Welcome to the Nido Room Faculty
Allison Gerlach - Lead Directress
Allison Gerlach joined Magnolia in 2019 as an Assistant Directress in the Nido Room. She has her Associate's Degree in Education as well as extensive experience working in Early Childhood settings. She is currently enrolled as a full-time student at Centenary University. She will be graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in Special Education, Early Childhood Education, and Elementary Education. She is thrilled to be a part of this community and have the privilege to watch the children grow into the special individuals that they are destined to be.
Autumn Yun - Lead Directress
Autumn joined Magnolia in 2019 and is very excited to be apart of the Nido classroom. She learned about Maria Montessori from one of her professors and how much he truly believed in her philosophy. Naturally she became interested in it and learned that her method is focused on the students individual needs as opposed to a traditional school, which focuses on teacher-centered lessons. Autumn believes that the Magnolia Nido classroom wonderfully reflects the Montessori philosophy, and allows the children to confidently explore their surroundings. She is honored to be able to witness the children grow and develop into confident and independent beings. Autumn is looking forward to a memorable year!
Grace DeMicco - Assistant Directress
Grace joined Magnolia in 2020 after working as an Au Pair. She has worked with children ranging from infants to teenagers for many years. In 2010 Grace earned her Associate's in Animal Care and Husbandry while working as a Veterinary Nurse. In her free time she enjoys volunteering for the EMT as well as spending time renovating her old colonial home. Grace found her true passion in the Montessori Philosophy. Working in the Nido room has been rewarding in many ways. There is nothing better then watching a child explore their environment at their own pace as well as adapting it to meet each child's individual needs.
Stefanie Michenfelder - Assistant Directress
Stefanie joined Magnolia Montessori School in 2020. She is a mother of a toddler and a professional photographer. In the past, she has worked in the childcare field with children ages ranging from Infant through 5th grade. Stefanie’s hobbies include traveling, photography, running and playing with her son. Some of her favorite things to do with the children are reading books, art projects, practical life, and simply laughing and enjoying their time together.