Lagniappe Montessori
   Children's Center
          619 Lee Street - Minden, LA 71055 - Phone 318.371.3737 - Fax 318.371.7787 - Email:          

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Charlene Williams
is the owner and Executive Director of LMCC.  In addition
to her administrative duties, she teaches in the Lower Elementary classroom and
tutors and assists with homework in the After School Enrichment Program.  Mrs.
Charlene  has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education, a Master's
Degree in Early Childhood Curriculum and Instruction, as well as teaching certificates
for the Primary and Infant/Toddler Montessori classes. Both degrees were obtained
from Louisiana Tech University, and the Montessori training was acquired through
the North American Montessori Center. Before opening LMCC, Mrs. Charlene
taught for 16 years in various schools throughout Webster Parish.  She is considered
'Highly Qualified' by the State Board of Education in Jr. High Math. Mrs. Charlene
also has a National Administrator Credential. She teaches our 3rd-8th Science, and
Math for 4th, 5th, and 8th grades. 

Melissa Gruner
was hired as the Director of LMCC in April, 2010.  In addition to
her duties as the director,  she assists with the After School Enrichment Program
each afternoon by transporting the students and providing homework help.  She
has worked at LMCC since we opened. Before that, she worked in another
Montessori for 6 years. She has her National Administrator Credential, and she
received certification as a Primary Montessori Teacher through the North American
Montessori Center.   

Pam Payne is one of the lead teachers in the Primary Class.  She has been working
in a Montessori school for the past 9 years, three of which have been at LMCC. 
Mrs. Pam has spent her adult life volunteering her talents with children and youth in
Medical Camps, with 4-H activities, and as an archery coach for the National Alliance
for Youth Sports.  She is a certified Montessori teacher and received her Primary
Montessori Teaching Certificate from the North American Montessori Center.

Debra Spillers
has been a lead teacher at LMCC since August, 2010, and she
currently teaches in a Primary classroom.  Mrs. Debra received her Montessori
Teaching Certificate from the North American Montessori Center.  Prior to joining
the staff at LMCC, she worked as a pre-school teacher and Art Director.  Mrs.
Debra is a loving mother and grandmother who has devoted her life to the care and
education of young children. 

Charlotte Wingfield is the Business Administrator.  She has thirty years experience
in business management.  Mrs. Charlotte was a partner and the president of Cellxion,
LLC in Bossier City, LA until her retirement in the fall of 2008.  In her capacity
as Business Administrator for Lagniappe Montessori & Children's Center, she is
responsible for business development and finance.  

Mrs. Leslie Utley
is a teacher in our 3rd-8th grade. She holds a B.A. in English from
Centenary College of Louisiana and a M.A. in Teaching from the University of
Louisiana-Monroe. Before teaching at LMCC, she taught high school English for
Webster Parish for 6 years.

Mrs. Dana Brown is our first and second grade teacher. She received her
Bachelor of Science
in Early Childhood Education from Louisiana Tech
University in 2008.  In addition
to this, Mrs. Dana received her Lower Elementary
Montessori certification from the
North American Montessori Center in 2012.
She has one year of Montessori
teaching experience as well as four years of
substitute teaching experience in the
public schools.

Ms. Claire Rathbun has been a part of LMCC since August, 2010, as an assistant
teacher in the Primary Class.  She has an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood
from Bossier Parish Community College.  In addition to caring for the children at
LMCC, Ms. Claire has been an Au Pair for a family with four girls for the past
10 years.  

Ms. Ashley Anderson joined the staff of LMCC in August, 2011, as an assistant
teacher in the Primary Class.  She received an Associate's Degree in General
Studies from Bossier Parish Community College.  Prior to her work here, Ms.
Ashley worked at an in-home day care for four years teaching basic learning skills
such as letter names and sounds and shapes. 

Ms. Michelle Hearn taught in the Webster Parish School system for 23 years.
She graduated from LSUS in 1987. At Lagniappe, she teaches 3rd, 4th, and 6th
grade math, 3rd grade reading and grammar, and 8th grade Louisiana history.

Ms. Cheryl Harris
is one of our primary teachers. She is retired from the
Webster Parish system where she served as a paraprofessional in the
public pre-school. Cheryl received an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood
Education from Northwest Vocational Technical School. She has been with
LMCC since 2010, and she loves working with young children and watching
them progress from one stage of development to the next.

Miss Lauren Williams
is the Assistant Director. She assists across the
school wherever needed. She graduated from Louisiana Tech University
with a B.S. in Business Administration. Her master’s degree is a M.S.
in Performance Improvement from Grantham University.

Mrs. Natylin Wingfield
is currently an assistant in one of our primary classes.
She is a life- long resident of Minden and enjoys working with and helping
young children.

Ms. Michelle Cline graduated from Glenbrook School and then Louisiana Tech
University. She has one son who attends LMCC. She currently works in our K-2
classroom and loves her kindergarteners. Before LMCC, she worked in pre-school
for several years.
Lagniappe Montessori and Children's Center does not discriminate on the basis of religion, race, color, national or ethnic origin regarding
its admissions, policies, procedures, scholarship programs, or any other school-sanctioned programs.