Meet Our Teachers and Staff

Our team is comprised of passionate educators, administrators, and support staff, all united by a common goal: to provide an exceptional educational experience rooted in the principles of Montessori philosophy. Here, you'll learn more about the individuals who contribute their unique talents and expertise to create a nurturing, inclusive, and inspiring learning environment for our students.
Lea Finestone (she/her) 
Toddler Lead Teacher
Tina Margas
Tina Margas (she/her) 
Toddler Lead Teacher
Joined MCS in 2021
BA, Diversity Studies | University of West Florida
Bio: Lea has had many years of experience working with children including several in Montessori environments. She is very excited that she and her son Jude are part of the MCS community.
Joined MCS in 2023
BA, Liberal Studies with Montessori Education Concentration | Endicott College
AA, Early Childhood Education & Child Development | Durham Tech Community College
Infant Toddler Montessori Teacher Credential | Institute of Advanced Montessori Studies
Bio: Tina’s family was drawn to the Montessori philosophy in 2004 when looking for preschools in Durham. Through the years, Tina grew and served in local Montessori communities as a volunteer, parent, support staff, board member, and after-school director. In 2012, she began her journey with toddlers, working as a teacher assistant for five years, and then as a lead toddler teacher to date. Tina has developed professionally through hands-on experience in AMS-accredited environments and through online and in-person workshops such as the AMS National Conference on several occasions, TEACCH Autism Basic Training, and NC State’s Early Childhood Outdoor Learning Environments program. She enjoys music, yoga, toddlers, and gatherings with friends.
Jess Batson
Jess Batson (she/her) 
Toddler Support Staff
  Emily Levinstone
Emily Levinstone (she/her) 
Toddler Support Staff
Joined MCS in 2022
Bio: Jess was drawn to Montessori philosophy after taking an Early Childhood Development class in college. This established an appreciation of the individuality of children, each with their own personalities and needs, and how the Montessori method can foster one’s innate qualities. She began her time at MCS as a member of the Elementary Late Day team, additionally providing support as a PE assistant. In 2023, Jess entered the classroom to support the Toddlers. She enjoys being outside in the sun, gardening with her partner, hiking local trails with their dogs, Mavis and Loretta, and exploring new vegetarian dishes around the Triangle.
Joined MCS in 2023
BA; Music: classical vocal performance/opera, Theatre Studies | Duke University
Bio: Emily comes to MCS with a keen interest in psychology and human development, particularly related to how we can, as we grow, learn and effectively use tools from various modalities of therapy to regulate emotions. She believes strongly in the de-stigmatization of mental health. Emily is forging a new career path after six years of working in digital marketing and customer success/account management. With a passion for and belief in the creative arts as a facilitator of cultural growth and individual expression, Emily brings to MCS her creativity, adaptability, and Montessorian desire to nurture independence, curiosity, and joyful learning in today’s students.
Jomaya Reynolds
Jomaya Reynolds (she/her) 
Toddler Support Staff
Dimesha Wims
Dimesha Wims (she/her) 
Toddler Support Staff
Joined MCS in 2023
Bio: Coming soon
Joined MCS in 2024
Bio: Di'Mesha brings eight years of experience in childcare, ranging from infants to school-age children. Proudly hailing from Chapel Hill, she embodies the spirit of the Tar Heels as a devoted UNC fan. Having graduated from Carrboro High School, Di'Mesha is now halfway through her journey toward earning an associate's degree in Early Childhood Education. In her leisure time, she finds solace in relaxation, journaling, and staying active through workouts. Recently, she embarked on a new adventure by taking up violin lessons, embracing the challenge with enthusiasm despite being a novice.
Kimberly Cruz-Martinez
Kimberly Cruz-Martinez (she/her) 
Primary Assistant Teacher
Claudia Cushman
Claudia Cushman (she/her) 
Primary Teacher
Joined MCS in 2024
Bio: Kimberly is a recent graduate of Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. She has a strong commitment to providing a safe and nurturing environment for children to grow and explore. She holds 2+ years of volunteer and work experience working with children in different settings. Throughout her educational and work experience, she gained a passion for working within the child development field. She is new to Durham and in her free time, she enjoys painting, hiking, and exploring more of the new area. 

