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 since 2001.

Ms. Reinhart attended Texas Tech University where she studied Economics and International Trade and before discovering the amazing philosophy of Montessori. Previously, Ms. Reinhart 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 for 15 years.

Ms. Reinhart has been married since 1991 to her husband, Cam and has two MES alumni children, now adults.

“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

Assistant Head of School

Tanya Gilmore

Assistant Head of School

Ms. Gilmore has been a part of the MES family since 2007.

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

Ms. Gilmore has three wonderful children, all MES alumni, two heelers, and a loving husband, TJ Gilmore who is the current Mayor of the city of Lewisville. Her daughter is attending Babson College in Wellesley MA and her twin boys attend Texas Tech University.

In her spare time, she hanging out at her fire pit, reading, working out at Thrive, and cuddling her dogs.  She is an avid Harry Potter and Star Trek fan.  Her favorite color is orange and  loves all things pumpkin.

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Angie Thomas

Director of Business Affairs

Angie Thomas

Director of Business Affairs

Ms. Thomas has been a part of the MES family since 2020.

Ms. Thomas is the Director of Business Affairs at Montessori Episcopal School.  She has enjoyed learning about the Montessori philosophy and getting to know all the children and staff at MES. She moved to the area from Wyoming in 2017 and is enjoying the many opportunities the DFW area provides.  Ms. Thomas is married and has two teenage children who attend school in Flower Mound.  Her family also currently includes two dogs, two parakeets and a hamster.  In addition to working at MES, she continues to be part of the publications and editorial team at the Museum of the Mountain Man in Pinedale, Wyoming where she was previously director.

Ms. Thomas holds a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture business from Utah State University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Wyoming.  She enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, reading, and exploring area parks and museums.

Elizabeth Hahn

Lead Teacher, Toddler I

Elizabeth Hahn

Lead Teacher, Toddler I

Ms. Hahn has been a part of the MES family since 2019.

She received a BA from Magdalen College in Warner, NH where she studied literature, philosophy, and music. It was there that she was first introduced to Montessori.

She has been married for 7 years and has 2 wonderful sons who are MES alumni. She loves spending time with her family and also enjoys knitting and reading.

She feels blessed to be a part of the MES family and can’t wait to see what the future holds.

Crystal Pinegar

Associate Teacher, Toddler I

Ms. Pinegar has been a part of the MES family since 2022.
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Mallory Pfiefer

Lead Teacher, Toddler 2

Mallory Pfiefer

Lead Teacher, Toddler 2

Mallory Pfiefer is the Toddler 2 Lead Teacher and has been with MES since 2020.

Ms. Pfiefer has worked in both the Preparatory and Toddler Classrooms. She is currently working on her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and completing her Age 0-3 Montessori certification through NAMC . Ms. Pfeifer was first introduced to the Montessori method at her previous school where she focused on ages 18 months – 3 years. She is excited and blessed to be able to continue to grow with her colleagues and students here at MES.

Ms. Pfeifer enjoys reading, music, film/television, and having family time with her partner Jonathan. Her main goal in teaching is to create a child-centered, positive environment for learning where all children feel welcome, safe, and special as well as to provide high-quality, individualized education to students of all backgrounds.

Brooke Nguyen

Associate Teacher, Toddler 2
Lead Teacher, After School Care

Brooke Nguyen

Associate Teacher, Toddler 2
Lead Teacher, After School Care

Brooke Nguyen is a Toddler 2 Associate and the After School Care Lead Teacher and has been with MES since 2017.

Ms. Brooke loves learning about and practicing the Montessori method. She is working on her degree in English Language Arts and teaching. She truly enjoys watching children achieve independence and discover their passions.  Ms. Brooke is also fluent in Vietnamese.

Ms. Brooke loves being an aunt! She has an older sister, two younger twin brothers, and a cat named Kaneki. She also has a large and very close extended family that she loves spending her time with.

Ms. Brooke’s hobbies include reading, writing, photography, and making jewelry, clothes, and music. She is also passionate about eating great food!

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Sandy Poon

Lead Teacher, Toddler 2

Sandy Poon

Lead Teacher, Toddler 2

Sandy Poon is the Toddler 2 Lead Teacher and has been with MES since 2020.

Ms. Poon has worked in the childcare field for many years and holds an American Montessori Society (AMS) Certification for age 0-3. She continues to work on her Bachelor’s in Education.

Ms. Poon has 3 amazing children ranging from ages 6-20. She has been married over 22 years and has been both a Boy Scout and Girl Scout Troop Leader. Ms. Poon is involved in her community and with her children’s activities. In her free time, she loves to read and go to the movies. Ms. Poon is passionate about teaching children and we are excited to have her join us this year!

