Elementary Teachers

ANNA DISCENZO

Anna holds a BA in French from the University of North Carolina-Asheville where she was a University Scholar and member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority.  She completed her AMI Elementary Training at Washington Montessori Institute in 1998.

Anna has taught at the school since 1998 years, helping to start the Elementary and Adolescent programs.  She completed Catechesis of the Good Shepherd formation training for ages 3-6 and 6-9 year-olds – and is currently working on 9-12 training.

Anna serves on the Education Advisory Council for the Cleveland Botanical Gardens and the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage.  She has written and published a book (“Remembering D”)  about the life of her beloved student, Demetrius Smith, and illustrated by her class.  She has assisted in starting the Tony Brush Community Garden and attended the American Horticultural Society Symposium on Children and Gardening.  Seeking to instill a love of humanity through philanthropy, she continues to foster a culture of service in her classroom.  Anna credits her Aunt Francis and the memory of her grandfather, Domenic, for leading her to a career in education.  In her spare time, Anna enjoys reading, gardening, and expanding her horizons.

CHERYL LAZAR

Cheryl holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education with a focus on Recreation from Bowling Green State University. In 2006, she completed her AMI Elementary training at Washington Montessori Institute. She went right on to completing her Master’s Degree in Education from Loyola College in Baltimore. Cheryl is currently working on completing Catechesis of the Good Shepherd formation training.

During college Cheryl spent a summer working at Walt Disney World and completed an internship in the mountains of Virginia. After graduating from BGSU, Cheryl worked as a program coordinator at a recreation center running youth athletic programs and summer camp. Although she enjoyed it, Cheryl still felt like something was missing.
While pursuing an interest in teaching, Cheryl found The Montessori School at Holy Rosary. She began her Montessori experience in 2004, working as a Primary Assistant. She took off one year to complete her elementary training and has been at been at Holy Rosary since.

Cheryl resides in Cleveland Heights with her husband Eric and their two children, Xavier and Desmond. Cheryl enjoys playing volleyball, reading, traveling and spending as much time as possible with her family.