Joined MCS in 2023

BFA, Design | University of North Carolina at Greensboro
AMS (3-6) credential | North Carolina Montessori Teacher Education Program

Bio: Claudia has been a devoted Montessorian for over 27 years. While completing her Montessori training, she worked as an intern and Assistant Primary teacher at MCS in 1996. After completing the training, she worked for three years running at the Pittsboro Montessori Program then started her own small Montessori school here in Durham, called the Montessori Morning Program, for eight years.
When not celebrating the lives of small children you can probably find her studying something that has to do with the natural world. A naturalist for many years and a perpetual learner, she keeps her fingers involved in creative ways of expressing herself. She also enjoys playing piano, cello, guitar, and ukulele occasionally. She has two sons who live in Durham and is excited to be in the Triangle to share in their lives and developments.
Rochelle Hayes
Rochelle Hayes (she/her) 
Primary Teacher
  Adam Miller
Adam Miller (he/him) 
Primary Teacher
Joined MCS in 2011

BA, Plan II Honors Interdisciplinary | University of Texas at Austin
IMC/MACTE (3-6) credential | Center for Guided Montessori Studies
Zoom Academy Teacher Training Badge
Bio: Rochelle is proud to have been a part of the MCS community for over 15 years. She did her postgraduate work at Duke University as a doctoral student in the History department and completed a Montessori assistant training course at MCS the summer of 2012. She has two sons: Jonathan and Nicholas, both graduates of MCS.
Joined MCS in 2004

AMS (3-6) credential | Center for Montessori Teacher Education, NC
Forest Kindergarten Certification | Cedarsong Nature School
Bio: In August 2020, Adam started the first Forest School nature immersion program at MCS. Before moving to NC, he worked in a three-year-old classroom at the Learning Tree Day Care in Erlanger, Kentucky. 
Natalie Powell
Natalie Powell (she/her) 
Primary Support Staff
  Anna Schuckman
Anna Schuckman (she/her) 
Primary Teacher
Joined MCS in 2022
Bio: Coming soon
Joined MCS in 2019
BA, English | University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
MFA, Design | The George Washington University
AMS Primary (3-6) credential | Center for Montessori Teacher Education, NC
Bio: Anna joined MCS in the Toddler program in 2019 and transitioned to Primary in 2021, utilizing her previous Montessori primary training. She taught primary and completed her teacher training while at a Montessori school in Cary, NC over several years. She has previous teaching experience in both traditional public and private school settings. Anna and her husband Dane have a daughter at MCS and a son.
Luke Thirolle
Luke Thirolle (he/him/she/her) 
Primary Support Staff
Joined MCS in 2022
BA, Anthropology and Storytelling | New York University
Bio: Luke attended MCS as a child, from Primary all the way through the Adolescent Community, and is glad to be back. During college, she worked with Teach for America’s JumpStart program, which aims to close the education gap by providing teaching assistance to underfunded preschools. Luke is thrilled to be giving back to the MCS community that raised her and intends to pursue Montessori certification.
Lindsay Porter
Lindsay Porter (she/her) 
Lower Elementary Teacher
Amanda Hart
Amanda Hart (she/her) 
Lower Elementary Teacher
Joined MCS in 2018

BA, Religion and Philosophy | Hendrix College
M.Ed, Integrative Learning | Endicott College
AMI (6-12) certificate | Montessori Institute of North Texas
Bio: Lindsay has been a Montessori teacher and assistant since 2005. She and her husband, Don, and their two children Charles and Madeleine (both current MCS Students) moved to Carrboro from Stony Brook, Long Island, where she was a Lower Elementary Montessori teacher. She is originally from Austin, TX, where she taught and assisted at Austin Montessori School and Cedar Park Montessori School. Lindsay enjoys choral singing, world cuisine, contra dancing, and civic engagement.
Joined MCS in 2022

AMI (0-3) credential | The Montessori Institute

Bio: Amanda and her two children are excited to be part of the MCS community. She brings 20+ years of Montessori experience and although they have all been in Nido, Toddler, and Primary classrooms, she switched gears to learn and grow as a Lower Elementary teacher. Amanda values the beauty, collaboration, and independence of Montessori and has already found so much to love about Montessori Community School.
When not working with children, Amanda enjoys hiking, editing the thousands of photos she takes of her own children, drinking strong coffee, and cold-water swims.
Shelly Lyons
Shelly Lyons (she/her) 
Lower Elementary Teacher
  Michelle Reader
Michelle Reader (she/her) 
Lower Elementary Teacher
Joined MCS in 2009

