Summer Camp Director
Samee Taylor and her husband, Mark, have lived in Rockbridge County with her husband Mark and their eight children since 2000. Samee has used her Family Science degree from BYU while she was home schooling her children, hosting four foreign exchange students, and providing emergency and respite foster care. Her family is also active in music and theater. Samee’s love for children led her to join the Woods Creek staff as an After School teacher.
Erica is a junior at Southern Virginia University from Morgantown, West Virginia. She transferred to SVU from West Virginia University after completing a mission for the LDS church in Las Vegas. She plays the saxophone and is a music education major with hopes to teach music at the elementary level. As the oldest of six, she has always been drawn to children and is very excited to be working with them here at Woods Creek.
Rebekah Taylor is a Senior at Southern Virginia University, majoring in Liberal Arts. She loves music, theater, and literature and hopes to become a children’s librarian. Rebekah began working at Woods Creek Montessori during the summer of 2015 and has been an After School teacher since January 2016. She absolutely loves working at Woods Creek!
Michael Taylor has lived in Rockbridge County since 2000. He holds a BA from Southern Virginia University, where he studied music and philosophy. He plays viola and piano. He is the oldest of eight children, and loves working with students of all ages. He began work at Woods Creek Montessori as a substitute in 2013, and since then he has worked in the After School and Summer Camp programs. Michael is excited to work with the Toddler class this year.
Anna Taylor has always loved children. She has been part of the staff at WCM since 2016 as an after school and summer camp teacher. Anna is returning from a church mission where she spent 18 months teaching, participating in humanitarian aid, and sharing her talents in both English and Spanish. She is a double major at Southern Virginia University majoring in theatre and music. She sings, plays the piano, cello and harp as well as acts. Anna has a special interest in costume design. She is happy to be back at Woods Creek Montessori.
Amy grew up in Charlotte, NC. She received a B.A. in English from Wofford College in 1993, an M.A. in English from Winthrop University in 1994, and an M.A.T. with grades K-6 certification from Queens University in 1997. After teaching at the elementary and preschool levels in Charlotte, Amy relocated to Lexington with her family in 2014. During her first couple of years in Lexington, she worked as an after school teacher at Shenandoah Preschool, as well as a substitute teacher at Yellow Brick Road, Providence III Preschool, and Shenandoah Preschool. She is currently a three-year old teacher at Shenandoah, and she also teaches kids and teen yoga at Center of Gravity, Yellow Brick Road, Shenandoah, Earthsong, and Providence III Preschool. In her spare time, Amy enjoys reading, yoga, Pilates, walking her dogs, cheering for her son on the soccer field, and volunteering with Project Connection, a non-profit started by her daughter. She also enjoys bringing yoga to Rockbridge County schools and serving on the board for the Healthy Communities Action Team. She is looking forward to spending time with the WCM children during summer camp!
Kassidie has lived in Lexington for 15 years and graduated from Rockbridge County High School. She is currently a student at Virginia Western Community College pursuing a degree in engineering. In her free time she enjoys kayaking, shopping, and spending time with family and friends. She is very excited to be a part of Woods Creek Montessori!
Wendy Redfern relocated, with her husband Mark, to Rockbridge Baths/Lexington six years ago from Los Angeles to look after Mark’s nearly 200-year-old ancestral home and be closer to their family. Wendy has been working as a photographer and co-founding publisher of indie-music magazine Under the Radar for the last 16 years. She began working as the music director at Shenandoah Preschool in 2016 and continues to share her love of music with children there and at EarthSong Community School currently. Wendy and Mark love raising their daughter Rose, who is the ninth-generation to live in this family home, in such a vibrant and engaged community and are thrilled to now be part of the Woods Creek family.
Kathryn Lambert received her bachelor’s degree at Brigham Young University in 2003. She has worked as a community health specialist in the Tucson, Arizona Fire Department, as an independent preschool teacher in Iowa City, IA, and as a joy school teacher in Kuwait. Throughout all that, she had four children, the youngest of which currently attends Woods Creek Montessori. Kathryn loves to run, hike, work in the garden and go to Costco and Trader Joe’s in her spare time. She also loves to design and renovate her home. Completing a project is a happy day for her and her husband. She is excited to be working at Woods Creek, and she hopes to help the children grow and develop independently.