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About Us

The Piedmont School strives daily to be the educational oasis that quenches the thirst of students who learn differently.

The Piedmont School carefully creates an environment that removes major obstacles to learning. We teach skills in their smallest components and, through researched-based teaching strategies, help students master the necessary skills for success.

Low teacher/student ratios allow for individualized instruction. The program for each student is carefully planned and implemented based on thorough educational assessment. Students are grouped by levels, grades and ages. All students are continually monitored and assessed to ensure progress in targeted learning outcomes.

The Piedmont School uses a highly individualized approach to learning. The core classes of reading, written language and math skills are taught through visual, auditory, tactile and kinesthetic methods. Teachers use mnemonic devices and intensive drills to enhance memory. Each class is comprised of five to six short teaching segments, enabling students with short attention spans to stay focused and on task.

The block classes of social studies and science are taught with an emphasis on experiential learning, so that students are exposed to the grade level curriculum in a hands-on, project-based way. Our school offers multiple academic and assistive computer applications to facilitate learning.


Our Board

Board President: Allison Hudson, M.D.

Vice President: Beth Tuttle

Secretary: Stephanie Migliardi

Treasurer: Keith Burris

Head of School: Tim Montgomery



o David Covington

o Ashley Culler

o Liz Jones


o Leslie Huntley

o Page Keel

o Dottie Keever

o Beth Tuttle

o Clark Gibson

o Teresa Owens

o Melissa Sams

o Dr. Richard Gray

o Dr. Ron Reagan


 Advisory Committee:

o  Louise Foster

o  Peter Duquette, Ph.D

o  Elizabeth Aldridge

o   Sumner Finch

o   Gilbert Gates

o   Jeff Horney

o   Marianna Qubein

o  Doug Witcher


Our Staff

Tim Montgomery- Head of School 

Tim Montgomery joined The Piedmont School in January of 2013 as the new Head of School. Prior to coming to The Piedmont School, Mr. Montgomery was at Noble Academy in Greensboro for 13 ½ years, the last 7 years as Assistant Head of School and Director of Enrollment. Mr. Montgomery holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Appalachian State University and a Master’s Degree in School Administration from Gardner-Webb University. He is certified in history and social studies grades 6-12 and also has his North Carolina Principal licensure. Tim and his wife Cindy live in Kernersville. They have three grown children and eight grandchildren. In his spare time Tim enjoys reading, exercising, an occasional trip to the mountains, and spending time with his family.


Deneane Davis- Academic Dean

Mrs. Davis returned to The Piedmont School from the Guilford County school system with about 24 years experience in education. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and her Masters degree in Reading K-12 from North Carolina A&T University.  She holds her Reading Recovery Certification and her National Board Certification in Literacy-Language Arts Early/Middle Childhood. Deneane has presented at many local and state educational conferences including the North Carolina Branch of the International Dyslexia Association. She has led several Parent Workshops during her previous 5 year stint at The Piedmont School (2005-2010). She taught Reading, Written Language, Mathematics, and initiated many programs at TPS including summer enrichment camps and the highly successful after-school program. She is happily married to Steven Davis a fellow educator, and they have 2 beautiful children, Darah and Steven Davis II.


Pam Garner- Business Manager

Pam is the Business Manager and has been at The Piedmont School for 17 years. She graduated from GTCC with an Associate’s Degree in Accounting. She is married to Rick, has two children, Lauren (Shane) and Brady (Tiffany), and three grandsons, Bryan, Brayden and Scout. In her spare time she loves spending time with her family, reading, kayaking and vacationing at the lake or beach.

Janet Maness- Administrative Assistant

Janet has been an Administrative Assistant for the past 9 years at The Piedmont School. She graduated from GTCC with an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science. Mrs. Maness is married to Howard and has two awesome boys, Carson and Matthew. She is a native of High Point and feels very blessed to be a part of the TPS family.



