Meet the Lower Elementary Teachers

Adrienne Thacker
214-324-5580 ext. 510

Adrienne Thacker has been teaching in LE1 at WRM since 2008. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Geology at the University of Texas at Arlington and her Montessori certification at the Dallas Montessori Academy. Her previous careers included being a reptile and primate zookeeper and a corporate flight attendant. She has many hobbies, but her favorites are riding horses and beekeeping.

Emily Gomez
214-324-5580 ext. 521

Emily Gomez is a Texas Native who studied Anthropology at the University of North Texas. She attended UNT on an athletic scholarship for springboard diving. Emily fell in love with Montessori education 9 years ago while teaching Special Education at Lumin Montessori. She is now completing a Masters of Education focusing on Early Literacy and Montessori Education at Southern Methodist University.

Emily's previous careers include work as a massage therapist, English as a foreign language teacher, and swimming/diving instructor. She was captain of Team Zipperheads for the annual DFW Brain Tumor Walk and has two children entering school at White Rock Montessori. Emily loves the outdoors, traveling, and family time.  

Tricia Bell
214-324-5580 ext. 526

Tricia Bell holds a BA in Language Arts with a minor in Elementary Education (including a Texas Teacher Certification) and has nearly 20 years of teaching elementary children in both public and private schools. Inspired by her older daughter's positive experience at White Rock Montessori, she completed her AMS certification in 2008 and has remained teaching here ever since. Some areas of high interest include creative writing, art, and learning about the cultural, biological, and geological diversity of our planet. A long time dance and fitness enthusiast, she recognizes the importance of the mind-body connection to academic growth and mental wellness, which is now supported by current brain research. Ms. Bell is also passionate about encouraging sustainable living practices through example and education. Her two daughters are products of WRM, one starting college this year, and the other beginning her second year in Lower Elementary.

Candy Gwyn
214-324-5580 ext. 513

Candy Gwyn has been teaching in the LE2 classroom since 2010. She has an BA in Psychology and Cultural Anthropology from the University of North Carolina, Asheville and did her graduate studies in Anthropology at Emory University. She had an earlier career as a peace advocate and community builder in Atlanta, GA and continues her mission of fostering compassion, respect, and appreciation of diversity in her classroom community. Growing up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Ms. Gwyn developed a deep love of the outdoors and shares her enthusiasm for the wonders of nature and commitment to environmental stewardship with her students. Ms. Gwyn is also a certified personal trainer and fitness instructor. She teaches pilates and kickboxing at the YMCA.