Meet the Lower Elementary Teachers

Grant Harrison

Lower Elementary Teacher
214-324-5580 ext. 510

Grant Harrison participated in Montessori training at the Dallas Montessori Academy and worked last year at The Montessori Academy of Arlington. He has prior experience teaching Elementary Math and Science in both Plano and McKinney ISDs and at a local charter school.

Mr. Harrison has explored the world during his life adventures. While traveling in South America, he taught English in both Colombia and Costa Rica. Through this experience, he was inspired to become a teacher! Mr. Harrison has also traveled to other areas of the world extensively, spending time in such places as China, Iceland, South Africa, Montenegro, Guatemala, Peru, South Korea, and Slovakia and he speaks Spanish conversationally. Mr. Harrison’s inquisitive nature, love of learning, and desire to inspire others makes him a natural fit for our sweet school.

Emily Connery

Lower Elementary Teacher / Lower School Program Director / 504 Coordinator
214-324-5580 ext. 516

Emily Connery has been a Montessori educator since 2007. She graduated with a degree from St. John's College before getting her AMS certifications for ages 3-12. Mrs. Connery is also a certified positive discipline educator. She is joined at WRM with her husband, her daughter, and her dog Genevieve. Mrs. Connery enjoys reading, building LEGO, and continuously learning.

Emily Gomez

Lower Elementary Teacher
214-324-5580 ext. 521

Emily Gomez has been teaching Lower Elementary at White Rock since 2017.  She is a Texas Native who studied Anthropology at the University of North Texas while on an athletic scholarship for springboard diving.  She has a Masters degree focusing on Early Literacy and Montessori Education from Southern Methodist University.  Emily's previous careers include work as a Massage Therapist, teaching English abroad, Reading Recovery, Special Education, and children’s Sailing Instructor.  Emily loves the outdoors, traveling, and family time.  She is joined at school by her daughter Penelope and Juno the dog.   

Tricia Bell

Lower Elementary Teacher
214-324-5580 ext. 526

Tricia Bell holds a BA in Language Arts with a minor in Elementary Education from St. Edward’s University. She has taught in elementary classrooms for over 20 years. Inspired by her older daughter's positive experience at White Rock Montessori, she transitioned from traditional public school teaching to Montessori in 2007 and has remained at WRMS ever since. Tricia’s areas of interest include creative writing, art, and sustainable living. As a dance and fitness enthusiast, she recognizes the importance of the mind-body connection to academic growth and mental wellness. Her two daughters are products of WRM, one entering her senior year in college, and the other beginning her second year in Upper Elementary.

Candy Gwyn

Lower Elementary Teacher
214-324-5580 ext. 513

Candy Gwyn has been teaching in the LE2 classroom since 2010. She has a BA in Psychology and Cultural Anthropology from the University of North Carolina, Asheville, did graduate studies in Anthropology at Emory University, and is currently working on her Master of Education with a concentration in math at SMU. Ms. Gwyn had an earlier career as a peace advocate and community builder in Atlanta, GA and continues her mission of fostering compassion, respect, and appreciation of diversity in her classroom community. Growing up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Ms. Gwyn developed a deep love of the outdoors and shares her enthusiasm for the wonders of nature and commitment to environmental stewardship with her students. Ms. Gwyn is also a certified personal trainer and fitness instructor. She teaches pilates and spin at the YMCA.