School Principals

Melissa Ridley, Principal

Melissa Ridley comes to Pleasant Ridge Montessori this school year as our new principal.  Melissa graduated from Xavier University in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science in Montessori Education, a Master of Education in Early Childhood Special Education in 1998 and completed the Educational Administration license in 2012.

Melissa has dedicated her career to serving children and families in the public Montessori schools of Dayton and Cincinnati, Ohio for the past 24 years.  She began her career teaching 3-6 year olds in a neighborhood Montessori school in Dayton, Ohio; after serving there for seven years, she joined the Cincinnati Public Schools.  She spent the majority of her Montessori teaching years at Parker Woods Montessori and most recently served as the assistant principal at Dater Montessori, 2017-2018.

Melissa believes that ALL children deserve to be nurtured and respected. She looks forward to sharing her love of children with all of those here at Pleasant Ridge Montessori.

Click here for a Welcome from Principal Melissa Ridley!




 Ken Jump, Assistant Principal