Katie Tilt

Katie Tilt is a teacher with thirteen years of experience teaching preschool and early grades at Nickajack Elementary School, a Cobb County Public School in Smyrna. Her international experience includes teaching kindergarten in England for a year after being selected for the Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program. She also fulfilled her student teaching experience in New Zealand.

Mrs. Tilt's mother is a Montessori teacher; so as an infant, Katie accompanied her mother to school. She attended Montessori toddler and preschool programs in Cincinnati, Ohio, before moving to Marietta, Georgia and attending Cobb County Public Schools. She graduated from Sprayberry High School in Marietta, and received her bachelor degree in Education from Berry College in Rome, Georgia. She also holds a Master of Education degree in Early Childhood Education from Kennesaw State University and a Montessori Teaching Certification from the Pan American Montessori Society.

Smyrna Montessori School will fulfill Katie’s vision to provide an optimal learning experience for young children, especially her daughter, Lily and son, Liam, as well as to work with her mother, friend, and mentor Bonnie Wall.


Bonnie Wall

Katie Tilt's mother, Bonnie Wall, is so happy to be back where her heart is…teaching young children in a carefully prepared Montessori environment. Bonnie earned a Master of Education degree in Montessori/Early Childhood from Xavier University in Cincinnati. Her father was a professor at Xavier and suggested she look into the Montessori training. He was intrigued by its basis in science and the nature of the learner. It changed her life.

With American Montessori Society (AMS) certification, she taught in Montessori Primary (3 to 6 year olds) and Elementary (6 – 9 year olds) classrooms in Cincinnati and the Atlanta area for 15 years. She also supervised student teachers for AMS teacher training programs. In addition to Montessori education, Bonnie designed and taught a multi-aged pilot program for Fulton County Public School System. Bonnie retired from Fulton Schools after several years as Curriculum Support Teacher, excited to help with the establishment of Smyrna Montessori School. She is a Primary Lead Teacher.

Bonnie's daughter, Katie, and son, Adam, both attended Montessori schools in their early years, Adam until fourth grade. Self-motivation, confidence, and love of learning, as well as a strong early academic foundation are some life-long gifts she feels her own children received from their early Montessori experiences. What a pleasure to be a part of her daughter Katie’s dream to have her own school, and what a special treat to see her grandchildren, Lily and Liam, enjoy the fruits of this endeavor!


Paula Hermano

Our Lead Toddler teacher is Paula Hermano. Paula joined the SMS staff in August, 2012 after being a Lead toddler teacher at Love of Learning Montessori School in Columbia, Maryland, for five years. She received her Montessori Infant/Toddler certification from the American Montessori Society after her training with the Insititute of Advanced Montessori Studies. Ms. Hermano brings a wealth of experience, commitment and enthusiasm for the Montessori method of educating our youngest children, as well as advising their parents.  She looks forward to her son, Xander, becoming a member of our school community.


Leda Harvey

Ms. Leda Harvey joined the SMS staff in August, 2013 as our toddler assistant. Ms. Leda brought with her a wealth of experience working with toddlers for much of her 15 year early childhood teaching career.  She studied the Montessori approach in her course work at Agnes Scott College and decided to pursue Montessori teaching experience and training.  She is continuing her study of Montessori education at Kennesaw State University this summer.

Elisabeth Smith

I come from a family of educators.  My parents are retired teachers with over 50 years of experience between them, and they certainly instilled in me a love for learning and helping others learn.  I have a B.S. degree in Secondary Education in history.  I taught both English and history for seven years in private schools.  I have also worked with young children over the years including nannying and in educational settings.  I have immensely enjoyed learning more about Montessori education and being part of Smyrna Montessori School.