Teaching Staff

Teaching Staff

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Whitney Kimbro (she/her)
Toddler Lead Teacher

Whitney Kimbro began working at Walnut Farm in 2005 and quickly fell in love with the Montessori Philosophy.  During the summer of 2011 she received her associate Infant and Toddler credential from the Montessori Education Center of the Rockies.  She finds working with toddlers very rewarding as she is able to connect with them, help them reach their potential, and guide them toward meaningful growth.  Whitney was born and raised in NWA and is a huge Razorback fan.  She is married to her High School sweetheart and they have two dogs.  She enjoys traveling, hiking with her dogs, and spending time with her family.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sara Lopez (she/her)
Toddler Assistant Teacher
Sara is from Bella Vista, Arkansas and has worked at Walnut Farm for 3 years. She is currently a college student working toward her degree in Special Education. Being at Walnut Farm has fostered her love of Montessori education and her love for working with toddlers.

Kendyll Murray (she/her)
Toddler Lead Teacher
Kendyll has worked with toddlers for ten years and has been part of the Walnut Farm community since 2017. Kendyll recently received her infant/toddler credentials by completing the eighteen-month program through the Center for Guided Montessori Studies. She is passionate about working with children and feels it’s her calling in life. She is a Children’s pastor at her church and works closely with The Call of Northwest Arkansas. Kendyll lives in Lowell with her husband and two dogs. She is originally from West Virginia, but has called Arkansas home since 2009. She loves the mountains and all of the beautiful hiking trails around the area. One of her favorite things about Montessori education is how the environments are set up to aid the child’s independence and peaceful nature.

 

Virginia Force (she/her)
Toddler Assistant Teacher

Virginia came to Walnut Farm as a parent in 2008, when her first son started the primary program. Both of her boys went through their primary years at Walnut Farm. In 2012, she brought her love of cooking and creating recipes to our kitchen as the school cook. Last year, she was excited to make a change and become a primary assistant, but her time in the classroom was interrupted by a bout with cancer. Now she’s cancer-free and feeling great!  She has worked several summer camps in the toddler and primary environments.  This summer she worked in the toddler environment with Mrs. Sara.  She is looking forward to staying in the toddler program and working with Mrs. Kendyll in the coming school year. She and her husband, Damon, and their two boys live in Pea Ridge. Virginia loves animals and in her spare time enjoys training dogs and horses. Her favorite weekends are spent with her family on the boat, and tubing, or just being together!

Misty King (she/her)
Toddler/Primary Support Teacher
Misty is from Northwest Arkansas. This is her 12th year at Walnut Farm as a staff member and she has been a parent here for many years. Misty has her infant/toddler Montessori Credential and she lead one of our Toddler Classrooms for seven years. She is married and has two girls and a dog. Her Montessori background and experience brings added skills to her position as a Support Teacher for Toddler and Primary.

Christy Hrycun (she/her)
Primary Assistant Teacher
Christy was born in Fayetteville, Arkansas. She grew up on a small 40 acre farm in the Elm Springs area, raising pigs, cows and horses. She is a Springdale High School graduate. She is now married and has 3 girls ages 14, 10 and 8 years old. She loves spending time outdoors with her family fishing, swimming, having campfires and riding horses. Christy was a sub for Walnut Farm for a while before going to Bentonville Public schools as a para for special needs students. This is her third year back with Walnut Farm as a Classroom Assistant Teacher.

Stephanie Throop (she/her)
Primary Lead Teacher
Stephanie is from Bentonville. She has worked at Walnut Farm for over 10 years and also has experience as a parent at our school. She previously served as an assistant teacher in a Primary classroom and as the Primary Art teacher. Stephanie is now a lead Primary teacher and currently in training to receive her Montessori Primary Credentials.

Raising her own children on her family farm, Stephanie has a passion for children and farm life, which complements her work in Montessori. She is grounded in tradition, and she is looking forward to more work in the Montessori lifestyle and global peace work.

