DMS Faculty



Sarah Lurie
Head of School



 Samantha      Marsh

  Primary Lead Guide

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Sarah has been dedicated to working in education for over 12 years, with experience ranging from preschool to secondary school. She currently holds a B.S. in Education and has Reading/ESOL endorsements as well. 

After becoming a mom, Sarah looked toward Montessori and began to implement Montessori values into both her professional career and personal life. Sarah has spent her last four years guiding her children, Agnes (7 years) and Doris (5 years), at home using Montessori-based curriculums as a guide to their development. She passionately believes this style of education recognizes each child as an individual and celebrates their uniqueness. Furthermore, Sarah feels Montessori approaches to learning allow for children to be respected while gaining a strong sense of independence- ultimately nurturing a lifelong love for learning. 

In addition to her passion for teaching, Sarah enjoys hiking, camping, homeschooling her girls, spending time with her family, and working towards her master’s degree. 

As both an educator and a mother, she is thrilled to aid in the continual growth of the DMS students, guides, families, and community.

Samantha has always enjoyed working with children and has spent many years babysitting and nannying. She first was introduced to the Montessori Method when DMS was in its early stages of development. Samantha fell in love with the philosophy and loves how the Method fosters independence and allows the child to make their own choices based on their own internal motivation.

Samantha has recently finished training through the Center for Guided Montessori Studies and is Montessori Certified for teaching the Primary classroom ages 3-6. 

When not at school, Samantha enjoys spending time with her husband and their 5-year-old daughter, Charlee Grace. 

Emily Ziegenfelder
Early-Primary Lead Guide

While working in the public school system, Emily was introduced to the Montessori philosophy by Laura Tidmore. Emily loves the way the Montessori method addresses each child as an individual and promotes independence.  She loves the energy and curiosity of children 18 months – 3 years old, and delights in watching them develop self-sufficiency.

Before graduating from Troy University, Emily moved back to the Dothan area to complete her teaching internship. She and her husband Brandon met shortly after her graduation and were married in 2014. They enjoy going to the lake with family and hanging out with friends. On most weekends in the fall, you can find them in Auburn cheering on the AU Tigers. Emily loves spending time with her family, Taco Tuesday, and going on an occasional bike ride.

Emily has always loved kids and has worked with them in many capacities. She has babysat, worked in a daycare, and taught Kindergarten and First Grade. She is ecstatic to continue what she loves here at DMS as an AMS certified Early-Primary Guide.

     Primary Assistant Guide

From caregiving to volunteering in preschool classrooms, Kylie was involved in education through her adolescence and young adulthood.

She realized her passion for teaching while shadowing in local elementary schools and guiding children in small- group settings. 

She was first introduced to the Montessori method while completing her career tech classes in high school. She was intrigued by the methodology and began to incorporate this style of learning into her one-on-one student groups, while volunteering. 

Kylie believes that the Montessori method of learning encourages confidence and allows students to learn independently. Thus, creating their own timeline for growth.  

She has a passion for Montesorri education and is thrilled to have planted her roots at Dothan Montessori School and looks forward to the growth she'll be apart of in our DMS community.  

  Nicola Wood
    Early-Primary Assistant Guide