Our Staff

Front Office Staff

Ms. Karen - Ms. Karen is MEA's Executive Director/Head of School.  Ms. Karen is AMS Montessori Certified Instructor and completed her training at the Montessori Education Center of the Rockies in Boulder, Colorado.  Ms Karen has been a primary directress at both Keystone Montessori and Montessori Educare Academy.  Ms. Karen believes in the benefits of Montessori and has three children that have all attended Montessori schools.  Ms. Karen's son graduated from MEA in 2010.  Ms. Karen's favorite areas of the classroom are math and language.

Ms. Heather – Ms. Heather works in the front office at MEA. She functions as the Director and office manager.  She joined MEA in the spring of 2005 and has been a pillar of strength, continuity and joy.   Heather has a sunny disposition and always sees the positive aspect of a situation.  Prior to joining MEA, Ms. Heather worked as a lead toddler teacher in traditional preschool environment.  Ms. Heather was an in-home daycare provider for several years. Ms. Heather is the mother of a college aged son, Nikolai.

Ms. Brandee – Ms. Brandee is MEA’s founder and former owner.   She founded MEA out of a desire to have a more nurturing academic Montessori environment for her children.  Ms. Brandee has a Chemical Engineering degree from Texas A&M and an MBA from Harvard Business School.   

Pre-Toddler Staff

Ms. Sue - Ms. Sue works as a teacher’s assistant in Room 4 with Ms. Vikki.  She has a background in the credit and customer service business.  Her career as an adult trainer spanned 20 years and three countries.  Her life experience as a mother of twins and a grandmother of four makes her a perfect match for our primary program.   One of Ms. Sue's grandchildren attends MEA and another is a graduate.

Toddler Staff

Ms. Vikki  – Ms. Vikki is the co-lead teacher in Toddler class.  Ms. Vikki began working at MEA during the summer of 2004 in our infant program where she taught sign language, object permanence and worked to build their gross motor skills.  She holds three bachelors degrees, and a teaching certificate. She has two grandchildren that have graduated from MEA.

Ms. Diane - Ms. Diane joined us in 2012.  She attended Florida State University and has a Bachelors Degree in Marketing and Business.  She completed her Montessori training through CMTE/New York in 2002.  She has extensive experience teaching Primary in Arizona, Florida, and Pennsylvania. 

Primary Staff

Ms. Pam – Ms. Pam joined MEA in 2003.  She has worked with toddlers, pre-toddlers, and primary aged students.  Ms Pam completed her AMS training and was awarded her AMS Certificate in 2005. program Ms. Pam's warm and loving spirit creates a nurturing and fun environment for the children in her classroom. Ms. Pam is the Montessori directress for classroom 5. 

Ms. Lauren - Ms. Lauren worked in our Toddler After Care several years ago.  After graduating from NAU, she returned to our Primary program.  Lauren just completed her AMS certification through Khalsa Montessori Training in Tucson and will be leading Classroom 7.

Ms. Anny – Ms. Anny is an assistant teacher in classroom 5 with Ms. Pam, as well as MEA’s primary Spanish teacher. She speaks Spanish fluently and enjoys sharing her knowledge with our students.  She joined MEA in August of 2003 and has earned the love and admiration of MEA’s students and teachers.  Ms Anny has worked in our toddler and infant programs and also taught our summer elementary classes and Spanish immersion program.

Ms Mandy - Ms. Mandy joined our staff in 2014 and is working as an assistant in Room 7.  She has a degree in Psychology and Counseling from Stetson University/Rollins College.  She is mom of two kids, one graduate of MEA and another in our Primary program.


Ms. Heather (see above)

Ms. Demi

Ms. Robyn - Ms. Robyn is the head of our After Care program.  She is responsible for designing the curriculum for all age groups, managing our ratios throughout the afternoon, and leading our aftercare staff in providing a quality After Care program.  She ran the After School Program for the city of Irvine, California for 18 years before joining the staff of the YMCA Montessori in 2007.

Ms. Anny (see above)