Administration and Support Staff

Sarah Walker, Reading Specialist

Sarah is the full-time Reading Tutor.  Originally from New York, she graduated from Saint Bonaventure University in 2010 with a degree in Elementary and Special Education.  During her time at Saint Bonaventure, she completed a semester and summer program in Galway, Ireland and Perugia, Italy.  Sarah then went on to receive her Master’s Degree in Literacy Education from Syracuse University in 2011.  After moving to Cleveland and teaching in both public and private school for several years, Sarah’s interest in Montessori Education led to her acceptance of the Reading Tutor position at Cleveland Montessori.  She is excited to be working with students from each classroom to further support their reading development through data-driven literacy interventions.

Sarah lives in Cleveland with her husband, Tim, and their dog, Toby.  She enjoys traveling, reading, spending time with family, and exercising.

Tina Schneider, Executive Director

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.

Kate Wright, Director of Admissions and Student Services

Kate is a native Clevelander having grown up in the nearby suburb of Kirtland. In 1992, she graduated from Ohio University with a bachelor degree in Early Childhood Education and a minor in psychology.

She pursued her Montessori education and is credentialed through AMS (American Montessori Society) at both the Primary and Elementary levels. Kate also continued her education in the path of religious formation through the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and is in process of becoming a National Formation Leader.

Kate’s first post-graduate job was at Ruffing Montessori in Cleveland Heights as assistant in a Primary Classroom for 3 years. Kate has been involved in Montessori ever since! She and her mother began their own Montessori School which she owned and worked at for 9 years.

Kate has been at the school since 2003, with her first 3 years as an assistant.  After serving several years as the Director of Admissions and coordinator of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, she spent three years leading a Primary classroom. Kate is now back in an administrative role serving the students and families in a variety of ways.  After school, you may find her with some of the elementary children as the director of the Montessori School Drama Club!

Kate’s favorite past-times are spending time with her amazing sons, Jerome and Evan, reading, acting, singing and organizing!

Email: kate@clevelandmontessori.org