Ms. Poon believes Maria Montessori was right when she said, “One test of the correctness of educational procedure is the happiness of the child.

Amber Huelsman

Associate Teacher, Toddler 2

Amber Huelsman

Associate Teacher, Toddler 2

Amber Huelsman is the Toddler 2 Associate Teacher and has been with MES since 2022.

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Meme Maldonado

Lead Teacher, Toddler 2

Meme Maldonado

Lead Teacher, Toddler 2

Meme Maldonado is the Toddler 2 Lead Teacher and has been with MES since 2020.

Ms. Maldonado grew up as the youngest of 5 siblings in the tiny town of Ozamiz, Philippines. She graduated with a B.S. in Secondary Education from Miami University. She began working with children as a volunteer at a Reading Camp. She has worked as a Primary School Teacher as well as an Assistant Montessori Teacher with toddlers through elementary. Ms. Maldonado is completed her Montessori Certification through Collin Community College.  Ms. Maldonado is fluent in Tagalog and Bisaya.

Ms. Maldonado stays active with her husband by playing basketball and hiking. She also volunteers with the Special Olympics and loves interacting with the athletes and helping to fundraise for their events.

Raneem Abbas

Associate Teacher, Toddler 2

Raneem Abbas

Associate Teacher, Toddler 2

Ms. Raneem has been a part of the MES family since 2021.

Ms. Raneem is fluent in Arabic and mostly fluent in Spanish.

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Tiana Martinez

Lead Teacher, Preparatory

Tiana Martinez

Lead Teacher, Preparatory

Ms. Martinez has been a part of the MES family since 2022.
Ms. Martinez is from Caracas, Venezuela, and has been living in Texas since 2001. Formerly, Ms. Martinez worked in Human Resources in a Telecommunications Company in the recruitment and training area. She and her husband have two teenage boys and a one daughter. She has worked as a Preschool teacher for almost 14 years, first in a Spanish immersion school and then she earned her Montessori Certification from Collin County Community College.  In 2020, Ms. Martinez  earned her AMS certification and fell even more in love with this methodology that encourages independence under structure, respect, love and values. “

It is amazing to see how children develop in a Montessori environment (which is a small community). You can see how beautifully the older children lead the younger ones, and where together, they learn skills like self-control, problem solving, focus and concentration.  I really love and enjoy working in this school where we have an amazing Montessori curriculum, and where both children and teachers alike are learning daily..”

Ms. Martinez is also fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. In her spare time, she loves to cook, engage in dance classes, and shoot photography. Along with her husband and children, she loves to visit museums, botanical gardens, and restaurants in the area.

Nozomi Taketa

Associate Teacher, Preparatory

Nozomi Taketa

Associate Teacher, Preparatory

Ms. Taketa has been a part of the MES family since 2022.

Ms. Taketa is also fluent in Japanese,

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Deborah O’Neil

Associate Teacher, Preparatory

Deborah O’Neil

Associate Teacher, Preparatory

Ms. O’Neil  has been a part of the MES family since 2014.
Ms. O’Neil started at MES in 2014 as a PE Coach and Float. Ms. O’Neil then worked as an assistant before becoming a Lead Teacher in 2018. After a short hiatus in 2020, Ms. O’Neil has returned to MES as a Lead Teacher in the Preparatory Classroom.

Ms. O’Neil received a BS from Binghamton University in Nursing over 30 years ago. She worked in several areas of medicine with her favorite being children and the elderly. She fell in love with the Montessori Method in 2014 so much so that she went on to receive two Montessori certifications-one from Collin County Community College and one from Karen Hartnack. Mrs. O’Neil loves this “second” career as a Montessori Guide and loves helping children find their independence and creating life-long learners.  Ms. O’Neil lived in France for several years and was immersed in the language.

Mrs. O’Neil has been married to her husband, Bryan, for 27 years and has two children, Emily and Joshua. Bryan is a Welding Engineer and is currently working on renewable wind energy projects. Emily is a Research Scientist and Master Beekeeper and Joshua will be entering the US Air Force upon completing his Secondary education in Construction Science. Mrs. O’Neil is a huge dog lover and has two basset hounds, Ellie Mae and Charlie. Mrs. O’Neil enjoys reading, creating with needle work, hanging out with her family and dogs, and loves a great who-dun-it movie or book.

Jazmane Walker

Associate Teacher, Preparatory

Jazmane Walker

Associate Teacher, Preparatory

Ms. Walker  has been a part of the MES family since 2021.

