Jamie Laymon is the Head of School at Freedom Montessori. She began her educational career at Coastal Carolina University where she graduated with a degree in Early Childhood / Elementary Education. Jamie continued her education at Winthrop University earning a Masters of Elementary Education in Reading and a Masters in Montessori from Lander University. She is completing Doctoral work in Educational Administration and is excited about the future of Freedom Montessori School. She taught for ten years in Charlotte Mecklenburg, Fort Mill, and Rock Hill before fulfilling her dream of opening her own school. She opened Freedom Montessori in 2005. She was named Rock Hill School District Teacher of the Year in 2003. Jamie has two children Kaycelyn 14, and Cameron 9.
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela
Pamela Brantley is one of our Primary Montessori Teachers. She served on the opening team when Freedom Montessori opened in 2005. Pam took time off to have her children and always stayed abreast with the happenings of FMS and the Montessori world around her. We are thrilled she is back! She has been working in preschool education for over 10 years. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Winthrop University. She has received her Early Childhood Credential and will be continuing her Montessori certification at Lander University in Greenwood S.C. She also has facilitated various child care workshops and trainings for preschool teachers. She has a heart for children and a gift for teaching. She is very passionate about the Montessori philosophy and honors the opportunity to be a part of the Freedom Montessori family. She currently resides in Tega Cay, with her husband, Letron, and their two children, Nate and Jazz.
“When you get; give. We you learn; teach. At our best we are all teachers” – Maya Angelou
MaLisa Sibley-Boulware has received her Early Childhood Credential, her Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Liberty University, and has her Primary Certification in Montessori from the North American Montessori Center. She resides in Rock Hill with her husband Leon and their sons Jaevion and Josiah. This is Mrs. Boulware’s fourth year with FMS and has been working with children for eight years enjoying every single moment. She has a great passion for the Montessori philosophy and enjoys observing the children’s growth. In her spare time, she enjoys baking, dancing, reading and spending time with family and friends. When it comes to children, Mrs. Boulware has a great passion for them and loves getting to know each and every one. She hopes to obtain her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education in the near future.
“While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.” Angela Schwindt
Maureen Cherry is in her third year here at Freedom Montessori as one of our Toddler Montessori Teachers. She has been working in Early Childhood Education for over ten years. She is enrolled at York Technical College to receive her Associate’s Degree. She has received her Montessori Toddler Certification from the North American Montessori Center. Maureen is a native New Yorker. She relocated to Rock Hill in 2005. Before she came to the Carolina’s she successfully opened her own family preschool and was in business for five years. Her goal is to produce happy, intelligent, well-adjusted children; she realizes that each child has unique talents, learning styles and personalities. She loves traveling, sewing, fine arts, music, and spending time with her family. She lives with her husband Wayne and grandson Chauncey. Maureen knows that everyone has a gift from God and she feels her gift is children.
“If a child lives with acceptance and friendship, he or she learns to find love in the world.” – Parents Anonymous Inc.
Kelly LeVine serves as a Primary Montessori Teacher. She is a native South Carolinian. Kelly was born in Spartanburg, and grew up in Florence, SC. Her mother was a teacher, and Father was a State Trooper. She was brought up with a strong moral background and has always had an amazing love for children. She is married and has three sons. Mrs. LeVine has completed NAMC Montessori training for 3 to 6 year olds. She is currently working on her Degree in Early Childhood Education. She worked with special needs children while living in Florence, SC. She was introduced to the Montessori Method of teaching through her oldest son Jacob. He went to Montessori School of Florence from preschool to fifth grade. Her youngest son came to Freedom Montessori for 2 years. She is fascinated with Montessori way of learning. She loves to spend time with her family and friends. She enjoys reading, gardening, crafting and creating beauty in the world around her.
Madison Altman is joining us as the 2013 Encore Afterschool Director. She is originally from Pawleys Island, SC but now resides in Rock Hill as a sophomore at Winthrop University. Madison has grown up in Pawleys Island and has been spoiled by the coast her whole life. As a past Montessori student herself she is excited about experiencing the philosophy again. During her senior year of high school she was a Teacher Cadet and worked with a third grade class. Madison came to Winthrop as an Elementary Education major, but after much thought decided to switch to Business Administration with a concentration in Economics. She hopes to join the Peace Corp after college and travel for a few years before attending graduate school. Madison loves do-it-yourself crafts, cooking and spending time with her family, sorority sisters, and dogs. She looks forward to a lot of afterschool fun and enriching activities!
Emelyn Plaza, originally from the Phillipines, Mrs. Plaza is married and has two children, Andrew 26, and Ivy 19. She is in her second year here at FMS. She has a Bachelors of Science in Chemical Engineering. After realizing her love for children and teaching she decided to go back to school to earn a degree in Elementary Education from St. Paul University. She has been in the educational arena for 11 years and is now currently training at the North American Montessori Center for her credential in Lower Elementary Montessori. She is thrilled to be working with our new 6 – 9 Lower Elementary class.
“ Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” – Proverbs 22:6
Churise Turner is a native of Winnsboro, SC. She received her Bachelors in Social Work from Winthrop University and is currently working on her Master of Arts in Human Services with a cognate in Executive Leadership from Liberty University. Ms. Turner has worked with children in different capacities for 13 years and serves as the Assistant Director at FMS. She have one son, Devin,4, who currently attends Freedom Montessori School.
“Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.” – Anthony J. DeAngelo
Ichari Blakeney is a native of Pageland, SC. She received her Bachelors in Family and Consumer Sciences with a Specialization in Early Intervention from Winthrop University. She is the newest addition to the Freedom Montessori team, and is thrilled at the opportunity to bring light to each child’s full potential. Ichari values education, family and determination. It is her belief that with persistence and hard work, all things are attainable. In her leisure time, she enjoys relaxing at the beach, spending time with her daughter and personal shopping. Ichari Blakeney currently resides in Chester, South Carolina and has one daughter, London, who is 4.
“Only as high as I reach can I grow, only as far as I seek can I go, only as deep as I look can I see, only as much as I dream can I be.” Karen Ravn
Peter Kim serves as one of our Primary Montessori Assistant Teachers. He was born in Texas, but spent most of his life in China with his missionary parents. He came to the States his senior year in high school, finished at Northwestern High, then attended and graduated Erskine College with a degree in psychology. Mr. Kim’s passion is in reforming education, to optimize the learning/teaching process, and to help the children discover their maximum potential so that they grow up to flourish as leaders of the society. He dreams of one day establishing an orphanage with similar educational philosophies as Freedom Montessori. Mr. Kim is beginning his Montessori trainig through the North American Montessori Center. He enjoys playing tag, doing magic tricks for the children, playing soft jazz on the guitar and piano, and cooking.”