Our Teachers

Brittney Powell, Co-Head of School and Infant Teacher

Brittney earned a medical degree from a college in South Alabama. Not long after graduating she realized she was more interested in education. Brittney began her journey as a Montessori educator in 2009 as an assistant teacher in a primary classroom. In 2012 she received her American Montessori Society Infant/Toddler credential from the San Francisco Bay Area training center. She continued to grow in the field eventually becoming an administrator and curriculum coordinator for a Montessori School in Alabama.

Brittney was born and raised in a small town in southern Alabama. Her own life experiences helped her choose the Montessori Philosophy for the respectful approach it brings to helping each child become who they are as individuals, and for the confidence it helps build in each child. Brittney believes education begins at birth, and that infants and toddlers need care routines based on their developmental needs, their interests, and their abilities. Although her teaching career began in Alabama, Brittney moved to Rhode Island in 2017 to begin her new journey at Tiger Lily. She enjoys exploring New England with her dog Ruger. brittney.powell@tigerlilymontessori.org

Britni Haynie Broussard, Co-Head of School and Toddler Teacher

Britni was born into a military family in North Carolina. During her childhood she lived in Georgia, Germany, California, and Alabama. She went to middle school, high school, and college in Colorado Springs, graduating from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology. Britni is passionate about equity and social justice for our small humans in this world.

She worked in various childcare centers and elementary before and after school programs before receiving a Montessori 3-6 Preschool Certification in 2013. She has been in the childcare field for 10 years and is looking forward to being a part of the culture shift around education that Tiger Lily Montessori is leading. Britni and her husband have three school age daughters. 


Emily Braunhardt, Toddler Co-Teacher and Education Coordinator

Emily is our co head Toddler Teacher with a bachelors degree in Child Studies and dual certification in the Montessori Philosophy . Emily is certified in ages 0-6. With both of her parents being retired teachers, Emily has always known she wanted to be in the education field. Emily has lived in New England her whole life and can’t imagine being anywhere else. She has been at Tiger Lily since it’s opening in 2017. Tiger Lily is her second family and feels so lucky and grateful to work with such amazing women. She is excited to work with all of your children while getting to know each and everyone of them. 

Support Staff:



Jenn Cirino

Hello, I am Ms. Jenn. I work with our toddlers as an assistant! I love to sing songs with our friends, take them on walks outside and help them learn! I have 4 small children of my own and enjoy cooking and singing on my days off. It is a Joy to work for the Tiger Lily Toddler team!


Nicole had her calling to the education field ten years ago. It was not something that she originally had on her radar. Despite the myriad of challenges of a traditional child care center she simply could not abandon her passion to teach. However she was also tired. Tired of feeling that her students where neglected by teaching methods She felt they were too rigid, tired of feeling unappreciated, and very tired of seeing her peers disenchantment from a career that once held devotion. So she looked for alternatives. It was not easy to find an early childhood center that suits her soul as an educator, but as soon as she entered Tiger Lily, she felt at home. “Every single educator here wants to be here, and every day I am inspired by their zeal to give one hundred percent. I see a real difference in the Montessori method and I hope to learn more on my higher education journey as I continue pursuing my degree.”

Nicole Martins