Shaun Gerson

Owner / Head of School

Shaun discovered the Montessori philosophy in 1997 at York College of Pennsylvania, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Developmental Psychology. From there, he immediately sought out Montessori education as a career and received his Elementary I certification from the Center for Montessori Teacher Education (CMTE) in New York. The following summers , Shaun held the positions of a support staff member and presenter at CMTE/NY.  He spent 5 years in Baltimore, Maryland teaching in accredited Montessori schools.

Shaun Gerson has over 13 years of Montessori education experience and is very familiar with the establishment, operation and maintenance of a Montessori school.  Currently, Shaun is the Administrator/Head of School of MESA.  He has also held the role of a teacher/educator/ presenter for the Elementary program of the Montessori Teacher Training Center in Raleigh (CMTE/NC). On his own time, he and his wife Jessica enjoy all that the mountains of Western North Carolina have to offer with their two children.


Jessica Gerson

Head of School / Program Administrator

Montessori education is dear to Miss Jess’ heart.  She began her career in Montessori in 2000 while living in her home state of Michigan.  It was during the 4 years at Dearborn Heights Montessori School that she gained invaluable experience working with a diverse population of children ranging in age from 18 months to 15 years.  She received her Early Childhood AMS Certification at the Center for Montessori Teacher Education/NY in 2004.  By way of Baltimore, Jess continued her successful career as a 3-6 directress when she moved to Asheville, NC.  She spent 5 years teaching with the wonderful community of Asheville Montessori School and is happy to share her 12 years of pre-primary (3-6) experience with the students of MESA.

Miss Jess & her husband Shaun have two beautiful children; Amelia & Levi.  In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, watching her children grow and change, crafting, and enjoying all the beauty of Asheville.


Henry Blackford

Upper Elementary Classroom Director, Music Teacher

Henry is originally from Boone, NC.  He graduated from Appalachian State University with a degree in Anthropology.  He has experience working with children at Camp Celo in Burnsville, NC.  As a child, Henry attended a Montessori school for his elementary years.  He has been familiar with the Montessori curriculum for a long time and decided to pursue a career in education.  In the summer of 2009, Henry attended the Center for Montessori Teacher Education in Raleigh, NC.  He completed his Student Teaching year with MESA under Mr. Shaun as his supervising teacher.  He went on to continue his training and has received  his Lower Elementary (6-9) and his Upper Elementary (9-12) certifications from the American Montessori Society via CMTE/NC.

Henry brings a wealth of knowledge to MESA, including his fluency of the Spanish language as well as his musical talents.  He has lived, traveled and studied abroad in Central and South America.  Henry enjoys being outdoors in the mountains for hiking, biking and running.  He lives in N. Asheville with his wife, Georgette and their daughters, Sylvia & Miriam.




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