Denton County Montessori Episcopal School

WHERE CHILDREN LEARN TO LOVE AND LOVE TO LEARN

Tracey Reinhart

Head of School

Tracey Reinhart

Head of School

Tracey Reinhart is the Head of School and has been with MES for 17 years.

She attended Texas Tech University where she studied Economics and International Trade and before discovering the amazing philosophy of Montessori, Tracey worked in the Human Resources and Training field earning her Professional in Human Resources Certification.

She began her career at MES as an office assistant, librarian and assistant teacher. In 2003, she received her Montessori Certification and became a Lead Teacher, working in these classrooms.

Tracey has been married for 27 years and has two MES alumni children who are both pursuing their Education Degrees in college.

When I discovered MES, I was dazzled. The passion the staff shows for teaching, their longevity, the caring and nurturing environment, the skills and independence that the students demonstrated, all were exactly what I wanted for my own children. I simply fell in love and wanted to be a part of it. It was the best decision I ever made for my children’s education and the best decision I ever made for myself. I love coming to work every day and seeing joy all around me. Who else gets to do that!?

As Douglas Adams said, “I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.”

Tanya Gilmore

Lead Teacher, Preparatory

Tanya Gilmore

Lead Teacher, Preparatory

Tanya Gilmore is the Lead Teacher of one of our Preparatory classrooms and has been with MES for 12 years.

She has a B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Arizona and is Montessori certified through Collin County Community College.

Tanya has three wonderful children, all MES alumni, and a loving husband, TJ Gilmore who is an active Lewisville city councilman.

In her spare time, she enjoys being active in her children’s education and activities including Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, orchestra and marching band.

Pixie Power

Lead Teacher, Toddler II

Pixie Power

Lead Teacher, Toddler II

Pixie Power has been a member of our Montessori Episcopal School family for 10 years.

She is the Lead Teacher in our Toddler II classroom and also helps maintain our 8,000+ book library.

Her interest in the Montessori Method began while her 2 children attended MES. She was so inspired by the atmosphere of respect and joy that she became a certified Montessori teacher and has been with us ever since.

Mrs. Power is originally from Tennessee and graduated from the University of Tennessee with a B.S. in zoology. She has lived in Texas for the past 19 years with her husband, two daughters and various pets that seem to always come her way.

Deborah O’Neil

Lead Teacher, Preparatory

Deborah O’Neil

Lead Teacher, Preparatory

Deborah O’Neil or “Mrs. Deb” as she’s lovingly known, is a Lead Teacher in one of our Preparatory classrooms and has been with MES for the past 6 school years.

She began serving as a floater and PE teacher and then moved into an assistant teacher position. She is now a Montessori certified teacher.

Mrs. Deb is also a registered nurse and has worked in the Medical-Surgical, Obstetric and Geriatric fields. She is married to Bryan and they have two children. She also has two basset hounds that she may or may not also call her children. Mrs. Deb loves cooking, gardening, flea marketing and being on the couch with her family, her dogs and a cup of coffee watching a great suspense movie.

Tinesha Lebron

Associate Teacher, Preparatory

Tinesha Lebron

Associate Teacher, Preparatory

Tinesha Lebron is an Associate Teacher in one of our Preparatory classrooms and this is her 3rd year with MES.

She has over 10 years experience working with infants and toddlers and was introduced to Montessori at 17 years old while working as an aftercare teacher in Carrollton. She fell in love with Montessori and began her training soon after. She is a Montessori certified teacher.

I believe the Montessori method of teaching makes learning fun for the students and I enjoy watching them learn at their own pace as well as guiding them through their own discoveries.

Tinesha lives in Lewisville with her son Jaxson and enjoys being a mother, reading, shopping and spending time with family and friends.

Melissa McCurdy

Lead Teacher, Preparatory

Melissa McCurdy

Lead Teacher, Preparatory

Melissa McCurdy is a Lead Teacher in one of our Preparatory classrooms and this is her 3rd year with MES.

