Meet the Teachers

Cindy Anderson

Assistant Director

Miss Cindy is the Assistant Director and Lead Primary Teacher at SMA II.  She received her Montessori certification in 2015 from NAMC and has been with SMA II since 2013.

Kassidy

Assistant Director

My name is Kassidy. I have worked at SMA for 7 years as a teacher in the Primary Program (3-6). I am certified with North America Montessori Center (NAMC) and Montessori Teacher Preparation of Kansas City (MTPKC ). I have worked at SMA for 7 years. 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.

Savannah Dierks

Teacher

I am Savannah. I have an associates in Early Childhood Education. My family and I moved from St. Louis to Kansas City in 2018. I start my Montessori journey after seeing my two daughters thrive in a Montessori environment. I decided I wanted to have a larger role in their Montessori education. My goal is to create a loving, safe environment for children to grow in.

Lauren Nelson

Lauren Nelson

Teacher

Hello, my name is Lauren Nelson. I started my journey with Montessori 6 years ago. 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.

Allie Riley

Teacher

My name is Allie Riley, I am currently in the Walker room. I grew up in Overland Park, but moved to Smithville after graduation, in 2018. I have been working at SMA for three years. I attend college a MCC. I am in the process of obtaining my Associate’s degree. I am passionate about helping others. I love seeing children grow, learn, and succeed. The Montessori Method is an amazing way for children to do so.

Angie

Teacher

My name is Angie. I have worked at SMA for 3 years as a teacher in the Pre-Primary Classroom (2-3). I completed my Montessori Primary Certification from North
American Montessori Center (NAMC). I previously attended Maplewood’s Community College with an interest in early childhood education. I will continue my Montessori education through Montessori Education Programs International (MEPI) in Fall 2022. In my free time, I enjoy being outdoors and taking my dog for walks.

Nicole

Teacher

My name is Nicole and I’m the Primary B Assistant Teacher. I joined SMA in August 2021 and love working with the children. I have a background working with foster children and will be working towards my Primary (3-6) certification in 2022. I have two children and have been married to my husband for 19 years. In my free time, I enjoy hiking and spendine time with mv family.

Carmen

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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