Our Staff

(L-R) Ms Carrie, Ms Wendy, Ms Karen, Ms Heather, Ms Brandee, Ms Michelle, Ms Pam and Ms Jennifer at the AMS (American Montessori Society) Conference in San Francisco, CA - 2012. www.amshq.org

Front Office Staff

Ms. Karen - Ms. Karen is MEA's Head of School and Director of Enrollment and Staffing.  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, Braedon, 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 works in the office and is MEA’s former director and current facility administrator.    Ms. Brandee 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. Vikki  – Ms. Vikki is a lead teacher in one of our toddler classes.  Ms. Vikki began working at MEA during the summer of 2004.   Ms Vikki began working in our infant program where she taught sign language, object permanence and worked to build their gross motor skills.  Ms. Vikki holds three bachelors degrees, and a teaching certificate. She has two grandchildren that have graduated from MEA.

Ms. Della - Ms. Della joined our staff in October 2013.  She has 20 years experience working with children, both in schools and in the private sector.  She is an Assistant in our Pre-Toddler program and the our lead Toddler After Care teacher.  She recently moved back to Ahwatukee from Chandler and livers with her daughter who is in high school. 

Toddler Staff

Ms. Michelle - Ms Michelle joined MEA in March 2009 after moving from Ireland, where she lived for 11 years.  She completed her Montessori Training in Dublin.  In addition to working in a Montessori environment, Ms. Michelle has also worked with children who have special needs.  Ms. Michelle is originally from Scotland. 

Ms. Denise - Ms Denise began working for Montessori Educare in 2004 and taught in our toddler program.  She loves making new works and inspiring the students with different lessons during line-time.  Ms Denise relocated to the mid-west and worked in another Montessori program for a couple of years and recently returned to Arizona.  We are grateful and lucky to have Ms Denise back as a member of our staff.  She has worked as a primary teacher’s assistant and is very excited to return to Toddlers as a lead teacher.

Ms. Vicki - Ms. Vicki works as an assistant in our Toddler program.  She joined the staff at MEA in 2006 after assisting in a Montessori based Sunday school for 5 years.  She is the proud mom of twins that currently attend Desert Vista High School.

Ms. Krista - Ms. Krista as an assistant in our Toddler program.  She joined MEA in 2012.  Ms. Krista has her degree in secondary education and has taught history at the college level.  Krista and her husband reside here in Ahwatukee with their two children.  Her daughter Belle is enrolled in our Primary program.

Ms. Wendi - Ms. Wendi joined MEA in November 2012.  Her extensive babysitting and childcare experience make her the perfect addition to our Toddler staff.  Ms. Wendi grew up in Mississippi and holds a Bachelor of Science from Mississippi College.  Her nephews, Jack and Chance, both attended MEA.


Primary Staff

Ms. Pam – Ms. Pam joined MEA in January of 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. Jennifer - Ms Jennifer joined MEA after moving to Arizona from Albuquerque, NM.  She completed her AMS/NCME training in 2003 and was subsequently awarded her AMS Certificate.  She began by revamping our aftercare program and then leading a summer class.  Ms Jennifer is the Montessori Directress for Classroom 8.  Ms Jennifer's favorite areas of the classroom are math and sensorial. 

Ms. Wendy – Ms. Wendy is the Montessori Directress in classroom 7.  She joined us in 2011 after working as a lead Primary teacher at the YMCA Montessori since 2002.  She attended University of Utah, where she completed a degree in Musical Theater. 

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.

Ms. Carrie – Ms. Carrie joined MEA in 2011 and was a lead teacher in our Toddler program and transitioned to a Primary co-teaching role.  Prior to joining our MEA staff, she worked in the primary program at the YMCA Foothills Montessori.   She began her career in education as a substitute teacher in a K-12 school in New Mexico.

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. Sue - Ms. Sue works as a primary teacher’s assistant in Room 8 with Ms. Jennifer.  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.

Ms. Kathy – Ms. Kathy joined MEA in January of 2004 as a co-teacher in our primary program and currently volunteers at MEA a few hours each week.  Ms. Kathy has worked in a Montessori environment since 1995 where she began as an assistant teacher at Ahwatukee Foothills Montessori. She obtained her AMS certification through CMTE/NY in 1998.  Ms. Kathy’s favorite areas of the classroom are sensorial and math.  She has mentored many future Montessori instructors.


Ms. Della - Ms. Della joined our staff in October 2013.  She has 20 years experience working with children, both in schools and in the private sector.  She is an Assistant in our Pre-Toddler program and the our lead Toddler After Care teacher.  She recently moved back to Ahwatukee from Chandler and livers with her daughter who is in high school. 

Ms. Divina - Ms. Divina is an assistant in our Toddler Aftercare program.  She has been with us since Summer 2012.  Her experience in daycare and babysitting make her an excellent addition to our staff.  She is a graduate of Desert Vista High School  and is currently studying education at Chandler Gilbert Community College.

Ms. Brooke - Ms. Brooke joined the MEA staff in Spring 2012.  She works in our Primary After Care program.  She graduated from Desert Vista High School and attended the University of Arizona.  Her mom, Denise, is a lead teacher in our Toddler program.