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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Kristine Veltri


Kristine Veltri’s teaching career has always been geared towards the teaching of young children. Her  passion has always been to educate young minds and help them blossom into well rounded, responsible and successful individuals. She loves teaching children to read and write and believes that a child’s success in language arts sets the stage for comprehending and enjoying academic subjects. Kristine is originally from Long Island, New York. She received her bachelor’s degree from Marist College in Poughkeepsie NY, where she became certified to teach Elementary Education Pre-K-6 and Special Education K-12. Later, she received her master’s degree in the Teaching of Reading and Writing from Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY. Kristine’s teaching career began in 1997 in Garden City, New York. There she taught kindergarten and first grade in a primary school.  Her classroom was set up to provide young children with a Balanced Literacy approach to learning. This approach included the Reading and Writing Workshop along with literacy areas from the Fountas & Pinnell framework. She was trained in the Lucy Calkins Writing Program at the Teachers College in New York City. Kristine has had wonderful opportunities to teach diverse groups of students, including those with learning disabilities and those who were gifted/exceptional.  

In 2011, Kristine moved to Fort Mill, SC with her husband and four children.  Shortly after, she became a teacher evaluator for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools through Teach Charlotte.   In 2015, she received her North American Montessori Center certification for early childhood and decided it was time to open a school for young children where she could combine Montessori and Balanced Literacy.  For the past five years, she has owned and operated a successful preschool in Fort Mill.  Creating the curriculum and watching it come to fruition, has been the most rewarding aspect of Kristine’s career. She can’t wait to start this new adventure at Trinity Montessori Academy.


Kimberly Cook

Owner/Office Manager

Kim Cook started out her accounting career with a Master of Science in Business Administration from the University of Cincinnati.  Her education led her to Duke-Energy (formally Cinergy Corp.) working in various accounting departments, then to BKD, LLP, a regional public accounting firm and she ended her career in Cincinnati as an audit specialist at the University of Cincinnati.  

Kim’s family relocated to Fort Mill, SC in 2008, due to her husband’s job.   At that time, she became a stay at home mom to her two daughters.  During that time, she took an active role within the Children’s Ministry at her church and realized that her passion turned towards children and watching them learn and grow.  She also became a volunteer at Springfield Elementary, where her oldest daughter attended, and a substitute teacher at her youngest daughter’s preschool.  

In 2015, Kim joined her daughter’s Montessori preschool by accepting the position of office manager.  This is where Kim met Kristine and they have worked together ever since.  Kim’s job duties included installation and maintenance of new accounting, timekeeping, payroll, family database, and other related procedures and controls.  She also assisted in the development and implementation of goals, policies, and procedures relating to financial management, budgeting, staff and family needs and the school as a whole.      

The balance of financial management and serving children and their families is the perfect combination for Kim and she is looking forward to blessing all the families that walk through the doors at Trinity Montessori Academy!   


Joelle Toner

Literacy Specialist/Enrichment Coordinator

I have been in the education field for 17 years and in the past have worked as an elementary classroom teacher, lead teacher in a preschool classroom, and as a literacy specialist. I love to teach reading and enjoy going on reading adventures with my students. I hope to instill a love of reading among our TMA students.  Science intrigues me and I am passionate about introducing programs such as chick embryology and gardening to young children. In my free time I enjoy traveling, reading, and spending time with my husband Don, our 2 children, Donny and Nicole, and our dog, Reilly.


Jennifer Rossi

DSS Specialist

Hi, I’m Jenn! My family and I relocated to Fort Mill, SC in 2007 from Philadelphia.
I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Behavioral Science from Bellevue
University and my Primary Montessori Teaching Certification. I’ve worked with
children of various ages and abilities for over 20 years.
My husband and I have two sons; Aidan, a freshman in college, and Owen, a
freshman in high school. Together we enjoy traveling and spending time as a
family with our beloved dog, Havana.
As TMA’s DSS Specialist, I ensure our school remains in compliance with all
South Carolina childcare laws and regulations.

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Elizabeth Romero


Hello! My name is Elizabeth Romero and I joined TMA in June 2021 and it’s been a wonderful experience!  I am originally from New York City. My family and I relocated to Indian Land, SC 4 years ago after the birth of our sweet daughter, Emelia Rose.
For the past 14 years, I have had the honor of working with and alongside children and their families. I have a degree in Early Childhood Education and have worked with children from infancy through second grade. Giving children the tools to explore their world and be a part of their very own learning is beautiful to watch.
During my free time I love to cook, travel, and create memories with my family.  I look forward to partnering with you all as a member of the administrative team!

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Nikki Bidell

Infant/Toddler Montessori Specialist

I’ve been a Montessori infant/toddler guide since 2013!  I've taught in Charlotte, NC as well as abroad at a bilingual Montessori school in France.  I have a Bachelor’s degree in elementary and special education with a minor in Literacy, an AMS infant/toddler Montessori credential, and a Master’s degree in Montessori.  My husband is also a teacher and we love taking walks with our daughter, Emerson, and our two cocker spaniels.  I’m thrilled to be able share my passion for Montessori and continue supporting the infant/toddler team here at TMA!