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.

 

Kendyll Murray
Toddler Lead Teacher

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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.

Stephanie Throop
Primary Lead Teacher

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.

 

Heather Ayers
Lower Elementary Lead Teacher