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Jennifer Sewell



Jennifer Sewell began her career in Montessori education in 2002.  She received her Montessori primary certification from NAMTC and taught in a Montessori primary classroom for 12 years.  Jennifer also served as Head of School of a local Montessori school for 8 years. 

Jennifer has a BA in Music, Early Childhood Credentials and Early Childhood Administration Credential. 

Jennifer is passionate about Montessori education and both of her children have attended a Montessori school.

In her free time, Jennifer enjoys spending time outdoors with her children, baking, reading, and is actively involved in her church and community.

     Gabriela has 16 years of experience as a Montessori educator. In 2006 she obtained a degree in administration and was hired to teach Spanish at Cornerstone Montessori School in Colorado. There she met and fell in love with the Montessori method. In Colorado, Gabriela worked for 9 years as a Spanish teacher and assistant teacher for toddlers and primary children.


     In 2014, she moved to NC and completed her early childhood credentials. In 2020, Gabriela completed her infant/toddler Montessori training at the Center for Montessori Teacher Education in Charlotte, NC. 

     Gaby is a mother of two daughters and is a proud grandmother. When not spending time with her grandson and granddaughter she enjoys exercising and loves to dance.


Gabriela Bresciani

Toddler Teacher


Joy Langley-Parsons

Toddler Teacher


     Joy Langley-Parsons discovered her love of Montessori as a substitute teacher. She went on to assist in the development of the first toddler class at a nearby Montessori School, and lead their toddler program for 11 years.

     Joy completed a self-directed internship and obtained her Infant/Toddler Montessori certification in 2012. She also has an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education, and is currently enrolled at the University of Georgia focusing on classes for Developmental Teaching for Students with Special Needs. 

     In her spare time, Joy enjoys exercising, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends, as well as her three boxers, Josie, Ruby and Abby.

Brandi began her Montessori journey as an assistant toddler teacher at a local Montessori school in 2013. She wholeheartedly embraced the Montessori philosophy and in the 8 years that followed, she taught as a lead primary teacher.


In 2014, Brandi obtained her B.S. in child development from Meredith College. Brandi completed a self-directed internship, obtaining her Primary Montessori certification from The Center for Guided Montessori Studies in 2016. In 2021, she began working as a field consultant for The Center for Guided Montessori Studies, guiding new interns in the program. 

Brandi is the proud parent of a Montessori first-grader and credits her daughter's academic drive and scientific approach to the natural world to the Montessori method. In her free time, she enjoys reading, traveling, crafting and spending time with her family.

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Brandi Austin

Primary Teacher/Assistant Administrator


Gabisu Menendez

Primary Teacher

     Gabisu first fell in love with the Montessori philosophy when she just 13 years old, as a junior summer camp assistant at a Montessori school in Colorado. After moving to North Carolina, she accepted a substitute position at a nearby Montessori school. This position led to an opportunities as a toddler and primary assistant teacher between 2018-2022. 

In 2021, Gabisu began her Montessori training at The Center for Guided Montessori Studies, and is currently implementing a self-directed internship to complete her certification.


     Gabisu is the proud mother of a 4 year-old and an 8 year-old, both of whom have attended Montessori schools. In her spare time, Gabisu enjoys crafting, cleaning, tending to her chickens, and spending time with her family and friends.

Haley has always enjoyed working with young children and has  6 years of experience with children of toddler and primary age. Haley recently obtained her Associates degree in Medical Assisting while

working part time at local Montessori School.  Haley is excited to be apart of the CGMS team.

In her free time, Haley enjoys spending time with the newest member of her family, her baby boy Jace.  Haley also enjoys outdoor activities with friends and family. 


Haley Parsons

After Care Teacher, Floater


Assistant Toddler Teacher

Kaylei Martin

Kaylei Martin has spent the majority of her life being around children and taking care of them. Kaylei enjoys working with preschool aged children and has a particular affinity for children with learning differences.  Kaylei has worked in a Montessori School assisting in their summer camp program.  She is currently enrolled in the Early Childhood Certification program at PCC and plans to get a degree in special education.

In Kaylei's free time she enjoys spending time with her 10 puppies and attending car races with her family.


Andrea Cook

Toddler Teacher 




Andrea Cook is excited to be joining the Children’s Garden Montessori School team.  She is a graduate of Winston Salem State University. In 2008, she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and is currently enrolled at Ashworth College where she will receive her certification in Early Childhood Education. She began her teacher journey as a substitute teacher, while completing studies at Winston Salem State University for Forsyth Public Schools. In 2011, she continued her journey at KidsRKids in RTP, transitioning  from co teacher to lead teacher of 4 year olds. Later, she transitioned to owning and operating a successful nanny service, where she cared for 3 different families over 6 years. . Recently, she has worked at a nearby center and served as a Lead Teacher to 3 year olds. She has developed an interest in Montessori philosophy and is currently taking certificate courses in Montessori education. Andrea is passionate about teaching. In her spare time, Andrea enjoys being with her family.

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