Teachers and Staff

“She will learn from the child how to perfect herself as a teacher.” –Maria Montessori

Richland Academy teachers and staff are highly qualified and experienced in the Montessori tradition of educating children.  They are dedicated to making each child’s experience at Richland Academy positive and successful.  Richland Academy provides annual CPR and First Aid training to the staff.

Directors


  • Ms. Samantha Adams

    Montessori Toddler Program Director & Childcare Director

    Ms. Adams joined our staff in 2012. She has a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Pittsburgh, Johnstown.  She is currently pursuing her American Montessori Society Infant and Toddler Certification and serves as the director of the Toddler and Childcare programs.


  • Mrs. Vicki Hershberger

    Montessori Directress & Preprimary Program Teacher

    Mrs. Hershberger has three children who are Richland Academy graduates.  She has served our school in various capacities since 1985; and in our Preprimary classroom since 1999.  Mrs. Hershberger earned her American Montessori Society Early Childhood Certification and serves as the Montessori Directress, overseeing the implementation of the Montessori curriculum throughout the school.


  • Mrs. Amanda McKinley

    Preprimary Program Teacher & Extended Day Teacher

    Mrs. McKinley is a certified elementary education teacher with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh, Johnstown.  She joined our staff in 2008 and is currently pursuing her American Montessori Society Early Childhood Certification.


  • Ms. Kathryn Summerville

    Educational Director & Montessori Infant / Young Toddler Program Director

    Ms. Summerville joined our staff in 2012.  She is a certified early childhood education teacher with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh, Johnstown.  She serves as the director for the Infant and Young Toddler programs.  She also serves as the Educational Director, overseeing the operations of the school.

Support Staff


  • Ms. Tatiyana Kern

    Preprimary Program Aide & Childcare Staff

    Ms. Kern joined our staff in August 2015.  She has an associates degree in Criminal Justice.  Ms. Kern works as an Aide in our Montessori Preprimary Program and also works in our Childcare Program.  She has a two year old daughter.


  • Mrs. Munawar Khan

    Preprimary Program Aide & Childcare Staff

    Mrs. Khan joined our staff in 2010.  She works as an Aide in our Montessori Preprimary Program and also works in our Childcare Program.


  • Mrs. Jenn Mrosko

    Toddler Program Aide & Childcare Staff

    Mrs. Mrosko joined our staff in 2014.  She works as an Aide in our Montessori Toddler Program and also works in our Childcare Program.


  • Ms. Ashley Cook

    Preprimary Program Aide

    Miss Ashley joined our staff in February 2016 and works as an Aide in our Montessori Preprimary Program. She is the mother of two children who attend Richland Academy. She attained her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in elementary education and instructional leadership at Robert Morris University. She also attained her Montessori Certification in Elementary Education from the Center for Montessori Teacher Education. She has 10 years of teaching experience, four of which were at the Montessori Children’s Community in Sewickley, PA.


  • Ms. Amber Whistler

    Toddler Program Aide & Childcare Staff

    Ms. Whistler joined our staff in 2014.  She works as an Aide in our Montessori Toddler Program and also works in our Childcare Program.


  • Mrs. Cherie Yoder

    Infant/Young Toddler Program Aide & Childcare Staff

    Mrs. Yoder joined our staff in 2013.  She works as an Aide in our Montessori Infant/Young Toddler Program and also works in our Childcare Program.