Our Staff

Our Director/Founder
Primary Teacher
Hannah Gentry

In addition to her BBA degree from Oglethorpe University in computer science and business, with  a minor in Psychology, Mrs. Gentry has completed the extensive training and certification requirements of the Association Montessori Internationale, and has been teaching since 1997. She has also assembled a collection of professionally crafted and certified Montessori materials (Nienhuis) to use in teaching children.

Mrs. Gentry enjoys reading and listening to classical music, especially Frederic Chopin, and appreciates the Impressionist painters, especially Claude Monet. She also plays the Kayakum, an Asian classical instrument. When she has the opportunity, she enjoys hiking, mountain climbing, and going on family picnics. In addition to directing the Greater Atlanta Montessori School, Mrs. Gentry is a member of the First Baptist Church of Atlanta and sings in the choir and in the Atlanta Passion Play. 

Violin Teacher

Marlena Nkene

Marlena Nkene is a mother of two children who also attend the Greater Atlanta Montessori School. She is a classical violinist of 22 years with a diverse background in musical performance. She first began her music education at the age of 4, starting on the piano and then the violin at age 11. She studied privately and performed with various chamber groups and orchestras.  After moving to New York City, she continued her music studies at Bloomingdale School of Music, Harlem School of the Arts, and The Julliard School. She has taught the violin to children for over 10 years.

Favorite Quote: “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything. - Plato