randilynn tucker, head of school

RandiLynn Tucker graduated from the University of Kentucky with a BS in Family and Child Studies. She completed her Montessori training through Montessori Educators International and is certified from age 3 years old through sixth grade. RandiLynn began her teaching career at LMS and has also taught in Montessori programs in Louisville, KY and Alpharetta, GA before returning to LMS in 2007. She became the Head of School in 2008. RandiLynn enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with family and friends in her free time.


sarah cherry, elementary

Sarah Cherry has been an Elementary teacher at LMS for over ten years. She has a Master in Education from Western Kentucky University and Montessori certification from North American Montessori Center. Sarah's hobbies include: reading, cooking and boating.


emese galne, elementary

Emese Galne holds a Master's Degrees in Education for Spanish, Italian and Ethnology from her home country, Hungary. She discovered the Montessori method during her Italian studies and has been drawn to Montessori education ever since. She started teaching Spanish for the primary and elementary students at LMS in 2010, and is now the elementary co-teacher specializing in Science and Math. To unwind and find joy, Emese reads, tends to her garden and travels with her family.


tricia morris, primary / kindergarten

Tricia Morris attended Kentucky Christian College and the University of Kentucky. She was hired by Susan Magedanz as an afternoon teacher in 1980 and fell in love with the Montessori concept and the children. She has completed Montessori training through St. Nicholas Training Centre for the ages 2 1/2 through 7, and Montessori training for 6-12 year olds through Montessori Educators International. Forty years later the love of the children still keeps her going!


april dixon, primary / kindergarten

April Dixon has been a teacher in the Primary Class since 2002 and has her Montessori Certification through Montessori Educators International (MEI). While she currently teaches children in preschool and kindergarten, April has previous experience teaching first and second graders. April receives great joy in watching a child succeed at something they have worked so hard to master.


mackenzie patton, primary

Mackenzie Patton is a 2012 graduate of the University of Kentucky with a degree in Special Education, focusing on learning and behavior disorders. She earned her Montessori certification in 2016 from North American Montessori Center. Ms. Patton began her time with LMS while she was a student at UK as an After School Teacher and now is a teacher in the Primary program. She loves the Montessori method and working with students at LMS.


jessica dawahare, primary

Jessica Dawahare holds an ADN in nursing from the University of KY and has been working as a pediatric RN at Kentucky Children’s Hospital before deciding to make a career change. She earned her Montessori certification through North American Montessori Center and joined LMS in 2018 as a Primary teacher. Jessica enjoys reading, theatre, spending time with her family and pets, and her daily Starbucks dates with daughter Isla.


jill coldiron, art

Jill Coldiron has worked at Lexington Montessori School for nearly 30 years. She holds a Fine Arts Degree from the University of Kentucky and has more than 30 years of experience teaching Art to children in Lexington. In addition to teaching at LMS, Jill teaches Ceramics in the Art Department at the University of Kentucky and owns Main Cross Gallery in downtown Lexington.


dr. martina vasil, music

Martina Vasil, PhD, is the PreK–6 music teacher at LMS. She is also an assistant professor of music education at the University of Kentucky, specializing in elementary and secondary general music education, qualitative research, and popular music education. She is thrilled to partner with LMS to stay current in her teaching practices as well as to offer collegiate students the opportunity to work with children.


Pat Kelley, office administration

Pat Kelley graduated from the University of Evansville with a degree in Social Work. She has been at LMS since 2003 and has three grown children, all former LMS students. The LMS experience my children had instilled a life-long love of learning. In her free time she enjoys running, reading, traveling, and spending time with her family and dogs.

The greatest sign of success for a teacher... is to be able to say, ‘The children are now working as if I did not exist.’
— Maria Montessori