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 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. 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. 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  both attended MEA.

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. 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.


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. 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. Lauren - Ms. Lauren worked in our Toddler After Care several years ago.  After graduating from NAU, she returned to our Primary program.  Lauren is currently working as an intern in Room 7 while completing her Montessori certification thru Montessori Worldwide.

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 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. 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 a floater and the our lead Primary After Care teacher.  She recently moved back to Ahwatukee from Chandler and livers with her daughter who is in high school. 

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.