One Tree Staff
Founder, Director & Upper Elementary Teacher (4th-6th)
Jacqueline has her MEd in Applied Child Studies from Peabody College at Vanderbilt and a BA in Spanish, Education and Vocational Ministry from Harding University. She also holds her Montessori Upper Elementary credentials through NAMC.
With over 17 years of educational experience, she has a passion for teaching and for working with children and their parents. She has taught children of all ages (beginning with age 3 all the way through high school) as well as taught English to second language learners in Barcelona Spain, and Spanish to adults enrolled in community education courses. She is also an assistant teacher for a variety of courses taught at the School of Healing Arts, here in Nashville, TN.
In addition to running One Tree, she homeschools her own two young children, enjoys yoga, spending time in nature and writing. Here is something she wrote about her experience opening One Tree and homeschooling her own: My 8 Year Old Doesn't Know His Alphabet.
All School Assistant
Bio coming soon...
All School Assistant
Lee has a BA in English, a nursing degree, 9 years experience as a primary Montessori co-teacher and music teacher, and is a lifelong professional musician. She has been a NICU nurse at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital for 13 years, and loves the balance of that job and the gentle atmosphere of One Tree. She homeschooled her children for several years as elementary students, and is a firm believer in the respect, joy, creativity and structured learning that a Montessori education brings. One of Lee's strengths is connecting with children at their level. Part of her time while on campus is spent having children read to her so that they can strengthen their reading skills.
Primary Class Lead Teacher (K - 1st)
Rebecca Irizarry has been teaching in Montessori Schools since 1997. She holds Montessori certifications from St. Nicholas’ Training Centre for the Montessori Method of Education and the National Center for Montessori Education along with certifications for Children Who Learn Different (the different ways in which children learn) and Teaching Effective Organization and Study Skills. Ms. Irizarry’s goal is to guide every child to excel and achieve his/her fullest potential through a skillfully designed environment that fosters imagination, creativity, a love of learning, inquiry, and discovery. This is why she chose Montessori. She loves to see how the students engage themselves independently and in group activities that will cater to the development of collaboration and learning to use what they know to solve new problems and think in innovative ways. Ms. Irizarry has two daughters who attended Montessori schools in Florida. She enjoys spending time with family and friends.
Primary Class Teacher & Lower Elementary Art Teacher
Rebecca attended Ithaka Montessori for pre-K under the guidance of Mary King. After that she went to Abintra Montessori from 1st to 8th grade. Rebecca loved to learn in an environment that nurtured her curiosity and her own unique interests. After a year at Olney Friends School (a quaker high school) she found her place at Interlochen Arts Academy where she majored in creative writing. Following high school she spent a year volunteering at Association for des Quartiers IDMAJ in Morocco where she taught english as a second language to children in the slums of casablanca. Rebecca worked off and on at Abintra Montessori as an assistant guide and a helper to children with special needs. Rebecca has taught art to both the primary and elementary students at One Tree and believes strongly that everyone is an artist. She loves to combine her interest in cultural studies with her passion for art. She is looking into going back to school part time to continue her studies in art and education. She feels privileged to be a part of the homeschool community at One Tree.
Lower Elementary Teacher (2nd - 3rd)
Maureen has a BA in Psychology and Philosophy at the State University of New York, Albany. From 1988 to 2015 (27 years) she taught in both the 3 to 6 year and 6 to 9 year levels having been Montessori credentialed in both. Maureen has been immersed in Montessori philosophy for most of her adult life. She also homeschooled her daughter, Dycee, from 5th grade through high school.
Currently, she is also an instructor in a Training Center for teachers seeking Montessori certification. Working in the One Tree community is an exciting opportunity for Maureen to continue her embrace of both Montessori education and home schooling.
Lower Elementary Teacher (2nd - 3rd)
Brian received his Bachelor’s in Writing from Denison University, and is the father of two young daughters. Brian completed his lower elementary Montessori Certification from NAMC in March 2016. He is in his 4th year at One Tree, previously having trained in and assisted with the primary classroom before moving to work with the lower elementary class. He enjoys cooking, gardening, and deep thinking – and is arguably the most accomplished recording artist in his household. When he is not working on records, he enjoys writing children's stories with his two daughters. He also volunteers to help out at Napier Elementary, here in Nashville.
