Trent Montessori Staff

Jan Haas, “Mrs. Haas”, is the Owner/Administrator of Trent Montessori. 

Jan has a BA in Sociology/Early Childhood from Hanover College and her AMI (Association Montessori International) Certification.  Jan started Trent in 1981 with 4 students.  Jan enjoys traveling, reading. camping, and antique mall shopping. Jan, along with her husband, Eric, and their three adult children: Lan, (Katie), Ryan, (Kate),  and Erin, (Kraig) all Trent graduates and four grandchildren, enjoy spending time together at their lake house….”No Worries”.

My favorite part of leading such a wonderful group of teachers is when I see them truly loving their job and putting their time and attention into meeting each and every child’s needs.   Whether it is holding a child until a parent arrives, making Valentine’s cards because the parent forgot, going the extra mile to see that the child has just the right lesson to help them “get it”, calling the parent and letting them know that their child is ok, and looking out for each other.  This is what makes our school so very special with extremely special and loving teachers.

Erin Haas Eckstein, “Mrs. Erin”, is the Lead Directress in the Morning Montessori Class and the Administrative Assistant. 

Erin has a BA in Elementary Education from Hanover College and a Montessori Certification from the GCCME (Greater Cincinnati Center for Montessori Education).  Erin has been a Montessori student from birth through 6th grade.  This is Erin's 10th year at Trent.  She enjoys photography, soccer, hiking, snowboarding, shopping, and crafting.  Erin, along with her husband, Kraig, and son, Oliver, enjoy remodeling their home and taking walks with their dog, Copper.

The part I enjoy most about teaching is seeing the children experience a love of learning each day. The beauty of the Montessori philosophy is a child will learn through self-directed discovery, a lesson from a teacher, observation or peer lessons. I love to witness the confidence, independence and self-esteem growth that comes through an older child giving a younger child a lesson. My goal as a Montessori Directress is to assist, direct, encourage, support, and aid in each and every child’s love of learning.

Jenny Adams, “Mrs. Adams”, is the Lead Directress in the Afternoon Montessori Class.

This is Jenny's 12th year at Trent and 13 1/2 years teaching Montessori.   Jenny has her Montessori Certification from the GCCME (Greater Cincinnati Center for Montessori Education).  Jenny enjoys shopping, watching sports and walking.  Jenny, along with her husband, Kevin, and their three daughters, Maggie (Trent Alumna), Madeline and Charlotte (Trent students), enjoy spending time together at the neighborhood parks.

The part I most enjoy about teaching is seeing the children grow over a 3 year period and teaching them to love and respect one another as well as watching the children gain self confidence in themselves and their work.  My goal as a Montessori Directress is to meet the child’s needs each day and to make sure they feel loved.


Cheri Helton, “Mrs. Helton”, is our Extended Care Coordinator & Classroom Assistant

This is Cheri's 33rd year at Trent.  Cheri enjoys scrap booking, gardening, photography, camping, hiking, and spending time with my kids and grandchildren.  Cheri, along with her husband, Doug, have three children: Kristin, Joshua, and Caleb who are all Trent graduates and three grandchildren.

My favorite part of teaching is coming to school and seeing each child’s smiling face.  Trent has truly become my second home and has filled a place in my heart because of my own children being grown.  I am truly blessed to have had so many children in my life.

Samantha McKinney, “Miss Samantha”, works in our Extended Care.

Samantha is a student at NKU studying Early Childhood Education.  This is Samantha's 4th year at Trent and she is a Trent graduate.  Samantha enjoys dance, traveling, and swimming.

My favorite part of teaching is seeing the children’s face light up every morning, ready to learn and grow!

Kaelyn Turner, “Miss Kaelyn”, works in our Extended Care and Toddler Class.

This is Kaelyn’s 2nd year at Trent.  She graduated from Newport Central Catholic and is currently studying nursing at Great Oaks Medical School.  Kaelyn has worked in daycare throughout high school.   

My favorite part of teaching is being able to spend time with the children and watching them grow physically and mentally.


Jenny Frey, “Mrs. Frey”, works with our Full Day Kindergarten children and in the Extended Care.

Jenny worked at Trent many years ago.  Jenny graduated from GCCME and taught in a Montessori classroom for 14 years.  Jenny is married to Michael and enjoys baking, playing board games, and taking walks.

My favorite part of teaching is seeing a child’s face light up with pride when a new concept “clicks”.  



Jen Dershem, “Mrs. Jen”, works in our Full Day Kindergarten

This is Jen’s 2nd year at Trent.  Jen has a BA in Education from Miami University as well as her MAT (Masters of Arts in Teaching).    She was a public school teacher for 12 years prior to coming to Trent and has been a YMCA Camp Counselor for 5 years..  Jen is married to Keith and has two children, Michael (Trent alumnus) & Annie (Trent student).  Jen enjoys reading, walking, and traveling with her family.

My favorite part of teaching is building relationships with the children and helping them become lifelong learners!





Rian Carson, “Miss Rian”, works in the Extended Care and assists in the Montessori classroom.

This is Rian’s 1st year at Trent.  Rian is a senior at NKU pursuing a degree in Elementary Education.  Rian enjoys reading, drawing, writing, and table top games.

My favorite part of teaching is forming bonds with the students. I love getting to know each child because every one of them will have a part in making me a better teacher.




Grace Morrison, “Miss Grace”, works in our Extended Care.

This is Grace’s 1st year at Trent.  Grace attends Highlands High School.  Grace has worked as a nanny and enjoys hiking and camping.

My favorite part of teaching is being able to spend time with the children and watching them grow physically and mentally.



Anna Lynne, “Miss Anna” works in our Toddler Montessori Program

Anna graduated from Eastern Kentucky University in Family & Consumer Sciences.  This is Anna’s 1st year at Trent, is a Trent graduate, and loves spending time with Dan and their three children: McKinley, Madison, and Mia.

My favorite part of teaching is seeing the children's face light up when they have learned something new :)


Ann Thomas, “Mrs Ann”, is one of our Toddler Directresses.

This is Ann’s 1st year at Trent.  Ann has an Associate’s degree in Child Development and the GCCME AMS Credentialed Infant/Toddler certification.  Ann has 18+ years of experience working with children from 6 weeks to 4 years old.   Ann is married to Steve and they have two children, Rebecca and Zac.  Ann enjoys gardening, movies, and reading.

My favorite part of teaching is the conversations that I have with the children! I love hearing how things are seen through the eyes of a toddler!!! They never cease to AMAZE me!


Bella Salter, “Miss Bella”, works in our Toddler Classroom.

This is Bella’s 1st year at Trent.  Bella attends Newport Central and has been babysitting for 4 years.   Bella enjoys photography, art, and music.

My favorite part of teaching is being able to see the growth in each child.



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