Upper Elementary


Middle School Teacher

Mrs. April Kennedy

Hello Everyone—

My name is April Kennedy, and I am the Upper Elementary and Middle School teacher at One World Montessori. This is my fifth year in a Montessori classroom, but I have spent most of my adult life teaching others. I graduated with a Masters Degree in English in 1996. Once I completed my degree, I taught at West Virginia University as an adjunct English instructor. Though I loved my work on a college campus, I knew I needed to find a job with benefits, so I began teaching English at a Catholic high school in WV. During the two years I was there, I completely fell in love with my students, but my family had moved to NC, and I missed them terribly (plus WV winters can be brutal). I moved to Wilmington, NC in 2004 and began teaching at a high school in Duplin County. Once again, I fell in love with my students, but more importantly, I fell in love with the biology teacher, and we were married in the summer of 2005.

After we got married, I started teaching English at a local community college. During my time there, I completed 18 graduate hours in Communication Studies, and I taught both English and Public Speaking. I also became a mother to two beautiful little girls, and I decided to take a break from full-time teaching so I could spend some important time with them. This also freed me up to take my oldest to a Montessori school. While she was there, I began learning more about the Montessori philosophy, and I was committed to giving this amazing educational experience to both of my daughters. Though we were forced to take a break from the Montessori classroom for a few years, while we were away, I became even more convinced that my children would flourish most in a Montessori environment. I also began to realize that I didn’t just want the philosophy for them—I also wanted it for myself.

In the summer of 2015 I started my Upper Elementary Montessori Training with Seacoast, an AMS and MACTE accredited training center. In 2017, I completed my training in both Upper and Lower Elementary. During my training, I saw the true genius of Maria Montessori come to life in her materials and lessons. I saw her dedication in revealing the interconnectedness of all things--from the stars, to the wind, to the birds, to us. And, most importantly, I became even more committed to upholding and respecting the dignity and individuality of each child.

In August 2019, my dream of having my very own Montessori school came true when my husband and I decided to open up One World Montessori. We both believe that children deserve everything we can give them, and we were incredibly lucky to find people who we felt could give our students the world. We also wanted to build a community for parents where everyone feels loved, respected, welcomed, and valued. We need each other because we are all in this together.

Primary 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.

Primary Teacher

Mrs. Lisa Norgard

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.

Lower Teacher

Ms. Samantha Rossi

Hi all, my name is Ms Sam! I am so excited to be teaching the lower elementary class at OWM with Ms Allyson. I am trained as a 6-9 Montessori guide through Maitland Montessori, an AMS and MACTE certified training center.

My daughter is the reason I was introduced to the Montessori philosophy and I have been hooked on it ever since. She is 5 and is her third year of Montessori.

I really enjoy bringing my crafting passion, crocheting in particular, into the classroom and have realized how much joy it brings the students too. Not only is yarn a tool for crafting and self expression, it allows students to practice mindfulness in a fun way!

Lower Assistant

Mrs. Allyson Colbert

Hello everyone,

I am Allyson Colbert, and I am the lower elementary assistant teacher here at One World Montessori. I was born and raised in St. Charles Missouri, right outside of St. Louis. My husband and I met while we were in high school and two years before we were married he joined the military. We have moved multiple times and we’re lucky to be here in NC.

I started working in Montessori in Missouri and fell absolutely in love with it! In all I have been working with children in multiple states for 13 years, Montessori for the last six years! I worked with Ms. Sam at a previous school and she had asked me to volunteer here in her classroom. After a couple times of volunteering, I was offered the job and gladly accepted! Working here at One World Montessori has brought so much joy and purpose to my life, and I am grateful and honored to be working with the other teachers and the children.

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.