On a sunny summer morning in 2010, Rita Kaffer was walking in the Beverly neighborhood near her home and took a slightly different route than normal. Little did she know, that small detour would impact her and her children’s lives positively and exponentially for years to come. Walking south on the western sidewalk of Longwood Drive, Rita approached 110th Place and saw an unassuming yard sign for Council Oak Montessori School. She had a good feeling about that sign. Rita had been seeking just the right place for her sons to attend preschool. After making inquiries and visiting Council Oak, Rita thought she had found exactly what she had been seeking for her sons. She was right.
Nearly ten years later, Rita joins the COMS staff after being a happy COMS parent watching her sons grow and thrive each year. She is elated to be a part of the Montessori experience first as a parent and now as an assistant for the Lower Elementary classroom. Rita brings many years of clinical and classroom experience from her work as a Speech-Language Pathologist. Rita has provided speech and language services to hundreds of children and families in the Middle Tennessee, South Florida, New York City, and Chicagoland areas.
In addition to attending ongoing Montessori training, Rita enjoys hanging out with her sons, practicing and studying yoga and Ayurveda, manipulating sound for meditation, exploring plant-based cooking, writing, singing, and yes, going for walks in the Beverly neighborhood.