Joey Snyder, Primary Lead Teacher

Joey Snyder, Primary Lead Teacher at Montessori Academy Batavia

20+ years of teaching experience as a Montessori Directress for Primary Age 3-6
Age 3-6 Montessori Certification from Seton Montessori Institute
Associate’s Degree in Art
Ms. Joey enjoys time with her 5 adult children, who were all Montessori educated



Valerie DeMeritt, Primary After Hours Lead Teacher, Primary Assistant

Valerie Demeritt, Primary After Hours Lead Teacher/Primary Assistant at Montessori Academy Batavia

14 Years of teaching experience
Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with concentrations in English and Art History
Trained as a Montessori Paraprofessional by Seton Montessori Institute
Ms. Valerie loves to cook, bake and read.  She is a runner who has participated in marathons.







Katy Jahnke, Elementary Lead Teacher

Katy Jahnke, Lower Elementary Lead Teacher at Montessori Academy Batavia

7 Years of Classroom Experience
Elementary Montessori Classroom Certification from Midwest Montessori Teacher Training Center
Type 03 Teaching Certification from the State of Illinois (Grades K-9)
Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy
Ms. Katy loves her family, Montessori teaching and a good cup of coffee

Carrie Puello,Elementary Teaching Assistant

Carrie Puello, Lower Elementary Teaching Assistant at Montessori Academy Batavia

5 Years of Classroom Experience. 
Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education.
Directorship Experience in Day Care and Camp Environments
Ms. Carrie has two children, loves to run and travel with her family

Danielle Frelk, Physical Education

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5+ Years of Classroom Experience with both Primary and Middle School PE and Health
Bachelor of Arts in PE and Health from Aurora University
Taught at the John C. Dunham STEM School
Ms. Danielle loves spending time with her family and living a healthy, mindful lifestyle


Stacie Benjamin, Director of Administration

Stacie Benjamin, Director of Admissions at Montessori Academy Batavia

34 years experience with Montessori Academy
Completed a variety of Montessori training courses
Food Service Certification experience
Ms. Stacie’s daughter and granddaughter are Montessori Academy alumni