Upper Elementary Teacher (4th-6th)
Carlena has lived in Nashville for over 30 years with her husband of 40 years, Mark. She has a daughter, Erin McVay and an 8 year old Basset noun named Fred. She also has a BA in Child Development from Trinity College. She also has her Montessori certification from the AMI Montessori institute in Memphis, TN. She spent 14 years as a primary teacher at Montessori Academy in Brentwood and 4 years as a lead teacher at Woodmont Christian Preschool here in Nashville. For the past 5 years, Carlena has served as a private tutor for many children in Kindergarten through the 6th grade. She absolutely loves the peace and beauty of nature and loves to walk, run, bike, garden, kayaking boating and just plain working outside. She hopes that while she is here at One Tree that she will be able to inspire all children to love learning.
Permaculture Teacher for Upper & Lower Elementary Classrooms
Born and raised in Nashville, TN, Jeremy received his Bachelor's of Science in Biology and Chemistry from Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa. During an internship at Ashevillage Institute, an urban permaculture laboratory and community, Jeremy earned his Permaculture Design certificate. Jeremy has traveled extensively, which includes a trip to Pine Ridge Lakota Reservation South Dakota to build a bio-dynamic garden at Lakota Waldorf school. He currently is the owner/operator of Nashville Foodscapes, a Landscape design/build company whose motto is "Less Mowing, More Growing." One Tree is excited to have him teach our students about food security and earth restoration, as well as have him to help design our very own foodscape for our community.
Primary & Upper Elementary Art Teacher
Jessi Goodwin is a mixed media artist and part-time art instructor specializing in acrylic painting and textile collage. She holds a BFA in Visual Art from Huntingdon College and has had the pleasure of working with students ranging in age from preschoolers to seniors and utilizing a wide variety of mediums. In recent years she has had the immense honor of sharing her love of the arts and art history at WEB Middle School tutorial, SmART Art Supplies, One Tree East, Montessori East, El Jardin de Los Niños, FiftyForward, and guest teaching at Lockeland Design Center. Jessi truly believes that absolutely everyone can create beautiful things if they only take the time to open their hearts and experiment.
All-School Music Teacher
Richard Wineland grew up in the Allegheny mountains of Pennsylvania and studied at Penn State University and Goshen College, graduating with a B.A. in Music in 1993. He also holds a
Master of Divinity degree and is currently pursuing a doctorate in theology from Bexley Seabury Episcopal Seminary in Chicago. He is an Episcopal priest*, serving at St. Ann’s parish here in Nashville, and has been a performer and music teacher for over 40 years and has ample experience teaching music in a Montessori environment. Richard and his wife, Lee, have seven adult children and appreciate the gentle spirit of Montessori education and its focus on building a community of imaginative learners. Richard joined us last year as a sub and we are excited to have him teach music to all the classrooms this year.
* Although coming from a deeply "religious" background, Richard, as is all of our teachers, is completely respectful of One Tree being a non-religiously based program as well as one that is accepting of all races, religions and backgrounds.
All-School Improv Teacher
Hadassah is first and foremost the grateful mother of 3 beautiful little thespians (2 of whom are students at One Tree), and her living room is the stage of musical and theatrical performances almost every day. Hadassah began her own journey in Theatre at the age of 9 at a small Shakespeare company in Dayton, Ohio. Since then, she has acted, directed, taught, and studied drama (Lee University and several community theaters) at every possible opportunity. Teaching children the art and joy of acting is a life-changing experience for everyone involved. In improvisational theatre, children develop and expand their personal skills of confidence, independence, creativity, flexibility, adaptability, teamwork, problem-solving, and spontaneity in a unique and powerful way. Hadassah is honored and excited to contribute to the One Tree community in a new way and cannot wait to see the students find new voices to express the unique beauty and intelligence within each of their hearts and minds.