The Toddler Program

Laying a Foundation

The youngest group of children at Joseph Bruno Montessori Academy is our toddlers, 24 months to 3 years of age. There are up to twelve children and two teachers in this community. Bounding with energy, curiosity, and enthusiasm, toddlers accomplish amazing self-help and cognitive skills. They want to do things by themselves, and we encourage this independence by providing the children with just enough help at the right time. We also understand a toddler’s need for movement, so they are constantly moving while learning. They are busy discovering and trying out all of the special materials on the shelves placed perfectly for little hands to reach.

Meet Our Toddler Teachers!

Kari Ethridge

Kari Ethridge graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a bachelor’s degree in Education. She received her Montessori Infant and Toddler training at the Center for Montessori Teacher Education North Carolina.

She lives in Calera where she enjoys spending time with her husband, Joshua. She is passionate about teaching young children character traits and helping them grow to their full potential. She is interested in exercising, cleaning, reading, cooking, and visiting with friends and family over coffee

Jessica Campbell

Jessica was born and raised in Birmingham.  She graduated with honors from Hoover High School in 2007.  Jessica then received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from The University of Montevallo.  Jessica began her Montessori Infant and Toddler training at The Houston Montessori Center in Houston, Texas during the summer of 2013. She completed her training and received her certification in June 2014.  Jessica’s hobbies include needlepoint, knitting, creating art, reading all sorts of books, listening to 60’s music and being an avid animal lover.