Tinora was born into a Montessori family. From birth to age six, she attended the Montessori school where her mother was both the Head of School and Lead Teacher for 12 years. She grew up in a lake town on the eastern coast of Wisconsin. At age 23, she moved to Indianapolis in pursuit of higher education and a more diverse life. It wasn't long before Tinora began studying photojournalism, which lead her straight to the world of fine art.
In 2014, she graduated with a degree in Fine Art, had her 128 photo project featured in the "ReCycle" exhibit at the Stutz Art Gallery, and began her career at Village Montessori.
Tinora is now entering her fourth year at Village Montessori as the new Head of School and Lead Teacher. She received her training from Seton Montessori Institute, 37 years after her mother. Along with an expansive knowledge on Montessori methodology and philosophy, she has become an expert in Early Childhood Development.
"My number one priority as Head of School & Lead Teacher is to advocate for all children. In order to do this, I aim to educate parents and teachers on what makes Montessori education phenomenal. Within the classroom, my focus is to foster a strong sense of independence, experimentation and excitement in regards to learning. By providing the most authentic Montessori education my staff and I know how, we will be able to prepare our students for what lies ahead after they leave Village Montessori."
Anne began her Montessori journey thirteen years ago, while looking for a preschool option for her oldest child. She was delighted to discover this method that honored children developmentally- from an emotional and academic perspective. Her children attended a Montessori preschool in Indianapolis, where she volunteered and served as president for one year. They later attended one of IPS's Montessori Magnet schools. There Anne was a dedicated volunteer in the classroom, served on the MPTA board two different years, and for five years served as director of new family outreach, welcoming prospective and new families.
She is so excited to be at Village Montessori as the director of admissions and operations.
Anne lives in Butler-Tarkington with her husband Charles, daughters Abby and Sara, and their dog Tootsie.
After receiving a bachelor's degree at Indiana University Bloomington, Michele moved to Indianapolis. It was there that she decided to try her hand at child care by becoming a nanny while she settled into the city. During this time she was recruited by Amanda Bennington (co-founder of Village Montessori School) to work as a teacher's assistant. Michele began working at Village in July of 2012. Since then, she has become a pillar of providing an authentic Montessori education to the students at Village Montessori School.
Michele is a multifaceted individual and contributes to Village with a wide variety of skills. Over the past few years, she has offered insight on implementing woodworking and 3 dimensional construction into the classroom, as well as having an in-depth knowledge on Japanese culture and language. Michele has also been paramount in the development and implementation of the sewing curriculum offered at Village.
In 2016, Michele also began working towards her Body Art and Sciences International Pilates Certification. She is currently working people out at Balance Pilates, located on the ground of the Riviera Club. Throughout her journey towards becoming a Pilates instructor, Michele remains passionate about Village Montessori School and its mission.