Kori Mackall- Director of Communications 

Kori Mackall has taught for nine years in public and private settings but left the classroom  to pursue being the Director of Communications at The Piedmont School. She began the KinderAcademy/Primary divisions at TPS and has a strong passion for early intervention and early education. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Language & Literacy Disorders from California State University, Long Beach. She received her Master’s degree in Special Education with an endorsement in Deaf Education from the University of Nebraska. Kori comes from a creative family and has plenty of experience in photography, marketing, video production and editing which she brings to her communications role at TPS. She lives in High Point with her husband and one year old son who keeps them on the go! Kori and her family have two dogs, Nanook, an 9 year old Catahoula, and Brooklyn, a 4 year old pit bull terrier that they rescued. The Mackalls are big animal advocates and enjoy volunteering with The Merit Pit Bull Foundation. In her spare time Kori enjoys traveling, going to the beach, cheering on her Nebraska Huskers and Duke Blue Devils and watching movies.


Melissa Linn- Guidance Counselor 

Melissa Linn will be joining the TPS family as our first full time guidance counselor. Melissa comes to TPS with 8 years experience in counseling in public and charter schools in our area. Melissa holds B.A. from East Carolina University and a Master’s degrees in School Counseling from UNC-Charlotte. Melissa has a four year old daughter who she adores as well and has a wonderful husband of five years. She enjoys running and has recently participated in four half marathons which were amazing! Her true passion is working with children and she loves to see students learn and grow throughout the year. She is very excited to be joining the amazing TPS family this year!


Susanne Barbee- Word Study & After School Care

0S5A2522Susanne has been  member of The Piedmont School team for three years running the highly successful after-school/homework assistance program. She has an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from Appalachian State University, is certified in reading for grades K-12,  and worked in Guilford County schools for 34 years primarily as a reading specialist. Susanne and her husband live in High Point and have two children and two grandchildren. In her spare time she enjoys cooking and reading.

Jane Bovender- Faculty 

This is Jane’s 15th year at The Piedmont School. She has been in education for more than 20 years. She holds certifications in Learning Disabilities and in Social Studies from Salem College and a degree in Education and History from Mars Hill University. This year she is teaching 5th – 8th grade Social Studies and High School History. Ms. Bovender is originally from Winston-Salem and now resides in Clemmons with her two cats. She has one son, Curt, daughter-in-law, Amanda, and two-year-old granddaughter, Reese. In her spare time she enjoys music, cooking, travel, volunteer mission work, and spending time with family and friends.


Colleen Chenail- Music  
0S5A2531Colleen Chenail is an educator at the Music Academy of North Carolina where she has been a violin faculty member since 2001 and is the chair of the string faculty. She received her Master of Music in Violin Performance from the University of North Carolina Greensboro and her Bachelor of Music in Music Performance and Education from Ithaca College. Colleen is an active freelance artist who performs throughout North Carolina and Virginia. She currently performs with the Greensboro Symphony and has been the concertmaster of the Danville Symphony Orchestra.  Colleen is Suzuki certified in books one through six and has taught private and group violin lessons to preschool through college students at all levels. In addition, Colleen is a North Carolina certified teacher with experience teaching chorus, general music and orchestra and co-conducts the Greensboro Symphony Youth Camerata.  Colleen lives in Greensboro with her husband AJ and three daughters.

Patty Goodman- Faculty 


Patty is very excited to start her first year here at The Piedmont School. She has taught in the classroom, as well as 1:1 tutoring, for over 15 years. The grade levels range from K – 12 in the areas of language arts, reading instruction, and social studies. Organization, study and test taking skills are also a primary focus of her teaching. Patty earned her Bachelor’s degree from Wingate University and then spent two years in AmeriCorps, a program within the federal agency of the Corporation for National and Community Service, serving communities in San Diego and Massachusetts. Shortly after returning to North Carolina, Patty completed her Master of Education from UNCG. Passions outside of teaching include hiking and camping in many of our beautiful North Carolina state parks!


