Teaching Staff

Teaching Staff

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Whitney Kimbro
Toddler Lead Teacher
Whitney has been working at Walnut Farm since the fall of 2006. In 2010 she had the opportunity to attend the Montessori Education Center of the Rockies in Boulder, Colorado to help start the toddler program at WFMS. During the summer of 2011 she finished her training and received her associate infant and toddler credential. According to Whitney, “Watching the children grow up to be independent young people has been such an amazing experience. I am their teacher, but I learn so much from them and feel as though they are teaching me every day.” Whitney is married to Matt, her high school sweetheart.


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Misty King
Toddler Lead Teacher
Misty has been working with children since 2003 and has been part of the WFMS toddler community since the fall of 2010. Her passion for Montessori began in 2008 where she began as an assistant at a Montessori school in Texas. After serving as a classroom assistant at WFMS, Misty decided to pursue her Montessori teaching credentials at Montessori Education Center of the Rockies in 2012. Misty is married to Sidney, and together they have two beautiful girls, Harper and Riley. Both girls attend Walnut Farm. Harper is a 3rd year primary student, and Riley is a 1st year toddler student.


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Azusa Crawford
Primary Lead Teacher
Azusa Crawford is from Sapporo, Japan. Growing up, she played various musical instruments, learned Japanese calligraphy, and studied martial arts (Kendo). In 2001, she came to the U.S. to study English as a second language. Azusa has been part of the Walnut Farm community since 2008 when her daughter Hannah started in primary. Being a Montessori parent and Montessori advocate for many years, she decided to join the WFMS team as a primary classroom assistant and pursue her Montessori teaching credentials at the Montessori Education Center of the Rockies. Azusa utilizes all of her training and life experiences to offer a rich learning environment for her students. She is excited to be part of the Walnut Farm community and staff.


 

 
 
 
 

 

 

  

 

 
Katie Pence
Primary Lead Teacher
Katie was born and raised in Carthage, Missouri. She attended the University of Arkansas and graduated in 2015 with a degree in Educational Studies. Before joining Walnut Farm, she worked with the Joplin School District with at risk children. Katie joined the Walnut Farm team in 2016 where she served as an assistant in Classroom C. Katie’s love for children and the Montessori method lead Katie to attended the Dallas Montessori Teacher Education Training Program in 2017 to receive her Early Childhood Certification. Katie is excited to serve as a primary lead teacher.


 

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Jamie Van Horn
Primary Lead Teacher
Jamie Van Horn has been with Walnut Farm since 2004, when her first child enrolled in the primary program. She absolutely adores the primary aged children, 3 – 6 years old. Jamie became a Montessori teacher in 2008 when she received her certification through the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a bachelor of science degree in journalism in 1989, and moved to Arkansas in 1998 with her husband, Greg. Teaching children in the Montessori environment is her passion and her purpose. In her spare time, Jamie enjoys spending time with her husband and two teenage children, both Walnut Farm alumni.


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Mary Donovan
Lower Elementary Lead Teacher
Mary Donovan is a graduate from the University of Arkansas where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. After joining WFMS as an assistant in the lower elementary classroom, Mary decided to obtain Montessori Lower Elementary teaching credentials from the Montessori Education Center of the Rockies. Mary’s love for learning and peaceful presence provides her students with an inviting classroom atmosphere. She enjoys singing, reading, and spending time with friends and family!


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Tony Pusey
Outdoor Classroom Guide
Tony has been with the Walnut Farm community since 2005. As part of the classroom experience, Tony guides students to dig, observe creatures in their habitat, identify plants, participate in science experiments, and practice basic gardening skills in the flower, herb, and vegetable gardens. Additionally, Tony guides the lower elementary students for P.E. and community service projects. Tony’s great love for the outdoors is contagious, and together he and the children experience the wonder of nature each day at school.