Hendersonville Montessori Staff

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Mrs. Labenia Holman


M.Ed Early Childhood - Cleveland State University

Learning Disabilities - University of Geogria

BS Chemistry

AMI Primary Education

St. Nicholas, London 6-10yro Elementary

GA life teaching certificate

After 9 years working mostly with first graders, and realizing that many of the intelligent children where having difficulty learning to read, Mrs. Holman decided to undertake a Master degree in Learning Disabilities. After completion she noticed there was a gap in the teaching methods for visual perceptions and learning by application. Then she discovered Montessori's practical approach to sensory education.

Mrs. Holman established her first Montessori school in Georgia in 1972. In 1991 she moved to Tennessee and started Country Day Montessori, which later became Hendersonville Montessori Academy.

From 2000-2006 Mrs. Holman created the NCME Teacher Training Center.

Mrs. Holman is an avid reader, and continues to learn the latest techniques that help children become the most complete and well prepared adults that they can be.

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Mrs. Ashlyn Rogers


Primary -  Lead

BS Psychology

Double Major Nursing & Psychology

AMS Primary Certification 3-6yro

Mrs. Rogers has been teaching with us since 2015. She started as an assistant in the elementary classroom before transitioning into a lead teaching position for the primary classroom. Mrs. Rogers then furthered her love for our school with becoming our director in 2019.

Prior to joining the HMA family she worked for a number of years as an in home therapist for children.

Mrs. Rogers is married and has one daughter currently enrolled at HMA. She enjoys traveling, cooking, helping others, and spending time with her family.

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Mrs. Constance Hitchings

Elementary - LEAD

Primary Focus 6-9yro

BA Speech & Language - Indiana University

NAMC Accreditation in Lower Elementary

AMS Primary Montessori Certification       3-6yro

AMS Elementary 6-9yro

Mrs. Hitchings has been teaching in the Lower Elementary Classroom at HMA since 2005. Prior to working at HMA, Mrs. Hitchings was a Speech and Language Therapist in Smith County and Sumner County for twelve years.

After having children, Mrs. Hitchings worked for ten years as a muralist and decorative artist. She is our school's resident artist. She is married to a songwriter with two grown children and has one grandchild.

She enjoys reading, painting and fiber art in her spare time.


Ms. Tania Gabhart

Primary - Assistant

Graduate of Whitrall: Greenfield Wisconsin

Currently Enrolled at Vol State for Associates Degree

Ms. Gabhart has come to us after 10 years in ministry work and 7 years as a medical assistant. After taking some time off with her family, she decided to join our HMA family in 2015 and has been working in one of our primary classrooms.

Ms. Gabhart has one son at HMA. She enjoys spending time with her son and traveling to see her extended family in Ohio and Wisconsin.


Mrs. Salli McDonald

Primary Lead Teacher

B.S. Public Relations

Certified paralegal

Mrs. McDonald started with HMA in 2017 in the primary classroom after moving back to TN. Prior to joining the HMA family she worked at Dollar General Corp office for 6 years, and started a Master's program in education. She has traveled many places with her husband and two children. She enjoys spending time with her family, swimming, traveling, and skiing.


Mrs. Ruxandra Wagner

Foreign Language instuctor

B.S. Animal science (Pre-veterinarian)

B.S. Biology

B.S. Chemistry

Studied two years of Finance and Banks in Bucharest, Romania

Mrs. Wagner started with HMA this year. She previously taught Spanish for 5 years. Mrs. Wagner was born in Bucharest, Romania. She is married with one daughter. She and her family enjoy dancing, chess, hiking, traveling, painting, music, and karate.


Mrs. Denise Phillips

Toddler Assistant

Graduate of Laurelbrook Academy

Currently Enrolled at Grand Canyon University for a degree in Education

Mrs. Phillips has come to us after many years working as a medical coding specialist as well as serving as an art and substitute teacher in Robertson county. She joined our HMA family in 2016 and has been working in our toddler classroom. 

Mrs. Phillips enjoys spending time with her family.