Barbara Hayden serves as Program Assistant at Southlake Montessori and her can-do spirit rounds out the Administrative team perfectly. Barbara brings with her a wealth of experience in the field of education. She has over 20 years' of classroom teaching experience. Barbara double majored and holds Bachelor of Science degrees in both Early and Middle Education. She holds an Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) Primary diploma from Montessori Institute of North Texas. Barbara is also Level 1 (ages 3-6) trained in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. Her enthusiasm for and commitment to authentic Montessori education is contagious. She loves bringing the Montessori philosophy to more and more families, and we are honored to have her as part of our Southlake Montessori team.
Barbara is married and mother to three college-age children, all of whom were Montessori students. She values spending time with her family; she enjoys traveling, hiking, boating and reading.
Jennifer McLaughlin serves as Head of School at Southlake Montessori. She originally joined the school community as a Primary Guide and has over 25 years' teaching experience in Montessori environments. She also brings with her prior experience serving in the capacity as a Program Administrator. Jennifer greatly values supporting each of the integral components within a Montessori school setting. She attended Texas Christian University and the University of Texas at Arlington. Jennifer holds an Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) Primary diploma, and also earned a MACTE Accredited Montessori Early Childhood Certificate. Jennifer remains connected to her own ongoing education and serves as a mentor to teachers-in-training. As time allows, she enjoys volunteering in the summer months at the local AMI teacher training center. A true Montessori advocate, she also chose Montessori education for her child who attended Montessori schools from Toddler through 8th grade.
Jennifer and her husband have two lovable dachshunds. She enjoys travel, discovering good mom and pop restaurants, music, singing with children and weekly lunch with her adult son.