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Meet Our Team

Beth R. Theriot

Beth R. Theriot

Head of School

Beth has been involved with the Montessori community since 1971 as a parent, board member, fundraiser, event planner, substitute, and assistant teacher. She has been a teacher since 1984, and the founder and head of school at Montessori Academy at Belmont Greene (MAB) since 2001. She brings to MAB extensive experience and a deep understanding of the Montessori philosophy and teaching methods. She has been able to attract a talented and gifted team of certified Montessori teachers who share her commitment to Montessori education and development. Beth recognizes that successful child development depends fundamentally on building a shared sense of Montessori family at the school, which can only be accomplished through effective and continuing communication with parents, teachers and staff.

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Kristin Tubic

Mrs. Tubic is a lead teacher at MAB and has been with us since 2006.  She received her AMS early childhood certification from the Northern Virginia Montessori Institute in the Summer of 2009.  She spent several years working as an assistant with Jill Theriot -Assistant Head of school, where she was able to fine-tune her teaching skills.  Originally form Australia, Mrs. Tubic now lives in Leesburg with her husband and daughter.

Bart Theriot

Bart Theriot

Head of School, Administration

Bart received a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from Auburn University in 1996 and his AMS early childhood credential from NVMI in 2009.  He has been MAB’s Head of School, Administration since its inception in 2000.  Bart is also the CFO for the Northern Virginia Montessori Institute where he teaches Administration.

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Robin Mix-Brundage

Robin Mix-Brundage

Assistant Head of School, Organization

Robin has been a part of MAB since we opened our doors in the fall of 2001. Since that time she has made significant contributions to the growth and development of the school and its staff. She currently holds the position of Assistant Head of School in addition to her title as Head Teacher-Organization / Specials Coordinator.

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Jill Theriot

Jill Theriot

Assistant Head of School, Operations

Jill received her Bachelor’s Degree in sociology from SUNY-Albany in 2000 and began working as a Montessori assistant in 2001. She joined MAB in 2003 and received her AMI Montessori Teaching credential in 2004. During her time here, Jill has worked in our infant, toddler and primary programs. In addition to being Assistant Head of School, Jill is also a lead teacher in a primary classroom, head of the Belmont Club Extended Day program and she is an instructor of Language, Sensorial and Sign Language for new Montessori teachers at the Northern Virginia Montessori Institute.

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Susan Bennett

Susan Bennett

Art

Ms. Bennett teaches Kindergarten and Elementary art and works as an assistant in the elementary classroom.  She joined us in the Fall of 2006.  Susan also received her AMS early childhood teaching credential from NVMI in July 2011.  Though her bachelor’s degree was in sociology she took advantage of many of the elective art classes that JMU had to offer.  Before starting her career in VA she spent many summers teacher an arts and crafts program to underprivileged children in Hartford CT. Her goal is to provide a wide variety of art methods to inspire the children to create their own artists within.

Carolee Marsh

Carolee Marsh

Teacher

Carolee Marsh is a lead primary teacher and coordinator for MAB’s Summer programs. She received her AMS early childhood certification from North East Montessori Institute in 2005.  She holds a weekly lab for interns enrolled in the Northern Virginia Montessori Institute.  Carolee enjoys spending time with family, traveling and learning about different cultures and insects.

Imelda Mendez

Imelda Mendez

Spanish

Imelda Mendez graduated in 2002 from National Pedagogic University (Bogota,Colombia) with a degree in Spanish and Languages.  She began working in Montessori shortly thereafter.  In 2007 she joined the MAB team as our Spanish instructor.  Mrs. Mendez teaches Spanish to all of our students from age 16 months through elementary using a first language learning approach.  In between Spanish instruction, Imelda also works in the classrooms as a floater.  This gives her the opportunity to work with all of the students in different formats.  Imelda enjoys working with children, reading, hiking and crafts.

Rahila Minai

Rahila Minai

Teacher

Rahila Minai has been working with Beth Theriot for the last 16 years.  She has been a part of MAB since it opened in the Fall of 2001.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts and a fine arts certification.  Rahila received her AMS early childhood teaching credential from the Northeast Montessori Institute in 2005.   Since then she has worked as a co-teacher in a primary classroom and is the coordinator for all assistant teachers and floaters.  She is also art instructor for Northern
Virginia Montessori Institute.

Eloiza Rosales

Eloiza Rosales

Infant/Toddler Teacher

Eloiza Rosales began working for MAB in 2004 as an assistant in the toddler room.  She began working in the infant room in 2005 and received her AMS infant/toddler Montessori certificate in 2007 at CMTE in New York.  Eloiza is highly involved in her church, playing piano and singing in the choir.  She also participates in charity and fundraising events.  In her spare time, Eloiza is an accomplished baker.

Landon Smith

Landon Smith

P.E. / Movement

Landon received his Bachelor’s Degree in History with a minor in Information Technology from George Mason University in 2001.  Other coursework included an extensive study of astronomy and archaeology.  He went on to finish his Masters Degree in History in 2003.  During this time he also studied gymnastics instruction and Sensory Motor Integration at GMS Gymnastics in Manassas, Va.  After ten successful years of training and coaching gymnastics from beginner through competitive levels, Landon decided to shift his focus to Montessori education.  He began working at MAB in 2007 and after four years received his AMS Early Childhood Credential from the Northern Virginia Montessori Institute.  Landon is an intern teacher in our elementary room with Mr. T and will complete his AMS Elementary training at Princeton Center for Teacher Education in the Summer of 2014.  He runs the Belmont Club extended day program for the older students and is our PE instructor as well.  Landon enjoys bringing his experience and expertise into the gym as well as the classroom, and is never too far from his guitar.

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Lawrence Theriot

Lawrence Theriot

Elementary Teacher

Mr. T, as MAB students know him, was project manager for financing and building the new school. He completed the AMS Montessori elementary teacher training at the Barrie School and is lead teacher in the elementary program. Mr. T completed his AMS certification for upper elementary at the Princeton Center for Teacher Education during the summer of 2004.

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Sherri Parker

Sherri Parker

Teacher

Sherri Parker began working at Montessori Academy in 2002.  She received her AMS Early Childhood Certification from the Northeast Montessori Institute in 2005.  Prior to coming to MAB, Sherri early on was invested in Montessori education.  She taught Spanish, and was a Summer Program coordinator, as well as an assistant teacher trainer in other Montessori environments.  She has 15 years of experience working with children in the Montessori setting. Sherri is a lead primary teacher here at MAB.  She is also the Peace Program Coordinator, providing support for staff to promote the peace education curriculum in their classrooms.  Sherri also assists with grading for our training center, Northern VA Montessori Institute.  Sherri loves spending time with her family and is a devoted mother to three children.

Diane Zubal

Diane Zubal

Music

Diane Zubal is our music teacher who joined us in 2012. She is also a Delaware native where she was actively participating in the performing arts. Prior to finishing college she toured around the world for one year with the performing group Up With People. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education from Elizabethtown College.

She has been teaching in Northern Virginia since 1991. Since then, she has been a music educator in preschools as well as elementary and secondary schools. She also has extensive experience in childcare administration. She is the founder of Music and Motion and has been a piano and vocal instructor for twenty years. Diane lives in Ashburn where she is married and has three adult children. In her spare time she performs in her church hand bell choir.

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