Meet Our Team




Katerine Garcia

Hi, I'm Sasha! I am new to the IMA family  as a Teacher Assistant, I have worked in various capacities in the world of all things children for over 10 years.  I have been living in Atlanta for the past 5 years consider Boston, MA home.  In my spare time I love to travel and learn about various cultures and traditions!


Sheneka (Neka) Nicholson

Lead Guide

I am a Florida Girl who has made Georgia my home for over twenty-five years.  I earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in child psychology from Spelman College, completed Montessori training in Dallas, TX and Atlanta, GA in 2006 and I have worked as a toddler teacher for 15 years.  I am married and a mother of two children, Daja Ayan, 19 and Joseph Ethan, 12.  I enjoy fishing, spending time with family, and reading.  I received a Masters of Divinity in theology in 2014. I am a minister and motivational speaker, giving those without a voice, a voice.   I have a passion for justice, a heart for children and a Montessori philosophy that fuels a vision to change the world one family at a time.

Yerud Sanchez

Assistant (Spanish)

I am from Venezuela. I graduated in Business Administration. I have had the opportunity to work with children and I love them, I think they are spontaneous and affectionate. I think they are the future and that you have to treat them with respect and motivate them to develop their potential with love and care. I am very excited to join International Montessori Academy and speak to them in my native language.

Yo soy de Venezuela. Me gradué de Administración de Empresas. Ha tenido la oportunidad de trabajar con niños y me encanta, creo que es espontáneo y cariñoso. Pienso que es el futuro y que hay que lo tiene con respecto y motivarlos a desarrollar su potencial con amor y cuidado. Estoy muy emocionada de unirme a la Academia Montessori Internacional y hablarles en mi lengua materna.

Martina Hamilton


I joined the IMA community in 2017 as a substitute teacher. I was born and raised in Jamaica and migrated to America in 2014. I lived in Florida for the first four years and loved the beaches and the weather because they reminded me of Jamaica. I have been in Atlanta for a year and am happy being in the same state as my sister, Lisa Hamilton who also works at IMA. I always wanted to pursue a career in either nursing or teaching because I love helping people and love being around children.

Sprouts Class

Infant Classroom 


Hello! My name is Sally Becker and I am thrilled to be joining the IMA community this year. I am originally from Baltimore, Maryland and have been living in Atlanta for 6 years. I attended Clemson University and received a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology. I received my Montessori training for the Primary level in 2015-16 where I fell in love with the philosophy of Dr. Montessori. I spent the last two years working as a lead guide in a primary environment. I love watching children develop a real love of learning through self-discovery, purposeful work, an engaging environment, and a sense of community.


When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my fiancé, Nathan, and our daughter, Everly. I love being outside, running, hiking, reading, cooking, and watching soccer. 

My name is Marjorie Totesaut I’m from Venezuela and my primary language I speak is Spanish and I'm improving my English every day. I am happily married without any children of our own but I have many nephews and nieces and I love them. I am a kind, patient, cheerful, positive, organized and respectful person.


I have a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration and I have taken the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential is the best first step toward career advancement in early childhood education (ECE). 


I have about 2 years of experience with working with children. I love having fun and interacting with children while teaching them new things in Spanish. I worked as an assistant Spanish teacher for all age groups in learning center.


The Culture of Venezuela is a mixture of 3 different cultures: the European (in particular Spanish, the Portuguese and the Italian), the indigenous and the African. One of the Venezuelan customs is to meet with family and friends to share anecdotes and cook typical food of the country. Our typical foods are: Arepas, hallacas, empanadas among others.


I like to travel to meet new cultures and different people, I love chocolate and romantic movies.



Hi my name is Gloriela Pineda and I have been and assistant in the Lotus class for four years. The Montessori way and philosophy has changed me in many positive ways. I enjoy watching children be confident in their environment. When I'm not at school, I enjoy spending time with my children and cooking. I love going to the movies and football. 


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