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 six grandchildren. She enjoys 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 11th year at Trent.  She enjoys photography, soccer, hiking, shopping, crafting and traveling.  Erin, along with her husband, Kraig, and sons, Oliver & Declan, enjoys 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 12th year at Trent and 13 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 the 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 33rd year at Trent.  Cheri enjoys scrapbooking, gardening, photography, camping, hiking, and spending time with my kids and grandchildren.  Cheri, along with her husband, Doug, has three children: Kristin, Joshua, and Caleb who are all Trent graduates and three 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 blessed 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 5th year at Trent and she 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!

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 along with her husband, Michael, and son, Chris 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”.

Alisha Macnamara, “Mrs. Mac,” is our Montessori Classroom Assistant.

Alisha has a BA in Early Childhood Education from Cedarville University. This is Alisha’s first year at Trent as she just graduated and moved to the area. Alisha, along with her husband, Austin, love to travel, renovate their home, hike, camp, explore new parts of the city, and take their puppy on walks. 

The part I enjoy most about teaching is getting to know each child on an individual level, knowing their interests and things they love helps me to better reach them in their learning.


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 she is a Trent graduate. Anna loves spending time with Dan and their four children: McKinley, Madison, Mia, and Millie 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.

Olivia Navarre, “Mrs. Olivia,” is our Toddler Classroom Assistant.

Olivia has a BA in early childhood education from Wittenberg University. This is Olivia‘s first year at Trent Montessori. Olivia, along with her husband Chris love to travel, spend time with family and play with their dog Bella. Olivia also Co-Owns her own dog boarding and dog walking company called Happy Tails CO with her husband. Fun fact about Miss Olivia is that she has a black belt in taekwondo and is working towards getting her black belt in karate.

My favorite thing about teaching is when you see the “lightbulb” go off when a child learns something. I also love working with children and seeing what they are interested in while they learn at their own individual pace.

Chelsea May, “Miss Chelsea,” is our Toddler Intern.

Chelsea is a current student at GCCME (Greater Cincinnati Center for Montessori Education) obtaining her credential in infant and toddler. Chelsea has experience working in a Montessori inspired preschool classroom and is a certified children’s yoga teacher through Busy Being Kids Yoga. In her free time, Chelsea enjoys photography and mindfulness meditation.

In one of Montessori’s writings she states “… establishing peace is the work of education.” Maria lived through both world wars, creating a peaceful people was important to her. That’s what I love most about Montessori, it teaches peace. No other education system can claim it was designed for this purpose. My goal as an aspiring Montessori directress is to cultivate a world of mindful human beings in the hopes of it one day opening the doors to world peace.

Elisabeth Davidson, “Miss Elisabeth,” works in our Toddler Environment.

This is Elisabeth’s first year at Trent Montessori and she is a 9th grader and attends Highlands High School in Fort Thomas, Kentucky. She enjoys studying Math, Spanish, and English when she is at school. In the future, Elisabeth is planning on becoming a neonatal nurse. She enjoys traveling, hanging out with her friends, reading, and trying new foods. You can see Elisabeth in the toddler room on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday afternoons. 

“I am so excited to be working a Trent Montessori this year! Trent Montessori has such a wonderful program and I am so excited to be a part of it. My favorite part of working with small children is when I hear their laughter and know that they are having fun!”