Meet Our Staff

JENNY VARNER, MS Ed – Executive Director

AMANDA PADRON – Program Director

Meet Our Founder: Bethany Lane

In the summer of 2016, a group of church families from New City East Lake and I founded East Lake Montessori. From the beginning, ELM would not have come together without this special group of people.

Prior to founding ELM, I taught at The Montessori School in Chattanooga, TN, for 9 years. I am a certified Montessori Lower Elementary guide. I discovered that I loved education after working in schools in South Africa during my Peace Corps tour from 2004-2006. I have a B.A. from the University of Georgia in Anthropology with African Studies and Women’s Studies certificates.

I live in East Lake with my husband, Micheal, our two daughters, Ruby and Nemi, and our amazing community of fellow East Lakers. Each year, I look forward to rest and renewal on our annual family camping trip to Cumberland Island. I also love hosting large meals with lots of people and children running around the house.

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