Meet Our Team

Dr. Maria Montessori:

“Our aim is not only to make the child understand, and still less force him to memorize, but so to touch his imagination as to enthuse him to his innermost core.”




Meghan EdwardsMeghan Edwards, Business Director

Meghan keeps the business side of our school humming. She has an eye for detail which makes her a meticulous record keeper and a stickler for policy adherence. Her compassionate spirit enriches everyone around her. To Meghan, Hillsboro is a second family and she loves using her gifts to help grow and strengthen the school.   





Dorothy Ewing

Dorothy Ewing, Operations Director

Dorothy began as a parent volunteer by giving tours and marketing Hillsboro to surrounding communities.  She brings two decades of management experience to our Operations Director position. Her background in management and sales has aided in our growing enrollment and, as a self-proclaimed people fanatic, she loves getting to know our current and prospective families. She is currently earning her Montessori Leadership Certification through the Center for Guided Montessori Studies.




Krysten Griffin, Admin Assistant/Librarian


Krysten is the friendly voice on the other end of the phone, the smiling face at the door and the indispensable admin assistant and classroom librarian for all levels. Krysten spent over 15 years in the public library system before joining the Hillsboro team. She looks forward to getting to know everyone and helping kids discover the joys of reading.








Anna Freiger

Anna Freiger, Lead Toddler Teacher


Ms. Anna brings 15 years of childcare experience to our toddler class. She loves our low student teacher ratio and the care our teachers show each student and to each other. Ms. Anna loves the Montessori philosophy and enjoys how it “just makes sense” in child development and learning.





Samima Hassan, Lead Primary Teacher Samima Hassan


Samima Hassan leads our Primary Class with unwavering kindness. She sees in her students the people they will become and never gives up on them. She holds a certification from the North American Montessori Center in Infant/Toddler.  Samima’s dedication to her class earned her a second Montessori certification in Early Childhood from the Center for Guided Montessori Studies. She loves teaching and using the child’s interests to make connections with their learning.




Raji ThopayRaji Thopay, Primary Teacher


Raji is like family to our students. She brings to our school a decade of experience and an Infant-Toddler Certification from the North American Montessori Center.  Her class is full of energy and curiosity, and she loves finding new ways to keep them moving and learning. Raji gives each child the same love and attention they receive at home. She will begin her training in Early Childhood from the Center for Guided Montessori Studies in January 2022.



Katie Scruggs, Lead Lower Elementary Teacher


Katie’s creativity and adaptive style help her reach students at their level. She enjoys teaching the lower elementary ages and knows that not every child learns in the same way or at the same time. As a lifelong learner herself, she jumped right into studying Montessori Fundamentals and is currently earning her Montessori Elementary Certification from the Center for Guided Montessori Studies.


Lydia Edwards, Lower Elementary Teaching Assistant


Lydia is in school working toward a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education. Her favorite part about Montessori “is how the kids are eager to learn and how the kids are genuinely proud of themselves. They have adopted the mindset that it is okay to make mistakes, embrace those mistakes and learn from them. They understand the learning process that comes with their accomplishments and therefore makes it more special to them.” Lydia begins her Montessori training in June 2022.




Miriam Lagona, Upper Elementary TeacherMiriam Lagona


Miriam believes that having real connections with her students makes a difference in their education. She enjoys creating meaningful lessons that address diverse student needs and interests.  Her students love her down to earth nature and know that she genuinely cares. She brings humor to her classroom and fits right in with our corny, punny crew.  Miriam studied Montessori Fundamentals from the Center for Guided Montessori Studies and will start earning her full certification January 2022.





Claire Tohill, Secondary Humanities Teacher


Claire recently earned her Masters of Arts in Teaching Secondary English Language Arts (ALTA) at the University of West Alabama. She believes learning should be student-centered and teacher facilitated in order to cultivate autonomous learners who are critical thinkers and problem solvers. Our Secondary students love the fun Ms. Claire brings to learning.



Areli Tarango, Spanish Teacher


Areli teaches Spanish to our Toddlers through 12th grade! Her immersive lessons are fun and silly with the Toddler and Primary students, interesting and interactive with the Elementary students, and conversational with our Secondary students. Areli makes learning Spanish an adventure by playing games, singing songs and incorporating puppets. She studied Montessori Fundamentals from the Center for Guided Montessori Studies.



Cynthia McDaniel

Cynthia McDaniel, Aftercare Coordinator


Cynthia McDaniel is our outstanding Aftercare Coordinator. She has a heart for serving and taking care of others. Helping our children become curious, compassionate and creative comes naturally, because that’s who she is!




Emily WelchEmily Welch, Aftercare Assistant


Emily is currently in school at The University of Montevallo working toward her Bachelor’s in Elementary Education. She was a gymnastics instructor for children and is brimming with ideas of aftercare activities. She thinks that learning should be hands-on and fun!





Wendi Vick, Secondary Math Teacher


Math is nothing to fear when Wendi is teaching! While her love for math might not necessarily turn frowns upside down, she knows how to connect students with math and teaches how to apply concepts to every day.





Leigh Sarver, Art Teacher


Leigh studied graphic design at the Savannah College of Art and Design. She inspires creativity in our students and enjoys sharing her love of art with others.







Ashlyn Dismukes, Music and Theater Teacher


Ashlynn’s love of music and performance is infectious. From the front of the stage to the back of the stage, she has it covered. Ashlynn knows there is a place for everyone whether it’s singing a big musical number, creating sets and costumes, or applying special effects makeup. Our students are excited to show and grow their confidence and creativity in her class.












Interested in joining our team? We are always looking for talented Montessori teachers. Please send your resume and cover letter to


Open Positions:

Secondary Teacher, Math & Science

We are looking for a high-energy person with a passion for education, love for children and good communication skills. We are looking to fill the Secondary Math & Science (12-18 years) classroom teacher position.

Secondary Teacher responsibilities include :

  • Implement a spiral curriculum to expose students to many interrelated topics, repeatedly over time.
  • Create a warm environment for the students
  • Define/implement Montessori curriculum
  • Foster and support cooperation and collaboration within the adolescent community
  • Plan, prepare and maintain units of study lessons
  • Maintain individual student record
  • Foster teacher/student/peer interactions that exhibit respect, and grace and courtesy
  • Collaborative work with co-teachers
  • Implement developmentally appropriate and best practices

Requirements for this position are:

  • Montessori training preferred and will be required after hire
  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Experience working with 12-18 year old children