Faculty & Staff

Faculty

Dave Wysong
Director

Mr. Wysong came to the Montessori School of Florence in May, 2019. Previous jobs include being a K-12 Headmaster in Kiev, Ukraine for 8 years and a K-12 school administrator in Wisconsin for 5 years. Mr. Wysong received a B.A. in English from The Citadel and an M.A. in teaching from Columbia International Univ. Mr. Wysong and his wife, Neva, love spending time with their 4 children and 2 grandchildren.


Mrs. Teena Kyer
Assistant Director, Curriculum Coordinator
Upper Elementary Teacher

BA, M.Ed., Francis Marion University

Teena@msfedu.org

Miss Teena came to work at the Montessori School of Florence in 1999 as the Director and Upper Elementary teacher.  She has served as an upper elementary teacher and administrator since she joined our school. Miss Teena teaches math, science, and cultural subjects in Upper Elementary and supports staff education at all levels.  Miss Teena received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a Master of Education in Learning Disabilities from Francis Marion University.  Miss Teena is certified by the American Montessori Society.


Mrs. Jacqueline Boatwright
Pre-Primary Teacher

AA, Florence-Darlington Technical College

Jackie@msfedu.org

Miss Jackie came to work at the Montessori School of Florence in 2004.  She has been an assistant in Lower Elementary and Primary classrooms and in the Before/After School Care program.  In 2012, Miss Jackie became the Pre-Primary Classroom teacher.  Miss Jackie received her Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Florence-Darlington Technical College.  Miss Jackie has RIE and Pikler Infant-Toddler training.


Mrs. Leah Anderson
Primary Teacher

BA, Francis Marion University

Leah@msfedu.org

Miss Leah came to work at the Montessori School of Florence in 2012 as a Primary classroom teacher.  Previously, Miss Leah taught at the elementary level in Florence District One and in 4-year-old Kindergarten at Highland Park.  Miss Leah received a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood from Francis Marion University.  Miss Leah holds Early Childhood and Elementary certifications.  Miss Leah is certified in Primary education by the Palmetto Montessori Institute.


Mrs. Betty Coke Lawson
Primary Teacher

BA, Columbia College; M.Ed., Francis Marion University

Betty@msfedu.org

Miss Betty came to work at the Montessori School of Florence in 2014 as a Primary Classroom teacher. Previously, Miss Betty taught elementary education in the Darlington County Public School district for 31 years. Miss Betty received a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Columbia College and a Master of Education in Elementary Education from Francis Marion University.  Miss Betty is certified in Primary education by the Palmetto Montessori Institute.


Mrs. Donna Fields
Primary Teacher
BS, Francis Marion University

Donna@msfedu.org

Miss Donna came to work at the Montessori School of Florence in 2016 as a Primary teacher. Previously, Miss Donna was a classroom assistant at McLaurin Elementary, first in traditional kindergarten and then in an elementary Montessori classroom. Miss Donna is certified in Primary Education by the Palmetto Montessori Institute.


Miss Tiara Alston
Primary School Teacher

Miss Tiara Alston came to work at the Montessori School of Florence in 2017 as a Primary classroom assistant. Prior to joining MSF, Miss Tiara worked for Blue Cross Blue Shield of SC.


Miss Kendall Brand
Primary School Teacher

Miss Kendall Brand came to work at the Montessori School of Florence in 2017 as a Primary classroom assistant. Prior to joining MSF, Miss Kendall was a teacher at Charlie Brown Day Care. Miss Kendall is working on her bachelor’s in sociology at FMU.


Mrs. Amy Binder
Lower Elementary Teacher

BA, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

Amy@msfedu.org

Miss Amy came to work at the Montessori School of Florence in 2009 as a Lower Elementary teacher. Miss Amy received her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. Miss Amy is certified in Elementary education by the American Montessori Society.


Ms. Tamel Pierce
Elementary Classroom Teacher

Miss Tamel came to work at the Montessori School of Florence in 2016 as a Pre-Primary classroom assistant and an assistant in our After-School Care program. Previously Miss Tamel worked as an assistant at Pee Dee Head Start.  Miss Tamel received a B.S. degree in Human Services from Utah State Univ.


