our staff

stacie benjamin
Director of administration

Stacie Benjamin, Director of Admissions at Montessori Academy Batavia
  • Over 35 years of administrative experience with Montessori Academy

  • Completed a variety of Montessori training courses in administration and teaching at Seton Institute

  • Ms. Stacie’s daughter and granddaughter are Montessori Academy alumni


Joey Snyder, North room
Primary Lead Teacher

Joey Snyder, Primary Lead Teacher at Montessori Academy Batavia
  • Over 25 years of Montessori teaching experience

  • Completed age 3-6 Montessori Certification at Seton Institute

  • Earned an Associate’s Degree in Art

  • Ms. Joey enjoys time with her 5 adult children, who were all Montessori educated

Valerie DeMeritt
Director of Primary Program

  • Over 15 Years of teaching experience

  • Bachelor's in Elementary Education with a focus on English and Art History and a Certified Montessori Paraprofessional from Seton Institute

  • Ms. Valerie loves to cook, bake and read. She is a runner who has participated in marathons


Mary Ormond, North room
primary assistant

  • 10 year teaching experience with specialty in Early Childhood Education

  • Earned Certificate of Mastery in Early Child Development from Rose State College

  • Ms. Mary has a passion for Montessori and uses it in her home with her 3 young daughters


Jill Zink, west room
Primary Lead teacher

  • Over 10 years of Montessori teaching experience.

  • Completed age 3-6 Montessori Certification at Seton Institute.

  • Earned Master of Teaching degree with ESL endorsement from National Louis University.

  • Ms. Jill enjoys spending time with her family, preferably outdoors!

Kate Snyder, west room
primary assistant

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