Our teachers provide the dynamic link between the children and the classroom environment.
Our staff consists of loving and highly skilled teachers who have a great passion for the
education of young children and for assisting each child in his or her individual growth. We are
dedicated to following the natural development of each child, to help him or her develop a love
of learning and a sense of independence that allows for exploration and excitement from newly
Amanda is the director and lead educator for the Montessori Internationale School [MIS]. She
has a Master’s Degree in Education from Loyola University in Maryland and her AMI certified
Primary Montessori Diploma from the Montessori Institute of Atlanta, now known as the
International Montessori Training Institute. AMI, Association Montessori International, is the
international authority on Montessori Education. AMI trained teachers undergo rigorous
training and examinations to meet the standards of this organization, and teachers attend
regular training and workshops to maintain a connection with AMI and its expectations for
Amanda has worked with children in the primary age group for over 15 years. She is a
dedicated and talented educator with a desire to improve our world through the best possible
education for young children.
Shirin is an AMI certified Montessori teacher and has been with MIS since 2012. Shirin has a
Bachelor’s of Commerce degree from Shadan College, Osmania University, India. She received
her AMI certified Primary Montessori Diploma from the Montessori Training Research Centre in
Hyderabad, India. Since her training, she has worked as a Montessori teacher in both India and
the U.S. and offers her rich experience to the children and the classroom as a whole.
Shirin is a dedicated teacher and an active part of our local community, and she gets great
satisfaction from watching the children grow and succeed throughout their classroom
experience and beyond. The success of the children is the greatest mark of success for a
Kim has been with MIS since 2007. She has her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Ecology, with a
focus in early childhood through adulthood and aging, from the University of Tennessee,
Knoxville. Kim previously worked as a Case Manager for the Knox County Community Services
Agency where she gained much experience working with the Knox County School system.
Kim offers a unique perspective to Montessori education because, both of Kim’s children
attended MIS when they were young. This gives her a clear understanding of the parent
community as well as creating a love for the school that transferred to her involvement as a
teacher. Kim loves the young child’s eagerness to learn and watching them take pride in their
Cheryl has been with MIS since 2008. She has her Master’s degree in Special Education from
the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the
University of Tennessee, Chattanooga. Cheryl is in constant acquisition of new training,
knowledge, and skills, and has over 35 years of teaching experience at various schools in
Knoxville and the surrounding areas. She has taught a variety of age groups in both the public
and private sector, and continues to work with the surrounding area schools as a substitute in
Special Education classrooms.
Through her years of teaching, Cheryl came to really love working with preschool aged
children. She appreciates the child’s limitless ability to learn at this young age and seeks to
provide children with accurate and interesting information about whatever topic is of interest
to them. Cheryl offers her wealth of experience and love of learning to each student and the
school community as a whole.
Janice first joined MIS in 1997. Janice has a Bachelor’s of Music from Auburn University, AL and
further studies at the Universities of Illinois, Iowa, and Tennessee. She has many years of
teaching experience in public and private schools as well as church choirs, musical theater, and
private lessons in vocal production, piano literature, and brass instruments.
Janice loves watching the “Aha!” moment when a three-year old moves like a tree in the breeze
to music, or a four-year old feels the “eternal” rhythm of his heartbeat, or the five-year old
learns all the lyrics plus motions to a new song. Along with teaching, Janice plays French horn
in two orchestras and two concert bands, and plays organ and piano as well as directing an
adult choir and hand bell choir in Rockwood. She is active in the Knoxville community in
representation of the arts and the revitalization of downtown Knoxville.