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India AdamsHead of School

"The task of the teacher becomes that of preparing a series of motives of cultural activity, spread over a specially prepared environment, and then refraining from obtrusive interference. Human teachers can only help the great work that is being done, as servants help the master." (page 3, Education for a New World).

India Adams
Head of School
Middle School MathTeacher
Upper Elementary Teacher

India has seventeen years teaching experience in Montessori classrooms. She is also a Montessori teacher trainer in Elementary I math and philosophy and Elementary II math and philosophy. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Belmont Abbey College where she graduated cum laude from the honors program. She then completed studies to become Montessori I & II (grades 1-3 and 4-6) and Montessori Secondary I (grades 7-8) certified. India completed the Endicott College masters program and received a Masters degree in Education specializing in Montessori and Integrated Learning.

Steve BenfieldSteve Benfield
Lower Elementary Teacher
Physical Education Teacher (all grades)

Steve has seventeen years of Montessori classroom teaching experience. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Physical Education from University of North Carolina-Wilmington and then continued studies to become Montessori I & II certified (grades 1-3 and 4-6). In addition to teaching in the classroom, Steve has been the Athletic Director /Physical Education Instructor to children enrolled at all levels of the Montessori curriculum, primary through high school. Steve and his wife (Lori) live in Mooresville with their two boys Garrett-14 and Brayden-3.


Faith Barter Faith Barter
Assistant Teacher, Lower Elementary Classroom

Originally from New Hampshire, Faith moved to Charlotte, NC to attend college. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel Management with a concentration in Hospitality Sales and Meeting Management from Johnson & Wales University Charlotte. Throughout high school she participated in several programs which allowed her the opportunity to work with primary and elementary age students. She spent several years working in the hospitality industry, but realized her true passion was working with children. 

Faith joined the PMA staff in August 2009 where, for two years, she worked mornings as Ms. Beverly's assistant in the Primary 1 classroom (ages 3-6), while also working afternoons as an after school program instructor (ages 6-12). She has also assisted with the PMA Summer Camp Program (ages 1.5- 5). Faith is very excited about being a part of the Phoenix Montessori Academy staff for a fourth year. She is looking forward to a second year working as an assistant in Mr. Steve's Lower Elementary classroom (ages 6-9). She loves the Montessori philosophy and curriculum, and hopes to pursue training to receive a Montessori Certification in the near future.

Tammie WilsonTammie Wilson
Daycare Director, Assistant Business Manager, & Toddler Lead Teacher (Half-Day Program)

Tammie received her B.A. in Business Administration from Belmont Abbey College in 1994. She then earned Infant/Toddler Credentials from the Center for Montessori Teacher Education in New York in 1998. She also obtained a Daycare Administration Credential from Central Piedmont Community College in 2008.

Her Montessori teaching experience includes: 15 years as a Toddler Lead Teacher and 6 years as a Summer Camp Coordinator in a Montessori Program serving children 18 months to 12 years of age. Tammie also worked for one year as an After School Coordinator in a traditional setting, serving children ages 4 years to 13 years of age. Before entering the field of education, Tammie was a nanny for 3 young children.

Roxanne CooperRoxanne Cooper
Lead Teacher, Primary Classroom

Roxanne received her Associates degree in Early Childhood Education from Central Piedmont Community College. She taught one year at Bethel Presbyterian Church Weekday Program. It was during that year that a parent introduced her to Montessori.

Roxanne attended the North Carolina Center for Montessori Education where she received her Infant/Toddler Certification. She has taught in a Montessori classroom for 17 years, serving as the lead instructor for most of that time and has been with Phoenix since 2006. She has two children who attend Phoenix as well.

Adam YoungAdam Young
Lead Teacher, Middle & High School
Chinese Teacher

Adam was born and raised in the great state of Iowa. He is an alumnus of the University of Iowa. While at Iowa, he majored in Political Science with an emphasis in International Relations and a minor in Asian Studies. After college, Adam was fortunate (or crazy) enough to spend 6 years living abroad in Thailand. While in Thailand, he taught at two public high schools and one private k-12 school. This opportunity allowed Adam to travel around Southeast Asia and immerse himself in a variety of cultures which lead him on a path of self discovery. Adam likes to take all that he has experienced and learned on his travels and provide his students with a global view of the world in which we reside.

Lauren HaserLauren Haser
High School Math Teacher
Afterschool Teacher

Lauren earned her B.S. in Mathematics in 2011 from Sweet Briar College. She was first introduced to Phoenix Montessori in 2004 when her sister, Nicole, began as a student. In the spring of 2012, she helped the high school students finish their math classes for the year. In the fall of 2012, she accepted the position to be the high school math teacher and take over the after school program. She has enjoyed working with children in both academic and non-academic environments. She adores the Montessori philosophy and plans to obtain her Montessori certificate in the future.

Kelly RalstonKelly Ralston
Director of Admissions & Student Services

Kelly has been an active member of the Phoenix Montessori Academy community as a parent volunteer since 2005 and joined the staff in the summer of 2011. She has a BA degree in Arts Management from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia and several years of experience in not-for-profit work.