Meet our Leadership Team


Assistant Director/Teacher

My name is Kassidy. I started at SMA in 2013 working part time in the Infant-Toddler program (0-3). In 2016, I started full-time working in our Primary Program (3-6). I am certified with North America Montessori Center (NAMC) and currently in training with Montessori Teacher Preparation of Kansas City (MTPKC). I fell in love with the Montessori Method of teaching and philosophy. I was promoted to the Assistant Director in 2020 and enjoy working with all the staff and families. I love spending time with my husband, and dogs. I also enjoy sewing and crafting.

Lauren Nelson


Assistant Director/Teacher

Hello, my name is Lauren Nelson. I started my journey with Montessori in 2015. This has helped me solidify that I want to work with young children. My favorite part about working at SMA is getting to see all my students learn and master new skills. I am getting my bachelor’s degree in early childhood education at Missouri Western University. Upon graduation, I will be getting my Elementary Montessori Certification through The Center for Guided Montessori Studies (CGMS). In my spare time, I love getting out of the house and taking my three dogs on hikes.


Office Manager

My name is Carmen and I joined SMA in August 2021 as the Office Manager. I moved from Texas and have enjoyed residing in Smithville with my family since 2019. My background is in medical office management, but the opportunity to join SMA and learn more about Montessori education is my focus. I will attend the Montessori Philosophy training in Fall 2022 to learn more to support our team. I enjoy baking, spending time with family and crafting in my spare time.

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