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About our MTEI Instructors and Staff


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Ashley Darcy, Ed.D

Institute Director

Dr. Ashley Darcy is the Director of the Institute, Early Childhood Program Coordinator and is an instructor in both the Infant & Toddler and Early Childhood programs.  She is a credentialed Montessori teacher in Early Childhood with experience as a teacher in a Montessori Early Childhood classroom and also has worked as a Curriculum Director. 

In addition, Ashley earned her Doctorate Degree in Early Childhood from Kennesaw State University in December 2014. She is also a recognized instructor for Bright from the Start.

Katherine Williams

Registrar & Marketing Coordinator

Katherine Williams is the Registrar and Marketing Coordinator at the Institute. She graduated from Georgia State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Linguistics. She has experience teaching literacy to preschool, elementary, middle, and secondary school children in Singapore, English as a Second Language to kindergartners in South Korea, and English as a Second Language to adult immigrants and refugees here in Atlanta, Georgia. After teaching language and literacy, Katherine spent some time working for Whole Foods Market on their Marketing Team and their Regional Training Team. Education, health, and wellness are all ongoing interests of Katherine’s, and in her spare time she teaches yoga and likes to explore the hiking trails of the Appalachian Mountains on the weekends. 

Early Childhood Instructors

Marjorie Horton

Marjorie is an Early Childhood instructor.  Marjorie Horton is a credentialed Montessori teacher in Early Childhood and has taught in, developed and directed a variety of Montessori programs.  Marjorie has previously been a teacher trainer in two accredited AMS Early Childhood Montessori Education programs and oversaw the accreditation of one of these programs by MACTE. In addition, over the years, Marjorie has taught children in Montessori settings from two through six years of age. She has worked for Head Start and Early Head Start programs as an Education Coordinator and Director and has been an Education Coordinator and a Head of School for several Montessori schools. She also developed an inclusive program for children with and without handicaps that reached children in four Pennsylvania counties. Marjorie has an M.A. in education, has completed all course work toward a doctorate in Early Childhood Education and is a recognized instructor for Bright from the Start,.


Katy Allen

Katy Allen is one of our Early Childhood Instructors and is a certified Montessori Teacher in Primary, Lower Elementary and Upper Elementary levels. She holds two Bachelor degrees, and has owned and operated Harbour Oaks Montessori school since 1996.   In addition to teaching Elementary at Harbour Oaks, Katy is also the Financial Director of the school. Katy has been teaching Montessori since 1986, and spends much of her time continuing her own education, field consulting for Montessori schools in the area, and is a supervising teacher for four AMS students.

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Megan Lorick

Megan Lorick is one of our Early Childhood Instructors and has been teaching in a primary classroom at The Suzuki School since 2013.  Megan holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Early Childhood Education and is an AMS and PAMS certified Montessori Teacher. She completed her AMS training at the Montessori Teacher Education Institute of Atlanta.  As of June 2017, she will the Assistant Director at The Suzuki School, Northside Campus.

Infant & Toddler Instructors

Christine Frost 

Christine Frost M.A., is our Infant & Toddler Program Coordinator and instructor.  She is a credentialed Montessori teacher for both the Infant and Toddler and the Early Childhood levels. Christine taught in a Montessori Toddler class at the Albrook School in Basking Ridge, NJ.  She brings a varied background to her students because of her many years of experience in both the Primary and the Toddler classrooms. Christine also teaches at the Princeton Center for Teacher Education in Princeton, NJ. , an AMS MACTE accredited Montessori training center.  

Lyndsey Powell


Lyndsey Powell is an AMS certified teacher in Infant & Toddler Education and is one of our Infant and Toddler Program Instructors.   She is a Toddler teacher of a class at the Village Montessori School, Roswell, GA, and has been in this role for the past eight years. Before that, she was a Middle School Teacher for seven years.   She has two Masters degrees – one in Educational Leadership; the other in Education: the Middle Grades. 

Cathy Durand-Horne

Cathy Durand-Horne is a credentialed Infant & Toddler Montessori teacher with many years of experience as a toddler teacher.  Cathy is one of our Infant and Toddler instructors and field consultants. She is a Bright From the Start approved trainer.  She has many years of experience providing curricular and classroom support to local area schools.

Paula Hermano


Paula Hermano is a lead Infant & Toddler Teacher at Smyrna Montessori School.Paula Hermano, M.Ed is the founder and director of Little Saints Montessori, LLC. Her services focus on consulting and mentorship programs for families, educators and schools. Paula is a devoted advocate of the family, peace, love and respect. Her 12 years of serving children and families through teaching in the Montessori Infant and Toddler communities, and experiences being a mother, awakened her passion deeply in mentoring parents and educators. She understands the real journey, the joys and the challenges of raising young minds and spirits. In addition to being a lead directress of an Infant and Toddler program, Paula also works as a field consultant and an instructor at the Montessori Teacher Education Institute of Atlanta.

Paula is a credentialed AMS (American Montessori Society) Infant and Toddler Directress and a certified Parent and child program facilitator. She earned her Masters Degree in Education with a concentration in Montessori method in 2016 from Xavier University.  Paula has been working as a field consultant with MTEI since early 2016.

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Kimberly Wilkerson

Kimberly is a certified Montessori teacher in Early Childhood, and works as a lead Primary at The Suzuki School. She joined Suzuki in 2008, and was one of the original teachers of the Northside campus. She has taught as a Lead Teacher in both Primary and Pre-Primary classrooms. Kimberly holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Child & Family Development from Georgia Southern University, and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Early Childhood from the University of Phoenix.