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MEC 40 Year Anniversary

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Dorothy Barry, who founded Montessori Educational Center in 1978, holds a copy of a recent journal entry by Evangeline Harris saying how much the 6-year-old loves the school. Barry was moved by the touching entry that was given to her by Evangeline’s mother, Jess Harris, an MEC middle school teacher who drove to Perryville, Mo., to meet Barry in person and came away full of admiration.

To learn more about Mrs. Barry, click on the “Visionary ” link below:

“The instructions of the teacher consist then merely in a hint, a touch-enough to give a start to the child. The rest develops of itself.”
Maria Montessori

STAFF

Toddler Faculty

Jemma Lortie & Maddi Griffis

Jemma Lortie studied Social Work, and has a B.S.W. degree from Northwestern State University. She has worked with two to three year old children for over 10 years. She has been a teacher in our Toddler Program since January of 2011. She received her Montessori teacher certification from North American Montessori Center.
​jemma.lortie@mecalex.org

Originally from Oregon, Maddi Griffis moved to the Central Louisiana area in August of 2020. She served as as an assistant toddler teacher at Treehill Dayschool in Wood Village, Oregon. Her daughter is a new MEC student.
maddison.griffis@mecalex.org

Sarah McCartney & Tiffany Bailey

Sarah McCartney has been a teacher in our Toddler Program since August of 2012. She is a graduate of Louisiana State University at Alexandria, where she received a B.S. in Psychology. Her experience with toddler students dates back to 2007. She received her Montessori teacher certification from North American Montessori Center.
sarah.mccartney@mecalex.org

Tiffany Bailey joined our toddler staff in August of 2017. She has more than 12 years of experience working with toddler and preschool children. Tiffany completed her Montessori certification through the North American Montessori Center.
tiffany.bailey@mecalex.org

Maddie King

Maddie is a student at NSU studying History. She assists the teachers in both toddler classrooms.

Primary Faculty

Teresa Strandquist & Megan Riche

Teresa Strandquist joined MEC for the 2019-2020 school year. She holds a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Pennsylvania State University and AMS certification as a Montessori teacher. Teresa’s children are current MEC students.
teresa.strandquist@mecalex.org

Megan Riche began her school career as a primary and elementary student at MEC. She is a graduate of LSU and has a BS in Early Childhood Education. She received her Montessori early childhood certification from the Center for Guided Montessori Studies in 2019. She worked previously as an early childhood teacher at Mabel Brasher Montessori. Megan’s son, Rowan, will join us as a toddler student for the 2021/2022 school year.
megan.riche@mecalex.org

Shahla Khalid & Coty Verdin

Shahla Khalid graduated from the University of Karachi in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science degree. She obtained her Montessori certification through the Association Montessori Internationale. She joined MEC as a primary teacher in the spring of 2017. Shahla is the mother of three.
​​shahla.khalid@mecalex.org

Coty Verdin is a graduate of Northwestern State University where she received a B.S. in Biology, a B.S. in Psychology, and an A.A in Criminal Justice. She is a MEC parent of one and frequent school volunteer. She began as a MEC substitute teacher in the spring of 2017. She joined the Primary Program full time during the 2017-2018 school year.
coty.verdin@mecalex.org

Brenda Lawhorn & Jeanette Tudor                                                                                                        Ashlyn Magel & Elissa Cooley

Brenda Lawhorn obtained a Master of Arts in Teaching from Louisiana College and has seven years of experience as a first grade teacher. Through her association with several families at our school and witnessing the growth in their children, she has become an advocate for the Montessori Method and is very excited to join our teaching staff for the 2021/2022 school year.  Brenda’s Montessori certification will be obtained through the American Montessori Society.                                                                                                                                                                                                       brenda.lawhorn@mecalex.org

Jeanette Tudor is a graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University with a B.A. in communication. She completed the Alternative Teacher Education Program at Northwestern State University in 2006. Jeanette has served as a substitute at MEC joined the faculty full-time during 2020-2021 school year. She is completing Montessori early childhood certification with the Center for Guided Montessori Studies. Her daughter is a current MEC student.
jeanette.tudor@mecalex.org

Ashlyn Magel has been a long time parent and volunteer at MEC. In 2021 she joined our staff as an assistant helping in all three primary classrooms.
ashlyn.magel@mecalex.org

Elissa Cooley is our current after school program director. In the afternoon, she also assists in the Lawhorn/Tudor class. Her daughter is a current MEC student.
elissa.cooley@mecalex.org

Lower Elementary Faculty

LISA ROZAS & JUNE JONES

Lisa Rozas has worked at Montessori Educational Center since 1996. She has a degree in Vocal Performance from Louisiana College. She began her career at MEC as our music teacher. She began working in the lower elementary environment during the 2013-2014 school year. She received her Montessori teacher certification from the Center for Guided Montessori Studies. Both of her children attended MEC.
​​lisa.rozas@mecalex.org

June Jones is a graduate of Northwestern State University and was awarded a Master of Education degree. She received her Montessori Elementary I and Elementary II credentials from Southwestern Montessori Training Center. June has 45 years of experience in education and joined Montessori Educational Center during the 2018-2019 school year.
june.jones@mecalex.org

