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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Nikki Bidell

Infant Lead Teacher

Hi, I’m Nikki! I’ve been a Montessori toddler guide in Charlotte as well as abroad at a bilingual Montessori school in France. I have a Bachelor’s degree in elementary and special education, an AMS infant/toddler Montessori credential, and a Master’s degree in Montessori. I recently became a mom to my sweet daughter, Emerson, who will be joining me at TMA. My husband is also a teacher and we love taking walks with our two cocker spaniels. I’m thrilled to be joining the TMA team and looking forward to sharing my passion!

Lynzie Santucci

Toddler Lead Teacher

My name is Ms. Lynzie Santucci and I am so excited to be working with you and your children this year at Trinity Montessori Academy. I currently live in Rock Hill with my husband John, our daughter Tenley (1) and my stepdaughter Chloe (9). We have two adorable dogs, Koa and Jax that we love taking for evening strolls. Whenever our family is not at the Soccer field watching Chloe, we are playing on the lake or at the beach!

I have my BA in Elementary Education from UNC-Charlotte and I am currently completing my Montessori certification for Infants, birth- 3 years old. I have previous experience working with toddlers 18- 24 months old and have also taught kindergarten and third grade. I truly love spending my days with children and watching them learn and grow! I hope to help cultivate your child’s independence and desire for a lifetime of learning.

Michele Schwartz

Toddler Lead Teacher

My name is Michele Schwartz and I am excited to join the TMA family as Infant/Toddler Team Leader.  I am originally from Boiling Springs, SC but now live in Fort Mill with my husband Pete and our cat Hemingway. I graduated from Mars Hill College with a BA in Theatre and completed my North American Montessori Center (NAMC) certification for birth to three years old. For the past 13 years, I have taught every age group from birth all the way up to seniors in high school. Toddlers are my favorite age group to work with!  I love watching young children grow into independent  learners.  I love the Montessori hands-on approach to learning  and can’t wait to start the school year at TMA.  I am looking forward to getting to know you and your child!

Brenna Soukup

Primary Lead Teacher

My name is Brenna Buffington and I received my  BA in Psychology from Winthrop University. Before becoming a lead Montessori teacher, I worked with children as a Certified Behavior Technician and ABA Therapist.  I am currently completing my NAMC Montessori certification for children 3-6 years old.  I have found a passion in teaching and love spreading my joy for learning with the children in the classroom!  While I do not yet have children of my own, I am a proud cat mom of 4 sweet kitties!

Dina Wells

Primary Lead Teacher

My name is Dina Wells and I will be the lead teacher for the half-day Primary Classroom at Trinity Montessori Academy.  I’m originally from Northeast Ohio and moved to South Carolina 21 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 focus on being a full-time wife and mom. I’ve been married to my husband Jason for 28 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 14 years of experience in both public and private settings, all in early childhood education with students ranging from 3-6 years old.

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

Emily Beadle

TK/Kindergarten Lead Teacher

My name is Emily Beadle and I am so excited to be joining Trinity Montessori Academy as the TK/Kindergarten teacher in August! 

I am originally from Maine, but my husband and I have lived in the Charlotte area since 2015. We welcomed our first child last April and I’m excited that he will be joining me! 

I have my Bachelor’s of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Maine at Farmington and fell in love with the Montessori method while student teaching. I believe it is so important to give children the tools to let them succeed without doing everything for them. I have worked in education for the past 7 years, mostly in Montessori classrooms, and spent the last 2.5 years with Rock Hill Schools teaching in grades 4K, Kindergarten, and 2nd. 

“The education of even a very small child, therefore, does not aim at preparing him for school, but for life.”  Maria Montessori

Jessica Gribbon

Elementary Elearning

Hello!  My name is Jessica Gribbon. I was born and raised in New London, North Carolina. Six years ago, I moved to Indian Land with my husband, Sean, and our cat, Morgan. Since then, we adopted our pup named Darby, had a son, Liam (3) and a daughter, Emmie (10 months). I love spending time with my family and sharing new experiences with my children. My husband and I enjoy doing home projects together where we can apply our creativity. I love to read and have an extensive children’s book collection. I also have a passion for cooking and trying all kinds of new recipes.

I graduated from Queens University in Charlotte with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. I taught grades 3rd and 1st.  I am so excited to join TMA and share my love of learning with my students! 

Stacy Fox

Elementary Elearning

Hello my name is Stacy Fox! I am thrilled to join the Trinity Montessori Academy family as an Elementary Elearning teacher. My husband DJ and I were born and raised in Michigan. We moved down to the Charlotte area in 2011 and stayed for 5 years. We moved to Colorado for 2 years and now we are back in the Carolinas residing in Tega Cay, South Carolina. We have two daughters- Mackenzie (8) and Brooklyn (2).

I have a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education/Early Childhood Education from Western Michigan University. I have been working with children since 2007. I have been a part of many classrooms including K-5, a gifted and talented elementary program, church preschools and a Montessori preschool academy. I love to be involved in the young child’s love and zest for life and learning new things.

My family and I love to cheer on our Detroit sports teams, visit our family across the country, go to the beach and spend time at the soccer field cheering on our older daughter. I am excited to guide, love and teach your precious children through this Elearning journey!

Kaitlyn Massey

Elementary Elearning

Hello, my name is Kaitlyn Massey. I am excited to join the TMA team as a Lead Elementary

E-Learning teacher.  I recently moved from Rock Hill to Lake Wylie with my boyfriend, Jon. 

We love to travel and see new things.


I received my Bachelor's degree in Studio Art from Limestone University and my Masters in Art Education from the University of Florida. For the past two years, I worked as a lead teacher in a Montessori transitional kindergarten. I am excited to join TMA  and assist students with their E-Learning.

Maria Lopez

Toddler Lead Teacher

Hello, my name is Maria! I was born and raised in Charlotte, NC. I have a seven year old daughter and a fur baby named Oreo. I enjoy spending time with friends and family as well as
taking road trips!

I worked at La Escuelita Weekday School, a bilingual preschool, for the past two years before joining TMA. I’ve been assisting in the Tulip classroom since October and have enjoyed every second of it! I look forward to exploring the Montessori method with our young Lily students.