Davidson Green School Teachers


Jennifer Jakubecy

Head of School

Jennifer Jakubecy is the Cofounder and Head of Davidson Green School. She holds a M.A. and Ph.D. in education from the University of Virginia. She has taught at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Prior to Davidson Green School, Jennifer taught at the University of Mary Washington, College of Education, where she taught pre-service teachers best instructional practices. She is passionate about teaching children through a natural, holistic approach that inspires students’ innate curiosity and problem solving. Her hobbies include camping, yoga, and animal assisted therapy.

Kathleen McIntyre

Science and Sustainability Coordinator

Kathleen McIntyre is the Cofounder and the Coordinator for Science and Sustainability for Davidson Green School.  She holds an undergraduate degree in Environmental Health Science and a Master’s degree in Forestry Resources from the University of Georgia in addition to being certified in Secondary Education and Permaculture Design.  Kathleen has taught Biology and Earth Science at the high school and college level; and enjoyed teaching gardening and homesteading program at a children’s camp.  In 2012, she was elected to serve as President of The Children’s Schoolhouse in Huntersville, NC.  Kathleen is passionate about inspiring children of all ages to live in harmony with nature and enjoys creating opportunities for them to connect with the environment.  She loves going backpacking with her family, hiking, gardening, and animals.


Upper Elementary and Middle School Lead Teacher

Annie Giarla is the upper elementary guide at Davidson Green School.   She holds an undergraduate degree with dual majors – Environmental Science and Educational Studies – from Rhodes College, where she won the Education Department’s award at graduation.  While in college, Annie played varsity soccer as a Freshman, started an equestrian team the following year, conducted research at the Memphis Zoo and worked as a certified literacy tutor.

Annie has been Program Director at a large summer camp in Durham, North Carolina.   She was a long-time nature counselor who enjoyed teaching campers from ages 5 to 12 years to appreciate the beauty and importance of nature and helping them find something about the outdoors that they could enjoy and relate to.

Annie’s deep love for the environment, animals, and outdoor programing led her to the Davidson Green School where she looks forward to sharing her knowledge about the environment with the children. In her free time, Annie enjoys hiking, camping, and riding her horse, Pilot.

Upper Elementary and Middle School Classroom Assistant and Engineering Teacher

Monica Herzog is excited to join the Davidson Green School for her first year working in a classroom setting. She realized her passion of working with children during high school when she created outdoor classroom curriculum for elementary and middle schoolers as part of her Girl Scout Gold Award. From there she went on to graduate from Bucknell University with a B.S. in Physics, concentration in Astrophysics, and a minor in Mathematics. Since then she has worked as the Trip Director for a summer camp, a ski instructor for children, and most recently she has led multiple trips (backpacking, rock climbing, white water paddling, and flat water canoeing) for youth through the North Carolina Outward Bound School. When not at DGS she enjoys practicing yoga, cooking vegan meals, reading, and enjoying any type of outdoor adventure!

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Lower Elementary Lead Teacher

Lynne Erickson is the lower elementary guide at Davidson Green School. She holds a fine arts degree from Anderson College and a degree in Psychology with related work in Early Childhood Education from UNC-C. She holds American Montessori credentials in both pre-primary and elementary levels. With 30 years of experience in Montessori Education, she has held positions both teaching and in administration.

Lynne is passionate about providing hands-on learning experiences and quality education in a prepared environment that respects, promotes and appreciates the potential and possibilities in each child. She enjoys cooking, gardening, art and music and loves spending time with her 3 grandchildren.

Lower Elementary Classroom Assistant

Mary Beth Miller spent thirteen years as a student at a Montessori School in Raleigh, which naturally led her to Davidson Green School. She holds a degree in Environmental Studies from UNC-Chapel Hill, and spent her undergraduate years as a tutor and classroom assistant, a counselor in afterschool and summer programs, and an educator at a science camp. After graduating, Mary Beth worked on a farm in Hillsborough, NC and in 2012 founded her own small organic farm outside Durham, growing vegetables and raising animals. She is currently working towards becoming a certified environmental educator in North Carolina, and is excited to bring this love and knowledge of gardening and the outdoors to the Davidson Green School community. In her free time Mary Beth especially enjoys oil painting, beekeeping, rock climbing, and hiking with her two border collies.