Angela Hayes & Eddie Scroggs

Angela Hayes received a B.A. in Journalism from Louisiana Tech University and a M.A. in English from Northwestern State University. She received her Montessori teaching certification from Montessori World Educational Institute, and has taught in the Lower Elementary Program since 1995. Her children and grandchildren have attended MEC.
angela.hayes@mecalex.org

Eddie Scroggs attended Louisiana College where he earned a B.A. in History. He received his M.A. in History from Louisiana Tech University. He began working as a lower elementary teacher in 2014. He completed his Montessori Elementary I and II teacher certification through the Center for Guided Montessori Studies.
eddie.scroggs@mecalex.org

Upper Elementary Faculty

Patrick McGinty, Buffy Stroderd, Christal Workman & Penny McGinty

Patrick McGinty is a former MEC teacher who served the upper elementary class from 2016-2019 and will be returning for the 2021/2022 school year. He is a graduate of Bolton High School and Tulane University. He received his Montessori Elementary I and II certification from the Montessori World Educational Institute (MWEI). In addition to his passion for the Montessori philosophy, Mr. McGinty is devoted to gardening, recycling, and environmental causes. Mr. McGinty lived in South America for a year to immerse himself in the language and is fluent in Spanish.
patrick.mcginty@mecalex.org

Buffy Stroderd is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a B.A. in Speech Communication. She obtained her Montessori Elementary I and II teacher certification with the Center For Guided Montessori Studies. She began teaching in the upper elementary classroom in 2012. Both of Buffy’s children attend MEC.
buffy.stroderd@mecalex.org

Beginning with the 2019-2020 school year, Christal Workman became a full-time teacher in the upper elementary class. In the past, Christal has substituted where needed, and worked as an assistant teacher in the Lower Elementary Program. She is a graduate of Louisiana Tech with a B.S. in Architectural Studies. She is currently participating in the Elementary I phase of Montessori training and will pursue Elementary II certification with the Center for Guided Montessori Studies. Christal is the mother of four MEC students.
christal.workman@mecalex.org

Penny McGinty has joined the upper elementary class as a teacher during the 2019-2020 school year. She received her B.A. in English and French from Louisiana Tech. Penny’s experience at MEC dates back 20 years. She has served as the upper elementary lead teacher, as the interim head of school, and as a board member. Penny is responsible for forming the Grand Gardeners club at the school. Three of her grandchildren attend MEC.
penny.mcginty@mecalex.org

Middle School Faculty

Jess Harris & Sue Sullivan

Jess Harris leads our Middle School Program. A graduate of Louisiana State University at Alexandria, with a B.A. in Elementary Education, Jess received her Montessori Secondary I and II teacher certification from the American Montessori Society. She is the parent of an MEC student.
​​jess.harris@mecalex.org

Sue Sullivan is a professor of biology at Louisiana State University Alexandria. She earned a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Molecular Genetics from the University of Georgia. Beginning with the 2017-2018 school year she began working full-time with Jess Harris and the middle school students.  Sue is actively pursuing her Montessori Secondary I and II teacher certification from the American Montessori Society. She is a former president of the MEC Board of Directors, and the parent of an MEC graduate.
sue.sullivan@mecalex.org

 

Science & Fine Arts

Charity Rodgers & Amber Voorhies

A graduate of LSUA with a degree in biology, Charity Rodgers directs our science lab. She instructs children ages 6 through 12. She is the mother of an MEC graduate and a current student.
charity.rodgers@mecalex.org

A graduate of Louisiana College with a B.A. in Studio Art, Amber began her career at MEC in 2004 as our Art instructor. She went on to become a certified Montessori teacher at the Toddler and Elementary I and II levels. She received her credential from Southwestern Montessori Training Center. Amber taught in our toddler environment as well as our upper elementary classroom. She now serves as our Fine Arts instructor teaching Art and Music Appreciation.                amber.voorhies@mecalex.org

Administration

Meghan Flaherty, Lisa Clair, & Joelle Flaherty

Meghan Flaherty is a graduate of The Art Institute of Portland. She became an MEC parent and volunteer in 2018. She began serving as our administrative assistant in July of 2021.
meghan.flaherty@mecalex.org

Lisa Clair is a graduate of LSU with a B.A. in Political Science and has been teaching at MEC since 1991. She received her Montessori teacher certification from the Montessori World Educational Institute. In 2017 she left the classroom to join the administrative team and assist the Head of School. Her children  attended MEC, and her grandchildren are current students.
​​lisa.clair@mecalex.org

Joelle Flaherty has been the Head of School at MEC since 2008. Prior to serving as Head of School, she was an upper elementary teacher from 2001 through 2008. She earned a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and an M. A. in Montessori Education from St. Catherine University. She received her Montessori Elementary I and II teaching credentials from Southwestern Montessori Training Center. Both of Joelle’s children graduated from MEC and one of her grandson’s is a current student.  She is the current  Vice President of the Louisiana Montessori Association.
​​joelle.flaherty@mecalex.org

After School Staff

Cynthia Butler, Sharron Rusk, Caroline Randall-Boudreaux, Jeri Litton, Darlene Thompson, Theresa Powell, Malibu Maxey, Samantha Murrell & Elissa Cooley (After School Director)

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