About Elena Rosemond-Hoerr


Originally from Durham (and a proud graduate of Durham Public Schools!) I graduated with a BFA in photography from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2008. For a number of years I worked within Baltimore Public Schools as a Museum Educator. In 2012 I moved to Wilmington with my husband Dan, joined Peace Rose Montessori School, and received my Montessori certification from the North American Montessori Center. I have been with Peace Rose ever since and am now a co-director in addition to teaching in the primary class. In 2016 Dan and I welcomed our son, Everett, who has taught me more about education in the past year than any of my training!

A Background Steeped in Education:

I'm originally from Durham and am a proud graduate of Durham School of the Arts, an art magnet school in downtown.

I graduated with a BFA in photography from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2008. I also received two minors—book arts and curatorial studies.

During and after college I had the opportunity to work alongside the powerhouse Beth Blauer to bring photography classes to children in Department of Juvenile Services detention centers. Over the course of 5 years I worked with a number of girls at the Thomas J. Waxter Children's Detention Center, helping them make photographs and curate their own art shows at galleries and museums around Baltimore.

My curatorial studies work led me to my first career, museum education. I have worked for nearly every museum in Baltimore, including The Walters Art Museum, The Jewish Museum of Maryland, The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History and Culture, The Maryland Historical Society, and the Baltimore Museum of Industry. Part of my work with museums was educational outreach into public schools for short and long term projects. I had the amazing opportunity to work with children of all ages to bring art and history into the schools (and students into the museums).

While in Baltimore I also served for two years with AmeriCorps, first as a preschool teacher and then as an educator for a nonprofit that helped house homeless Baltimoreans living with HIV/AIDS. These years and my work within both of the communities we served showed me the heart of Baltimore, a city that I will always love.

I moved to Wilmington in 2012 with my husband Dan. I was ready to take a new approach to education and was interested in serving the same students for a full school year, so I joined Peace Rose Montessori as a teacher in the primary classroom. Most of what I know about Montessori I learned from the incredible Elise Zalesky, but I also received my certification from the North American Montessori Center in 2016. In addition to teaching I am also now a co-director of Peace Rose.

In 2016 Dan and I welcomed our son, Everett, into the world. He just celebrated his first birthday!

Even though my primary focus for the past decade has been teaching, I still create photographs every day. In 2008 I started a Southern food blog, Biscuits & Such, which has lead me down a challenging and rewarding path that has included 4 cookbooks. My most recent book, The Southern Cast Iron Cookbook, came out this May.

In short, I have loved every moment of my teaching career, from teaching swim lessons at the YMCA in Durham to teaching adult literacy in Baltimore. I adore my current role as a Montessori primary teacher, and I hope to bring my varied experience to the New Hanover County school board.