Primary Lead Teacher

Collette Egan-Warner is the Primary Teacher at Davidson Green School. She holds Montessori Primary Certifications from CMTE/NC (AMS) and the London Montessori Centre. Collette grew up in Ireland in a very natural country environment. She is passionate about Montessori and once she was exposed to the Montessori philosophy it changed her perspective. She has been teaching Montessori at the primary level for seventeen years while rearing her family of four. She has taught at Marlboro Montessori Academy, NJ; Phoenix Montessori, NC and Countryside Montessori, NC, and is now extremely excited to join the Davidson Green School. Her hobbies include walking, bird watching, sewing and swimming.

Primary Classroom Assistant

Judith Helms is a classroom assistant at Davidson Green School.  She has a B.A. in psychology and an M.A. in school counseling, both earned at UNC-Charlotte.  She has worked as an assistant teacher at The Children’s Schoolhouse, which is where she fell in love with child-centered learning with an emphasis on nature and the full expression of imagination and creativity.  She has also worked as a classroom assistant at Metro School, a school dedicated to students with profound and severe disabilities. At both schools Judith learned so much from the students and the staff because she believes that the whole world is a classroom and every new discovery is an adventure. It is this passion for learning and genuine warmth for students that she brings to Davidson Green School.  She also has a deep respect for our environment and believes that nature can be the best teacher of all.  She loves to kayak and look for our wild neighbors, walk her dogs, and listen (and dance!) to music.

4427_80628574769_6786432_nBilly Jones: Guitar and Piano Teacher

Billy Jones is a performer, songwriter, and music educator based out of Davidson, NC.  He has released two albums of his original music, “Time”and “Without a Fight”.  As a performer, Billy has been a mainstay in the Lake Norman area for years.  He was awarded Summit Songwriter of the Year in 2012. As a teacher, Billy has taught thousands of private lessons specializing in guitar and voice.  He was the founder of the Davidson Green School music program and has been instrumental in helping it grow to what is now.  Billy also owns and runs the Birdsnest, a lesson studio/record store/performance venue in downtown Davidson.

Brian Burton: Drum and Percussion Teacher

Brian Burton is an honored graduate of the Berklee College of Music. He moved to Davidson in 2002 to tour with Cast Iron Filter. Since then, he has maintained a busy teaching, recording, and performing career with over 15,000 lessons taught and over 1800 performances. Highlights include work with Hipshack, Billy Jones, Rusty Knox, Coyote Joe’s House Band, Cast Iron Filter, Sy Arden, and Christ Central Church.

Brian maintains an independent teaching practice in Davidson, NC. He writes many of his own educational drum material and integrates current technology into his teaching. His students have gone on to receive prestigious awards, scholarships, music school admissions, band gigs, and praise band positions. He also hosts the quarterly student performance event “Drum-It At Summit”.

He currently leads the jazz based Brian Burton Trio and is the drummer for Sharon United Methodist Church. He also maintains a busy freelance career. Brian plays Vic Firth sticks, Remo heads, and is a Regional Affiliate endorser of Sabian cymbals.

thanksgiving-2015-e-copyElizabeth Mills: Voice Teacher

Since moving with her family from Texas in 2001, Elizabeth Mills has been on the music scene around Davidson. She has been involved at DCPC with all aspects of music including: chancel choir, teaching kindergarten choir, and is one of the current 9:45 transitional service music leaders.  She has also taught preschool and preschool music classes at St. Alban’s.   She has taught private voice lessons for the Birdsnest since 2010. In addition, she is one of the founding members of Sunday Union, a local band comprised of members of our community who play and sing for various venues in the area, including Summit Coffee every month.

Spanish Teacher

Dalia Zarate-Martinez was formerly the Director and Lead Teacher at La Escuelita San Alban. Currently she works with children, teens and adults as a Yoga and Aerial Yoga Instructor at Gotta Yoga Studio, and in her private Spanish classes around Lake Norman. She also teaches at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of lake Norman every Sunday, and facilitates children’s camps on mindfulness and yoga around the area (Cornelius Library, Yoga Studios and The Meditation Room).

Delia’s love for learning and her eclectic spirit took her to get an MBA, a BS degree in marketing and some graduate courses in Psychology and Information Technology. In addition to Dela’s certification to teach Spanish, she also has fitness certifications to teach Yoga, Aerial Yoga, willPower & grace® and BTS Centergy®. As a Reiki master teacher and practitioner, she brings love, caring, balance and a functional integration of body-mind-spirit to her personal and professional life.