Rachel Cole, co-Founder & lead teacher
Rachel Cole is a Montessori educator whose passion is middle school. As a young teacher in New Orleans, Rachel was eager to find a model of education that would empower and honor the spirit of her students. This search lead her to Montessori.
Rachel taught at the Montessori School of Fort Worth, where she helped establish a brand new middle school program. In addition to learning their core subjects, her students spent time starting their own businesses, serving local refugee families, hiking in Jackson Hole, farming in Arkansas, and exploring electives ranging from Mandarin Chinese to meditation to knitting.
Rachel is a systems thinker with a natural ability to create a responsive and welcoming school culture. Rachel served as a school leader at Audubon Charter, overseeing grades six through eight. There she lead a team of ten adults and 100+ students, redesigning the middle school program to implement Montessori practices in a public setting.
Rachel is an active member of the American Montessori Society, and served as an Emerging Leaders Fellow in 2018. Rachel has presented at AMS conferences on Placed-Based teaching, and she is excited to use the New Orleans cultural and ecological landscape as an extension of her classroom.
Originally from Princeton, NJ, Rachel is a first generation college student, graduating cum laude from Tulane with a BA in English Literature. Rachel received her Montessori certification from Houston Montessori Center, and went on to earn her M.Ed in Montessori Integrative Learning from Endicott College.
Rachel resides in Gentilly with her husband and two kittens. In her free time, Rachel can be found reading at a coffee shop or running in City Park.
Harry T. Cole, co-founder & executive director
Harry serves as the Executive Director for both Bauhaus Montessori Foundation and University Montessori School, working to design and implement the schools’ vision, curriculum, and overall strategy. For Harry, Montessori is more than just a pedagogy, it is a framework for purposeful and mindful living.
Harry is an American Montessori Society “AMS” credentialed Secondary I/II instructor who has worked with children of all ages throughout his instructional career. Harry previously served as the Learning Specialist for Tulane University, where he specialized on the implementation of Universal Design for Learning “UDL” in pedagogical philosophy, while simultaneously maintaining a caseload of students coping with Learning Differences and Disabilities.
Harry has several qualifications that inform his work, including: Montessori Applied to Children At Risk “MACAR”; Mental Health First Aid; Facilitating Trauma-Informed Motivational Conversations; Academic Strategies & Executive Function Support; Fundamentals of Strategic & Organization Planning; Organizational Change Management.
Harry is a public speaker, lecturer, and workshop facilitator actively working with pre- and post-secondary organizations to address challenges faced by students struggling to succeed in traditional learning environments.
A New Orleans native, Harry attended St. Martin’s Episcopal School and Tulane University. While Harry loves the traditions of New Orleans that shape the city’s vibrant culture, he also advocates for expanding progressive, learner-centered educational models in the community.
Camella clements, Curriculum consultant & instructor
Camella Clements is credentialed by the American Montessori Society and has worked as a middle school teacher, teacher trainer, and curriculum designer since 2002. She earned her B.A. in English Literature and Studio Art from Rice University. She is passionate about Montessori education because of its emphasis on educating for peace.
She has taught students from ages 12 months through 12th grade but feels drawn to working with the unique challenges faced by the middle school mind. She loves being outdoors, cycling, camping, canoeing, and hiking with her husband and daughter.