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. 

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Liz Bordogna

Co-Lead Teacher (Primary Room)

I have over a decade of experience in education, teaching at public and private schools. I earned my B.S. in Biology and Master’s in teaching from the University of Virginia. Inspired by what I saw at Montessori schools, I obtained my AMS Early Childhood certification from the Virginia Center for Montessori Studies in 2011. I love the Montessori focus on respect for the work of childhood and creating warm, engaging environments for children to be successful. I use that same approach in my work as a Positive Discipline parent educator, and I’ve enjoyed working with local families in that capacity for the past several years. I live in Charlottesville with my husband and our four young children. You can often find us outside hiking or checking out local playgrounds.

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Quinn Prater

Teacher's Assistant (Infant Room)

Born In D.C. and raised in Northern Virginia, I recently graduated from high school in Loudoun County and moved with my family to Charlottesville. I’ve taken a special interest in caring for children from a very young age and hope to study Early Childhood Education at Virginia Commonwealth University. I’m looking forward to working at Generations Montessori, where I’ve found a welcoming staff and a motivating atmosphere, helping me experience my dreams early on and making me grateful to call Charlottesville home!

Khymi Russell

Teacher’s Assistant (Infant Room)

I have lived in Charlottesville for the majority of my life; after homeschooling throughout my elementary and adolescent years I earned an advanced degree from Charlottesville High School. I have experience teaching swimming to all ages ranging from infants to adults, and specialized in preschool and elementary classes, often teaching bilingually. I discovered my passion for early childhood education after volunteering with Robin & Mani's All Buddy Camp for kindergarteners with special needs. I am excited to learn about the Montessori method from the wonderful educators at GMS, and to work with the children in my classroom as they grow! 

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!

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.