Head of School
Lynette Goss has been a part of the Walnut Farm community since 2004. She holds Montessori credentials to teach 3 to 6-year-olds and 6 to 12-year-olds. She taught in both environments but spent most of her teaching career as the lower elementary teacher. Her bachelor’s degree is in music and she also taught music part-time at our school for 15 years. Most recently, she was the curriculum specialist and holds a Master of Arts in Education. Lynette assisted with the school’s first accreditation process with American Montessori Society and led many aspects of our most recent reaccreditation in the fall of 2017. Lynette and her husband, Jason have lived in Bentonville for many years. Their twin boys, Grayson and Andy attended Walnut Farm for six years.
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 22 years.
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.