She’s worked with children for approximately 18 years now through both employment and volunteering. Whatever her role, her goal is to help nurture a child’s love of learning. She is also a Montessori certified teacher.

Melissa and her husband Tony are proud parents of two wonderful daughters and one precious fur baby. She was honored to be an Army wife for six years while my husband, proudly, served his country and her family recently moved to the great state of Texas.

“I was lucky enough to find Montessori Episcopal and become part of this wonderful community. I look forward to my time here at Montessori Episcopal and I’m honored to be a part of your children’s lives.”

Amy VanGundy

Associate Teacher, Toddler II

Amy VanGundy

Associate Teacher, Toddler II

Amy VanGundy is the Associate Teacher in our Toddler II classroom and has been with MES since 2015.

She attended college in Michigan and has spent the last 23 years raising four active, amazing children. She has worked and volunteered with children of all ages throughout the years, keeping her very busy.

Amy feels blessed to be a part of MES and loves her time spent with the toddlers! She spends most of her free time with her busy family and two dogs.

Lina Eisman

Art Program Director

Lina Eisman

Art Program Director

Lina Eisman serves as our Art Program Director and has been with MES for 27 years.

She started out in the Toddler Room before taking over the Art Program.

Mrs. Eisman began observing and studying Montessori method when she was only 11 years old. A university in her area had a Montessori Center that was a school and learning facility for teachers and she learned from the students, observation and attending the private High School associated with the University, the value of the Montessori Method of teaching firsthand.

Art has always been a constant for Mrs. Eisman and she furthered her education at the University of Missouri and then numerous apprenticeships to hone her skills and develop technique. This veracity and encouragement for self expression is what she endeavors to pass on to her students.

“My goal is to stimulate creativity, ingenuity, self confidence, problem solving and the right to personal expression through the studies of Art and its history. The Montessori Method keeps focus on the pleasure of the process.”

Nicole Ward

Lead Teacher, Toddler I

Nicole Ward

Lead Teacher, Toddler I

Nicole Ward is the Lead Teacher in our Toddler 1 classroom and she has been part of the MES family since 2014.

Nicole went to Stephen F. Austin for Elementary Education before falling into the veterinary world. After 10 years of loving on animals, she was led back to her roots and her passion for children. She started off as a volunteer and mother of two students at MES. She loved the school and Montessori Method so much, she stuck around. She is currently training to become Montessori certified.

Nicole and her husband Quinn have two children, one current MES student and one alumni. She has many pets including dogs, cats, chickens and goats. She loves to be involved with her children’s activities and in her spare time, enjoys reading and being crafty.

Meredith Miller

Associate Teacher, Preparatory

Meredith Miller

Associate Teacher, Preparatory

Meredith Miller is an Associate Teacher in one of our Preparatory classrooms and this is her second year with MES.

She has a B.S. in Nutrition, Health and Wellness with a minor in Exercise and Sports Management from Texas Tech University. Meredith is currently pursuing her Elementary Teaching Certification through Midwestern State University and working on her Montessori certification.

Meredith, a Montessori Episcopal School alumna herself, is also a longtime member of The Episcopal Church of the Annunciation. In her free time she loves baking, painting and watching Disney movies with her fiancé.

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ABOUT US

Montessori Episcopal School is the only Christian Montessori school in Denton county.

We have been serving Lewisville, Flower Mound and Highland Village toddlers through kindergartners for the past 49 years.

OUR PROGRAMS

Montessori Episcopal School turns preschoolers into independent creative thinkers. Our programs have:

  • Individualized instruction on each child
  • Weekly library, art, PE and music
  • Biblical training through weekly chapel

OUR PROGRAMS

  • A focus on whole-child learning, including
  • Physical, education and spiritual development
  • A natural, maker-space playground and garden
  • Passionate, long-tenured teachers
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