Meet Our Kindergarten Team

Carol Sysol

My name is Carol Sysol. I received my Bachelor's Degree from Eastern Michigan University, where I majored in Science and minored in Children's Literature. I also received my Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education from EMU. I received my Montessori Credential in Early Childhood Education, from the Michigan Montessori Teacher Education Center, located in Rochester Hills, Michigan.

My teaching career began at Creative Montessori Academy. I loved the Montessori Philosophy so much. I chose to have my own children attend Creative Montessori Academy. 

I have been teaching for a while now and my favorite part is watching my students learn and grow. I am now seeing some of my former kindergarten students graduate and get married. I continue to love the youthful energy that kindergarten children have. Everything is so exciting and new to them and often to their families!

Charmaine Wright

My name is Charmaine Wright and I have been teaching kindergarten at Creative Montessori Academy for 15 years.  I graduated from the University of Michigan Dearborn with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and an Associate's degree in Science.  After, I attended Wayne State University for graduate classes. 

I have enjoyed working with young children for as long as I can remember.  I have 2 children of my own, my son will be a Freshman and my daughter a senior in high school this coming year.  When I’m not teaching, I enjoy walking our two dogs, Max & Finn and cuddling with our two cats Gizmo and Binx while reading a good book.  I enjoy kayaking and hiking outdoors and use my love of nature and experiences to foster a love of learning about the wonders of the world around us when I teach Montessori.  I am looking forward to the many adventures that teaching Kindergarten at CMA will bring this year and look forward to meeting you!


Hi! My name is Anna Szczepaniak and I have been at CMA for quite a few years.

My assistant and I share a passion for Montessori education and we look forward to our upcoming school year.  Both of us have seen the beauty of the Montessori method from both a community member and teacher perspective. 

We look forward to working in partnership with you to help your child reach his or her full potential!

Nicole Walker

Hello there! My name is Nicole Walker and I have been teaching for 10 years and I have had the pleasure of teaching Kindergarten at Creative Montessori Academy for the past three years. I graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education with a major in Early Childhood Education. I became certified in Montessori from the North American Montessori Center.  

My passion has always been to be a teacher to help mold young minds and motivate children to become independent. I am married and have three children of my own, one going to be a sophomore in high school, a fourth grader and preschooler at Creative Montessori Academy. When I am not teaching, I love spending time with my family and friends as well as being creative through crafts. I am super excited to meet our new kindergarteners and build relationships with our students and families.

Cathy Bryson

Greetings!! My name is Cathy Bryson and I have had the pleasure of working at Creative Montessori Academy for over twenty years. I hold a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a Bachelor’s of Science  with a Major in Science and a Minor in English Language and Literature from Eastern Michigan University. I became certified in Montessori at the Michigan Montessori Education Center in Rochester Hills Michigan.

 I am blessed each year with the opportunity to create an environment that facilitates student’s education growth.When I am not in the classroom I enjoy spending time with my three young adult children, our three cats, and our spoiled pug. I am excited to meet my new kindergarten class and to introduce new families to the wonder of Montessori.