Preparatory

Montessori Education for 3 to 6 Year Olds
  • Class Overview

  • Preparatory Classroom

    Our Preparatory Montessori program incorporates the Montessori Method in all we do. We work with the students on language development, phonics and reading fluency and take a deeper dive into math and science. Our passion is creating independent, creative thinkers that love learning.  

    • Language and Reading Development 
    • Chapel, Art, Music and Physical Education
    • Math and Science Skill Building
    • Focus on Creating Independence and Confident Learners
    • Age Group:
      3 - 6 Years Old
    • Class Size:
      6 - 18 Children
  • Preparatory Class Educators

    • Tanya Gilmore
      Lead Teacher, Preparatory

      Tanya Gilmore

      Lead Teacher, Preparatory

      Tanya Gilmore is the Lead Teacher of one of our Preparatory classrooms and has been with MES for 10 years. She has a B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Arizona and is Montessori certified through Collin County Community College.

      Tanya has three wonderful children, all MES alumni, and a loving husband, TJ Gilmore who is an active Lewisville city councilman. In her spare time, she enjoys being active in her children’s education and activities including Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, orchestra and marching band.

    • Pixie Power
      Lead Teacher, Preparatory

      Pixie Power

      Lead Teacher, Preparatory

      Pixie Power has been a member of our Montessori Episcopal School family for 8 years. She is the Lead Teacher in one of our Preparatory classrooms and also helps maintain our 8,000+ book library.

      Her interest in the Montessori Method began while her 2 children attended MES. She was so inspired by the atmosphere of respect and joy that she became a certified Montessori teacher and has been with us ever since.

      Mrs. Power is originally from Tennessee and graduated from the University of Tennessee with a B.S. in zoology. She has lived in Texas for the past 17 years with her husband, two daughters and various pets that seem to always come her way.

    • Ashley Lieberenz
      Lead Teacher, Preparatory

      Ashley Lieberenz

      Lead Teacher, Preparatory

      Ashley Lieberenz is a Lead Teacher in one of our Preparatory classrooms and this is her 6th year with MES. She began her educational career teaching 5th Grade English and Science and throughout the years has taught various subjects from Pre-K up to adult education.

      Ashley and her husband live in Flower Mound with their daughter, who is also an MES alumna. In fact, it was her daughter’s Montessori education that ignited her passion for the Montessori Method and she began substitute teaching at MES and then became an assistant teacher. Ashley will finish her Montessori certification in February.

      My favorite thing about teaching is seeing the smiles on the children’s faces when they are learning something new or when they have been given a new work and they finally understand and complete the work correctly.

    • Deborah O'Neil
      Associate Teacher, Preparatory

      Deborah O'Neil

      Associate Teacher, Preparatory

      Deborah O’Neil or “Mrs. Deb” as she’s lovingly known, is an Associate Teacher in one of our Preparatory classrooms and has been with MES for the past 4 school years. She began serving as a floater and PE teacher and then moved into an assistant teacher position and began training to become a Montessori certified teacher. She’s on track to complete her training in the spring of 2017.

      Mrs. Deb is also a registered nurse and has worked in the Medical-Surgical, Obstetric and Geriatric fields. She is married to Bryan and they have two children. She also has two basset hounds that she may or may not also call her children. Mrs. Deb loves cooking, gardening, flea marketing and being on the couch with her family, her dogs and a cup of coffee watching a great suspense movie.

    • Melissa McCurdy
      Associate Teacher, Preparatory

      Melissa McCurdy

      Associate Teacher, Preparatory

      Melissa McCurdy is an Associate Teacher in one of our Preparatory classrooms and also serves as our Physical Education teacher. This is her first year with MES. She’s worked with children for approximately 16 years now through both employment and volunteering. Whatever her role, her goal is to help nurture a child’s love of learning.

      Melissa and her husband Tony are proud parents of two wonderful daughters and one precious fur baby. She was honored to be an Army wife for six years while my husband, proudly, served his country and her family recently moved to the great state of Texas.

      “I was lucky enough to find Montessori Episcopal and become part of this wonderful community. I look forward to my time here at Montessori Episcopal and I’m honored to be a part of your children’s lives.”

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