Theresa Bellman- Administrator / Lead Teacher

Mrs. Bellman has been with CHM for over 29 years. Prior to opening CHM Springboro in 2000, she worked at the CHM Eastgate location for 11 years and at CHM Montgomery for 3 years.

Education/Certification/Training: University of Rio Grande, University of Cincinnati – Elementary Education; NCME -3 – 6 Early Childhood Montessori Certification.

I am truly fortunate to have a profession that I love and feel passionate about. After teaching at Country Hills Montessori for over 29 years, I am still thrilled to see the excitement and pride on the face of each child as they gain new knowledge. My personal goal for each student is to develop a love of learning, to become self-motivated, and to have a strong awareness of the community and world around them. I can’t imagine a more gratifying way to spend each day.

Special interests: I enjoy reading, kayaking, walking, baking and most of all spending time with my husband and four children. I also enjoy traveling and volunteering within my community.


Yeon Gyeong Kim – Teacher

Mrs. Kim has been with CHM for 11 years.  Prior to coming to CHM she completed an internship with Mercy Montessori and worked with Sharonville Montessori, The New School.

Education/Certification/Training:  Xavier University- Master of Montessori Education 3 – 6 Early Childhood Montessori Certification; Hang – Yang University (Seoul, South Korea), Degree in Food Nutrition.

Special Interest: I love children because they make me learn and challenge myself. I enjoy making crafts with children and I enjoy learning about different cultures.

What would you like to say about Country Hills Montessori?

I believe the classroom is a very important community. We have great relationships with the children and always respect their different character. We also have great support from all of our parents. We try to contribute to the children’s different interests and support children’s behavior in a positive manner.


 

Jennifer Marusko – Teacher

Mrs. Marusko has been an assistant Montessori teacher Country Hills Montessori for over 9 years. She previously worked for the Dayton Power and Light Company for 20 years in various positions.

Education/Certification/Training:

  • University of Dayton – Masters of Science in Secondary Math Education
  • University of Pittsburgh – Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Special Interests: I love cooking, exercising, traveling and spending time with my family.

What would you like to say about Country Hills Montessori?

I have been part of the CHM family since the school opened in 2000. I have held roles as a parent, volunteer and educator. My two oldest children were students in Ms. Bellman’s very first class here! I am a strong believer in the Montessori philosophy. The development of the whole self and the confidence and independence it brings is so fulfilling to see in my own children and those at school. I want to share my knowledge, experience and love of the program to other children.


Sudha Narayanaswamy – Co-Lead Teacher

Ms. Sudha is AMI trained in the Montessori Philosophy for the age group 3 -6 years. She is an enthusiastic teacher with 2 years of experience as a Montessori lead teacher. Ms. Sudha has also had previous internship experience in India.

Education/Certification/Training: AMI – 3 -6 Early Childhood Montessori Certification – Navadisha Montessori Foundation. Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science

Special interests: I am the proud mother of twin boys. My hobbies are traveling and playing tennis.

What would you like to say about Country Hills Montessori?

At Country Hills Montessori, children are loved, supported and guided in their daily work. It is the mutual respect between the teachers and the children, freedom of choice towards work and impeccable communication which makes the CHM a unique place for kids to learn and grow.

CHM is a small community which fosters intergenerational learning. This opportunity allows children to work alongside seniors while sharing special interests like cooking, art and crafts etc. I believe this experience will help shape the mindset of acceptance and aid in their becoming responsible individuals. I feel fortunate to be a part of this wonderful team.