Staff

TEDDI LOCKE
UMS MONTESSORI DIRECTOR AND LEAD TEACHER IN PRIMARY COMMUNITY

Certified Montessori Teacher (AMI) since 1973
44 years experience as Lead Montessori teacher
39 years at UMS as Director and lead Montessori teacher
Bachelor of Sciences from Loyola University
Orff Level I certification
Nature School Training

Teddi has been at University Montessori School since it opened in 1978. She believes in the potential in every child and does everything to promote it. She feels that the children are her friends and enjoys being with them. She has a good time with the children. She is a true Montessoian with a deep understanding of how children and all humans learn. She is completely devoted to UMS.

EVA MORAN
UMS ADMINISTRATIVE DIRECTOR

Bachelor of Arts from Loyola University New Orleans
11 years professional experience in advertising and marketing

Eva came to UMS first as a parent. She was an involved parent and worked on several of our auctions. She is a lovely person in every way and handles so much in the office. We really could not get along without her! She and her husband love to travel and are the parents of three lovely children, two which graduated from UMS.

ERIN BOHLKE
TEACHER IN PRIMARY COMMUNITY, OFFICE MANAGER HANDLING ALL ACCOUNTING, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF CAMP CRICKET AND OUR PHOTOGRAPHER

Attended MWEI Montessori Training
27 years teaching experience
34 years at UMS (worked at UMS after school starting in middle school)
Attended University of New Orleans

Erin is quiet but the list of what she does around here is endless! She has such a deep love for young children and truly enjoys being with them. She has a daughter, Hannah, who graduated from UMS.

TASHA FOSTER
TEACHER IN PRIMARY COMMUNITY AND DIRECTOR OF CAMP CRICKET

Bachelor of Arts – Sociology – Southeastern Louisiana University
AMS Montessori Certified since 2008 – Houston Montessori Center
Masters in Education with a focus on Montessori from Endicott College
5 years as a Montessori teacher at UMS

Tasha is a warm-hearted, loving person. She is so loved and appreciated by all that know her – children, staff and parents. Her understanding of Montessori theory is profound. Tasha and her husband, Jonathan, have a daughter, Ajay, whom is a graduate of UMS.

PAM HATFIELD
LEAD TEACHER IN TODDLER CLASS

Certified Montessori Teacher (AMS) – 1988
Bachelor of Arts Degree – U.N.O.
30 years Montessori teaching experience
30 years at UMS

Pam is a calm and caring teacher. She is very sweet with the children and laughs easily with them. She has been at UMS since 1987. She worked for many years in the primary class but in recent years she has been in the little class. She and her husband Ben, have two grown daughters, Sophie and Isabelle who attended UMS.

GAIL WILLIAMS
TEACHER IN TODDLER CLASS AND AFTERCARE DIRECTOR

Attended MWEI Montessori Training
31 years teaching experience
31 years at UMS
Attended Delgado Community College

Gail has never met a stranger! She forms a personal relationship with everyone, especially children. She is a character and keeps everyone laughing. She is so good with the children and the parents. She and her husband, Wayne, have three grown children, Gigi, Wayne, and Heidi (attended UMS), and, also two grandchildren, Tyler and Jaden, who also attended UMS.

TANIA VELASCO
TEACHER IN THE PRIMARY COMMUNITY, SPANISH TEACHER ON MONDAY AFTERNOONS AND YOGA TEACHER 

Bachelor of Arts, Tulane University
Masters Degree in Business, Universidad de Chile
Children’s Yoga Instructor
Certified Dyslexic Advocate, San Diego University
Certified Dyslexic Assessor, Nichols University
6 years at UMS as a substitute teacher, 3 years as the teacher in the art room

Tania is from Chile and came to the United States at nine years of age. She speaks a lot of Spanish to the children during the day. She is a funny and out spoken. She loves the children dearly and is personally involved with them always. She works in the art room and is very creative with the children. She is very involved in animal rescue. She shares her love for animals, especially elephants, with the children.

SUPPORT STAFF – SPECIAL AFTERNOON CLASSES FOR PRIMARY COMMUNITY

GAIL KLAUDER-VAZ
SPANISH TEACHER ON WEDNESDAY AFTERNOONS

Bachelor of Arts Degree, Chestnut Hill College
Masters Degree, Tulane University

Gail is a lovely person who is kind and loving with the children. She plays fun games and sings songs with them, all in Spanish. Gail has taught Spanish in elementary schools, high school and at Tulane University.

MARGO MOSS
ART TEACHER ON THURSDAY AFTERNOONS

New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts Certified
Children’s Yoga Instructor

Margo has an amazing ability to present art concepts to young children in a way that they understand it such as perspective, organic and inorganic shapes, etc. The children love art class and create great pieces of art.

CAROLYN DURONSLET
FORMER TEACHER IN PRIMARY COMMUNITY AT UMS BUT RETIRED A FEW YEARS AGO. HOWEVER, SHE TEACHES SCIENCE AND SPORTS SKILLS TWO AFTERNOONS A WEEK. SHE IS ALSO OUR SUBSTITUTE.

Certified Montessori Teacher (St. Nicholas) – 1973
19 years experience as lead teacher
26 years teaching experience
16 years at UMS
Attended University of New Orleans
Tennis pro and tennis teacher at City Park Tennis

Carolyn is a great teacher who puts a lot of effort into all of her lessons. She loves to have a good time with the children!