- About Us
Tina holds a B.S. in Education with a concentration in Early Childhood Education from Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania where she graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1987. She began her career journey as a substitute teacher and in administrative roles for Hershey Entertainment and Resort Company and a Canton country club.
While tutoring in the Akron Public Schools, Tina was assigned to a Montessori Magnet School – and discovered a method of teaching she found intriguing. Inspired by a visit to the Ohio Montessori Training Institute in Cleveland, she began her Primary training in 1995 when the Montessori School at Holy Rosary opened its doors. Tina’s son, Andrew, was in that first preschool class. “He was my guide — as I was able to see in him all that I was being taught in training. The proof of the methods was right in front of me.”
Tina joined the staff as a teacher in the Primary classroom for ten years, loving the many challenges and rewards of guiding each child to meet his or her potential. In 2006, she accepted the greater challenge of guiding the school as Executive Director. She enjoys working with the dedicated and professional individuals who make up the staff at Cleveland Montessori and occasionally makes her way back into the classroom to give a lesson or two.
With her husband, Eric, and their four children, Tina has made Little Italy and the parish of Holy Rosary her home.