Oscar Avila, Primary Classroom Co-Director in a bilingual classroom and
Extended Day Assistant,
was born in
and completed his Music Education degree at the Jesus Maria
Alvarado Escuela Normale before moving to the
in 2003. Before joining MSC in January 2009 he worked as
music teacher and Director of Musicians at the
. Oscar is certified in the Orff music method and is
implementing it at MSC.
completed his certification training through the Institute
for Guided Studies at the
Early Childhood level.
Baker, Infant Assistant, is a native of
Camden, SC. She holds a bachelor's degree in Early
Childhood Education from the University of South Carolina
and is working towards her Montessori certification at the
infant/toddler level. She has worked as a lead infant
teacher for two years before joining the MSC team in August
Janet Calkins, Extended Day Assistant, has been a resident of
prior to moving to
in 1994. She began working at MSC in January 1995. Janet has completed the IGS Montessori Paraprofessional
Course. Janet lives in
and enjoys her
computer and decorating shirts during her “spare” time.
Elementary Assistant, has earned a BA in Art and a Masters
in Elementary Education. Originally from
Massachusetts, she has had the opportunity to live in Japan,
England, Spain and Belgium before moving to South Carolina.
Michelle started at The Montessori School in March 2012 as
Extended Day Assistant, before moving to her current
position as Assistant Teacher in the lower elementary class
in the autumn of 2012. She loves dance, art, acting
and singing and hopes to utilize these talents in the
classroom. She has a daughter who graduated from
Thomas Sumter Academy in 2011.
Alice Clark, Upper Elementary Classroom Director, is certified by
the Montessori Institute of America. She completed her
training with the
for Montessori Teacher Education
Montessori Society) for ages 9-12.
began teaching at the Primary level in 1983 and moved to the
Upper Elementary class in 1989. Prior to becoming a teacher,
she had experience in health education at the Rusk Spinal
Cord Injury Rehabilitation Center.
and Mary and the
South Carolina, and completed her BS degree in Nursing from the University
of Missouri-Columbia. She served on the founding Board of
MSC for 4 years and has rejoined that group numerous times.
She resides in Lugoff with her husband, Jeff. Their two
college-graduate daughters are
Brenda Barrett Coleman, Lower Elementary Classroom Director, holds a MA in
Curriculum and Instruction from the
. She joined MSC in 2002 and is certified by MEPI at the
Lower Elementary level and is
an Orton-Gillingham tutor. Brenda is also a
Field Supervisor with the Institute for Guided Studies. Her son Barrett is an MSC alumnus.
Hartenbach Conder, Toddler Classroom Director holds a Bachelor of Arts
degree in Early Education form Rollins College in Winter
Park, FL. and holds a Florida preschool certification.
Before joining MSC, she had experience working
with a variety of youth, ranging from infants through
preschool and elementary age children. She returned to
Camden, SC, allowing her to continue riding and showing her
horses on the National Show Circuit. This is a
longstanding hobby and passion of hers that keeps her
focused, relaxed, and motivated in all aspects of her
life. She is excited and enthused about being a member of The Montessori School of Camden because she is
truly dedicated to teaching and influencing the lives of
completing the IGS Montessori Infant/Toddler Certification Course.
Her son is enrolled in the Primary program.
Duren, Primary Classroom Director, holds
B.S. in Marketing from St. John’s University.
She began her service at MSC in 2004 as Upper Elementary
Assistant and then served as Extended Day Director for one
year before moving back to Upper Elementary. She left
MSC in 2009 and, after working as a Primary Assistant in a
Montessori program in Maryland, Meek returned to MSC as a
Primary Co-Director in 2011. She has completed her
certification training through the Institute for Guided
Studies at the Early Childhood level. Meek
is a native of Ghana, West Africa and has lived in the U.S.
for the past 44 years. Four of those years were spent
at Trafalgar Castle School, a boarding school in Whitby
Ontario, Canada. While there she played various sports
such as Basketball, Volleyball, and Badminton. During
her senior year she won the title of most valuable player in
Basketball; she now enjoys
sewing and crafts as hobbies.
Wilton Hickman, Director of Facilities, joined the MSC staff in
August 2008. A 1991 graduate of
has worked as a warehouseman, custodian, and maintenance man
prior to assuming
his present position.
Meredith Hines, Toddler Classroom Director, Extended Day
Director and Summer Director, is a native of
New York, now residing in Columbia, SC. Meredith worked at The Montessori
School of Camden with the Toddler class and the Extended Day
program in 1996 through 1998, and rejoined the MSC faculty
serving as Director of Extended Day and Toddler Director.
