Our Elementary Staff
Becca Peters is entering her ninth year as a guide in the Sandpiper Lower Elementary Community. She grew up the fourth of six children in Western Massachusetts. As a teenager, she lived in France for a few years, and later she graduated from Fordham University in NYC with a B.A. in French Literature. After college, she volunteered as a teacher for two years in Belize, after which she studied Montessori Education and earned her M. Ed. at Loyola College in Maryland. She moved to Decatur in 2008, where we had the good fortune to bring her into the MSAE community. Her two daughters, Clare and Annie, come to school here, too. She loves to spend off time reading, sewing and exploring Atlanta.
Ms. Suzanne began her first year as a guide in the Sandpiper Elementary Community in August of 2016. She completed her AMI training at the Montessori Institute of Milwaukee and also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from Georgia State University. Ms. Suzanne was driven to pursue a career as a Montessori Elementary teacher after her experience as an Assistant to an awe- inspiring AMI trained, Primary Montessori teacher in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This eye-opening opportunity pushed her to move beyond educating children of ages 3 to 6 to find out just what lays in wait of the child leaving the Children’s House and entering Elementary. Developing children through her guidance and their inner desire to learn is her singular motivation, as nothing is more rewarding than observing student's successes and their continuous growth into becoming a well-rounded individual in today’s society. Ms. Suzanne's son, Markus, attends MSAE and whether its planning a trip cross-country, working on dietary discoveries, recycling challenges, gardening, hiking or biking, she is devoted to him and her husband, Chris.
Shireen Nathani teaches the Upper Elementary children, and has been with us for over seven years. She has her Bachelor degree in English Literature and received her AMI Montessori certification at the Montessori Institute of Milwaukee in 2007. She worked at our Alpharetta location as the elementary teacher for 6 years before coming over to the Emory campus this past school year. Shireen’s in depth knowledge of the Montessori materials and her determination to see every child reach their full potential ensures that each elementary child succeeds. When she is not in the classroom she is an active volunteer at the early childhood development center in her community and enjoys reading, cooking, and sewing.