Tiffany's journey with Nido began in August 2013, when she went back to work in her home office when her daughter was 3 months old. She soon realized that there were a lot of parents trying to do the juggling act of flexible work and full-time childcare. There wasn't an option to support this lifestyle, so she set out to develop Nido.
This eventually led to the birth of the in-home Nido co-op, which proved the need for coworking and childcare. Nido moved from Tiffany's house to our current location on Broad Street in May 2015.
Lis Tyroler, Co-Founder
Lis is our Co-Founder and systems and organizational guru. She has a background in social work and clinical research and has always found herself fulfilled when working to build community and relationships.
She loves watching her child engage in the meaningful work that Montessori education facilitates while she gets to focus on her own work and mission. As a native of Durham, she is excited to get to bring this opportunity to all of her fellow Durham parents.
Jeannene Schnell, Head Teacher and School Administrator
Jeannene joins Nido with 36 years experience working with toddlers and preschoolers. She received her Montessori primary credential from the Albanesi Education Center in 1997. Since then, she has been dedicated to fostering Montessori environments for the youngest learners.
Jeannene takes care to get to know every child and mold the environment to the group's specific needs. This attention to detail is one of the many reasons Jeannene is able to inspire children to do great work in her classroom. She is particularly community-minded, making her a great fit for Nido. She loves getting to know the whole family of each child in her classroom, and she views the parent-teacher relationship as a team working together in the best interest of the child. She uses parents' insights to guide her own interactions with the children in her classroom.
Caitlyn Colbs, Lead Infant Teacher
Caitlyn is known around Nido as "The Baby Whisperer." She has a natural talent with our youngest children, helping them to feel safe and secure as they explore their ever-expanding worlds.
Caitlyn has a B.A. in psychology with a minor in Anthropology. She has completed coursework in Early Childhood Education, as well as The Infant-Toddler Montessori Beginnings Course through the Center for Guided montessori Studies.
Tonya Downing, Lead Toddler Teacher
Tonya is passionate about the Montessori philosophy and looks forward to meeting each child where they are and giving them opportunities to succeed in meaningful work. She believes that The Montessori method naturally develops a love of learning new stuff and a caring community of strong, independent individuals.
Tonya has a BA in Philosophy from a small Liberal Arts college in Michigan and will be continuing her education in Montessori this Fall. In addition to teaching (and learning), she enjoys any opportunity for creativity, music, a good book, and exploring Durham on walks with her pups Franny and Debbie, and husband Josh.