Phoenix Montessori Academy

12340 Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road, Huntersville NC 28078

Phone: (704) 875-2139     Fax: (704) 875-3812

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India French-Adams

Head of School

Lead Teacher - Upper Elementary

High School Language Teacher

India has experience teaching in Montessori classrooms since 1995. 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 Benfield

Upper Elementary Teacher


Kathy Brennan

Art Teacher

Ms. Kathy Brennan teaches Art to Enrichment aged students (Kindergarten through High School). She helps students learn about the important concepts and history of art and provides opportunities for students to create their own art. Her goal is to help students understand the artistic concepts in various types of visual communication, including drawing, painting, and design.

Roxanne Cooper

Lead Teacher - Primary I

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 since 1995 serving as the lead instructor for most of that time and has been with Phoenix since 2006.

Faith Gomez

Lead Teacher - Lower Elementary

Originally from New Hampshire, Faith moved to Charlotte, NC to attend Johnson & Wales University where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel Management with a concentration in Hospitality Sales and Meeting Management. Throughout high school she participated in several programs which allowed her the opportunity to work with primary and elementary age students. Faith joined the PMA staff in 2009. She has worked as an intern and assistant teacher in the LE classroom while attending the Center for Montessori Teacher Education, North Carolina (CMTE/NC). After completing the teacher training program in the summer of 2014, she received her American Montessori Society (AMS) Lower Elementary credential.

Sue Graichen

Director of Admissions and Student Services

Sue joined the Phoenix Montessori staff in 2014, with an extensive management and administrative background. Past experiences include program management, systems analysis, computer programming, recruiting and office administration. Sue is excited to utilize her technical background in this diverse position.


Prior to joining PMA, Sue was a parent volunteer, while her son attended Middle and High School at PMA.

Lauren Haser

Co-Teacher - Middle School and High School

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. Lauren joined the PMA staff in 2012 as the high school math teach and after school teacher. As of July 2015, Lauren received her American Montessori Society (AMS) Secondary I/II credential from the Houston Montessori Center (HMC). Lauren is currently enrolled in Endicott College with hopes of receiving her Masters of Education in Montessori Integrative Learning in May 2016. Lauren is excited to take the lead position in the middle school and high school classrooms. As Middle/High School lead teacher, Lauren continues to build the program and offer unique experiences both in and out of the classroom.

Ady McCormack

Spanish Enrichment Teacher

Ms. Ady (Maria Adriana McCormack) holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and completed postgraduate studies in National Security and History of Mexico. In Mexico City she worked as analyst for the Mexican Secretary of State, the Treasury Secretary and the Mexican Mail Service. In Atlanta she worked for the Mexican Consulate, the Mexican American Business Chamber, the Mexican Cultural Center and the newspaper El Nuevo Georgia where she still participates as a freelance writer. In Charlotte she worked for the Family Outreach and Counseling Center and diverse companies translating documents. For the last three years she worked as lead teacher in the pre-K program of the Presbyterian bilingual school La Escuelita San Marcos, where she enjoyed working with 3,4 and 5 year old children. Ms. Ady has been teaching all levels of Spanish for the last seventeen years in the US but her teaching experience began in Mexico City where she taught English and painting to adults and kids. She likes to interact with people, paints, plays piano, enjoys learning new languages and reading the Bible. She lives in Huntersville with her husband Bruce and her daughters Sharon and Any.

Lauren Ashley Radford

Music Teacher

Assistant Teacher - Primary I

Ms. Lauren Ashley Radford graduated from UNC Charlotte with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Elementary Education and a music minor. Lauren Ashley has been teaching private music lessons to all ages since 2015. Lauren Ashley has taught color guard, soccer and pop performance band for high school. Ms. Lauren Ashley joined PMA as the music teacher and assistant teacher for the Primary class in 2017. She believes music can contribute to strengthening child development. Music uses multiple intelligences that students should have the right to explore. Music can be an outlet for expression. Ms. Lauren Ashley's goal is to provide a musical opportunity to all students at Phoenix.

Dawn Reddick-Umoja

Assistant Teacher - Toddler

Elizabeth Sanchez

Lead Teacher - Primary Spanish Immersion

Ms. Elizabeth Sanchez Bello holds an Architecture Degree from ISCYTAC- LA SALLE Instituto Superior de Ciencia y Tecnología de la Laguna University, Gómez Palacio, Durango,Mexico. She holds an AMS (American Montessori Society), credential in Primary level, from Centro de Entrenamiento, Colegio Montessori Sierra Madre, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico and is a Certified Montessori Teacher (Early Childhood Teaching). She began her career in Education with Postgraduate studies on Educational Investigation and Software Applications to Classroom Environments. (UNAM-UJED / ESCYTA-UJED). Ms. Elizabeth has experience in education since 1996 and has held positions in teaching at both levels College and Primary Environments as a Lead Teacher. Considering herself as a proud mother of two daughters, both raised in the Montessori Philosophy, she is a true believer that Montessori is a long-life way of living. She enjoys reading, designing, art, music, and spending time with the little and big masters, the children!

Amy Sevic

Co-Teacher - Middle and High School

Amy graduated from Taylor University in Upland, IN with a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education with a concentration in Social Studies. She began her career in adult education for corporate America before teaching in both private and charter schools over the last 12 years. She has gained experience in education through administration as well as classroom teaching. Amy enjoys interacting with students in the classroom with energy and passion for the whole child to learn in an interactive atmosphere.

Amy has two children, Anna Grace and Drew. She lives in Mooresville with her husband, Joe. She enjoys participating and watching athletics and has a love for reading.

Charles (Tre) Sherwood

PMA Athletic Director

Assistant Teacher - High School

A native of Hempstead Long Island, NY, Coach Tre Sherwood was named PMA's Director of Athletics in July 2018. In this role, Coach Sherwood manages and oversees the operations and logistics of the school's entire athletics program in addition to Heading both Boys' Varsity Basketball and Lacrosse programs. Coach Sherwood comes with 12 years of experience in Education and Athletics. Prior to his appointment, he worked as Saint Mary's Hall's (TX) Head Men's Varsity Lacrosse Coach, Head MS Basketball Coach and PE Instructor from 2015-2017. He was named the 2017 San Antonio District HS "Coach of The Year" and a Texas HS "Coach of The Year" Nominee. From 2013 to 2015 he worked as the Dean of Discipline at Brainerd HS in Chattanooga, TN and before that was the Assistant Director of Admission/Offensive Coordinator for Men's Lacrosse at nearby McCallie School from 2012-2013.


Prior to moving to Tennessee, Coach Sherwood was the Head Boys' Varsity Lacrosse Coach at Nonnewaug HS (CT) from 2008-2012 (2 CT Freelance Division Championships 2011 & 2012) as well as the Varsity Football Defensive Coordinator at Wilby HS (CT). During that time Coach Sherwood also served as a member of the Duke University Men's Lacrosse Summer Camp Staff.  He earned a dual degree in Communication/Sociology from Western Connecticut State University where he was a standout on the Men's Lacrosse team. Coach Sherwood and his wife Kapri have 5 sons (Jayden, Dammon, Darien, Tristan, and Grayson) and they reside in Concord, NC.

Rachel Walters

Co-Teacher - Lower Elementary

Tammie Wilson

Daycare Director

Business Manager

Lead Teacher - Toddler

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: Toddler Lead Teacher from 1997 and 15-plus 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.

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