Faculty & Staff

Meet Our Faculty and Staff

Marybeth Schneider
Executive Director

B.S. in Elementary Education—Edgecliff College
AMI Montessori Diploma (ages 3-6+)—The Montessori Institute of Greater Cincinnati
State of Ohio Dept. Of Education Professional License K-8

Teaching experience: The Montessori School of Greater Lafayette (West Layette, Indiana); St. James School (Wyoming, Ohio); Heberle Elementary (Cincinnati); North Avondale Montessori School (Cincinnati)
Began at KHMC in 2000

“My first experience with KHMC was in 1980 when I did my student teaching in Montessori here. 20 years later, after teaching for a while and staying home for 10 years with my children, I came back to KHMC as a teacher. In 2006 I became the Executive Director.

“KHMC is full of wonder every day! It is a safe, caring, loving, peaceful environment. It’s academically challenging curriculum taught with the Montessori philosophy by a professional staff, its strong tradition to working collaboratively with parents and community members, and its commitment to teaching and honoring diversity are a few of the reasons why I’ve chosen KHMC to be my home away from home.

“I am married to my husband Mike. We have 3 sons, Zach, Logan and Griffin (all Montessori 3-6 graduates).”


Freddie Banks
Extended Day Teacher of the Green Group

CDA (Child Development Associate) Credential
Began at KHMC in 1999

“I like working with children because they motivate me to have plenty of energy and to learn as much as possible so I can share my knowledge and manners with them. The children also teach me new things everyday! I like teaching at KHMC because I’ve met some of the nicest families in the world!”



Emily Carlson
PM Montessori Directress

Emily Carlson has been at Kennedy Heights Montessori Center since 2012. She loves Montessori because it is individualized for each child. She appreciates the three-year cycle so she can really get to know her class and teach them what they need. Emily’s favorite areas of the classroom are science, sensorial and art, though she says each area of the classroom has its own amazing discoveries waiting for the right child at the right time. Emily graduated from Xavier University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Montessori in 2008. She is certified by the American Montessori Society for the Pre-primary level. When she is not working, Emily enjoys spending time with her fiance, Kyle, and her daughter, Stella. She also enjoys hiking, trips to the zoo, gardening and walking her three dogs.

She is excited to be a part of such a close knit and welcoming community at Kennedy Heights Montessori Center. She loves that she is able to teach to each child’s individual needs, just the Montessori philosophy teaches.


Shannon Clark
AM Montessori Directress

B.S. in Horticulture—University of Cincinnati
Pre-Kindergarten/Third Grade Certificate—Xavier University
AMS Montessori Certificate—Xavier University
Master’s in Education—Xavier University
Began at KHMC in 2007

“I was drawn to Kennedy Heights Montessori Center because of the value the school places on diversity and the fundamentals of the Montessori Philosophy.

“I enjoy spending free time with my husband Jeff, daughter Emma and son, Victor.”


Meghan Geiger
PM Montessori Directress
AM Montessori Assistant Teacher

Bachelor of Education—Bowling Green State University
AMS Certification for ages 2 1/2 – 6—GCCME
Began at KHMC in August 2015

“I have been facilitating the Montessori philosophy since 2008.  My experience with Montessori education began at Central Montessori Academy as a teacher’s assistant and extended day teacher.  I did my AMS internship in Westlake, Ohio at Westshore Montessori Academy.

“I love being a Montessori facilitator because my job changes daily and I’m always busy giving new work lessons.  I’m inspired by the child-centered, independence and concentration that the Montessori philosophy brings to the environment.

“I have one daughter who attends KHMC.  My interests include cooking, canning and being outdoors.”


Rachael Hall
Montessori Toddler Assistant Teacher

Associate Degree in Early Childhood—Cincinnati State College
Began at KHMC in August 2015

“I have worked in the childcare field for nine years. I enjoy working with young children because it brings me joy. I believe changing the world begins with them, and teaching is the most important job to me.

“I have three wonderful children. I enjoy spending time outdoors and reading!”


Karen Imwalle
Extended Day Teacher of the Pink Group in the AM & 
PM and Kindergarten Lunch Teacher

CDA Child Development Associate Credential
Associate Degree, Early Childhood Education—Cincinnati State College 2014
Began at KHMC March 2003

“I like working with children because children’s sense of wonder makes each day something special. I like teaching at KHMC because of the collective team spirit of the staff, parents and children.”


Sha’Ron Israel
Extended Day Teacher of the Yellow Group in the AM & PM

Associate Degree, Childcare Technology—University of Cincinnati
Began at KHMC in 2010

“I have a strong preschool teaching background throughout my 20 plus years I have been teaching. I have obtained excellent results with children and have instilled in them a desire to learn.

“I enjoy working with children and seeing their personal development and growth. Children inspire me.”


Tracy Lundy
Office Assistant and Bookkeeper

Child Development Associate Credential
Began at KHMC in July 2001

“I like working with children because they are the bright life in my life. They are ever changing just as each day has something new to offer and experience.

“I have been working in the Early Childhood field for 32 years. I began my journey at the Jewish Community Center E.C.E program where I started as an Assistant, then Head Teacher and then Administrative Assistant. I began working at KHMC in 2001. In 2005 I began my career in Real Estate. I am a part-time real estate agent with Star One Realtors. I am married to Kevin Lundy, we have two beautiful adult children, and an adorable grandson. They are the main lights of my life. I like working at KHMC because of the family unit that is shared among the staff and parents.”


Pat Murphy
PM Extended Day teacher of the Blue Group

Art Education—College of Mount St. Joseph
Began at KHMC in March 2013

“My experiences includes teaching preschool at Mariemont Community Church for 6 ½ years including teaching a ‘Discovery Fours’ Class that focused on Math and Science.

“I enjoy teaching at Kennedy Heights Montessori Center because the children inspire and motivate me through their sense of wonder and curiosity. I take pride in knowing that I can show them that learning can be fun!”


Laura Paddock
AM & PM Montessori Assistant

AMS Montessori Associate Early Childhood Credential for Ages 3-6
Began at KHMC in August 2001

“I like working with children because they bring me joy and always put a smile on my face. Helping children to be more independent and to know that they are important and special means a great deal to me.

“I like teaching at KHMC because the children are wonderful to work with. Each morning I wake up with a smile on my face knowing that I work at a great place! We are family here at KHMC!”


Linda Roemhild
AM Montessori Directress

04 Certificate (birth to third grade) in Early Childhood Education and Pre-Primary Certificate in Montessori—Kendall College
Began at KHMC in 2007

“I proudly joined the KHMC family in 2007 and was immediately impressed with the deep dedication of the families and the staff. It was contagious and I simply could not wait to be part of such a loving community.

“In my spare time you can find me on a soccer field cheering on my oldest daughter, Emily or sharing family time with my husband, John and our youngest daughter, Mia. I look forward to meeting all of you.”


Phyllis Shinkle
Toddler Montessori Directress

Early Childhood Education Degree and Montessori Certificate—Xavier University
Began at KHMC in 1979

“I have been at KHMC throughout my career. I have found it to uphold the purest form of Montessori’s teachings. I also value the diversity.”

Kennedy Heights Montessori Center
6620 Montgomery Road | Unit 1
Cincinnati, Ohio 45213
(513) 631-8135
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