Faculty & Staff


 Marshall Herbst

 Student Advisor, Social Sciences, History, Technology

Marshall is a Lexington native who joins us from the University of Kentucky College of Education where he recently completed is master’s degree in Secondary Social Studies Education. Prior to his time at UK, Marshall attended Hanover College where he graduated with a major in History, minor in Psychology, and as a Theatre Scholar. When he is not serving at Montessori, Marshall enjoys acting, directing, lighting design for local high schools, running, world travel, and enjoying Lexington with his friends and family.




Patrick Wallace

Student Advisor, History, Earth Science, Art

Patrick received his Bachelor degree from the University of Kentucky in Anthropology and his teaching certification from Western Governors University. Patrick has been an archaeologist, author, artist, musician, and business manager in addition to teaching. Although usually too busy for hobbies, if given the chance he likes to build things with his sons and spend time with his wife.




Caitlin Minnick

 Student Advisor, Math, German

Cait received a bachelor’s degree in the History of Medicine and Science and minor in Biology from the University of Rochester. She taught at a public school in northern New York before moving to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to pursue a master’s degree in History with a focus on the German-American experience between World War I and World War II. She has worked as a professional tutor for at-risk freshmen at LaSalle University and facilitated at a learning center for home-schooled children. She and her husband, Andrew, live in Lexington with their two dogs. When she is not at school, Cait is fostering dogs, hiking, snowboarding and remodeling their fixer-upper.



Martin Mudd

 Advanced Mathematics

Martin was born and raised in Louisville. He received his bachelor’s degree from Williams College in Massachusetts in Astrophyics and Computer Science, then taught high school math in rural Arkansas for three years with Teach for America. He returned to Kentucky for graduate work and received his master’s degree in Physics from the University of Kentucky. Martin joined Montessori High in 2011. He completed the North American Montessori Teachers’ Association AMI Orientation to Adolescent Studies in Cleveland, Ohio. He lives in Lexington with his partner, Nishaan, and enjoys spending time in the woods, reading, playing the accordion, gardening and dreaming up ways to create a more just and participatory society.


Reihaneh Bigdeliazari


Reihaneh Bigdeliazari is a Biology teacher at Montessori High School. She has a master’s degree in teaching from Eastern Kentucky University, and has worked as a student teacher and a substitute teacher in Fayette County public Schools. She volunteered at Montessori High in the Spring of 2012 and found herself becoming passionate about Montessori education. Reihanah has a five-year-old daughter. She likes working out, dancing and watching movies.




Katie Starkey

Student Advisor, Student Support Specialist

Katie has a master’s degree in English and taught in the classroom for more than 30 years. Her experience is primarily with high school students in a private-school setting. Katie likes to read, travel, enjoys watching “Masterpiece Mystery” and spending time with her grandson.





Jennifer Pederson

Administration and Finance





Not Pictured:

Leslie Strempel

Spanish and English

Leslie has a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She has studied at The Center for Cross-Cultural Study (Universidad de Sevilla, Spain) and at the Centro de Lenguas Modernas (Universidad de Granada, Spain). She has a Master’s in Hispanic Studies from Auburn University.

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