Mrs. Beth Franck
Upper Elementary Teacher

BA, East Carolina University

Beth@msfedu.org

Miss Beth came to work at the Montessori School of Florence in 2005 as an assistant in Upper Elementary.  In 2007, Miss Beth became an Upper Elementary classroom teacher.  Miss Beth received her Bachelor of Arts in English from East Carolina University.  Miss Beth is certified by the American Montessori Society.


Mrs. Heather-Lynne Shannon
Primary Music Teacher
Librarian

BA, M.Ed, Ohio University; MT-BC

HeatherLynne@msfedu.org

Miss Heather-Lynne came to work at the Montessori School of Florence in 2001 and taught music from 2001-2004. In 2008 Miss Heather-Lynne returned to teach music and to assist in the library.  Miss Heather-Lynne received her Bachelor of Arts in Music Therapy and her Master of Science in Special Education from Ohio University and is a Nationally Board Certified Music Therapist.


Mrs. Heather Ward
Art Teacher

Miss Heather Ward came to work at the Montessori School of Florence in 2017 as an art teacher.  Previously, Miss Heather taught art at Southside Middle School for 10 years.  Miss Heather is mom to Annie Rae and Eliza Jean.


Joanna Oswalt

Miss Joanna came to work at the Montessori School of Florence in 2017 as an assistant in our After School Care program and to also serve as a substitute teacher.  Currently, Miss Joanna is serving as Miss Amy’s Lower classroom assistant. She graduated from Francis Marion University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and visual arts.  Miss Joanna began her Montessori teacher training in September 2018 with the Palmetto Montessori Institute and once completed she will earn her certification in elementary education.  She is married to Bran Oswalt, owner and Lead Designer of Brown Memorials in Florence, SC.


 

Jennifer Foxworth

Jennifer Foxworth will be teaching PreK-K4 music at Montessori School of Florence. She graduated from the University of South Carolina in Music Education and taught elementary music for 10 years in Charleston County School District and Henrico Public Schools in Richmond, VA. She plays the violin and piano and has served as the concertmaster for the Florence Symphony Orchestra since 2016.


 Staff

Ms. Esonya Woodberry
Elementary Classroom Assistant, Building/Grounds Manager

Miss Esonya came to work at the Montessori School of Florence in 1999 as an assistant in the After School Care program.  Miss Esonya has been the assistant in the Upper Elementary level since 2005.  Miss Esonya has also taught Physical Education to Upper Elementary students.  She is a native of Florence and a graduate of Wilson High School.  Miss Esonya has been certified as a classroom assistant by the American Montessori Society.


Ms. Evelyn Thompson 
Pre-Primary Classroom Assistant

Miss Evelyn came to work at the Montessori School of Florence in 2000.  She has been an assistant in the Pre-Primary and Primary Level and assists with the After School Care program.  Miss Evelyn is a native of Florence and a graduate of Hannah-Pamplico High School.  Miss Evelyn has been certified as a classroom assistant by the American Montessori Society.


Dawn Sumner
Office Manager

Miss Dawn came to work at the Montessori School of Florence in 2018 as the Administrative Assistant.  Prior to Miss Dawn joining our school, she worked at Darlington High School for 27 years. In her most recent role there, she served as a Dropout Prevention Facilitator.  Miss Dawn’s husband, Ken, has been a School Resource Officer in the Darlington County School District for 25 years. She has two children: Lee and Kathleen.

Diana Groom
Lower Elementary Assistant

Miss Diana came to work at the Montessori School of Florence in 2019 as an assistant in Miss Tamel’s Lower classroom.  Prior to joining our school, she worked as a substitute teacher in Florence School District One, at The King’s Academy and Calvary Baptist Church.  Miss Diana received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Francis Marion University in 2008. She is married to Jeremy Groom and mom to Natalie.

Savannah Poston
Pre-Primary Assistant

Miss Savannah came to work at the Montessori School of Florence in 2016  as the coordinator of our Before/After School Care program. Currently she is serving as Miss Jackie’s Pre-Primary classroom assistant.  Miss Savannah Graduated from West Florence High School in 2016 and is now attending Florence Darlington Technical College, majoring in Education.  When she receives her degree, she will then pursue a Montessori education certification through the Palmetto Montessori Institute.