Meredith has also lived in
where she worked at a Montessori school. She is certified
by MEPI at the Early Childhood level and has completed her
course at the Infant/Toddler level as well. Meredith is
in pursuit of her bachelor’s degree.
Lauren Hogan, Primary Assistant,
graduated from Midlands Technical College with an
associate's degree in Human Services. Lauren moved to
Lugoff, SC in 2006 from Daytona Beach, FL with her two
finacee. She worked a year in a
residential home for children with autism where she earned
numerous certificates and clinical innovative methods.
She plans on continuing to work with this population on
weekends doing one-on-one in-home therapy. She also
currently volunteers as a Preschool teacher at Pathway in
Camden for at-risk children. Her passion and love for
children continue to play the key role in her volunteer work
in the community. She is an advocate for family unity
and healthy living and continues to participate in community
events and public programs. She is also excited to
have enrolled her 3 year old daughter Lily at MSC.
They are both happy to join the MSC family.
serves as Headmaster of
The Montessori School of Camden, a position he held
previously from 1998 to 2004. He was born in Victoria,
Texas, attended The Citadel, and graduated from West Point
in 1972. During his military career he served in
cavalry regiments in Germany and Texas, and held teaching
positions at West Point, Davidson College, The University of
North Carolina-Charlotte and the
France. After his retirement from the Army in 1997 with the rank of lieutenant colonel,
John joined the Montessori School in
Camden and was an adjunct professor of history at
. In 2004 he moved abroad where he was Dean of the Apollo Institute of
Health Sciences in
India, Principal of Eton Academy, a bilingual Montessori
China, and Director of
Operations of the Montessori Foundation and the
International Montessori Council. He is president of the Board of Directors of Montessori Educational Programs International (MEPI)
and serves as a
member of the boards of directors of First Steps of Kershaw
County, the Kershaw County Historical Society, and was a
founding member of the South Carolina Montessori Alliance (SCMA).
He also serves as an On-Site Visitor for the Montessori
Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE), is
Program Director for the Administration Course offered by
the Institute for Guided Studies (IGS) and is a member of
the national Montessori Leadership Collaborative. John has
authored three books and numerous articles, graduated from
the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and holds a
Ph.D. in European history from
University. He resides in Camden, South Carolina.
Jennifer Moreno, Toddler Assistant, was born in San Pedro
Sula, Honduras. Prior to coming to the U.S. in 2008
she attended Pedagogica Universidad Autonoma to become a
teacher. She is enrolled in the IGS Infant/Toddler
Certification Course. Cintyia has three children, and enjoys
spending time with her family and reading the Bible.
Chrissy Muehlbauer, Infant Classroom Director, has been a member of the
faculty at MSC since 2005.
She had 14 years of early childhood experience
including Lead Teacher and Childcare Center Director before
coming to MSC, and holds certificates in Early Childhood
completing the IGS Montessori Infant/Toddler Certification
Course. She currently is on the board of the Camden Junior
Welfare League and enjoys volunteering her time with an
organization that is devoted to benefiting the children of
Karen Porter, Administrative Assistant, was valedictorian at
, FL. Prior to coming to MSC in 2007 she worked in
as a teacher at Dixon Dance Studio, Manager of My Way LLC,
Internet & Computer Company, and Administrative Assistant of
the Ruff Drug Task Force. Her hobbies include dancing, sewing,
and baking, and her favorite activity is spending time with
her four grandchildren.
She has completed the IGS Montessori Paraprofessional
Sandra Tisdale, Receptionist, was born in
and joined the MSC faculty in 2004 as a Lower Elementary
Assistant, moving to her present position in 2007.
She studied human biology at
University, completed the IGS Montessori Paraprofessional Course in
2004, and holds a certificate as a Montessori Assistant. She
was a member of Montessori faculty in both Early Childhood
and Lower Elementary levels at Pine Tree Hill Elementary.
Sandra is a former Girl Scout leader and enjoys line
dancing. Her daughter Katy also worked at MSC, and her
grandson is currently enrolled in the Toddler program.
Karen Tolliver, Primary Classroom Director, holds an AA from
and is enrolled at
working toward her BA in Early Childhood Education. A member
of the faculty since 2001, Karen is certified by MEPI at the
Early Childhood level. She enjoys singing and listening to
Infant Assistant, joined the MSC staff the beginning of
2012. She is a native of Lugoff, SC. Being half
Hispanic, she speaks Spanish fluently. Alex volunteers
at the Kershaw County Health Center and at New Covenant
Church, where she serves with the Children's program (AWANA),
as pianist, and as one of the worship leaders. She is
currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry and
Molecular Biology from the University of South Carolina in
hopes of working in the medical field.