Extended Curriculum

Ali Rhodes


Ali Rhodes has been our After School Care Director for the past five years, creating a fun and nurturing environment for students of all ages. She also has ten years’ experience as an AMS lower elementary teacher, having taught at White Rock Montessori and Frisco Montessori Academy. Ms. Rhodes has a degree in the arts, and is passionate about science. Her after school program provides creative, thought-provoking activities. In her spare time, Ms. Rhodes is an active community volunteer, working with adults with intellectual disabilities as well as raising funds for the North Texas Food Bank. She has also served as an art museum docent providing children’s tours.

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Lynn Newman

214-324-5580 ext. 511

Lynn Newman has been at White Rock Montessori since 1998. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a BA in Biology. Following graduation, Ms. Newman worked as a research technician at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. Later, she taught math and science at a Texas public school. Ms. Newman took postgraduate work in education at Trinity University and Texas A&M at Commerce. She trained to be a reading and dyslexia specialist at the Dean Learning Center and Scottish Rite Hospital. Later, Ms. Newman studied at Southern Methodist University where she earned an MEd in Reading. She is a Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT), a Qualified Instructor (QI), and a Licensed Dyslexia Therapist (LDT). Ms. Newman is married and has two children and four grandchildren, some of whom have attended Montessori schools.

Valerie Wheeler

214-324-5580 ext. 527

Valerie Wheeler has loved music for as long as she could remember, and that passion led her to study music at the University of North Texas where she graduated with a BA in music education in 2004. After college, Valerie taught music and theater at The Clariden School and later taught at Crockett Elementary in Weatherford ISD, west of Fort Worth. Valerie uses both the Orff and Kodaly music teaching methods in her classroom, which encourage every child to sing, move, play and create. She enjoys food, pop culture, and spending time with her husband and their two dogs, Memphis and Malibu.

Jackie Claudet-Mitterer

214-324-5580 ext. 519

Jackie Mitterer graduated with an MBA dual degree in Business Management and Marketing from PUC-Chile and UCLA. She worked in the corporate world as a Marketing VP for Bank Santander in Lima, before moving to the USA in 2000 to start a family. Her passion for sports has been a constant in her life from an early age until now. From the age of 13 through college, Coach Jackie was part of the Peruvian National Basketball team, and plays tennis today in various competitive teams at the regional and national levels. Teaching and coaching sports allows her to pass on to students what she considers to be a fundamental skills set for success later in life.

Holly Weinstein

214-324-5580 ext. 514

Holly Weinstein is a native Texan who grew up in Richardson, and married her high school sweetheart.  The arts have always been an important and vital part of her life. She attended The College of Art and Design at Lesley University in Boston, Massachusetts and received her BFA in illustration with a minor in animation. Holly has worked as a freelance illustrator for businesses ranging from one-person companies to multi-national corporations; she has also illustrated over a dozen children’s books.  While simultaneously working as an illustrator, Holly also taught art for eleven years to children aged 4 to 18 at a private studio in North Dallas.  It was here that she found her passion for teaching.  When her first child turned three, she began looking for preschools and serendipitously discovered White Rock Montessori.  On her first tour of the school, she was hooked. Both of her children now attend, and love, the school. This fall will mark her first year as the full time art instructor for White Rock Montessori.  Holly loves the outdoors, especially tending to her garden, and enjoys doing any creative work with her hands, including knitting, crocheting, painting, drawing, and journaling. She lives in East Dallas with her son, daughter, husband, and two dogs.

Ginger Wyatt

214-324-5580 ext. 529

Ginger Wyatt became involved in Montessori education through her children and fell in love with the respect and discovery inherent in the philosophy. After studying Engineering at the University of Michigan and Education at the University of Alaska, Anchorage, she spent time managing an executive realtor's office and then went on to work at the University of Alaska Anchorage as a lead Horticulturist, designing landscapes, managing their greenhouse and curating an extensive interior plant collection. This year, Ms. Ginger is excited to bring EcoLab to WRM! EcoLab is a dynamic Montessori science curriculum, offering students the chance to explore science and nature in a hands-on, interactive way. Ms. Ginger has been trained in WI and CA by Nature's Classroom Institute, and will also be bringing her horticultural skills to the practical life curriculum and is excited for all to come. She enjoys being a mother to her three WRM sons, backpacking, camping, gardening, biking, creating music, being crafty, and doing anything outside or at the lake.