Who We Are

Our Mission

Expand access to quality, child-centered education through a network of public and community-based Montessori schools.

Statement of Values

Montessori Partnerships for Georgia is founded in deep respect for the power and potential of every child. In making decisions, we hold the highest interests of the child in mind.

As an organization, we strive to embody the vibrancy of a Montessori environment:

  • We embrace challenges as opportunities.
  • We work by building connections among people and organizations, leveraging each one’s strengths to build synergy and momentum.
  • We are an inclusive community, celebrating the ways our differences enrich our work. Through relationship-building and deep listening, we face the issues of race, class and inequity that pervade our culture, so that they may be transformed through our shared work.

Our Staff

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Annie Frazer, Executive Director

Patricia Winfrey is a highly accomplished program manager with more than a decade of experience in early childhood education. She has been active in Montessori education since enrolling her son in a Montessori school 2007. Beginning as a parent volunteer, she later completed her AMI Primary training at the Montessori Institute of Atlanta and has since served in various roles as a teacher, Director of Operations, Head of School, and as an administrator for the International Montessori Training Institute teacher training center. She also has experience in traditional preschools, having worked as a director of a faith-based early childhood center. In addition to her background in early childhood education, Patricia brings a wealth of diverse leadership and management experience, having retired honorably as a Human Resources Manager in the U.S. Army.

Patricia has a B.S. from Coker College in Business Management, an M.S. from Kansas State University in Adult & Continuing Education, and an M. Ed from Loyola University Maryland.

Annie Frazer has a passion for expanding access to high-quality Montessori education. She attended Montessori schools through age twelve and graduated from Grady High School in the Atlanta Public Schools. She holds a BA in English and theater from Oberlin College, an MA in education from Stanford University, an AMI Montessori elementary diploma from the Bergamo Montessori Training Centre, and AMI Montessori certification at the adolescent level. Before founding Montessori Partnerships for Georgia, Annie worked for ten years as a Montessori adolescent teacher and administrator at Arbor Montessori School in Atlanta and worked as a middle school teacher in DeKalb County Schools.

 

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Patricia Winfrey, Program Manager

Board of Directors

Renee Carter-Woods

Renee Carter-Woods

Renee Carter-Woods began her professional life as a young advertising executive in New York City after graduating from Rutgers University in New Jersey. As much as she enjoyed many elements of the advertising world, Renee yearned to build a lifestyle around the values that defined her childhood, and she decided to become a teacher. In 1996 she enrolled in Georgia State University’s College of Education, where she earned her master's degree in early childhood education. Equally important, she was then led on a path to receiving Montessori training through the Dekalb County School District, where she has spent most of the last 20 years empowering children as a Montessori upper elementary teacher in arguably the state system’s most diverse school district. Renee currently resides in Atlanta with her devoted husband, Jay and remarkable cat, Oney Judge.

Jennifer Dorrell

Jennifer Dorrell

Jennifer Dorrell is a transplant from Jackson, Michigan and Toledo, Ohio and has lived in Georgia for 23 years.  She has a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering and a Montessori EL I-II credential from AMS. She has taught in both lower and upper elementary classes for the last 21 years. Married to Dave for 27 years, she has three adult children. She is active as a volunteer at Bridging the Gap and Backstreet Arts in Newnan, and has directed, performed, stage-managed, and otherwise participated in loads of theatrical productions in and around Atlanta.
 
Jaimie Holt

Jaimie Holt

Jaimie Holt is a former Montessori student, having attended Arbor Montessori’s middle school after moving to Atlanta as a Hurricane Katrina victim. Jaimie Holt works as a senior consultant at Baker Tilly, working in Global Forensics and Litigation Services. She graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in August 2015, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Accounting with honors, and received her Master of Science in Accounting with a Certificate in Forensic Accounting from George Mason University in August 2016. In 2017, she was licensed as a CPA.

Erin Littles

Erin Littles

Erin Littles is a Montessori-educated parent who has two children in Montessori at Briar Vista Elementary.  Erin's love for community started young, when she would spend weekends with her father registering voters and getting community petitions signed.  These early experiences have framed who she is today, and she has turned that love for community into a career working with educational non-profits.  She's spent the last twelve years creating and managing national service programs under the Corporation for National and Community Service.  These experiences have allowed her to master a number of skills including program development and volunteer management.  Erin believes that all students have the ability to learn and be successful in the right environment.  

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Anne Ledoux

Anne Ledoux has been an AMI Primary Lead Guide for 10 years. She recognized the power and potential of a Montessori education after enrolling her son in a local Montessori school. She is committed to spreading the word about quality Montessori education and is excited to be working with Montessori Partnerships for Georgia. Anne holds a M.Ed. from Loyola University and a B.A. in sociology from the University of Maryland. She is excited to be heading up Montessori Partnerships for Georgia’s Practical Life Savers initiative.