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Eileen E. Bernstorf, M.Ed.

Eileen E. Bernstorf, M.Ed. PhotoEileen E. Bernstorf, M.Ed.
TitleFounder; Headmistress/President (Retired)
ExpertiseManagement, parenting classes
Current OrganizationMontessori Academy, Inc.
Type of OrganizationPrimary, elementary and high school
Major ProductEducation in the Montessori environment
Area of DistributionMetro Nashville, Tennessee, Brentwood and surrounding areas
University/DegreeB.S., Purdue University; M.Ed., Xavier University, Ohio, 1982
BornButler, Indiana
Honors & AwardsSelected as 1 of 5 winners in the 2006 Local Hero through the Bank of America Neighborhood Excellence Initiative
AffiliationsUnited Methodist Church; American Montessori Society
Hobbies & SportsReading historical novels, sewing
Career AccomplishmentsPurchased 24 acres of undeveloped land in Brentwood, TN and completed the first building phase of Montessori Academy in 1986; completed 3 more building phases that included elementary and middle school classrooms, gymnasium and fine arts building; philosophy is self-paced learning in multi-aged groups which accommodate cultural diversity, music, foreign languages and academic excellence
Work HistoryShe moved to Karachi, Pakistan in 1958 with husband (teacher, Karachi Medical School) and 4 children, and began teaching science in the Karachi American School. Beginning the next school year, and until the family returned to the U.S., she taught science at the Trinity Methodist Girls' High School. After returning to Indiana, they moved to Nashville, TN for Dr. Bernstorf to teach at Meharry Medical College; she and a neighbor started a Montessori Primary School in a ground floor basement; in a few years she purchased the land and enlarged the school, Montessori Centre, for 3 to 6 year olds.
ChildrenDr. Robert, Kingston, TN (deceased); Linda, Nashville, TN; Dr. Steven, Greensboro, NC; Dr. James, Brentwood, TN
SpouseDr. E. Cranston Bernstorf (deceased)
MarriedAugust, 1944
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