Administration

Meet Our Team
Andrea Okonak

Andrea Okonak

Head of School, 3 years at Penn-Mont

B.S. Early Childhood and Elementary Education
M.Ed. Educational Leadership
PA Dept of Ed Elementary K-6 and N-3 Instructional Certificates
PA Dept of Education Principle’s Certificate
American Montessori Society Administrator’s Credential

Be happy for this moment.  This moment is your life. – Omar Khayyam

Mary Zajac

Mary Zajac

Director of Education, 29 years at Penn-Mont

B.S. Elementary and Special Education
M. Ed. Curriculum and Supervision
PA Dept of Ed Elem K-6 and Special Ed K-12 Instructional Certificates
PA Dept of Ed Private Academic Schools PreK-8 Certificate
American Montessori Society Early Childhood Credential
International Dyslexia Association Dyslexia Practitioner Credential

Children are human beings to whom respect is due, superior to us by reason of their innocence and of the greater possibilities of their future. – Maria Montessori

April Sherry

April J. Sherry

Director of Development, 3 years at Penn-Mont

B.S. Business Administration
Altoona Sunrise Rotary – Board Member
Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Allegheny Mountains Chapter – Board Member
Blair Co. Chamber of Commerce

Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain. – Vivian Greene

  • Shannan Ake
    Shannan Ake Elementary Education Coordinator, Lead Teacher , 25 years at Penn-Mont

    B.S. Early Childhood Education, M.Ed. with Montessori Emphasis, PA Dept. of Education PreK-3 Instructional Certificate, American Montessori Society Early Childhood Credential, American Montessori Society Elementary I and II Credential

    If at first, you don’t succeed try try again.

  • Liza Scholl
    Liza Scholl Early Childhood Education Coordinator, Lead Teacher , 11 years at Penn-Mont

    B.S. Letters, Arts & Sciences, PA Dept. of Education Private Academic Schools N-K Certificate, American Montessori Society Early Childhood Credential

    I am not a teacher but an awakener – Robert Frost

  • Brenda Luther
    Brenda Luther Director of Operations, Lead Teacher , 5 years at Penn-Mont

    B.S. Early Childhood Education, PA Dept. of Education PreK-3 Instructional Certificate, American Montessori Society Infant/Toddler Credential

    The child is both a hope and a promise for mankind – Maria Montessori

  • Jessica Mills
    Jessica Mills Director of Communications , 7 years at Penn-Mont

    B.A. Criminology

    Accept what is, let go of what was, and have faith in what will be.

  • Bev Chronister
    Bev Chronister Business Manager , 6 years at Penn-Mont

    Associate Degree Business Administration / Accounting

    Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.

  • Lisa Myers
    Lisa Myers Receptionist , 15 years at Penn-Mont

    Montessori Practical Life and Sensorial Training

    Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn. – Ben Franklin

  • Michele Smith
      Michele Smith Food Service , 5 years at Penn-Mont

      B.S. Business Management

      Free choice is one of the highest of all the mental processes.  –  Maria Montessori

    Would you like to know more about our programs?

    Penn-Mont offers programs for children 18 months to 12 years old.

    Start typing and press Enter to search