Our Guides

In the Montessori classroom teachers are often referred to as “guides.” This is because in Montessori, students lead the way by showing interest and skill in the work of the classroom while the teacher guides their interests through the curriculum. The Montessori curriculum and materials are designed to entice students to engage independently in the work of the classroom with the help of a Montessori trained guide, rather than the student being expected to work on the teachers timeline. Students in our classrooms are partners with the guides in discovering their education and growing their skills. Each student has a customized and individual education plan that meets their academic and social/emotional needs. They are allowed to progress through the curriculum at their own pace. This often results in an accelerated learning environment for the child.

Teachers are the most important factor in student achievement. All of our guides are American Montessori Society certified or working towards Montessori certification. CMS is an AMS affiliate school, and is working towards full AMS Accreditation. We are proud of the cultural and geographic diversity of our teaching staff, which brings us a truly global educational environment. Our average student-teacher ratio is 11 to 1.

Sheetal Jayswal, M.Ed.

Redbud Room Lead Guide

Certified Guide (Ages 3-6)

With CMS since 2012

Sheetal grew up in India. She received a bachelor’s degree in Botany and a post-graduate Diploma in Biochemistry. She moved to the USA in 2007 for a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from SWOSU in Weatherford. During her study, she found the Primary American Montessori Society program in Houston and found it fascinating. She received her  Primary Montessori Certification in 2013 from the Houston Montessori Center. She enjoys sewing, traveling, hiking, listening to music, and spending time outdoors with friends and family in her spare time.

Andrea Barlow

Redbud Room Assistant

With CMS since 2022

Andrea is an Oklahoma Native who graduated from Oklahoma University with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication with a minor in Anthropology. After becoming a mother her interests changed, she left Oil and Gas behind and discovered Montessori. Her desire to connect with community and rediscover the joy of education align with Montessori philosophy harmoniously. This is her 2nd year as a teacher assistant. Andrea loves dancing to bluegrass, hiking, camping, all things nature, and expanding her awareness everyday.
Everyday is sacred with opportunities to learn and grow.

Cheyenne Myers

Maple Room Lead Guide

Certified Guide (Ages 3-6)

With CMS since 2019

Cheyenne graduated with a degree in psychology from Oklahoma Baptist University in 2015. She completed her Primary Montessori Teacher Certification in 2023 at Oklahoma City University after working as a Primary Classroom Assistant at CMS for three years. She is currently teaching in the Maple Classroom with her Primary Assistant Rachael Wisner.

In her free time, Cheyenne enjoys reading, baking, and going to museums.

Rachael Wisner

Maple Room Assistant

Certified Guide (Ages Birth – 3)

With CMS since 2022

Rachael is a Norman native and Montessori alum. She obtained her degree in early childhood education in Denver, CO and shortly after received her American Montessori Society Infant and Toddler credential in Boulder, CO. After starting a family, Rachael used her Montessori knowledge to facilitate toddler playgroups in her home and parent education classes focusing on limit setting and toilet learning. Rachael enjoys growing things, reading and adventuring with her 2 children.

Cheryl Husbands, M.Ed.

Lower Elementary Mentor and Co-Lead

Certified Guide (ages 3-9)

With CMS since 2006

Cheryl grew up in New Jersey but moved to Oklahoma with her family and they are happy to be here with a great backyard. She received her Bachelor of Arts in International Relations with a minor in Geography from Boston University. She then earned her Masters of Education from Oklahoma City University, where she specialized in Montessori. She went on to the receive her Montessori Certification for Primary Elementary I and II from the Houston Montessori Center, She has been working with children for over 20 years. Cheryl speaks French and enjoys “learning and encouraging children to be the best they can be.” In her free time she likes to cook, read, and play music.

Liz Ryder

Lower Elementary Co-Lead
With CMS since 2023

Liz was raised in Nashville, Tennessee, and moved to Boulder, Colorado right after graduating with her teaching license. She then received her Montessori accreditation from the Montessori Education of the Rockies, and enjoyed every minute of it! Since then, she has been teaching Montessori elementary grades; both lower and upper elementary. Liz enjoys hiking, painting, writing, and traveling. 

Keisha Beasley, Ph.D.

Lead Guide Upper Elementary/Middle School

Certified Guide (Ages 6-15)

With CMS Since 2016

Keisha developed a love of the environment growing up in Maine and Massachusetts. Pursuing that interest, she studied Environmental Chemistry at the University of Vermont (B.S.), Duke University (M.E.M.), and the University of Oklahoma (Ph.D.). She is published within her field and has professional experience as an Environmental Scientist with RETEC. As a GAANN fellow at OU, she was drawn to the field of education and the processes of discovery. She has experience and training in teaching science to elementary,  secondary,  and college-aged students.  She is also a certified Pilates instructor with ten years of experience. Keisha received her Upper Elementary Credentials from the North American Montessori Center and her Secondary Montessori training from the Cincinnati Montessori Secondary Teacher Education Program. In her free time she enjoys reading, going on adventures with her family, playing field hockey, and hiking.

Shayla Williams

Lower Elementary and Middle School Assistant

With CMS since 2017

I split my childhood between Florida and Oklahoma before returning to OK as a pre-teen and calling it home. I joined the CMS family in the fall of 2017 as an assistant in LE and transitioned to UE as the community returned to in-person in fall of 2020. I haven’t looked back since. The spark that Montessori lights in children to be the learners they were born to be is beautiful and worth supporting. I’m currently working toward a bachelor’s degree in creative writing and English. When I’m not at school, as a student or a teacher, I spend my time crocheting, hiking with friends and family, reading and writing in equal measure, and cooking.

Kenda Tyler

Lower Elementary and Middle School Assistant
With CMS since 2023

Kenda Tyler, a local graduate of the University of Oklahoma, holds a bachelor’s degree in art therapy and an associates in American Sign Language from Osu-Okc. She specializes in the intersection of art and healing. In her free time, she engages in crafting wheel-thrown pottery and taking care of her collection of house plants. Kenda also enjoys spending quiet moments with her feline bestie, Heidi.

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