Drs. Anna and Brent Harris are the founders of Liberty Eagle Academy. Dr. Anna Harris is a Radiation Oncologist at the Roy Richards Cancer Center in Carrollton; Dr. Brent Harris is a Family Physician as U.S. MedClinic in Carrollton. They started Liberty Eagle Academy in order to provide a loving, creative, educational environment for their children. As parents of two, and another on the way, they wanted an educational program that would “Empower the Creative, Self-Reliant Leader in Every Child.” The choice to open a Montessori school was a natural one since Montessori fosters children's development of independence. They are currently planning Liberty Eagle's permanent location on Cedar Street, which will eventually include newborn to college preparatory.
Courtney Hyde is our Co-Directress and Lead Primary Teacher at Liberty Eagle Academy. She has obtained her AMI (Association Montessori International) primary certification as well as her Master's of Education in Montessori Education. She has several years of experience working in Montessori school environments. Ms. Courtney really embraces the holistic approach of Montessori pedagogy and enjoys guiding children's development through a variety of activities and materials. She is particularly fond of the myriad of lessons that can be done with the Sandpaper Letters, while the Primary math lessons hold a special place in her heart. She recently married and moved back to the Carrollton area where she lives with her husband and two cats.
Amber Lee Minor is our Co-Directress at Liberty Eagle Academy. She holds AMI (Association Montessori International), NAMTA (North American Montessori Teachers' Association) certifications, other teaching certifications, and American Sign Language certification. Ms. Amber Lee has worked in Montessori environments since 1999, and she adores everything about the Montessori method. She is especially enamored with the way children's absorbent unbridled minds will blossom. She loves that Montessori lessons appeal to all senses and that the manipulative materials strengthen connections between the left and right hemispheres of the brain.
Courtney Dean is our Lead Toddler Teacher at Liberty Eagle Academy. She has obtained her Associate's degree in Early Childhood Education and is currently working towards completing her Bachelor's degree. Ms. Courtney currently has 9 years experience working in the Montessori community, 4 of which were with Toddlers. She fully embraces the Montessori method and is passionate about guiding and observing children as they grow and learn in their unique ways. She and her husband live nearby with their beautiful young daughter Peyton.
Tara Meeks is our Assistant Toddler Teacher at Liberty Eagle Academy. She has several years of experience working in school environments, including Montessori. Ms. Tara loves the Montessori method and enjoys applying Montessori theory in the classroom; she and her husband also embrace the theory at home with their darling son, Tyson. She finds it particularly amazing to have the opportunity to witness the spontaneous learning that happens in Montessori environments, and she loves teaching the children new songs when she leads group time. Ms. Tara is pursuing Montessori certification.
Emily Green is our Lead Infant Teacher at Liberty Eagle Academy. She obtained her Associate's degree in Early Childhood Education from West Georgia University, and experience in a variety of childcare settings. Ms. Emily is endlessly patient with the babies, and she loves to create new, age-appropriate work for them to use in the classroom. Particularly fond of Montessori for its focus on building independence; Ms. Emily facilitates children's strides towards self-reliance from 6 weeks old until they leave for the Eaglet [Toddler] room at 18 months.
Brittany Johnson is our Assistant Infant Teacher at Liberty Eagle Academy. She loves working with children of all ages, but enjoys her time with the infants the most. Ms. Brittany loves finding crafts the infants can help with, and she often does trial runs with her two young daughters at home. She loves how Montessori encourages adults to promote child autonomy, and to limit assistance for when the child really needs it. Independent exploration allows children to follow their interests and deepen their understanding in a beautiful, organic way. Ms. Brittany is pursuing Montessori certification, with plans to become a Lead Infant Teacher.