Susan Heard- Tutor

_DSC0008Susan has been associated with The Piedmont School as both a teacher and tutor since 1990. She is presently working as a tutor in the After-School Tutoring Program. Prior to coming to The Piedmont School, she taught in public and private schools in Florida and Tennessee. Mrs. Heard is a graduate of Queens College (now University) where she majored in Literature and English Composition. She enjoys reading, singing, traveling and most of all, spending time with her family in North Carolina and Florida.


Gayle Hice- Faculty 


After teaching for 31 years in Brunswick County, VA, Guilford County Schools and Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools, Gayle retired in 2014. She has been a substitute teacher at TPS for the past 2 years and has also taught in the Summer Enrichment Program. A graduate of UNC-G with a B.S. in Elementary Education, Gayle is excited to be back in the classroom working with our Primary and Lower School divisions at TPS. She is excited to be a part of the wonderful staff at The Piedmont School. Gayle and her husband, Kyle, live in Kernersville. They enjoy traveling, spending time with their mini dachsaund fur baby, Molly Kate, and visiting their families.


Sydney Hines- Faculty 


Sydney Hines is new to The Piedmont School for the 2016-2017 school year. She serves as a Primary teacher. She graduated from High Point University in 2015 with a degree in Special Education. After graduating she went on to work as the English Language Coordinator at a bilingual public school in Madrid, Spain. She spent the year teaching English language and science as well as traveling and experiencing different cultures all over Europe. She loves spending time outside and exploring. Sydney holds additional certifications in HELPS, CPI, and SCM.


Sterling Miller- Faculty 


Sterling Miller is new to the TPS faculty for the 2016-2017 school year. Sterling comes to TPS with a wealth of experience teaching and will be teaching Language Arts part time at TPS. Sterling has a B.A. from Trinity College and completed Graduate work with Hofstra University, University of Pittsburgh and Pepperdine University (M.S. Elementary Education). Sterling enjoys the outdoors, loves sports, and enjoys reading.



Munib Mootassem- Athletic Dir./PE 

Munib Mootassem, or Coach M as he is known around TPS, is the Athletic Director and PE Coach for all grades K-12 here at The Piedmont School. Coach M is a graduate of UNC-Greensboro and holds a B.S. in Kinesiology and Physical Education. Coach M has taught for several years in both public and private school settings in our area.




Patricia Palmer- Faculty 

Patricia Palmer became a TPS Panther in January 2013. She retired from Guilford County Schools after serving as a teacher of exceptional children for 23 years and as a media specialist for 7 years. She holds a B.S. from Greensboro College in special education with certification in learning disabilities and intellectually disabled. She received a Master of Library Science degree from East Carolina University in 2007. Mrs. Palmer is married and has one son. She is also the parent of two miniature schnauzers named Rudy and Spencer. She enjoys reading, traveling and time with her family, which includes watching her son play golf for Guilford College.



Cameron Prevatte- Art & Drama 
Cameron Prevatte is an artist, educator, and activist living in Greensboro, NC. A graduate of UNC Greensboro and UNC School of the Arts, he grounds his lessons in traditional conservatory-style artist training while also fostering each student’s own creative process and artistic flexibility. He has performed with the NC Shakespeare Festival, The NC Theatre for Young People, and Paperhand Puppet Intervention to name a few. He has taught at The Greensboro Children’s Museum and Edible Schoolyard, UNCSA, Artists Reaching Children in the Hospital (ARCH), The ArtsCenter in Carrboro, and many others. Mr. Prevatte spends his time creating puppets, masks, and original theatre works with his awesome life-partner Devon Currie and his two dogs, Ava and Beau. He is excited to add his artistry to the already overflowing wealth of educational possibilities that The Piedmont School has to offer.


Ardith Pugh- Faculty  

This is Ardith’s third year at TPS. She graduated from High Point University with a B.A. degree in elementary education, and from Appalachian State University with a M.A. degree in administration and supervision of higher education. Ardith retired from the public school system teaching mostly fourth and fifth grade. While in the public school system she served as a math/science lead teacher, and was responsible for leading workshops for the faculty of her school for four years. In 1998 she was teacher of the year for her school, Kirkman Park Elementary, and in 1989 she was the Elementary PTA Teacher of the year for Guilford County. Ardith has two children and three grandchildren all of whom live in High Point. In her spare time she likes to play tennis and read.


