About MA Bloggers

Hello, thank you for visiting our blog. Together we will briefly present some ideas in this blog that we think are worth considering and worth your time. I hope you will agree and let us know what you think.

Brenda Bernstorf


Hello, thank you for visiting our blog.  I will be coordinating, writing, and introducing other writers in this blog.

I am strategically driven and fascinated by organizational development, specifically engaging people with the organization. I joined the administrative team at Montessori Academy in 2008 with over 20 years’ experience in business and nonprofits. I wear many hats but have primary responsibility for developing and managing the brand, marketing, human resources, organizational development, continuous improvement, and accreditation.  I believe in continuous learning and education. This makes me an avid reader and helps drive the development strategies of Montessori Academy. You will begin to see some of the ideas that I delve into and some of the ideas that others here at Montessori Academy get engaged in.

I earned a B. S. in Music Education from Asbury University, an MBA from Trevecca Nazarene University, and I’m a doctoral candidate in Organizational Leadership and Development with Grand Canyon University.

I love quilting, sewing, cooking, and reading. So…you may get a blog or two that touch on these topics too. My husband, Jim, and I enjoy working together at Montessori academy but some evenings its hard to shut work down. We have been married 38 years. We have two grown children, a son-in-law, and five amazing grandchildren with another due in September.

Together, with the people below, we will briefly present some ideas in this blog that we think are worth considering and worth your time. I hope you will agree and let us know what you think.

Tanelle Murphy

I’m so pleased to have this opportunity to blend my passions for education, parenting, child development, and writing.   I love to share ideas and offer fresh perspectives.

I have a B.A. in English and an M.A.T. in secondary curriculum and instruction from The University of Memphis. I’ve been teaching since 1993 and have taught ages 3-70!  I began in the public schools, teaching high school English, K-12 ESL, and adult continuing education ESL classes as an adjunct professor.

In 2005, my daughter started at Montessori Academy, and I started on an exciting new path as an educator and parent.  I’ve been a Montessori Primary (age 3-6) teacher since 2007, and it’s one of the greatest joys of my life to work with these wonderful children and their families.  I also joined the Montessori Training Center of Brentwood as an instructor and Assistant Director in 2015, and I just became Assistant Director of Primary at Montessori Academy in 2016.  I’m wearing many hats right now, so I may be blogging about that!

Some of my favorite things are reading, writing, gardening, yoga, photography, and sharing my enthusiasm for Montessori education.  The best part of every day is spending time with my husband and daughter, two of the most extraordinary people I’ve ever known.  I hope to inspire you and to offer you a chance to see topics in a new light.  Come and join me on this journey!

Jim Bernstorf

I provide visionary anJim_on-sailboatd educational leadership at Montessori Academy. I love thinking about ideas! I hope that you will find some of the ideas in the blog worth your time to consider.

I earned a B.A. in philosophy from Asbury University, an M.Ed and Ed.D. from Trevecca Nazarene University after many years in business. I came to Montessori Academy in 2001 and served as the CFO before assuming responsibilities as educational leader and executive director.

I love sailing and rehabbing sailboats, gardening, and playing basketball. Brenda and I have been married 38 years and enjoy our grown children, son-in-law, and our 5 grandchildren – I am going to make sailors out of them yet!