Ms. Stephenie is one of the lead guides in the Lower Elementary team. She originates from Michigan and earned her Bachelor’s degree in English Language Arts/ Elementary Education from Grand Valley State University. Stephenie also holds an American Montessori Society Elementary I certificate. She brings 9 years of Montessori lead teacher experience to the classroom. She has taught in Montessori classrooms in Michigan, Alabama, and Florida and holds an Alabama state teaching license. Stephenie has worked with children in various levels of development from infant to upper elementary, built two Montessori elementary programs from the ground up, worked as part of both large and small teams, and mentored other teachers during her career. She has two daughters that attend the elementary programs. Stephenie loves reading a wide genre of books, researching anything that interests her, observing nature, hiking, roller blading, the beach, yoga, cooking and baking, and writing both fiction and nonfiction books.