About Us

Faculty and Staff

About Our Staff

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  • A central part of our approach to education is the hiring of experienced Montessori guides and strong role models.

    Our guides and staff are committed to extensive ongoing academic training and professional development.

2022-2023 SCHOOL YEAR TEAM

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  • Lisl Friday (She/Her)

    Founder & Head of School
    Lisl@AthenaMontessoriAcademy.com
    Bio
  • Mandy Waid (She/Her)

    School & Education Director
    Mandy@AthenaMontessoriAcademy.com
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  • Kimberly Love (She/Her)

    Program Lead & Montessori Mentor
    Primary 5 Interim Lead Guide
    Kimberly@AthenaMontessoriAcademy.com
    Bio
  • Joy Jacobson (She/Her)

    Admissions Director & Registrar
    Office@AthenaMontessoriAcademy.com
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  • Peyton Dame (She/Her)

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  • Rocio Lopez-Cortez (She/Her)

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  • Jessica Albiter-Espinoza (She/Her)

    Bio
  • Shaun Karlan (He/Him)

    Facilities Manager
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  • Janey Lake (She/Her)

    Garden Fairy
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  • Alicia Ramirez (She/Her)

    After School Program Lead
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  • Jessica Zevallos (She/Her)

    Nido Lead Guide
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  • Morgan Hendricks (She/Her)

    Tots 1 Lead Guide
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  • Alejandra Catalán-Ruiz (She/Her)

    Tots 1 Assistant Guide
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  • Olivia Llamas (She/Her)

    Tots 1 Support Guide & After School Program Guide
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  • Lina Ruiz (She/Her)

    Tots 2 Lead Guide
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  • Karly Bostic (She/Her)

    Tots 2 Assistant Guide
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  • Keisha Smith (She/Her)

    Tots 2 Support Guide & After School Program Guide
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  • Zachary Newman (He/Him)

    Tots 3 Lead Guide
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  • Sydney Frideley (They/Them)

    Tots 3 Assistant Guide
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  • Denisse Alvarado (She/Her)

    Tots 3 Support Guide & After School Program Guide
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  • Tess Karlan (She/Her)

    Primary 1 Lead Guide
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  • Becca Himes (She/Her)

    Primary 1 Assistant Guide
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  • Jocelyn Jaimes-Marquez (She/Her)

    Primary 1 Assistant Guide
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  • Emily Wilson (She/Her)

    Primary 1 Support Guide & After School Program Guide
    Bio
  • Laila Khorrami (She/Her)

    Primary 2 Lead Guide
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  • Benjamin Gikow (He/Him)

    Primary 2 Assistant Guide
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  • Cesca Longoni (She/Her)

    Primary 2 Assistant Guide
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  • Abby Raffle (She/Her)

    Primary 2 Support Guide & After School Program Guide
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  • Drew Fischels (He/Him)

    Primary 3 Lead Guide
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  • Tiffany Herrera (She/Her)

    Primary 3 Assistant Guide & Early Arrive Program Guide
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  • Meghna Gopal (She/Her)

    Primary 3 Assistant Guide
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  • Caroline Firme (She/Her)

    Primary 3 Support Guide & After School Program Guide
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  • Lisa Miele (She/Her)

    Primary 4 Lead Guide
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  • Lynda McGovern (She/Her)

    Primary 4 Assistant Guide
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  • Asma Fazal (She/Her)

    Primary 4 Assistant Guide
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  • Ashlyn Raley (She/They)

    Primary 4 Support Guide & After School Program Guide
    Bio
  • Ryann Flanagan (She/Her)

    Primary 5 Lead Guide
    Bio
  • Nicole Hix (She/Her)

    Primary 5 Assistant Guide
    Bio
  • Candice Barrera (She/Her)

    Primary 5 Assistant Guide
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  • Cassidy Prince (She/Her)

    Primary 5 Support Guide & After School Program Guide
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  • Jennifer Bourgeois (She/Her)

    Primary 6 Lead Guide
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  • Alex Kinkade (She/Her)

    Primary 6 Assistant Guide and Montessori Intern
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  • Jazmin Castro (She/Her)

    Primary 6 Assistant Guide & Early Arrival Program Guide
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  • Lecs Smoak (She/Her)

    Primary 6 Support Guide & After School Program Guide
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  • Sam Hernandez (He/Him)

    Floater
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  • Joie (He/Him)

    Junior Assistant
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  • Matteo (He/Him)

    Junior Assistant
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Athena Montessori Academy

“I couldn’t have asked for a better start to my son’s education. The loving guides at Athena taught him so much more than reading and writing– he’s learned how to take care of himself and those around him while navigating the social community of his classroom. I feel these life skills will serve him well as he graduates and enters first grade in the fall!”
- Rebecca O’Hara (Child now attending Eanes Elementary)