Support Staff

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Sarah Hunter
French and Art Teacher
IMG_9602sarahSarah’s family has an apartment in Paris, and she grew up spending part of each year in France. During college, she worked towards her Art major while studying abroad in the French countryside in Aix-en-Provence. She lived with a French family, including the renowned organist of the town’s cathedral, plus a cat, a dog, their ducks, rabbit, and guinea pig. Growing up in a family full of “francophiles,” Sarah looks forward to sharing her knowledge and experiences in France with the kids!

Sarah was raised in Atlanta in an art loving family.  She fell in love with photography in high school so much that she majored in it in college (Guilford College) and mastered in art at the Savannah College of Art and Design.  From studying painting in Aix-en-Provence, France to owning her own photography business, Sarah has a lot to bring to the table.  Her goal in art class each year is to discuss art history, to explore and embrace one’s own creative style, to allow the kids the opportunity to explore as many mediums as possible and most importantly…to have fun!
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Sarah has been teaching children in the Montessori environment for almost 15 years.

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Steve Atkins
Life Sciences Teacher
steve for mesaSteve Atkins has been described by Jeff Holmes, the executive director of The Amphibian and Reptile Conservancy as “a National Treasure” and “a Force of Nature.” His son, Mason and daughter, Lila attend MESA.

 

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Jennifer Armstrong
Health/Fitness
I am thrilled to be a part of the MESA community this year and am looking forward to meeting and working with each of your children. We are going to have a wonderful time exploring and discovering how our bodies move, incorporating important skills such as balance, coordination, agility, aerobic endurance, strength, and flexibility, all while utilizing good listening, visual, and teamwork skills. This will come in the form of some traditional games such as “red light, green light,” imaginative play, partner­-oriented, and team-­building activities which emphasize the joy and freedom of exercise as a healthy and integral component of everyday life. Through education of basic anatomy and nutrition, the children will gain a sense of responsibility over their physical bodies and heighten their awareness of themselves in their external, as well as internal, environments. Overall, the goal is to have FUN!
I am a firm believer that children possess a “mind­-body wisdom,” an innate sense of how to move correctly, i.e., effectively and efficiently without placing undue stress on their joints and tissues. Over time, due to many factors including poor nutrition habits and poor posture, most individuals lose proper body mechanics, unknowingly and unintentionally placing themselves at risk of injury when they exercise and/or play sports. My objective is to reinforce that mind­body wisdom to engrain sound movement patterns NOW, so they can transfer them to an organized sport or any physical activity they choose, reducing their chance of injury.
Of course, that is my “behind­ the­ scenes” objective!
If you have any questions at all, please feel free to contact me at anytime. Please also feel free to learn more about me through my website listed below.
In Health and Balance, Jennifer
Jennifer Armstrong, President and Founder
Armstrong Integrative Movement, LLC
Certified Personal Trainer (CPT), American Council on Exercise (ACE) Corrective Exercise Specialist
Functional Movement Screen Specialist Level 2
Certified Cellular Exercise Instructor
828­243­8353
aimforhealthandfitness@aol.com www.armstrongintegrativemovement.com


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Luna Ray
Music

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“Luna” Ray is a teacher of yoga, a workshop and retreat leader, musician and recording artist, and an activist for conscious and empowered community collaboration. As an advocate for wellness and spiritual growth, Luna works with the deep intention of inspiring and encouraging humans to cultivate an awareness of their inherent wisdom. Luna believes that by coming together, and using the tools of yoga, including mantra and meditation, we are led to our hearts deepest desires, and we build the strength to act upon them.
Luna has been a student and practitioner of yoga, mantra, music and meditation for the past 20 years, and a teacher for over 10 years. She is ERYT 200 certified yoga instructor, and her primary study of yoga philosophy has been tantra through the teachings of Rod Stryker and ParaYoga. She is deeply devoted to the practice of Bhakti yoga, (yoga of devotion) and deeply influenced by teachers Russill Paul, Rama Jyotir Vernon, Krishna Das, and Ram Das. Luna has recorded, and co-produced 3 albums that feature nationally known artists including, Wah!, Girish, and David Newman. She has travelled and taught extensively throughout the world weaving ancient yoga tradition, and heart felt music and mantra, deeply touching the souls of those who come to her events.

Luna is currently guiding a variety of yoga classes and workshops, leading on-going Bhakti Immersions for Women, teaching Bhakti Modules in ERYT 500 trainings in the Eastern and Mid-Western US, teaching music at MESA montessori school, and mentoring yoga and music students (adults and children). She is also leading kirtan, and offering music within yoga classes at yoga festivals and in studios in the eastern U.S. She is a co-founder of True Nature Education (www.truenatureeducation.com), a holistic travel company who hosts a diverse catalog of retreats in Costa Rica each year, and the CREER Service Organization (www.creerbelieve.org), an organization that creates a bridge of support from the US to the rural villages of Costa Rica. When Luna is not traveling, she resides in Asheville, NC with her husband Joshua and her young daughter Jaya. For more information about Luna and her offerings go to: KristinLunaRay.com or email kristinraymusic@yahoo.com

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Nan & Steve Gregory – Advisors to MESA
Asheville Montessori School
Preschool–Kindergarten – Serving students ages 3-6

 

 

 

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