Meet Your Teacher at Rhyme and Reason Academy

Emily Counts

Founder, Head of School, Lead Elementary Guide
  • US Air Force Veteran
  • B.S. Space Science from American Military University
  • AMI Primary Assistant certificate from Washington Montessori Institute
  • MACTE Accredited Montessori Elementary I & II teacher diploma from Prepared Montessorian

I first came to the Eastern Shore to work at Wallops Island, thinking that the space industry was my calling. But after a few years of study and internships, I found I was not the kind of person that wanted to spend my life working on one big thing, but rather the type that wanted to constantly learn new things, solve many small problems each day, and share what I learn with others.

While in college, I began teaching and, without knowing anything about Montessori, was hired at a small Montessori high school to teach coding- I instantly fell in love. The classroom I taught in was full of bright students who were joyful about learning and relished challenging problems. I wanted to be a part of this.

I am driven by the belief that education can be the foundation for a life well-lived. I love teaching young folks and I believe Montessori education is the best method for developing intelligent, hardworking, and happy children.

I love my husband and son, iced coffee, fair-isle knitting, and cuddling chickens. When I’m not working, you can find me reading under a pile of quilts.

Author of The Rhyme and Reason Reading Program.


Danielle Rehm

Lead Primary Guide
  • Coursework towards Mathematics and Computer Science at Wor-Wic Community College and East Carolina University
  • 200-hour yoga teacher certification from Yoga Alliance
  • MACTE Accredited Montessori Primary teacher diploma from Prepared Montessorian (Graduation expected Spring 2025)

I am happy to be the Lead Primary Guide here at Rhyme and Reason Academy!  Maria Montessori’s method is theoretically logical, realistically practical, and scientifically permissible.  It did not take me long to fall in love with this form of educating and I quickly restructured my homeschooling process to focus more on childhood development. Everything in life can be a lesson when a child is given time to learn it at his or her own pace.  This individualized plan spoke to me from what I have experienced with my own sons.  They are 14 months apart, mistaken for twins all of the time, but completely different kids from one another, as all kids tend to be even when from the same household. Pizza night in my home always reminds me of this as my oldest doesn’t eat his crust and my youngest eats the crust first!

I love being outdoors with my sons. We raise our chickens, grow vegetables in our garden beds and make as many tent camping trips as we can. Snow ball or water gun fights, we’re outside season round.  Growing up my dad and I went hunting, fishing, participated in 18th century reenactment camping, and competed in competition gun shooting.  In high school I participated in field hockey, wrestling, and softball.  Now in my thirties I have completed a yoga teaching training that has given me the ability to volunteer as a wrestling coach at my high school alma mater and from time to time I jockey a drag-race car my father has built.

I hope the vast experiences from my life help me connect and broaden any young minds I meet. The importance of being able to critically think for one’s self is honed in a prepared Montessori classroom. Thank you for seeking out a Montessorian education for your child! 

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