our staff

Joey Snyder, North room
Primary Lead Teacher

Joey Snyder, Primary Lead Teacher at Montessori Academy Batavia
  • Over 25 years of Montessori teaching experience
  • Age 3-6 Montessori Certification from Seton Institute
  • Associate’s Degree in Art
  • Ms. Joey enjoys time with her 5 adult children, who were all Montessori educated

Helen Weiger, North room
primary assistant

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  • One year of classroom experience
  • Bachelor of Science in Theology
  • Ms. Helen enjoys exploring nature preserves,
    gardening reading, and playing with her two polydactyl cats.
 

Jill Zink,
Primary Lead teacher

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  • 10 years of Montessori teaching experience
  • Age 3-6 Montessori Certification from Seton Institute
  • Master of Teaching degree with ESL endorsement from National Louis University
  • Ms. Jill enjoys spending time with her family, preferably outdoors!

audrey hillyer, west room
primary assistant

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  • Over 20 years of Montessori teaching experience
  • Age 3-6 Montessori Certification from Seton Institute
  • B.A. in Psychology from DePaul University in Chicago
  • Ms. Audrey enjoys biking, camping and hiking with her husband and son.
 

Valerie DeMeritt
After care Lead & art Teacher

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  • Over 15 Years of teaching experience
  • Bachelor's in Elementary Education with concentrations in English and Art History
  • Certified Montessori Paraprofessional from Seton Institute
  • Ms. Valerie loves to cook, bake and read.  She is a runner who has participated in marathons.

carrie puello,
ELEMENTARY lead teacher

Carrie Puello, Lower Elementary Teaching Assistant at Montessori Academy Batavia
  • 7 Years of elementary classroom experience
  • Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Montessori Elementary I Certification Practicum in process
  • Ms. Carrie has two children, loves to run and travel with her family.
 

George Markham,
Head of School

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  • Over 10 years with Montessori Academy
  • Over 30 years of experience in the education field
  • MBA from Northwestern University
  • Board member, Montessori Administrators Association
  • Mr. George has two daughters, loves biking and working on cars.

Stacie Benjamin,
Director of Administration

Stacie Benjamin, Director of Admissions at Montessori Academy Batavia
  • Over 30 years with Montessori Academy
  • Completed a variety of Montessori training courses
  • Food Service Certification experience
  • Ms. Stacie’s daughter and granddaughter are Montessori Academy alumni.
 

heather short,
Director of outreach

 
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  • Over 15 years of non-profit development experience
  • B.S. in Leisure Studies from University of Illinois
  • Ms. Heather enjoys spending time with her family preferably outdoors in the garden or on a trail.