 

Brandy Wilson  (she/her)
Primary Assistant Teacher
Brandy relocated to Northwest Arkansas nine years ago with her husband Mike and their three children. She has over twenty years of experience teaching preschool. She has served in multiple roles with various organizations involving children of all ages. Brandy is excited to be a part of Walnut Farm Primary program and further her education and knowledge with the Montessori method.

Jamie Van Horn (she/her)
Primary Lead Teacher
Originally from Texas, Jamie has been in NWA for over 20 years. She has been working at WFMS for over 15 years having followed her children to school. Her love for her children brought her to Walnut Farm and her love for children has kept her here. Jamie graduated from Texas A+M University with a B.S. in Journalism and received her MACTE certification to teach Montessori many years later. Jamie loves the outdoors and spends many hours hiking, biking and canoeing all over Arkansas with her husband Greg. They have two children, Judge 22 and MaryJane 19, both currently attending the University of Arkansas. She and her husband began a non-profit organization to free Little Sugar Creek and are currently actively fighting to do so.

Kristal Price (she/her)
Primary Assistant Teacher
Kristal is from Fayetteville and now lives in Springdale. She is married to Scotty, and together they have 2 boys, Gage, 18 and Garett, 14. They also have 2 dogs, Rio and Bentley, and 2 cats, Bonz and Marvin. Kristal has worked with children for over 10 years and has loved every minute of it. She enjoys kayaking, camping, and gardening-pretty much anything outdoors. Kristal is very excited to be a part of the Walnut Farm Montessori family, and looks forward to getting to know the staff, children and families more this year.

Sally Davis (she/her)
Lower Elementary Teacher
Sally Davis moved to NWA from Asheville, NC in March. She grew up in a small town in South Carolina and spent years working with youth in Wilderness Therapy in Georgia and the Four Corners. She also has experience running summer camps hosting a range of special needs children affected by cancer, diabetes, and hemophilia to name a few. In more recent years she worked as a Paramedic in North Carolina and now Arkansas. Her strong desire to serve and history of modeling experiential education lends itself well to a role at Walnut Farm Montessori. Sally enjoys white water rafting, biking, painting, comedy, and cooking with her family. Shifting gears from EMS to working with youth again has already proven to be a refreshing and soul nurturing move.

Nikole Townsend (she/her)
Lower Elementary Support Teacher / Technology and Reading Enrichment
A NWA native, Nikole has returned to the area from southwest Missouri where she recently completed her Elementary Education certification. Nikole also has a BA in Journalism, Advertising and Public Relations and worked as a Marketing Director and a Creative Director in the advertising and marketing industry. After 20 years, Nikole discovered her passion for working with children, and so her love for learning led her back to school to become an elementary teacher. Nikole has three children and spends her free time in the outdoors biking, kayaking, canoeing and looking for new adventures.

Tim Bare (he/him)
Outdoor Classroom Teacher
Tim has worked at Walnut Farm for a total of 12 years in a variety of roles, primarily in the outdoor classroom and aftercare. He is a self-taught naturalist, focusing mainly on local plant life. Originally from Gravette, Arkansas, Tim has lived in the NWA region for most of his life. Working at Walnut Farm allows him to share his love of nature with children.

Joe Love (they/them)
Outdoor Classroom Assistant Teacher / Aftercare
Joe  has experience in professional outdoor education and leadership, and completed their Master’s in Divinity in May. As the Outdoor Classroom Assistant, Joe wants to cultivate attitudes of curiosity and wonder for the world through exploration.

McKenna Mullis (she/her)
Outdoor Classroom Assistant Teacher / Aftercare
McKenna was born and raised in Little Rock.  She holds a degree in Environmental Studies, with a focus in Conservation Biology from Warren Wilson College in North Carolina.  She has worked with children for over 6 years and enjoyed teaching 5-7-year-olds about sustainable agriculture and animal husbandry in college.  McKenna’s favorite thing about the outdoor classroom is being able to see kids interact with nature/the outdoors in new ways. There is so much to learn from observing them play and work.  It brings back a since of curiosity and wonder that a lot of us have forgotten as adults. In my free time I love to read, sew, and recently have gotten especially into insect identification.