Faculty & Staff


Reihaneh Bigdeliazari

Student Advisor, Sciences

Reihaneh Bigdeliazari 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 six-year-old daughter. She likes working out, dancing and watching movies.




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 completed his masters degree in Secondary Social Sciences Education. Marshall has completed his coursework for his AMS Secondary Montessori Credential with the Cincinnati Montessori Secondary Teacher Education Program (CMStep), and is awaiting certifiaction. 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.



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.  Cait is pursuing her AMS certification for secondary education with CMStep.  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 three dogs. When she is not at school, hiking, snowboarding and remodeling their fixer-upper.



Jennifer Pederson

Director of School, Administration and Finance





Patrick Wallace

Student Advisor, Administration, Arts and Humanities

Patrick received his Bachelor degree from the University of Kentucky in Anthropology and his teaching certification from Western Governors University. Patrick has also completed his coursework for his AMS Secondary Montessori Credential with CMStep. 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.



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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.

Jeff Castro


Jeff received his master’s degree in Secondary Science Education as well as his Bachelor’s degree in Geology from the University of Kentucky.  During the completion of his Master’s degree He taught science and English at the Gaoxin High school in Xian China.  He volunteered at Montessori High in the spring of 2014 and is excited to join the faculty this year.   He and his wife, Maria, live in Downtown Lexington where they are currently restoring a historic home.  When not teaching he likes to rock climb and travel.


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