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This is our Team of Educators who will co-teach the elementary class:

Lindsey Holderfield Elementary Guide and Board Member

Lindsey is an artist and educator from Birmingham, Alabama who has lived and worked in Abingdon, VA since 2001. Prior to opening her own educational art studio in 2014, Holderfield worked for over a decade as a curriculum integration specialist, program director, and outreach educator for several non-profit organizations including Appalachian Sustainable Development and the National Geographic Education Foundation. She holds a B.A. in Geography from Auburn University, a M.S. in Geography from The University of Tennessee, Education coursework from Old Dominion University and is in the process of completing her Elementary I & II Montessori Certification from The Center for Guided Montessori Studies. Lindsey loves to cook, paint and travel and is excited to share her love of learning with the students of Moonflower. While the cultural area of the classroom is close to her heart, Montessori has ignited a new love of math for her.

Christiana Gibson Primary Guide and Board Member

Christiana received a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, a Minor in French, as well as coursework in Psychology, including Childhood Development and Cultural Diversity from the University of Virginia’s College at Wise.  She is currently completing her Montessori certification.

Christiana is excited to bring her love of education, the scientific method, and children all together inside the Montessori classroom.

Her interests include hiking, meditation and an ongoing exploration of life, seeking out new experiences, learning new skills and finding the wonder in the “everyday.”

Christiana’s favorite part of the classroom is the sensorial area, loving the ability it gives children to self-educate and self-correct, as well as the foundation it sets for more abstract concepts in the future.

Cory Scott Board Member

Cory Scott is a therapist, homesteader, and mother of two.  Cory first fell in love with Montessori education when she witnessed her nephew’s primary classroom over a decade ago.  She and her partner Nathaniel moved to Abingdon in 2009 to explore homesteading on her grandfather’s farm, where she had the opportunity to care full-time for her grandparents in their last years, and enjoy her babies. She currently works full-time as a therapist and holds a MSS with a specialization in Child and Family Well-being from Bryn Mawr College’s Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research.  She also teaches yoga at White Top Yoga in Abingdon and has a passion for empowering others to explore their inherent strength and wholeness.  Bringing Montessori education to southwest Virginia has been a long-term dream come true and she is committed to expanding educational opportunities that support social and emotional development for children in the region.

Nathaniel Pellman Board Member
Nathaniel has spent the last 8 years homesteading with his family on a farm outside of Abingdon.  Previously, he worked in construction and facilities maintenance, including a 3 year stint at Pendle Hill, a Quaker spiritual retreat center outside of Philadelphia.  Nathaniel has also spent time doing peace-advocacy work, political organizing, and serving as a K-3 teacher in Magu, Tanzania.  In addition to being a founding board member of Moonflower Montessori School, he currently cares for the family farm and is buildling a strawbale house on the property.
Sammy Jordan Board Member

Sammy Jordan is a native of Bristol, Tennessee and is the father of a rambunctious toddler. He learned about Montessori education from his wife, who enjoyed it immensely and has fond memories of her experiences. Sammy works in corporate finance and earned a B.A. from Vanderbilt University and an M.B.A. from the University of Denver. He enjoys soccer, finance, history and reading Curious George over and over again. The Montessori materials and specifically-designed classrooms will foster countless creative experiences and are a wonderful addition to Abingdon, Virginia and the Tri-Cities, TN-VA region. Sammy and his family are excited to be a part of Moonflower Montessori School and its continued success.


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