Our Team2018-08-14T14:08:30+00:00

Our Team

“Good, and more than good.”

We’ve got a long list of things to be thankful for — like a great, in-town location and a beautiful neighborhood site. But right at the top of that list comes something that you’ll be thankful for, too. It’s the team that guides your children every day. For over the years, we’ve become an incredible team of knowledge-hungry, caring, spirited pros who continue to push ourselves every day to learn more, do more, and teach more. And the reason we do that is pretty simple, really. It’s because we want your children to be the best that they can be, and want to do everything in our power to make that happen. Check out our faculty and our staff.

Our Primary Team

Front Row:  Jennifer Samples, Lead Guide; Lisa Jones, Lead Guide; Ericka Battle, Assistant; Arijeta Piliqi, Assistant; Teuta Dragusha, Assistant; Back Row:  Merry Rowe, Assistant

Our Elementary Team

Violeta Pilici, Assistant; Kimberlyn Martinez, Lead Guide

Our Montessori Credentials

Finally, Something that Works!

We who have tried other methods are happy to find ourselves working with the child’s own processes. The faculty and staff of Northwoods are proud of our graduates and we are active members of national and international organizations that support the method that has nurtured them.

Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) was developed by Dr. Maria Montessori in 1929 to ensure that her methods and style would be accurately and consistently represented in the schools that bore her name. The mission of the organization is to promote the growth of Montessori education in public and private schools, to promote the development of Montessori teacher training, to promote public understanding of the Montessori method and principles in educational communities, and to provide opportunities for children to develop normally.

Northwoods Montessori School has been affiliated with and recognized at the highest level by AMI continuously since our founding in 1972. We were one of the first schools to be so certified in the Atlanta area. Our certification and recognition means that we closely adhere to the standards and methods promoted in teacher training courses provided by the Association and that we meet the Association’s criteria for consistent teacher training standards, use of Montessori learning materials, classroom sizes, and adherence to Dr. Maria Montessori’s original educational philosophy. We are AMI certified at the birth to three, three to six, and six to twelve age levels. From time to time, our school is honored to host student teachers from local AMI training centers for required Observations and for Student Teaching from the Montessori Institute of Atlanta and International Montessori Training Institute. We are proud that one of our faculty members,  Pamela Baumbarger, has been accepted into the prestigious AMI “Training of Trainers” program, and will one day be qualified to train  Birth-to-Three Teachers and Guides, respectively. Our Elementary faculty is active in Elementary Alumni Association (EAA), an AMI-affiliated teachers organization. Also, our faculty participates regularly in the nationwide Annual AMI-EAA Joint Refresher Course, an AMI-certified continuing education course.

Get to know our talented faculty and staff.

Beth SamplesCo-founder
Beth is co-founder of Northwoods Montessori in 1972 and serves as Executive Director. Beth attended West Georgia College where she majored in education. She was inspired to begin Northwoods after witnessing the effects of the Montessori experience on her older child. She has worked to make a quality Montessori education available to a broad cross-section of children in the Atlanta community.
Carey LoganDirector of School
Carey Logan serves as the Director of Northwoods Montessori School. A graduate of Georgia State University, she holds a M.Ed degree and an AMI diploma for Elementary from the Washington Montessori Institute (WMI). With over 30 years of experience at the elementary, junior high and high school levels as teacher and administrator, she began her Montessori journey at Northwoods as the Physical Education teacher before taking the elementary training. An outdoor enthusiast, Carey developed and steered our elementary outdoor program – biking, hiking and camping. Active in the Georgia Montessori community, Carey serves as Vice President of the board for the Montessori Adminstrators of GA.

Sue ZampellaAccounts Manager
Sue Zampella is a native of Bowie, Maryland and attended the University of Maryland. Sue’s daughter and son attended and graduated from Northwoods Montessori. She came to Northwoods in 1985, holds the position of Accounts Manager, and manages fund raising events.
Linda SpinksOperations Manager
Linda Spinks re-established her relationship with Northwoods when she joined the administrative staff in 2009. Linda’s son attended Northwoods as a child. She attended Georgia Perimeter College and worked in the corporate sector before becoming Operations Manager.
Pamela BaumbargerLead Toddler Guide
Pamela Baumbarger founded the first AMI Montessori Toddler Community in Atlanta at Northwoods. With thirteen years experience in Infant and Toddler programs and much work in Professional Development, Pamela guides the Northwoods Toddler Community. She holds a B.A. in Literature from Bard College and M.Ed. in Montessori Education from Loyola University in Baltimore and is a AMI Assistants to Infancy trainer. She initiated and monitors an Assistants to Infancy chat group that serves over 140 professionals. Pamela’s daughter attends Northwoods Montessori.
Lisa JonesLead Primary Guide
Lisa Jones, a native Atlantan, begins her 35th year as a Primary Teacher at Northwoods. She holds a B.S. degree in Sociology from West Georgia College. She worked five years as a social worker for the Douglas County Resource Association. After the arrival of her first child, Lisa became interested in Montessori education. She holds the AMI Primary Diploma from the Montessori Institute of Atlanta.
Jennifer SamplesLead Primary Guide
Jennifer Samples attended Northwoods Montessori from age 2-1/2 to 12 years, graduating in 1992. She earned an Associate Degree in Sociology from Gainesville College. Jennifer holds the AMI Primary Diploma from the Montessori Institute of Atlanta. Jennifer begins her 14th year as Teacher of a Primary Montessori class. Her daughter and son attend Northwoods.
Kimberlyn MartinezLead Elementary Guide
Kimberlyn is an AMI trained Elementary Teacher leading the 6-12 class for her second year. Kimberlyn holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Global Studies from Appalachian State in Boone, NC, with a minor in Spanish and General Business. She is bilingual, has studied abroad in Switzerland and in Spain and has recently completed the AMI Elementary Teachers’ Training at the International Center for Montessori Studies Foundation, Bergamo, Italy.