Ms. Walker graduated from Byron Nelson High School in 2019. She has been working for a Montessori school since then. While in high school, she participated in PTSA, Culinary Arts and Hospitality and Color Guard. She is the oldest of three siblings.  Ms. Walker completed her Montessori Certification training at Collin County Community College and will receive her certificate in 2023.

“I can’t wait every day to work with the children to help build their independence!”

Myah Buhler

Associate Teacher, Preparatory
Physical Education (PE) Teacher

Myah Buhler

Associate Teacher, Preparatory
Physical Education (PE) Teacher

Ms. Myah  has been a part of the MES family since 2021.

Ms Myah is an alumni of MES along with her sister and brother.  She enjoys teaching and learning from the children everyday.   Her favorite thing about MES is the helpful and encouraging environment.

She has 3 dogs that she enjoys taking on walks and spoiling. In her free time she likes to take care of her fish and house plants.

Rebecca Carroll

Lead Teacher, Upper Preparatory/Kindergarten

Rebecca Carroll

Lead Teacher, Upper Preparatory/Kindergarten

Rebecca Carroll has been a part of the MES family since 2020.

Ms. Carroll has a Master’s degree in teaching from TWU, a bachelor’s degree from Austin College and a Montessori certificate from Collin County Community College.

Ms.Carroll has two boys, Henry and Wes. Henry is in elementary school and loves baseball. Wes attends MES and loves everything his big brother loves. Her husband, Andrew, works in Flower Mound as the Vice President of a commercial construction company. She loves animals and has a cat and two dogs.

She was born in Lewisville and her sister attended MES as a child. She loves Harry Potter, Star Wars, and The Office.

Erin Caldwell

Associate Teacher, Upper Preparatory/Kindergarten

Erin Caldwell

Associate Teacher, Upper Preparatory/Kindergarten

Ms. Erin has been a part of the MES family since 2021.

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Lina Eisman

Art Program Director

Lina Eisman

Art Program Director

Ms. Eisman serves as our Art Program Director and has been with MES since 1992.

Ms. Eisman began working with our toddlers and during that six years, it became apparent that she was skilled in combining her Art Curriculum knowledge with the Montessori method. She was then asked to develop a comprehensive Art Program for MES.

Ms. Eisman studied Art at the University of Missouri and has continued a lifelong love of art and learning of techniques, craftmanship, and independent study. Ms. Eisman strives to provide exposure to as many different mediums as possible and provide an opportunity to explore them through our Art Curriculum, Color Theory, Art History and Art Appreciation.

Ms. Eisman is part of a large family in which she is a wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin and friend.

“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.”

Jana Fox

Music Program Director

Jana Fox

Music Program Director

Ms. Fox serves as our Music Program Director and has been with MES since 2019.

Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, Jana Fox learned her engaging style by watching her mother, Glenda Raye sing and front her own Country & Western dance band.  As a teenager, Ms. Fox dreamed of becoming a Country singer-song writer herself, but as her faith grew, her aspirations changed from music to ministry. While earning a degree in Sociology from UTSA, she served on staff for area churches in the departments of children, youth, adults and music.  During this time, she also spent eight weeks in Bogota, Colombia ministering to the street children. Up until her mother’s death in 2009, Ms. Fox and her mother traveled from church to church, leading worship services and retreats; sharing their faith through witness and song. Together, they have five gospel music albums.

Ms. Fox has been married to Doug Fox since 1992 and they have two grown sons and a beautiful daughter in-law!  Ms. Fox continues to share her faith through music and speaking engagements, plus is writing a book about God’s provision. She owns her own business called Musical Inspirations, teaching preschool music and drama. Whether you are eight months or eighty years old, Jana’s enthusiasm will captivate your heart.

Sarah Gesell

Librarian

Sarah Gesell

Librarian

Ms. Gesell has been with MES since 2021.

Ms. Gesell has a Masters in Information Studies with an Endorsement of Specialization in Archival Studies from the University of Texas at Austin and a BA in Music from Austin College in Sherman, TX. She previously worked as a librarian and archivist at a Pre-K through grade 12 private school in Houston, TX, and as an archivist at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. She has been married for 7 years and has 1 son enrolled in MES. Her husband works in the field of biomedical research in DFW and they have two house cats.

Ms. Gesell is an avid reader, cross-stitcher, and gamer, and can speak extensively about The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Star Wars, and Star Trek. She is delighted to offer story time every week and to help nurture a love and appreciation for reading and stories in the students of MES.

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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 50+ years.

OUR PROGRAMS

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

  • Individualized instruction on each child
  • Weekly Library, Art, PE, Music, and Spanish
  • 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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