Andrea studied psychology and journalism at university in Argentina. In her 20+ years in classrooms in Mexico, Spain and the U.S., she has engaged and motivated students with her skills in storytelling and puppeteering while developing the students’ skills to understand and speak Spanish and English.
As part of Andrea’s interactive and novel approach, she authored Yosi Tiene Un Dia Especial (Yosi Has A Special Day) with a group of children in a series of workshops. These students were inspired by becoming “co-authors” in this engaging and unique learning experience.
Andrea joined The New School in 2008 as a Spanish teacher for our infants through middle school programs. In the 2012-2013 school year, Andrea was promoted to Foreign Language Director for TNS.
Her mission is to enrich our Spanish program by introducing additional materials and experiences within each classroom. She will coordinate additional staff who will reinforce Spanish with an immersion-based approach in each classroom.
Favorite Montessori Quote
Children will not remember you for the material things you provided but for the feeling you cherished them. ∼ Dr. Maria Montessori
Honored by the Royal College of Music in London, along with membership of ASCAP and PPL, James teaches all aspects of music-making from the composing right down to the technicalities of good sound recording. James has taught various classes around the world following qualification as an elementary school teacher in Melbourne, Australia (2006). With the added experience of performance on cruise ships and concert halls around the world, following success in talent shows and the release of a CD in the UK, James brings much color and creativity to music theory classes and songwriting sessions.
His goal is to enable all students to read music so they can interpret it well enough to explain to others or be able to play it just for their own pleasure. His range covers many styles from the classics to boogie-woogie. Using all instrumentations, singing songs in rhyme and rhythm often helps students improve their maths and English, particularly encouraging to those with language difficulties, often developing into an improved strength toward number sequencing and word power.
A piano teacher in his own right, James brings much enthusiasm to the subject of music, and you can find out more about him at www.jamescatton.com. He is married with two children.
Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, Julie still visits her family in the house in which she grew up. She attended Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, receiving a B.A. in art with minors in art education and art history. Her interest in Montessori education began at this time as her college roommate was studying to be a Montessori teacher.
While at Xavier, Julie met her future husband, Jeff, on a Habitat for Humanity trip. After graduation, she moved back to Louisville to teach at her high school alma mater. Upon marrying, they moved to Bloomington, Indiana, and Julie received her M.F.A in textiles from Indiana University.
Jeff’s work brought them to Cary, North Carolina, in 2006 and they have been here since, having fallen in love with the area. Julie’s various local jobs include managing a running store, teaching at several private schools and at Campbell University, and serving as a juror for the NCSU Art to Wear Fashion Show. After her son Cameron was born in 2010, Julie left the workforce to stay home with him. Melanie was born in 2013, and they welcomed Jillian in 2015.
The interest in Montessori education grew when a traditional classroom was not meeting the needs of her children. Moving them to TNS in 2018 showed Julie what a positive impact a whole-child approach could have. Growing up in an environment enriched with the arts, Julie’s desire is to marry this Montessori approach with her love of art and spark a lifelong interest for the arts in her students.
Julie also enjoys running (having run for XU, IU, and semi-competitively), gardening, designing improvements for her home, and traveling. Watching her children participate in various activities (such as swimming, soccer, and dance) and hanging out with the family dogs, a Dalmatian named Poppy and a beagle named Minnie, are also favorite pastimes.
Favorite Educational Quote
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once [s]he grows up. ~ Pablo Picasso
A native of northern California, Rachel earned her B.S. in biology after attending UC Santa Barbara and UNC Chapel Hill. Following her 13 years as a science teacher in public schools and seven more as an informal science educator, she obtained her NC state teaching license, environmental educator certification for NC, and became a NC climate ambassador.
Rachel feels that science at any age is about igniting curiosity about the world and how it works. And more specifically, nature studies should ground a child to the natural world which is a place to question, reflect, enjoy, and retreat to in a busy world.
Her hobbies take in yoga, birding, gardening, and hiking. She shares, “I just love to be outdoors!”
Jonathan was born in Illinois but was raised on Long Island, New York. His first introduction to Montessori was through his mother, Ceres Schroer York, a life-long Montessori professional who founded the The New School in 1984. Jonathan attended Montessori school as a young child, which is also when he began his very successful chess career.
Jonathan graduated from Stony Brook University with a double major in Russian and political science. After graduating from Stony Brook, he attended Columbia University and earned a degree in law. He then went on to pass the bar in California, Washington DC., and North Carolina.
After living in California, where he practiced law for a few years, Jonathan moved and settled down in North Carolina. After a year of practicing law in Raleigh, Jonathan decided to pursue Montessori training and join The New School to assist in its development. He attained his certification in Children’s House and gained invaluable classroom experience before assuming administrative roles and eventually becoming the Head of School in 2000.
