How we find the BEST teachers?

At TMA, all teacher candidates are required to send a resume which is reviewed by our administrative team.  We then select candidates who have experience working with young children or those who are willing to learn.  Our lead teachers must have at least a two-year degree and Montessori and/or Balanced Literacy experience.  Our teacher candidates are required to perform a demo lesson so we can observe them in action.  We then give the teacher feedback on their lesson and choose the very best.  At TMA, before we hire a teacher, we always ask the question “Would we want this person teaching our own children?”  If the answer is “YES”, we ask the candidate to join our team.


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Meredith Lowman

Infant Lead Teacher

Hi, I’m Meredith! I’ve been an assistant in the Buttercup classroom since TMA opened its doors last year! I had the privilege to be mentored and work directly under our Montessori Specialist, Ms. Nikki Bidell.

I’m so excited to be the Buttercup Lead Teacher this year, and feel beyond blessed to call TMA ‘home’! I have 9 year old twins who will be starting 4th grade, and enjoy spending my free time being a mom! I’m thrilled to start another school year at TMA and share my passion for working with children!


Tamara Crockett

Toddler Lead Teacher

Hi, my name is Tamara Crockett. I am so excited to be leading the toddler classroom this school year.  I have over twenty years teaching experience and I love working with children.  I am a mother of four- one girl and three boys. I have my degree in Early Childhood Education/Special Needs. I am so excited to start this new venture together in the Tulip Classroom! 

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Hannah Hoving

Toddler Assistant Teacher

Hi, I’m Hannah Hoving! I joined TMA in August 2021 as an assistant teacher in the toddler classrooms.  I have over ten years of experience working with young children. Toddlers are by far my favorite age group!  A few other things about me is that I am passionate about cooking and spending time with family, especially my two nieces!

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Dana Schaeffer

Toddler Lead Teacher

Hi! I'm Dana and I am so excited to be joining the Lily Classroom as the Lead Teacher! My bachelor's degree is in Psychology and I have five years of experience in early childhood education in young toddler and preschool classrooms. I am thrilled to be returning to the classroom this year at Trinity to help my new little friends grow, learn and be encouraged!

I am married to my very best friend, Brandon, and we have one daughter, Emma, who is a senior in high school. We also share our home with our sweetheart of a dog, Paisley. My favorite free-time activities are cooking new recipes, watching a great movie with buttery popcorn, and enjoying quiet evenings outdoors. I look forward to getting to know each of you!

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Dina Wells

Primary Lead Teacher/Montessori Specialist

Hi, I’m Dina!  I’m originally from Northeast Ohio and moved to South Carolina 22 years ago.  I attended Fortis College to pursue a degree in Medical Administration and worked in both the Medical and Industrial fields before taking time off to be a stay-at-home mom.  I’ve been married to my husband Jason for 29 years and together we have three daughters, four grandchildren and a Golden Retriever named Chloe.  I enjoy camping, hiking, kayaking, and traveling to places I haven’t been, especially if it involves a beach!
My love for Montessori began when I became an Instructional Assistant in a Montessori classroom for York School District. I am Montessori trained and have 15 years of Primary Montessori experience and in both public and private settings.
One of the most rewarding aspects of a Montessori classroom is watching my students connect with their environment and transform into a community of independent thinkers and workers.

“Help me to do it myself. Let us give the child the gift of freedom through independence.” - Maria Montessori

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Rachel Perry

Primary Lead Teacher

My name is Rachel Perry. I was born and raised in upstate New York and relocated to Rock Hill, SC in June, 2021. I graduated from the State University of New York at Oneonta with a Bachelor’s degree in Child and Family Studies. Before starting at TMA, I was the Lead Preschool Teacher for the Jewish Community Center.

My boyfriend and I have a 7 year old dog named Jaxen. I enjoy kayaking, fishing, and spending time with friends and family. I am excited to work with all the TMA staff and students!

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Jessica Goodwin

Primary Lead Teacher

My name is Jessica Goodwin. I am so excited for this school year. I cannot wait to get to know your child and help them succeed this year. I live in Lancaster, SC with my Husband, where I was born and raised.  I have worked with children for over 7 years now and have worked with age groups birth to 11 years old, including special education. I love being able to inspire and teach every child that comes into my classroom.
When I am not in my classroom, I love to spend time with my husband and family. I enjoy spoiling my nieces and nephew. The key to my heart is my 2 dogs.  I love being a fur mom!  I love to spend time with my husband and family. We especially love traveling and our favorite place to go is Charleston SC.  I feel like it is my home away from home.  Anything with Winnie the Pooh warms and makes my heart happy. I am so over joyed to start this new year with you and your child

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Breezlyn Baird

Primary Lead Teacher

Hello, I am Breezlyn Baird! I moved to South Carolina from California over the summer to be closer to my family. I am currently working towards my bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education and I absolutely love working with young children! I started my teaching career at TMA in the Tulip Classroom and I'm excited to bring my love for literacy to the Sunflower Classroom!

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Linda Mullikin

TK Lead Teacher

My name is Linda and I will be the lead TK teacher at Trinity Montessori Academy.  I have been teaching Early childhood classes in public schools for over 30 years.  I began teaching kindergarten and first grade, but most of my experience has been teaching 3-, 4-, and 5-year-old Montessori classes.  My passion for Montessori started in 2000 as I began my training. I love watching children reach their highest potential while gaining confidence and independence.  I graduated from Winthrop with a degree in Early Childhood Education.  I have also earned National Board and Montessori certifications.
I enjoy spending time with my husband, daughter and other family and friends.  We like to go boating and fishing at the beach and hiking in the mountains.  We also enjoy walking and playing with our dog Zoey.  

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Mallory Harman

TK Teacher

Hi, my name is Mallory!  I have been working at Trinity Montessori since February, but I have co-taught and assisted in classrooms within the South Carolina public school system for over 4 years!  I have my Bachelor's in English, minor in educational studies, and certification in gifted education from Winthrop University. I am a dedicated educator looking forward to assisting the growth of all the students at Trinity Montessori Academy!


Shae-Lynn Watts

Lead Teacher

Hello everyone! I'm Shae-Lynn and I have been working at TMA in various roles since May 2021. I am from Walhalla, SC and have a Bachelor degree in Psychology. I have 2 dogs, Rocky and Zeze and love being outdoors and going to National Parks. I am excited for this new classroom opportunity and look forward to leading the Daisy Classroom!

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Hannah Eagler

Lead Teacher

Hi! My name is Hannah Eagler and I am so excited to be leading the Iris classroom! I am originally from Buffalo, New York. Go Bills! I am enrolled at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte studying to receive my Masters in Developmental Psychology, while minoring in Early Developmental Education. I enjoy swimming at the lake, hanging out with friends, hiking, and
walking my three dogs! I started in the Tulip classroom at TMA and I am so excited to continue my journey in the Iris classroom!