Our Elementary Staff
Chelsea Richey began as the Flamingo lower elementary guide in August of 2021. She previously taught lower elementary at the Montessori Institute in Broward just outside of the Everglades, and started the upper elementary class at Montessori InTown here, in Atlanta. She was certified through the Atlanta Montessori Institute after graduating with a degree in cognitive psychology from North Georgia College and State University. She always knew she would become a teacher, and as a child enjoyed guiding the neighborhood children on creek hikes or teaching them the best way to climb a tree. She still loves hiking, as well as gardening and practicing yoga, and brings warmth and positivity into the classroom. Her favorite part of teaching is seeing the spark ignite within a child upon their sudden understanding, and the passionate uncovering of truth that is sure to follow. She lives in Decatur with her husband, John, and her cat, Panda.
Stacey received her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from the University of Oklahoma and in 1999, she and her family moved from Oklahoma to Georgia. After working in the accounting field for 11 years she took a year off to stay home with her newborn daughter. In 2004 she began her career in Montessori as the first administrator at Riverstone Montessori Academy in Marietta. After 3 years she moved into the classroom as an assistant before deciding to take the AMI Elementary training and obtain a Masters of Education from Loyola University. Stacey taught in both the Adolescent community as well as the lower elementary community at RMA before joining the MSAE team. Stacey spent 6 years with us as the Adolescent teacher before recently transitioning to the upper elementary classroom.