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Our Montessori Life Team


Lydia Stephens


"And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord" - Luke 1:45 

Lydia is the Owner and Director of Montessori Life. She earned her bachelor's of science degree in Nursing from Case Western Reserve University and has a collective 12 years of experience in early childhood education. Lydia enjoys creating new ways to learn and loves to support the teachers, students and families on their learning journeys. Lydia is a mom of 4 and enjoys traveling with her family. Montessori Life is her passion and she loves having a front row seat to all of the growth!


Jenna King

Lead Teacher

Mrs. Jenna is our outgoing co-lead teacher in our primary Montessori classroom. She is bubbly and full of positivity! Jenna holds a master's degree in public health and safety and has used her knowledge to provide safe learning environments for children over the past 7 years. She developed a passion for Montessori during her professional journey and has continued her own learning journey by diving deeper into the Montessori approach. When Mrs. Jenna is not empowering students to be their best, she enjoys spending time with her husband and fur babies. 

"Nothing is impossible. The word itself says 'I'm Possible'.
- Audrey Hepburn


Paula Montoya

Classroom Assistant

Mrs. Paula is the co-lead teacher for our Primary Montessori class. She is gentle in her engagement with students and loves to listen to their stories! Paula is originally from Colombia where she earned a bachelor's degree in education and taught English in a local elementary school. She loves to hike, travel and play with animals. Paula is most excited about helping our little learners to grow in their independence and gaining more knowledge as she pursues her master's degree in English as a Second Language at Kent State University. Mrs. Paula teaches Spanish to our students daily and fosters their love of language.

"It is in your hands to make of our world a better one for all" -Nelson Mandela

Image by Tim Mossholder


Preschool Discovery Teacher

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Lead Teacher to join our talented teaching team! Our team is supportive and committed to growth and preserving our passion for teaching!

Outstanding candidates CAN demonstrate:

Problem-solving skills
Organizational skills
Excellent time-management
Ability to multi-task

Gentle Disposition


Tamara Myshakova

Preschool Discovery Teacher

Ms. Tamara is the newest member of our Montessori Life teaching team. She comes to us with a master's degree in Pedagogical Education and experience as a teacher in the field of primary education. Born and raised in Ukraine, Ms. Tamara has a unique perspective of geography and culture that she shares with her students and teaching team. In her down time, Ms. Tamara is an avid reader and enjoys spending time with family. She is patient, thoughtful and believes in the abilities of each of her students. . 


Robin Rzepka

Administrative Assistant

Mrs. Robin is the keeper of all things Montessori Life. As a registered nurse, Robin knows the importance of safety and the power of compassion. She provides comfort to students who may be experiencing anxiety, fear or are simply having a bad day. She ensures that our students and staff are safe and feel seen each and every day. Mrs. Robin supports the team with any needs they have and keeps the tempo balanced. Robin is the friendly voice you may hear when you give us a call!

There is freedom waiting for you, on the breeze of the sky, and you ask, "What if I fall?" oh but my darling, what if you fly? - Erin Hanson

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