Meet Our Teachers

Christina Pace

Co-Lead Teacher (Primary Room)

After growing up in Charlottesville and attending the city school system, I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Virginia Polytechnic and State University. I continued my education at the College of William and Mary, where I earned my Masters in Education with an emphasis in Gifted Education. Since returning to Charlottesville, I have worked at Village School and Tandem Friends School. I became a mother in September of 2015, and found the perfect reason to finally fulfill my mom and my dream to begin our own school. Together, the three of us paved the way for Generations Montessori School.

Rita Pace

Lead Teacher (Toddler Room)

I have worked in early childhood education for nearly 30 years. In that time, I have cared for over a hundred children in the Charlottesville area. Most importantly, I love working with young children as they first begin to develop their individual personalities. I have my Infant and Toddler Certification from the American Montessori Society, and I believe each child develops in a way that is unique to him or her. I specialize in creating educational environments for infants and toddlers that foster growth and independence, and my goal is to work with parents to fully meet their child’s unique cognitive, emotional, social and physical needs. 

Jane Ellen Coleman

Assistant Teacher (Infant Room)

I'm a native of North Carolina, but spent 25 years as a Navy Wife, living in several different countries and states. We moved to Central Virginia in 2015, and are happy to call it home. I gained several years of experience working with children of all ages, prior to my arrival in Virginia, including teaching pre-school children in Maryland, and five years as a substitute teacher with the Department of Defense School System.  Before joining the Generations staff this year, I spent two years as a substitute here. I have a great deal of enthusiasm for the school, and I get great joy watching the children grow and learn. I'm glad to be a member of such a wonderful team of professionals. I'm the mother of two sons, and enjoy knitting, cooking, and traveling.

Katie Ford

Co-Lead Teacher (Primary Room)

I am a Northern Virginia native who graduated with a degree in Fine Arts and a minor in Education from Roanoke College in 2003.  I went on to earn my Master's Degree in Education from George Mason University in 2009.  I have taught elementary school art for the past 15 years and have loved inspiring young minds to think creatively.   I believe there's something truly special about early childhood education and I look forward to experiencing the joy that comes along with learning with my young students.  In addition to being an educator, I am the proud mom of two amazing children.  

Melanie Thomas

Assistant Teacher (Toddler Room)

Hello my name is Melanie Thomas and I have been working with children for over 8 years. I am a Charlottesville native but I grew up in Fluvanna County, graduating from Fluvanna County high school in 2013.  I am currently working with the infants. I enjoy every aspect of teaching and have realized in my years that they can teach us as much as we teach them. We are a great team with incredible passion for each individual child. I feel very proud and lucky to be a part of such a great group of teachers.

Lauren Toms 

Lead Teacher (Infant Room)

I am a Charlottesville native, having attended the Albemarle county school system. I then went on to gain a Bachelor's of Science degree in Psychology from Longwood University, where I found an interest in developmental psychology. I have spent the past three years working with children of all ages as a swim coach and camp counselor. I find joy in working with children and watching them grow as individuals, and I look forward to bringing my experience to Generations Montessori School!

Katherine Vance

Assistant Teacher (Infant Room)

After growing up in a military family and travelling for much of my childhood, I am happy to call Virginia home for the past 13 years. My most recent work background has been with a Montessori school. Previously I have worked in public schools as a substitute teacher and as a licensed private school Day Care Director. Through my experiences of working with children, I bring an enthusiasm and love for watching each child grow into their unique potential. Travel and exchanging different cultural family recipes are my favorite hobbies. In addition to teaching, I am the mother of four children and am now the proud grandmother of six grandchildren. 

Brenda Williams

Assistant Teacher

I graduated from Nelson County High School and attended Piedmont Virginia Community College where I took classes in data processing. I moved to Charlottesville over 25 years ago from Nelson County. I have two children, a son and daughter, who also live in Charlottesville. I have worked for over a decade in the field of Autism education and early childhood education, which included from infants to preschool. I enjoy traveling, movies, and going on walks. 

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Tel: 434-422-8161


1525 Stony Point Road

Charlottesville, VA 22911