Jonathan continues to play and coach chess, both privately and to other local schools. In addition to being an International Chess Master, Jonathan was at one time being the third youngest international chess champion in the U.S., Jonathan also holds the record for winning the NC state championship the most times (in 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2009). In his spare time, Mr. Jonathan enjoys listening to music, playing cards, and tennis.
Growing up in Alaska, the “Wild West,” and the south as well, Kari has experienced many diverse regional cultures (and natural disasters!). By the time she made it to Florida, she began as a fine arts major at USF but ended with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications/photojournalism.
After many engaging adventures in television, radio, film, stage, and print, she boldly made the leap to online work as the world launched into cyberspace. With her background as a journalist and copyeditor, her current role as communications specialist has her writing the monthly school newsletter, contributing to the website, and other communications-related projects as needed. She joined TNS in the fall of 2018 and looks forward each day to being immersed in the stimulating environment of TNS.
Kari enjoys front porch mornings from her Varina cottage, complete with the nostalgia of train whistles, steeple bells, and high school football games nearby. She loves spiritual conversations and Bible exploration, inpiring period books, clever puns, intelligent movies, live theatre, learning from four young grandies, and with over 75 Pandora stations – music is a must!!!
Ashley was homeschooled her entire life and graduated from Wake Tech in the fall of 2019. Her favorite high school subject was biology, taking a major interest in animals and insects and their natural instincts and habitats.
Since she has a large extended family, she grew up watching and taking care of her younger cousins and her little brother. She loves to spend time with them when she can. And when she’s not working or interacting with her family, you can usually find Ashley painting, skateboarding, or playing the ukulele.
At TNS, Ashley hopes she can pass on her passion for the arts and sciences to the students and help shape their bright futures.
Michelle has been teaching at The New School since 2005. She was born in Salisbury, North Carolina, and earned her B.A. in history from UNC Chapel Hill.
Michelle earned her AMS Infant and Toddler credential from CMTE North Carolina in 2007. She also holds an early childhood associate certificate from Wake Technical Community College. She has worked with children of various ages since 2000 but is currently working primarily with infants and toddlers. Before coming to The New School, Michelle worked as an infant teacher at RTI International’s on-site child-care facility in RTP.
Michelle’s daughter Georgia attended The New School since she was 6 weeks old, continued into the Montessori Adolescent Program and is now excelling in public school.
Michelle enjoys baking, running, and is a history buff.
Beulah has been caring for children for over 30 years and has worked in schools as a teacher since 2009. She attended Apex High School and is very involved in community activities and her church in particular.
Beulah joined The New School in 2010 and has been one of the few who has worked with all ages from infants to upper elementary. She has a special gift with the infants and toddlers who respond to her gentle and caring ways. She currently now works exclusively with this age group during the regular school day but still offers after-school support to other age groups as needed.
Beulah loves to talk about her family, including seven great-grandchildren, and she enjoys cooking and taking care of the elderly.
Jake comes to us as a New School alumni where he had been a student since age five. He has worked on campus in various capacities since moving on to Wake Christian Academy a few years ago. Jake now attends Wake Tech Community College where he is taking basic prerequisite courses as he decides the area he wants to focus in.
When he is not working here as a maintenance assistant or as after-school staff support, Jake’s spare time is spent on his collegiate homework, gaming, and the occasional soccer game which is the sport he enjoys the most. One thing he is not “known” for is that, on one occasion, he suited up as the TNS mascot Talon for a school event and successfully remained incognito, in fact, until this day!
Kara moved to North Carolina after living in Staten Island, New York, for her entire life. Presently a student at HSHS (Holly Springs High School), she began working at The New School in August of 2021.
Her future plans are for a career in child care, hopefully as a teacher. She enjoys being in our after-school program as a team member working with both elementary and Children’s House students.
In her free time, Kara loves painting, hiking, cooking, and spending time with her dog Betsy.
Joseph was born and raised in Wake county. He and his three brothers were homeschooled most of their lives. A recent graduate of Holly Springs High School, Joey came to TNS in the summer of 2020 to help out with COVID protocols and now works with us in the Children’s House.
Born and living his first six months in Niskayuna, NY, Aidan’s family then made the move to North Carolina in 2006. He began as a student at The New School in 2010 in Children’s House and then graduated to LE1 where he attended through the third grade. His younger sister was a student here as well.
Now attending Middle Creek High School, Aidan returns to us as a part-time staff support member by helping out with afternoon carpool and elementary after-school care.
In his spare time, Aidan plays the guitar with his dad Art, who is a drummer and now one of our middle school (MAP) teachers. Aidan also enjoys playing basketball with his friends at school.