Kindergarten & Lower Elementary Teacher

Mrs. Katie Beasley

Hello Everyone—

My name is Katie Beasley, and I will be the kindergarten teacher at One world Montessori. The Montessori philosophy has shaped my life in profound ways. In 1983, I began attending a Chesapeake Montessori School in Annapolis, MD, and I completed the program there in the 5th grade. My experiences at this school shaped my learning and understanding of the world as a child, but they also inspired me as an adult to become a teacher so I could share the Montessori philosophy with others.

My early Montessori experiences instilled in me a curiosity and love of learning and they led me to the College of Charleston where I graduated with degrees in both history and corporate communications.

In 2003, I joined the faculty of Montessori Children’s School in Jacksonville, North Carolina. I spent a year as an intern under an extraordinary Montessorian Maria Rock, and between her encouragement and my love of the Montessori method, I knew I needed to be trained and certified to teach in a classroom of my own.

I was accepted to The North Carolina Center for Montessori Teacher Education in Apex, North Carolina in 2004 and began my primary studies under the supervision of Ceres Schroer York and Kitty Bravo. This was a unique time to be involved in Montessori in the state because of the focus on public Montessori schools in Durham, Raleigh and Fayetteville. I finished with Full AMS Credentials in Primary education ages 2 ½- 6 in June 2005.

I am a proud wife of a United States marine, and as most military families know, we don’t stay in one place for very long. However, we have been lucky enough to return to Jacksonville, NC a few times, and each time, I have been able to teach and contribute to the Montessori Children’s School in Jacksonville. During our periods away from Jacksonville, I spend time raising our three beautiful daughters.

In 2016, a new Montessori challenge presented itself to me, and I started my Lower Elementary training with MEPI and the Institute of Guided Studies. During this time, I was trained and guided by two master Montessorians, Mary Helen Cline and Beti Wyn Holcombe. My Lower Elementary is complete with the exception of taking my exams.

I am so excited about the opportunity to teach the kindergarten children of One World Montessori. It will be my honor to instill in them the love of learning that I was given as a child.

Theater Teacher

Mrs. Nikki Dyba

Nikki Dyba originally comes from London England and performed on stage in London and Oxford . Since coming to the states Nikki has been in approximately 21 Productions, directed 10 Productions and co wrote a stage play . Nikki is now a Director and founder of Jacksonville Performing Arts and stages shows at the USO of NC, Jacksonville Center that have raised over $11,000 for our Military Community. Nikki is beyond thrilled to be partnering up with the One World Montessori.

" To be able to be a part of something so special is such an honor and I cannot wait to be able to spark that creativity in every child. To see each child find their joy within themselves is truly a gift that the arts help nurture"

Music Teacher

Mrs. Karlyn Kern

Karalyn came to North Carolina four years ago and has fallen in love with the people and the community. She grew up in a small Idaho town, and as a young girl was surrounded by music as her mother made it a priority in the home.

She took piano lessons starting at age six, and when she was ten started taking violin lessons and playing with the school orchestra. She continued to play violin and piano throughout high school, and went on to study music in college, was part of the university orchestra, and joined the university bluegrass band. She has worked alongside wonderful professors and students who have inspired and taught her many lessons.

Karalyn has always had a passion for education and has enjoyed being a public school teacher for the last five years. She is now thrilled to merge two of her passions together—music and education, and excited to partner with One World Montessori to bring music education to the school and community.

Primary Teacher

Mrs. Lisa Norgard

We are so excited to officially announced that One World Montessori is offering a 3-6 Primary program! Our 3-4 year old friends will be half day (8:30-11:30) and our Kindergarten friends will be full day. To help guide these students, help us welcome Ms. Lisa!

“Hello, my name is Lisa Norgard. I am a mother, grandmother & a new addition to One World Montessori in the Primary classroom. I was introduced to Montessori through my daughter and granddaughter’s experience with Montessori! My daughter is a Lower Elementary directress and my granddaughter is about to start her 3rd year in a Primary classroom. I have been involved and able to share their experiences. Because of this I decided to make a career change and follow my passion; what better way to get more involved in the Montessori world. I have recently completed the training portion to become Montessori certified in the Early Childhood program (2-1/2 – 6 years) at the Orlando Montessori Teacher Education Institute in Celebration, FL. What an amazing and eye opening experience, no wonder my daughter loves Montessori so much!

I wholeheartedly believe in the Montessori Philosophy of providing an environment that will, through a “hands on” natural process, give each child the ability to learn based on their individual needs. They are able to accomplish this by following their own interests, and creating their own experiences in an environment that cultivates an empowered, confident child with countless opportunities.

I am very excited to join the team at One World Montessori. I am looking forward to becoming part of a team that will work together to provide an environment that will foster the most growth and experiences for our children to prepare them for becoming the leaders of tomorrow with endless possibilities.”