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Lori Presley-Fields brings a wealth of education and administration experience to Montessori Preparatory School, where she serves as Directress. Lori graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Oklahoma in 1981. Upon graduation, Lori went on to receive a Master’s in Education and Administration, a Superintendent Certification, and a Ph.D. in Education. Lori has 33 years of experience in education, and holds a Montessori Certification in Primary and Elementary Environments.


Jack McCarter, CEO of Montessori Preparatory School, has called Waco home for the past 30 years. After attending the University of Texas for 2 years, he served as a Corporal in the Marine Corp and was honorably discharged in 1975. Jack finished his education at Trinity University, earning a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in 1977. In 1981 Jack founded LeaseTown, a Rent-to-Own company and sold eight stores in 2001. Jack is recognized as a strong business leader in the Waco community, where he has held a real estate license, specializing in commercial real estate, mini storage buildings and check cashing stores.

Robin Plant – Greenwood

Robin Plant – Greenwood is proud to call Waco, TX her hometown. In 2015 she graduated from McLennan Community College with her Associate degree while doing free-lance graphic design work and murals for preschool classrooms. With more than 7 years of experience teaching children ages 2-6, she brings reliable skills and hands-on knowledge to Montessori Preparatory School. Her notable creative talent is utilized every day as she creates custom craft projects specific to each student’s needs and in theme with our curriculum.

Salima Ali

Salima Ali grew up in Karachi, Pakistan and moved to the United States in 1995. She is bilingual and offers MPS a great deal of insight and culture. Salima obtained her college degree in Karachi, Pakistan and gathered 4 years of teaching experience with children ages 2-5. She is passionate about music, gardening, and reading and enjoys sharing these experiences with her with her two children. Mrs. Ali is an asset to our Montessori environment and loves seeing the students’ smiling faces each morning.

Chava Kamenetsky

Chava Kamenetsky become a certified Physical Therapist right out of high school and later graduated with an Associate of Arts degree from Texas State Technical College. Mrs. Kamenetsky has several years of teaching experience with children of ages 3-11, and many more years of teaching adults. In addition to her diverse skill set, Chava speaks several languages and has taught language classes in the past.