Auxiliary Teachers and Specialist Staff
The highly skilled and experienced faculty and staff at Central Montessori Academy often provide professional development and training to other Montessori teachers.
Our expert faculty has presented at regional, national and international conferences, on topics such as:
- Reflective practice
- Creating mission statements with students
- Music education
- Technology integration
- Inclusion of students with diverse learning styles
- Confidentiality issues in education
- Montessori leadership
Additionally, members of our faculty have been special speakers on university panels and discussion groups.
Andrea Rosenthal Warnken
Music Program, Elementary
My name is Andrea Rosenthal Warnken and I am in my tenth year of teaching at CMA. I hold a BA in English and Theatre from Ohio Northern University and a JD from the University of Cincinnati. I clerked and worked as an attorney for several years before staying home with my two young daughters. When I decided to go back to work, I was thrilled to get the privilege of working in music education as music is and always has been my first love.
Some of my most joyful times in teaching are those break-through moments when you see a child master a difficult rhythm, conquer a tricky harmony or revel in the final notes of their group performance. Their self-satisfaction is worth all of the hard work. I also love the quiet moments when they are lost in a story or a melody and are completely at ease and free.
Being that guide, that person who draws out their imagination, their creativity and their best efforts is a true pleasure. Getting to work with a staff who are dedicated to each and every child’s development and sense of well-being is something I truly relish about CMA. No child is ever left behind–every child is nurtured, honored and brought forth into their highest potential.
Art and Physical Education
Art Education Teacher
My name is LaDonna Brusch and my family joined the CMA family when our oldest daughter, Aria became a student here in 2003. Since then, I have been a volunteer, substitute teacher and instructional assistant. I currently have fun with the elementary children in Art and Physical Education. I earned my Bachelor’s in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University and I own my own business designing and creating gymnastics leotards. In 2008, I began substitute teaching in Fairfield Public Schools before choosing to spend more time at CMA. Since then, I have worked with every level in every subject from infant to 6th grade. I love to see the thoughtfulness from our children as they challenge themselves in creative, physical and social endeavors. At CMA, we are engaged in concepts and lessons that allow us to dig deep into the things that interest us most and be exposed to things that stretch beyond our personal experience. Everyday we learn how to support each other with assistance, encouragement and respect.
Physical Education Assistant teacher
My name is McKenzee Wilkins and I support the Pre-Primary program (Earth room) and after care. I am a student at the University of Cincinnati, majoring in athletic training. I started off as an Early Childhood Education major and ended up changing my major, but I always have and always will love working with kids. I have been at CMA since November 2011. I love seeing the kids learn new things and grow every day. I think CMA is special because it’s a very tight knit community, like a family.
My name is Robin Rice and I will be the new Intervention Specialist serving your students. I have a Masters of Education, as an Intervention Specialist from Mt. St. Joseph University. I am licensed to serve K-12 students. I am also finishing my PhD in Principal Licensure, which focuses in educational law.
My name is Patty DeVer. I am an Intervention Specialist who will be supporting children within the classroom. I have a Master’s degree from Youngstown State University and have certifications in Special Education, Reading, Computer Science and Elementary Education. I have taught for 33 years in all grades and all areas of Special Education. I am very excited about getting to know the students and staff at CMA.
My name is Shari Rouse. I have been working at CMA since 2011 and began as an Aftercare teacher. In 2012, I was a teachers assistant in the Earth Room working with Ms. Gayla and Ms. Melina. I am currently the before and after care coordinator, the before care teacher, and the intervention reading specialist working with all age levels on their reading and writing. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education with a reading endorsement from Miami University in 2007. In 2017, I graduated from Miami University with my Master’s in Language and Literacy with a Third Grade Guarantee. Since college I have worked in several educational environments and none compares to Central Montessori Academy. The most exciting aspect is the close, caring community that encompasses CMA. This community provides support to older children who are role models, to younger children who gain confidence, and to the teachers who provided freedom within limits to allow those active seekers appropriate time to pursue their knowledge and independence. CMA is not only special because of the children who provide us with laughter, joy, and the realization of why we became teachers; however it is also because of the community, families, and parents that provide support, time, and help when needed.
Speech and Language Pathologist
My name is Larita Hayden. I am a mother of two. My daughter, Zoe Hayden, began at CMA in 2014 at the age of three. Her little brother, Oliver, will join her in the fall of 2018. My husband, Adam, and I have been married since 2008 and enjoy living in the diverse neighborhood of College Hill.
After completing college with both an Associates (Sign Language Interpretation) and Bachelor’s degree (Biblical Studies) I studied and completed a 300 hour yoga teacher training at World Peace Yoga. I also trained and received a kids’ yoga certification with Rainbow Kids Yoga. I worked at St. Rita’s School for the Deaf as the yoga teacher from 2014 through 2018.
I love working with children and have come to appreciate the life-giving method of the Montessori philosophy. I especially enjoy experiencing children as they come to new understandings and new discoveries all on their own. It is such a joy.
I truly believe in the rich program offered here at CMA. That is why I am so glad to be a parent as well as a staff member!
Cincinnati Occupational Therapy Institute [COTI] - Occupational Therapist
My name is Rachel Bonar, I am so excited to begin working with the students, families and staff at Central Montessori Academy. l am graduate of Cincinnati State Technical and Community College’s Occupational Therapy Assistant Program and also a graduate of Miami University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. I have had the privilege of working with children in a variety of settings and roles. I have experience working in Lakota Local Schools as well as Cincinnati Public Schools. Through each of these valuable experiences I have learned so much and gained even more of a passion for Occupational Therapy and helping students to have success in school. I am looking forward to contributing my skills and enthusiasm to Central Montessori Academy!”