One of the most important strengths of La Printaniere is our dedicated faculty. Montessori teachers are trained observers of children's learning and behavior, allowing them to know when to intervene in a child's learning with a new lesson, a fresh challenge, or a revisiting of past rules and lessons.  Our teachers’ commitment and expertise enables La Printaniere to offer excellent individualized learning paths.

Each lead teacher has obtained certification from the American Montessori Society, Montessori World Education Institute, and/or National Center for Montessori Excellence, the teacher training programs recognized by the Louisiana Department of Education.


 

HEAD OF SCHOOL

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ERIN REYNOLDS received a BS in Family Child Consumer Science from LSU.  She has AMS Montessori certification and has enjoyed 15 years as a Primary Montessori teacher.  Erin is humbled and excited about her new position as Head of School at La Printaniere. Prior to teaching at La Printaniere, Erin taught at a Montessori school in Las Vegas. She will also be serving as President of the Louisiana Montessori Association for the next 2 years.  When she is not on campus she enjoys spending time with her husband, Justin and 7-year-old son AJ, usually at the ballpark or in Tiger Stadium.

ADMINISTRATOR

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CARRIE TATUM, a native of Baton Rouge, received a BA in English from LSU. She has enjoyed a career in the performing arts for 17 years as both a dance educator and professional dancer. Carrie also spent the last decade in marketing, graphic design, grants, and administrative management for Of Moving Colors Productions. When she isn’t working, she shares a very entertaining three-year-old named Ames with her husband, Taylor, and does her best to keep several plants from dying. She is thrilled to be joining the team!  

FACULTY

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CLAUDIA BEMENT has called Baton Rouge home since 1971 when her family moved here from Houston, Texas. She loves the Baton Rouge community and has loved raising her boys here. Claudia has two sons: Joel, who is 27 and lives in Watson, LA, and Paul, who just turned 23 and still lives with her. She graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University and received her lower and upper elementary certification from Montessori World Educational Institute. Claudia loves La Printaniere and has been teaching in the elementary classroom since 2007.

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BAILEY BLAKE is a Fall 2016 graduate of Nicholls State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. She taught in Houma, LA for 1.5 years before coming to La Printaniere. She is currently working toward her Montessori Education Diploma. In her free time, Bailey enjoys playing board games with her family and indoor rock climbing. She also enjoys spending quality time with her 2-year-old niece. This is Bailey’s second year teaching in the primary classroom at La Printaniere.

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PAM MASSON has been in the Montessori community for more than 30 years. She has been a primary teacher with La Printaniere Montessori School for the last 20 years, beginning in 1999. She received her education at Southeastern University in Hammond and LSU as an English major. Her Montessori credentials are from Montessori World Educational Institute, beginning in 1987. She holds Pre Primary/Primary Montessori certification, ages 2 ½ to 7 years. Her passion lies in creating a Montessori environment worthy of the young humans entering it, upholding the Secret of Childhood that Dr. Maria Montessori set forth. At home, Pam enjoys creating an aesthetically appealing, Montessori-inspired environment, prompting her husband Michael to remind her that “This is not your classroom!” She also enjoys her two distinctively different adult children, both Montessori primary graduates who hear the occasional “Did you really forget how to squeeze a sponge? I have 3-year-olds that can do that!” … and so it goes in the life of a Montessorian!  

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COLLEEN RIALS has a BA in Sociology with a minor in French from LSU. She has prior Montessori teaching experience and has been working with children at Louisiana Art & Science Museum and the Capitol Park Museum for the past few years. When she is not working, she enjoys yoga, gardening, reading and doing puzzles. Colleen is also a member of the Baton Rouge Gem and Mineral Society. She is very excited to be a part of La Printaniere’s team in the primary classroom!

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ELIZABETH RUTLEDGE attended LSU where she received a BS and Master's Degree in Education with a concentration in child development.  She is also AMS Montessori certified in Elementary I. Elizabeth taught in Dufrocq Elementary School's Montessori program for five years.  This will be her fourth year teaching in La Printaniere's elementary class, and she has been a part of the La Print family as a parent since 2009. Elizabeth stays busy spending time with her husband, Tracy, and three children, Grace (13), Ivy (11), and James (7).

 
It is necessary for the teacher to guide the child without letting him feel her presence too much, so that she may always be ready to supply the desired help, but may never be the obstacle between the child and his experience.
— Dr. Maria Montessori