Joan", has taken care of our children in the Elementary After Care program since 2005. Joan received her BS in Nursing from Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in 1956 and worked as a registered nurse for both Memorial Hospital of South Bend (1952-62) and St. Joseph Hospital (1962-71). Joan's granddaughters both graduated from Montessori Academy. Her hobbies include stained glass work, cooking, sewing and knitting.

Morgan Lippincott
After Care Assistant
Morgan Lippincott is an alumnus of the Montessori Academy at Edison Lakes, having attended first through eighth grade. He is currently a senior at Saint Joseph High School where he runs cross-country and track and plays in the marching band.