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Administration

Julia Preziosi – Executive Director

Education:

  • B.S. in Montessori Education from Xavier University
  • American Montessori Society teaching credential from Xavier University
  • M.Ed. in Executive Human Resource Development from Xavier University

Work Experience and Accomplishments:

  • Executive Director of NKMA since 2004
  • 30 plus years of teaching and administrative experience includes Montessori and early childhood education, learning disabilities education, curriculum design, faculty management, leadership, and teacher training.
  • Cincinnati Montessori Society Board Member
  • Presenter at various workshops and teacher training programs
  • No. Ky. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Success Award Nominee
  • 2012 S.C.O.R.E. Client of the Year
  • Delegation Member with People to People Ambassadors to Cuba

What I like most about the Montessori Method is…when I first discovered Montessori Education, I was most impressed by Dr. Montessori’s emphasis on humaneness.  Thirty-four years later, I remain convinced that this is it’s most important aspect.  While the Montessori Method is exceptional in its academics, and its individualism, its recognition of the importance of treating children with respect is what I consider to be its most important attribute.

Lisa Wellbrock Dieso– Associate Director

Education:

  • B. S. In Montessori Education from Xavier University
  • American Montessori Society teaching credential from Xavier University
  • M. Ed. in Education Administration from Xavier University

Work Experience and Accomplishments:

  • Associate Director of NKMA since 2008
  • Taught in several different Montessori 3 – 6 year old environments in New York City, Cincinnati, and Northern Kentucky (including NKMA)
  • Administrator with the Julia Brown Montessori Schools in Maryland where she managed the daily operational aspects of a school with over 150 students and 17 staff members
  • Faculty member at the Greater Cincinnati Center for Montessori Education and Xavier Univeristy Montessori Teacher Training Program
  • Delegation Member with People to People Ambassadors to Cuba

What I like most about the Montessori Method is…the multi-age environment where children spend three years with their peers and teachers.  There is greater social responsibility among children in mixed age groupings.  They are presented with more opportunities to be role-models and develop social skills, such as empathy.  Children in multi-age classrooms are also able to participate in activities at a variety of levels while working through the Montessori curriculum at their own pace.

Lesley Roth – Director of Academic Excellence

Education:

  • B. S. in Early Childhood Education from Xavier University
  • M. Ed. in Montessori Education from Xavier University
  • American Montessori Society teaching credential from Xavier University
  • Licensed Reading Specialist prek – 12

Work Experience and Accomplishments:

  • Head Teacher and Four years as Principal at Xavier University Montessori Lab School
  • Adjunct Faculty and Educational Consult for Xavier University’s Montessori Teacher Training Program
  • Over fifteen years of experience as a Montessori Teacher

What I like most about the Montessori Method is…its intentional and alternative approach in educating to the child’s unnamed possibilities. It empowers children of all ages to inquire, think deeply, problem solve, be creators in their learning, and become gracious stewards of our earth and one another.

Tami Ueda – Heuer – Administrative Assistant

Education:

  • Bachelors in Business Administration

Work Experience and Accomplishments:

  • First Officer with Comair
  • Sr. Flight Instructor with ADF Airways
  • Sr. Claims Representative for State Farm Insurance
  • Branch Rental Manager for Enterprise Rental Car

What I like most about the Montessori Method is…how it teaches my child to enjoy being part of a group, but also fosters his independence.