North Campus Teachers & Paraprofessionals
Mrs. Tasha Bridgeman has taught here at Acorn Montessori School for eleven years! This will be her fourth year teaching in preschool as the supervising lead teacher. She has her Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Human Behavior from Northern Arizona University as well as many additional early childhood trainings. She’s dedicated to nurturing the youngest students in our program with incredible play-based activities and considerable patience and love. The students most definitely reciprocate that love for Ms. Tasha! When she’s not teaching, she enjoys spending time with her family, exercising and playing sports, and doing artsy activities.
Mrs. Taylor Reese has been working with early childhood students for five years and three of those have been in Acorn’s preschool program. She has her Associate’s Degree from Yavapai College with emphasis in Early Childhood Education. Her involvement in the college program truly solidified her love for children. It’s where she became enamored by the wonders of the toddler mind! She’s ecstatic for the opportunity to lead one of the two year old classrooms this year, especially since this is her favorite age to work with. She loves that every day is an adventure with this age group!
Mrs. Courtney Atkins has been teaching preschool for 7 years, two of which have been here at Acorn. She currently holds a CA Early Childhood Education certificate, and is working toward her Associate’s Degree in AZ. Her mother and grandmother were preschool teachers, so you can say it runs in the family! She adores the conversations she has with little ones, and the joy and excitement when they finally master a skill they have worked so hard on! She also has an adorable 10 month old daughter!
Mrs. Tanya Brodit has been with Acorn Montessori School for over ten years and has dedicated herself to the Early Childhood Program as a supervising lead teacher. She’s a strong believer in fun, play-based learning! She creates amazing, engaging learning environments that all kids love! She has her Associate’s Degree in Elementary Education and is currently working toward her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. She loves spoiling her dog, spending time with her husband, and having game nights with her friends and family.
Not only is Mr. Nick Schultz a preschool teacher here at Acorn Montessori School, he is also a former student! He’s worked here for nine years while also completing his high school education. He has recently taken over as lead teacher for one of two 3 year old classes. Mr. Nick has continued to train and learn about Early Childhood development and best practices because he loves helping children grow and learn. He also enjoys working with technology as well as dancing and choreographing dance routines.
Ms. Jennifer Lampi has worked with our preschool program for three years and before coming to Acorn she worked with preschool age children for eleven years. She’s very excited to be leading one of two 3 year old classes this year and she’s currently working toward completing her degree in Child Development. She loves engaging with students and supporting their learning through exciting play opportunities! In her free, time she likes camping and boating.
Ms. Ariel Aschenbrenner absolutely loves working in preschool! She has worked here at Acorn in the preschool program for 4 years now and truly enjoys watching the students learn and grow each day. She has completed all of her Early Childhood training with the Arizona Department of Health, Arizona Department of Education, and Quality First with First Things First Arizona. Some of her hobbies include hanging out with her son, doing puzzles, coloring, playing games, and enjoying the outdoors.
Ms. Hanna Finney has been working with early childhood students for the past twelve years. She has worked here at Acorn for two years. She has completed all of her Early Childhood training through the state of Arizona as well as through Quality First AZ. She loves students’ imaginations and natural curiosity. In her free time, Ms. Hanna loves spending time with her son, reading, doing crafts, and spending time outdoors.
Mrs. Caren McCarty has been working with early childhood students at Acorn for the last four years. Ms. Caren loves being able to help in all of the different classrooms and getting to know each student’s personality. She can see the bright futures students have in front of them and finds it inspiring. In her free time, Ms. Caren loves to care for her four children, run, and do CrossFit.