Toddler Teachers & Staff
Moon Room Teacher
I joined the CMA community in 2011 as a Lead Teacher in the Lower Elementary after obtaining my Master in Montessori Education from Xavier University; I taught in L.E. for 7 years. In 2018, I took the Lead Teaching position in the Toddler Classroom while completing my training at GCCME. I am a certified Montessori Infant and Toddler Teacher. I love the Montessori Philosophy and have a passion to nurture each child. I am looking forward to the 2019-2020 school year and reconnecting with previous families as well as new families at CMA. My husband, David and I reside in Lebanon, Ohio. Two of our children are part of the CMA Community, Nathaniel (6) and Bradley (4), they are in the Star Room and hopefully, my youngest, Meredith (1) will join the Toddler Classroom soon. To all the new and returning families of CMA, let’s make this the best year yet!
Moon Room Assistant
My name is Jena Steinkamp and I am the Toddler Assistant Teacher at Central Montessori Academy. Throughout my life I have dedicated a lot of my time to taking care of children and I must say, I honestly enjoy every minute of it. I have over ten years of experience in childcare starting off as a nanny. I have a passion for helping children build independence, creating that love for learning, and embracing every child in their own special way by following the child. I have been an administrative assistant and now teacher here at CMA. I joined the staff in 2018 but have a long history with CMA. I was one of the first students to go through the entire program at CMA, starting as a 3 year old and graduating from the 6th grade in 2002. After CMA I graduated from Clark Montessori High School and then the University of Cincinnati in 2013 with a BS degree in Community & Public Health Education and Promotion.
Growing up in Montessori schools has been one of the best experiences I could have ever asked for because it has helped me to be a more well rounded person in society. The community building and life skills that I learned throughout my educational years set me up for success and for understanding the world around me. I am the youngest daughter of Rene’ Steinkamp, who teaches in the Upper Elementary classroom. I love to play soccer, be active, creative, and listen to all kinds of music. I’m passionate about giving back to the community and to live life to the fullest. I’m very excited about this new opportunity and it feels nice to come ‘home’ to CMA.
Moon Room Assistant
My name is Sheila Bohnert and I’ve been with CMA since August, 2019. I am a Toddler Assistant in the Moon room working with Ms. Angela and Ms. Jena. Although my degree is in Computer Science, I’ve wanted to teach and work with Toddler and Pre-primary children in a Daycare or as a Kindergarten teacher since I graduated high school. In a round-about way, I was able to fulfill my desire to teach, as a stay-at-home mom with my 4 children and babysitting 2 toddlers.
I love being a part of the Toddlers learning through their curiosity and exploration in their daily routines. Being a part of the Toddler team is truly a long awaited dream come true and I am very lucky to be able to see those beautiful faces and watch them grow every day.