Meet the team

Kaye Boehning, M.Ed.

Director

When Miss Kaye’s oldest son was two, she went to a Montessori school to see whether she might enroll him to give him a kick start on social skills. “I walked in and saw all these cool toys they had for learning, and I saw the way they were teaching, and I wanted more.” 

She began volunteering at the Montessori school, eventually landing a full-time job.

“I was the nap attendant. I was the bus driver. I was the bunny poop carrier. I had all the yuckiest jobs you could have there,” she says. “I started work at 11, but I would sometimes go in early and just sit there and watch the kids work because it was fascinating to me.”

When she relocated to Huntsville in 1996, Miss Kaye had a goal in mind: train in Montessori teaching and open her school. She wanted to make a difference and pursued her goal with a single-minded determination for more than a decade.

She found an old frat house, rented it, and managed to get a carpenter and an inspector to bring the house up to code in three weeks. She started with three paying students and her youngest son.

The school grew, slowly at first, then expanding dramatically in 2000, when she purchased two houses on Old Houston Road, and three years later when she added another building. “I believe it’s been my mission,” she says. “This is what I’m supposed to do. I could teach in the public school system, but the place where you make the most difference in a child’s life is the first six years.”

The transformation into a non-profit to expand access to Montessori education

As the school developed, Miss Kaye saw the possibility of doing more good by becoming a non-profit organization. She gave up ownership of Tomorrow’s Promise in favor of a board of directors. 

“We are a charity,” she says, “Like the United Way, Red Cross, or YMCA. We would love to have some donations because if we had more funding, we could have a sliding tuition scale for parents who need it. It wasn’t started as a charity, but I changed it over so that we could get grants and expand our reach.”

Teaching since 1991 and managing Tomorrow’s Promise since 1997, Miss Kaye still finds rewards in seeing the impact of her work.

“I love when you see the light bulb go on in a child’s head when they get it, or you have a parent who thanks you for taking a child that was kicked out of another school and helping them.” 

“I love my job. I don’t look at it as work. Dr Montessori said children’s work is to become like us, so we call the materials they use work. We don’t demean it by saying, ‘play with this.’ So, as adults, we should enjoy our work, we should have a fun life; this is not work to me.”

Charlotte Baker
Assistant Director

Charlotte was born in Denmark and moved here in 1990. She married in 1994 and has two children, Emma and Sofia. She joined the Tomorrow’s Promise team in 1999 and completed her Montessori training in 2003 at the Houston Montessori Center. Since then, Charlotte has worn every hat imaginable and most days wears three or four at a time. Not only is she Assistant Director, but she is also co-teaching the Purple Stars.

Ashley Templeton
Shooting Star Teacher (2-year-olds)
and Office Manager

Ashley joined the Tomorrow’s Promise team in July 2002. She began her journey with us by teaching in the infant classroom. Since that time, Ashley has been promoted to Office Manager and is pursuing a Montessori Infant/Toddler teacher certification. In addition, her future goals include providing the most creative and inspiring learning environment possible.

Gloria Alvarado
Lead Teacher – Purple Caterpillars (2-year-old classroom)

Ms. Gloria joined us in 2010. She has two boys, Cris and Pedro, likes to fish and enjoys outdoor activities in her spare time–and particularly enjoys working with children!

Shelbi Myers
Lead Teacher – Purple Stars
(3-6-year-old classroom)

Ms. Shelbi joined our family in 2011 and says, “Working at Tomorrow’s Promise has been a great experience for me. It’s helped me grow as a teacher and a parent.” Her daughter, Narahi, has attended TPMS since she was six weeks old.
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Rachel Kriner
Butterfly Teacher
(3-6-year-old classroom)

Rachel started working in the Purple Stars classroom in November 2018 and moved to the Butterfly classroom in March 2020.

Arjameshia (Meshia) McKnight
Shooting Stars Teacher
(2-year-old class)

Meisha started working in the 2-year-old room in June 2017 and has never looked back.

Valerie Turner
Nursery Teacher

Valerie has worked with children since before 2010 and has been in the nursery at Tomorrow’s Promise since 2017. She married in 2009 and has three boys. Their family has lived in Huntsville since 2010.

Ashton Howell
Cook

Ashton joined the Tomorrow’s Promise team in April 2019.

Rick Boehning

Mr. Rick worked for Shell in Houston for thirty years. He retired from Shell in 2011 and thought he would spend his time fishing. Instead, he is now our IT person and fills in wherever he is needed.

Elizabeth Alviar
Nursery Teacher

Ms. Elizabeth loves working with children and having a positive impact on their lives. She has been happily married since 2014 and is the devoted mother of two. Outside of work, Ms. Elizabeth enjoys creative writing, art, and attending Renaissance Fairs.

Nicole Larson
Purple Stars Teacher
(3-6-year-old classroom)

Miss Nicole’s classroom learning environment promotes fun growth and a sense of family; her students know that they’re important. Her first-grade teacher inspired her to pursue teaching, and she implements the same welcoming atmosphere she loved when she was a little learner. Since 2013, she has worked as an aid and lead teacher in a Head Start program and volunteered at her hometown Boy’s and Girl’s Club to participate in the community.

How Old Is Your Child?

NURSERY

6 Weeks - 1 Year

Preschool

1 - 3 Years

PRE-K

3 - 5 Years

KINDERGARTEN

kindergarten

AFTERSCHOOL

5 - 12 Years

SUMMER CAMP

5 - 12 Years