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 9th 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 11th year at Trent and 12 1/2 years teaching Montessori.   Jenny has her Montessori Certification from 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, Madeline, and Charlotte 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.  Watching the children gain self confidence in themselves and their work they do.  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. 

This is Cheri's 32nd year at Trent.  Cheri enjoys scrap booking, gardening, photography, camping, hiking , and spending time with my kids and grandchild.  Cheri, along with her husband, Doug, have three children: Kristin, Joshua, and Caleb who are all Trent graduates and two 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 blesses 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 3rd year at Trent  and 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!



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 :)


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

Kaelyn attends Northern Kentucky University.  This is Kaelyn’s 1st year at Trent.  Kaelyn enjoys listening to music, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.

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

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