Sandy Rittenhouse- Faculty


Sandy Rittenhouse arrived in High Point from Maryland in 1975 to attend High Point College.  After graduation, she worked for Guilford County Schools for 32 years as a middle school math/science teacher.  Sandy also worked with Student Council, served on many committees/leadership teams, worked with the NC Middle School Association and was especially blessed with a Mentor Teacher of the Year award.    Along the way she has read a ton of books with her book club and played many sets of tennis, as well. Her children are of the feline variety…Daisy, Maggie, and Louis Z.  (The cutest kitties on the planet!!).  She is grateful that fate has led her to TPS and look forward to a fantastic year.



Kelli Saenz- Faculty

Kelli has been affiliated with TPS for 10 years, and is entering her 21st year of teaching. She holds a B.A. in Elementary Education from Transylvania University and a Juris Doctor from Emory University. After working in trusts and estates and corporate law for 7 years, she returned to teaching in 1996. Over the years, Kelli has taught Kindergarten, second grade, English as a Second Language (adult learners—GTCC), and served as a reading specialist for grades 1-8. Kelli is a certified Reading Recovery teacher, holds current teaching licenses in both elementary education and reading, and has passed the Special Education Praxis Exam for teachers. She is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Elementary Education through UNC Wilmington. Kelli lives in Greensboro with her husband, two dogs and a cat. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time together with her two grown sons, Alex and Will, as well as reading and traveling.


Marilyn Stewart- Faculty 

Marilyn is The Piedmont School’s Math Department Chair. She has been employed with the school for the past 13 years and holds a Masters Degree in Education from University of North Carolina at Greensboro and has been in education for 42 years. Mrs. Stewart teaches elementary and middle school. She is married to Mike and has a daughter Morgan, a son-in-law Michael and two grandsons Chase and Drew with one on the way this fall! She loves to play tennis, read, and relax at Smith Mountain Lake.

Jon Wallace- Primary
Mr. Wallace is our Primary department chair, and he comes to The Piedmont School with a wealth of teaching experience in private and public education. He has a K-6 teaching license and is Wilson Level 1 certified, as well as being certified in Reading Fundations. Mr. Wallace has a passion for children who learn differently, and he enjoys helping them fulfill their highest potential. Originally from Wilmington, Mr. Wallace came to Greensboro to attend UNCG where he received his BA. After working in museum education he received his M.Ed. in Elementary Education. Mr. Wallace has presented at several NCAIS conferences and he enjoys finding new ways to engage children in their own learning.

Leigh Anne Wilkinson- Faculty 

Leigh Anne attended East Carolina University and Wingate College where she graduated with a degree in Psychology and Human services. After working in the business/medical world, she returned to Salem College and received a degree in Special Education. She has been teaching since 2001, where she began here at The Piedmont School. Leigh Anne continued her experience in the public school system in middle school where she taught, and served as Exceptional Child Case Manager. She re-joined our staff at TPS in 2012. She serves as our High School Facilitator and teaches High School English. Leigh Anne also teaches Language Arts in our middle school division. Leigh Anne has two sons, Drew (ECU) and Riley (East Forsyth High School). In her free time, she enjoys watching her son play lacrosse and heading to the beach. She resides in Kernersville.

Kim Williams- Faculty 

Mrs. Williams brings her 12 years of teaching experience in both Guilford and Forsyth counties to The Piedmont School beginning in the fall of 2013. She possesses an undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a Masters degree in Special Education from Greensboro College. Kim holds a North Carolina K-12 special education certification.  Along with her state certification, she also is trained in many areas of special education including, but not limited to Number Words and Corrective Reading, Wilson Reading, TOUCH Math, and Foundations of Math. Currently Kim teaches, science and language arts. In her spare time Kim enjoys music playing the flute and drums, studying Celtic traditions, and bead working.  She and her husband John have one wonderful daughter Lilly.


“If your child is happy, you are happy” - Anne Frank