Dr. Merrie King joined the faculty at Belmont in 2001. She teaches classes in Child Development, Human Development, and Instructional Programs for Young Children. She is also
the Montessori Program Director. Dr. King has over 30 years experience in education at the pre K-12, University, and Adult levels. Prior to coming to Belmont, she served as Director of Ithaka Montessori, a preschool in Franklin, Tennessee, for ages 2 - 6. She founded the school in 1985.
Dr. King completed her Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instructional Leadership at Vanderbilt in 2003, her Masters of Arts in Teaching in Linguistics - Teaching English as a Second Language and Bilingual Education from Georgetown University, and a B.S. in English Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. In addition, she has earned three Montessori Diplomas: AMI Ages 0-3, AMI Ages 2 - 7, and AMS Ages 6-9. Dr. King is also a national facilitator through the Center for Courage and Renewal for Parker Palmer's Courage to Teach Work.