Meet Our Staff
Laura Self, Directress and Lead Teacher
B.S. Early Childhood Education, Virginia Tech, 1997
Classroom teacher, Fairfax County Public Schools, Fairfax, VA 1997-2002
Intern, Park Road Montessori 2007-2008
Earned American Montessori Society certificate 2008
A former elementary school teacher and stay-at-home mom, Laura discovered Montessori education after her own frustrations with finding a preschool home for her daughter. After visiting a primary Montessori classroom in action, she was driven to learn more. After moving to the Charlotte area to be near her extended family, Laura began a Montessori training program in the area. After Laura completed the program, as well as an internship at Park Road Montessori, Journey Montessori Academy was born. Laura, her husband, and her two children live in the Lake Wylie community.
Sheila Fife, Assistant
Sheila has a degree in Elementary Education from John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio.
She worked in youth ministry before becoming a stay-at-home mom. She lives in Lake Wylie with her daughter and son.
Amy Thomas, Music Teacher
Amy Thomas holds degrees in Music Education from Appalachian State University and Winthrop University. She is a certified Music Together teacher and has completed all three levels of Orff-Schulwerk training. Her research on early childhood musical instruction has been published in General Music Today. Mrs. Thomas has taught in both public and private schools. She is a former faculty member of the James C Harper School of Performing Arts. Currently, she is a private early childhood music teacher.