Our Staff

Exciting new year at CVMS!:
We are proud to now have on staff a pediatric registered nurse who is teaching our new Transitional Class for older infants. Miss Paula Keith is also well trained in the Montessori Method of education, as well as being a member of the healthcare profession.

Note to parents:
We take your child's health and safety very seriously.  For this reason, all of our teachers and teachers' assistants receive thorough background checks and careful consideration.  Once employed, they are further required to adhere to stringent Department of Human Services regulations.


Ms. Dorothy Moffett, Administrator of Education
Ms. Moffett received her Masters of Educational Administration from Central Michigan University. She received a Bachelors of Science in Education from the University of Arkansas and is certified to teach grades sixth through twelve. She received her Montessori training from Memphis Montessori Institute in Memphis, Tennessee, where where she earned her certificate for Early Childhood Education.  Ms. Dorothy started the Chenal Valley Montessori School in 1996.  Away from school, she is a faithful member of Christ the King Catholic Church.
Ms. Cynthia Poole, Administrator:
Ms. Poole joined her mother, Dorothy Moffett in 2008 as the administrator for CVMS. Mrs. Poole personally witnessed her mother's passion for the Montessori philosophy on education and the success her own two daughters accomplished as students of the school. Mrs. Poole brings with her a background in both education and management. She has taught elementary and junior high special education classes for both public and private schools in the Pulaski County area. She has also taught college reading and tutored/mentored for Pulaski Technical College (a two-year community college). Her management experience comes from working as an executive suite supervisor for Flake, Tabor, Tucker, Wells, and Kelley commercial realtors back in the early part of her career. Mrs. Poole earned a master's degree in education from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with an emphasis in special education when she realized her dream of teaching. Today, she feels honored to be a part of the Montessori team and working side by side with Miss Dorothy.
Ms. Shelby Crowson, Lead Teacher
Ms. Crowson received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She has worked at CVMS since August of 1999 where she began as an after school assistant. She discovered a passion for Montessori while working in all the areas of the school from the classrooms to the office. She received her Montessori certificate from the Dallas Montessori Academy in 2007 and is certified to teach in lower and upper elementary (ages 6-12). She intends to begin work on a Master’s Degree very soon. Shelby resides in Little Rock with her husband and her one-year old daughter, who is already on the waiting list.
Ms. Miranda Paige Schrock, Lead Teacher
Schrock is from Arkansas and has been employed at CVMS for five years. She has been a primary lead teacher for two years and prior to being a lead teacher, Paige was an assistant teacher. She attended the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville. She took her Montessori training at the Dallas Montessori Teacher Program. In addition to being a Montessori teacher, Paige is an artist. Her professional work as an artist, in both painting and collage, has been shown at galleries in Fayetteville and Little Rock. She also teaches extra curricular art classes at Chenal Valley Montessori.
Shazia Dharamsey, Lead Teacher
Shazia Dharamsey was born in Pakistan and moved to the United Kingdom as a young child.  Shazia completed her bachelor's degree in philosophy and her master's degree in Psychology.  She received her Montessori Teaching Diploma in Canada from the Canadian Montessori Teacher Education Institute which is accredited by the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE).  She has teaching experience in Canada and the United Kingdom.  Shazia has work experience with children with special needs and believes that the Montessori Teaching Method can address the learning styles of all children with various needs.
Christi Lewis, Assistant Teacher (Lower Elementary)
Mrs. Christi earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Central Arkansas in Biology and Interior Design.  She began working at CVMS during summer camp in 2000.  While obtaining her degree, she returned for 2 ½ years working in the afternoons, as well as teaching Spanish and Computer classes for the Primary Class.  She returned in 2009, teaching the Upper Elementary in the afternoons in PE and Biology, along with Computers and Spanish, and substitute teaching in multiple classrooms. Beginning in the fall of 2010, she will be the lead teacher of the new Montessori Infant House, and is currently earning her Infant/Toddler teaching certificate from the North American Montessori Center. Outside of school, she enjoys spending time with her husband of 5 ½ years and her 18 month old son, who will join her class in August, where she is excited to see how the Montessori method will work with infants.
Mrs. Elise Keech
Mrs. Elise received her Bachelors of Arts in Advertising/Public Relations from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.  She later received her Alternate Teaching Certification in Early Childhood Education from the University of New Orleans.  She has also received her International Montessori Teaching Diploma from North American Montessori Center for Infant, Toddler and Twos.  Elise began working at CVMS in the Senior Infant Room and is a strong believer that the Montessori Method is tremendously beneficial from birth and on.
Mrs. Cindy Johnson
Mrs. Johnson attended the University of Central Arkansas where she studied marketing.  She received her Montessori certification from Memphis Montessori Institute in 1984 and even owned her own Montessori school in North Little Rock in the 1990s.  Mrs. Johnson is married, has two daughters, one son, and one grandson.  She lives in Little Rock.