Administrative Staff

Administrative Staff

Ellen Beach
Head of School

Ellen Beach brings 20 years of educational and non-profit leadership to the Walnut Farm Montessori School community. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s of education in curriculum and instruction, Ellen served as an educator for a number of years. During her tenure as a teacher, Ellen held various leadership positions. After her years with the public school system, Ellen served as the chief operations officer at a non-profit organization. Her oversight included a K-12 private school with 450 students. Ellen’s communication skills, organizational leadership, strategic planning, and commitment to authentic Montessori education are sources of strength for the school. In her spare time, Ellen enjoys relaxing with a book and cup of tea, traveling, and boating on Beaver Lake with her family. Ellen is married to her best friend, Spencer, and together they have two girls: Eliana and Gabriella. Both girls attend Walnut Farm. Eliana is a 1st year elementary student, and Gabriella is a 1st year toddler student.

Karel Hayre

Karel Hayre has been with Walnut Farm since 1997. Her well rounded experience in the Montessori environment has led her to be an expert in her current position as Administrator. Prior to serving as the administrator, Karel assisted in a primary classroom for 2 years and an elementary classroom for four years. It has been a delight for her to be part of the WFMS community for 20 years.


Leslie Johnson
Financial Officer/Administrative Assistant

Leslie Johnson, a native of Oklahoma, graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. Leslie began volunteering in a Tulsa Montessori school when her children started their Montessori education. She eventually became a full time employee, subbing in the classrooms and working in the administration office. Leslie is excited to offer her accounting expertise and love for Montessori education to the WFMS staff and community. Leslie and her husband, Todd relocated to Arkansas for his work in 2013. Together they have four amazing children.

Heather Incao
Curriculum Specialist

Heather Incao has been involved with Walnut Farm since 1998 where she began as an assistant. The following year she received her Montessori primary credentials and served as a lead teacher from 1999-2004. Heather then took a short break to care for her son, Christopher, born in 2004. She returned in 2008 as a substitute teacher and in 2010 began again serving as a primary lead teacher. In 2014, Heather assisted in the lower elementary classroom and in 2015 returned to primary as a mentoring teacher. Currently, Heather is the Curriculum Specialist for the school. Heather lives with her husband, David, and family on Beaver Lake where she enjoys water skiing, paddle boarding and kayaking. Heather has three children: Rachel, Jane, and Christopher – all Walnut Farm alumni.