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
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.

 

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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
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. Stepha- nie 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.

 

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

Heather Ayers has been a parent, a volunteer, a substitute and a teacher here at Walnut Farm. She has her Lower Elemen- tary Montessori training from the Montessori Education Center of the Rockies (MECR), and she is currently in training for Upper Elementary through the Center for Guided Montessori Studies (CGMS). She also has her B. S. in Behavioral Science-Human Development from the University of Houston-Clear Lake. She is a lifelong learner; currently expanding her Spanish studies and learning woodworking. Heather and her partner, Jody, have three kids all Walnut Farm alums (Aidan, Hadley and Isaac) They are long-time Bentonville residents who love living downtown close to the trails wherethey bike and hike, and enjoy all the restaurants. She does Crossfit and also plays and coaches Ultimate Frisbee.