Trent Montessori Staff

Jan Haas, “Mrs. Haas”, is the Owner/Administrator of Trent Montessori.

Jan has a BA in Sociology/Early Childhood from Hanover College and her AMI (Association Montessori International) Certification.  Jan started Trent in 1981 with 4 students.  Jan enjoys traveling, reading. camping, and antique mall shopping. Jan, along with her husband, Eric, and their three adult children: Lan, (Katie), Ryan, (Kate),  and Erin, (Kraig) all Trent graduates and four grandchildren, enjoy spending time together at their lake house….”No Worries”.

My favorite part of leading such a wonderful group of teachers is when I see them truly loving their job and putting their time and attention into meeting each and every child’s needs.   Whether it is holding a child until a parent arrives, making Valentine’s cards because the parent forgot, going the extra mile to see that the child has just the right lesson to help them “get it”, calling the parent and letting them know that their child is ok, and looking out for each other.  This is what makes our school so very special with extremely special and loving teachers.


Erin Haas Eckstein, “Mrs. Erin”, is the Lead Directress in the Morning Montessori Class and the Administrative Assistant.

Erin has a BA in Elementary Education from Hanover College and a Montessori Certification from the GCCME (Greater Cincinnati Center for Montessori Education).  Erin has been a Montessori student from birth through 6th grade.  This is Erin’s 10th year at Trent.  She enjoys photography, soccer, hiking, shopping, crafting and traveling.  Erin, along with her husband, Kraig, and son, Oliver enjoy taking walks with their dog, Copper through town.

The part I enjoy most about teaching is seeing the children experience a love of learning each day. The beauty of the Montessori philosophy is a child will learn through self-directed discovery, a lesson from a teacher, observation or peer lessons. I love to witness the confidence, independence and self-esteem growth that comes through an older child giving a younger child a lesson. My goal as a Montessori Directress is to assist, direct, encourage, support, and aid in each and every child’s love of learning.


Jenny Adams, “Mrs. Adams”, is the Lead Directress in the Afternoon Montessori Class.

This is Jenny’s 11th year at Trent and 12 1/2 years teaching Montessori.   Jenny has her Montessori Certification from GCCME (Greater Cincinnati Center for Montessori Education).  Jenny enjoys shopping, watching sports and walking.  Jenny, along with her husband, Kevin, and their three daughters, Maggie, Madeline, and Charlotte enjoy spending time together at the neighborhood parks.

The part I most enjoy about teaching is seeing the children grow over a 3 year period and teaching them to love and respect one another.  Watching the children gain self confidence in themselves and their work they do.  My goal as a Montessori Directress is to meet the child’s needs each day and to make sure they feel loved.


Cheri Helton, “Mrs. Helton”, is our Extended Care Coordinator.

This is Cheri’s 32nd year at Trent.  Cheri enjoys scrap booking, gardening, photography, camping, hiking , and spending time with my kids and grandchild.  Cheri, along with her husband, Doug, have three children: Kristin, Joshua, and Caleb who are all Trent graduates and two grandchildren.

My favorite part of teaching is coming to school and seeing each child’s smiling face.  Trent has truly become my second home and has filled a place in my heart because of my own children being grown.  I am truly blesses to have had so many children in my life.


Samantha McKinney, “Miss Samantha”, works in our Extended Care.

Samantha is a student at NKU studying Early childhood Education.  This is Samantha’s 3rd year at Trent and is a Trent graduate.  Samantha enjoys dance, traveling, and swimming.

My favorite part of teaching is seeing the children’s face light up every morning, ready to learn and grow!


Kaelyn Turner, “Miss Kaelyn” works in our Extended Care.

Kaelyn attends Northern Kentucky University.  This is Kaelyn’s 2nd year at Trent. She graduated from Newport Central Catholic and is going to Gateway for her education degree. Kaelyn enjoys singing, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.
My favorite part of teaching is being able to spend time with the children and watching them grow physically and mentally.


Jenny Frey, “Mrs. Frey”, works with our Full Day Kindergarten children and in the Extended Care.

Jenny worked at Trent many years ago.  Jenny graduated from GCCME and taught in a Montessori classroom for 14 years.  Jenny is married to Michael and enjoys baking, playing board games, and taking walks.

My favorite part of teaching is seeing a child’s face light up with pride when a new concept “clicks”.


Jen Dershem, “Mrs. Jen”, works in our Full Day Kindergarten

This is Jen’s 2nd year at Trent.  Jen has a BA in Education from Miami University as well as her MAT (Masters of Arts in Teaching).    She was a public school teacher for 12 years prior to coming to Trent and has been a YMCA Camp Counselor for 5 years..  Jen is married to Keith and has two children, Michael (Trent alumnus) & Annie (Trent student).  Jen enjoys reading, walking, and traveling with her family.

My favorite part of teaching is building relationships with the children and helping them become lifelong learners!


Rian Carson, “Miss Rian”, works in the Extended Care and assists in the Montessori classroom.

This is Rian’s 1st year at Trent.  Rian is a senior at NKU pursuing a degree in Elementary Education.  Rian enjoys reading, drawing, writing, and table top games.

My favorite part of teaching is forming bonds with the students. I love getting to know each child because every one of them will have a part in making me a better teacher.


Grace Morrison, “Miss Grace”, works in our Extended Care.

This is Grace’s 1st year at Trent.  Grace attends Highlands High School.  Grace has worked as a nanny and enjoys hiking and camping.

My favorite part of teaching is being able to spend time with the children and watching them grow physically and mentally.


TODDLER TEACHERS


Anna Lynne, “Miss Anna” is one of our Toddler Directresses.

Anna graduated from Eastern Kentucky University in Family & Consumer Sciences and is completing her GCCME Infant/Toddler Montessori certification.  This is Anna’s 2nd year at Trent and is a Trent graduate. Anna loves spending time with Dan and their three children: McKinley, Madison, and Mia who are all Trent students.
My favorite part of teaching is seeing the children’s face light up when they have learned something new 🙂

Stephanie Hicks, “Miss Stephanie” is one of our Toddler Directresses.

Stephanie has a degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Cincinnati and her Infant/Toddler Montessori Certification. This is Stephanie’s 1st year at Trent. She taught in both infant and toddler Montessori environments for several years before having her own children. She is also an instructor at the Greater Cincinnati Center for Montessori Education. Stephanie enjoys traveling, reading and crafting. Stephanie, along with her husband Dan, and their two children Lily and Danny, enjoy camping, hiking, and bike riding.    
 

The part I enjoy most about teaching is building relationships with children and their families. My goal as a Montessori Directress is to meet the needs of each individual child by providing an engaging and nurturing environment that supports all areas of child development.


Bella Salter, “Miss Bella”, works in our Toddler Classroom.

This is Bella’s 1st year at Trent.  Bella attends Newport Central and has been babysitting for 4 years. Bella enjoys photography, art, and music.

My favorite part of teaching is being able to see the growth in each child.


Alicia McDermott, “Miss Alicia”, works in our Toddler Classroom.

This is Alicia’s 1st year at Trent.  Alicia is a senior at the University of Cincinnati pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Education. She is currently student teaching and has experience working as a nanny for multiple families. Alicia enjoys spending time with her friends and family, especially with her younger siblings Gabe and Greta.

My favorite part of teaching is making relationships with the children and seeing them experience the joy and curiosity that learning brings to their lives.