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 seven 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 ONE OF OUR TODDLER GUIDES 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 13th year at Trent.  Erin enjoys creating Montessori spaces within their home, new lessons for her kids and sharing her passion through her Instagram account (Montessori.on.a.Mission). She also guides parents in how they can incorporate Montessori into their own home/goes into the home to reorganize “Montessori-FYI” it for the family. She enjoys photography, soccer, shopping, crafting, and traveling.  Erin, along with her husband, Kraig, and sons, Oliver & Declan, and dog, Copper, enjoy living in the park and hiking the trails.

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 ONE OF OUR TODDLER GUIDES AND THE LEAD DIRECTRESS IN THE AFTERNOON MONTESSORI CLASS.

This is Jenny’s 15th year at Trent working as a Primary Directress and her 1st year as a Toddler Guide.  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 MONTESSORI ASSISTANT AND IS OUR EXTENDED CARE COORDINATOR.

This is Cheri’s 34th 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.

JENNY FREY, “MRS. FREY”, IS OUR LEAD DIRECTRESS IN THE MORNING MONTESSORI CLASSROOM AND WORKS IN THE EXTENDED CARE.

Jenny worked at Trent many years ago and has been back, teaching at Trent, for the past 4 years.  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 getting to know and form a relationship with each child and seeing a child’s face light up with pride when a new concept “clicks”.

ALISHA MACNAMARA, “MRS. MAC,” IS ONE OF OUR TODDLER MONTESSORI ASSISTANTS.

Alisha has a BA in Early Childhood Education from Cedarville University. This is Alisha’s 2nd year at Trent. In 2020 Alisha took a year off to have her son Elliot and adjust to motherhood. She is excited to be back at Trent and to bring Elliot along. Alisha, along with her husband, Austin, love to travel, renovate their home, and go on family walks with their dog and Elliot.

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.

 

RIAN WELLMAN, “MRS. RIAN”, IS OUR PRIMARY/KINDERGARTEN TEACHER AND WORKS IN OUR EXTENDED CARE.

Rian is in her third year at Trent. Rian has her BA in Elementary Education from Northern Kentucky University. She has been a long-term nanny for a few Trent families and enjoys reading and crocheting in her spare time. Rian and her husband, Alex, recently bought a house in Burlington and share it with three cats, a dog, and a fish. Rian and Alex enjoy spending time with friends and family, playing games, and traveling. 
 
My favorite part of teaching is watching how excited the children get when their learning “clicks”. Their little minds soak up so much information and it’s a joy to be a part of it!

 

HEIDI MALONE, “MRS. HEIDI”, WORKS IN OUR EXTENDED CARE AND SUBSTITUTES IN TODDLER

This is Heidi’s 2nd year at Trent. Heidi has a BS in Physical Ed/Health from NKU. She has worked as an assistant at Rainbow Preschool, as a supervisor at the Carmel Swim Club, supervisor for the PE Department, and served as a nanny for an infant. Heidi and her husband, Ron have three grown children and live in Cold Spring.

My favorite part of teaching is seeing their faces light up when they figure out how to do something all by themselves:).

MADISON HELMINIAK, “MS MADISON”, WORKS IN OUR EXTENDED CARE.

This is Madison’s first year at Trent. She has received her Commonwealth Child Care Credential from the state of Kentucky. Madison has worked as an assistant teacher at a childcare and preschool for the past 2 years. She has lots of experience babysitting for many families. Madison loves to travel, shop, and hang out with her family. She lives in Ft. Thomas and has a twin sister and younger brother. 
 
My favorite part about teaching is getting to see a smile on their face:). When I see them smile it makes me smile too! 

KENZIE POYNTER, “MS KENZIE”, WORKS IN OUR TODDLER ENVIRONMENT

Kenzie is a senior at Highlands High School and is going to pursue an Education degree at NKU. She went to Trent when she was younger and is so excited to come back and learn more about Montessori education and meet new families. Kenzie enjoys spending time with her family, watching netflix, volunteering, and going on drives around town. 
She is so excited to be emerged into a teaching environment and be able to connect with the children at Trent. 
 
MY FAVORITE PART OF TEACHING IS BEING ABLE TO CONNECT WITH THE STUDENTS AND SEE THEM GROW AND ACCOMPLISH NEW THINGS!

Andi Tabor is our Admin Assistant. 

Andi is a Trent alum and helps manage our website, admissions, and other odds and ends. She and her husband, Braedon, live in Fort Thomas with their two girls, Sarah and Eleanor (both currently at Trent), and their dog, Scout. 

She enjoys being outside in her garden, playing with her kids, reading, and walking.