BS Ed., Early Childhood Education | University of Georgia
AMS (6-9 Elementary I) credential | Center for Montessori Teacher Education, NC
Elementary State Teaching certificates (Pre-K – 5th): GA and PA
HillRAP credential | The Hill Center
Phonics – Breaking the Code credential | The Hill Center
Open Circle Facilitator certificate, Open Circle, Wellesley Centers for Women, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA
Bio: Shelly has over 20 years of experience in Montessori classrooms. She has taught at the Athens Montessori School in Athens, Georgia, and the Swannanoa Valley Montessori School in Black Mountain, North Carolina before coming to Montessori Community School. She holds elementary state teaching certificates in Georgia and Pennsylvania. Besides teaching and being a mom, she enjoys singing, hiking, creative writing, reading, biking, and spending time outdoors.
Joined MCS in 2000
BS, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology | Centre College
M.Ed., Montessori | Washington Montessori Institute of Loyola College
AMI (6-12) credential | Washington Montessori Institute of Loyola College
Montessori STEM graduate certificate | St. Catherine University
Bio: Michelle has taught at both the Upper and Lower Elementary levels. Outside the classroom, Michelle enjoys bicycling, hiking, reading, kayaking, and spending time with her family. Her son is a graduate of MCS, and her daughter is a current student at MCS.
Catherine Swanson
Catherine Swanson (she/her) 
Lower Elementary Teacher
  Jennifer Banghart
Jennifer Banghart (she/her) 
Lower Elementary Teacher
Joined MCS in 2016

BA, Recreation Administration and Leisure Studies | University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
NCME (6-9) credential | Montessori Teacher Training Institute
AMS (3-6) credential | Seton Montessori Institute
AMS (9-12) credential | Montessori Elementary Teacher Training Collective
Bio: Catherine loves teaching at MCS, and she truly values the relationships formed with students, families, and colleagues over the years. She has been a Montessori guide since 2002, working with students ages three to 12.
Joined MCS in 2006

BA, Sociology and Native American Studies | Montana State University
M.Ed., Education | Loyola University
AMI (6-12) certification | Montessori Institute of Milwaukee
Bio: Jennifer has three children, one a graduate of MCS and two current students at MCS. Ms. Jen and her family enjoy being outside riding bikes, hiking, camping, swimming, and doing all of those things families often enjoy doing together, often surrounded by water. 
Hetal Amin
Hetal Amin (she/her) 
Upper Elementary Teacher
Jeff Kishpaugh
Jeff Kishpaugh (he/him) 
Upper Elementary Teacher
Joined MCS in 2022
BS, Molecular Biology and Microbiology | University of Central Florida
AMS Montessori Elementary I-II Credential
Bio: Having visited 25 preschools in 2007 in search of the perfect start for her son’s education, Hetal stumbled into a Montessori classroom at MCS. It has been an exceptional journey ever since. Although Hetal studied molecular biology and microbiology and had an array of experiences in various fields, the opportunity to volunteer at her son’s Montessori school led her to change careers and go into teaching. She brings with her a certain mix of wit, enthusiasm, and desire to continuously learn and grow. Not only does she enjoy sharing laughs and daily stories with her own family, but also with her students and families.
Joined MCS in 2010

BA, Political Science | Emory University
Postgrad Diploma, Russian Language | University of Strathclyde
AMS (6-9) credential | Center for Montessori Teacher Education, NY
AMS (9-12) credential | Center for Montessori Teacher Education, NY
Bio: Before coming to MCS, Jeff was an upper elementary teacher at Swannanoa Valley Montessori School in Black Mountain, North Carolina, and at Spruce Pine Montessori School in Spruce Pine, North Carolina. Jeff did graduate work in Scotland. He enjoys meditation, walking, games, and being out in nature.
Melanie Leyden
Melanie Leyden (she/her) 
Upper Elementary Teacher
  Keturah Russell
Keturah Russell (she/her) 
Upper Elementary Teacher
Joined MCS in 2008

BEd, Biological Sciences, Business, Psychology | University of Alberta
AMS (6-12) credential | San Francisco Bay Area Teacher Education Center
Omega Institute’s Ecological Literacy Immersion Program & Permaculture Design Course 2014
Duke Integrative Medicine’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program 
NAMTA Montessori Mathematics For The Adolescent Advanced Workshop 
Bio: Melanie began her lifelong work with children when she worked for Parks and Recreation during the summers between her university years. Upon graduation from university, she taught middle school science and later worked as a counselor in a boarding school that dealt with troubled teens. Upon completion of her Montessori Elementary studies, Melanie was an upper elementary guide for 11 years, before becoming the math guide in the Adolescent Community at MCS for 9 years. Melanie enjoys cooking, gardening, all outdoor pursuits, going to the gym, and playing ice hockey. She is still working hard at her never-ending quest to play golf mindfully!
Joined MCS in 1992

BA, Psychology | Meredith College
AMS (9-12) credential | Seacoast Center Montessori Training Program
AMS (6-9) credential | Center for Montessori Teacher Education, North Carolina
Early Childhood (3-6) credential candidate | North American Montessori Center
Open Circle Facilitator certificate, Open Circle, Wellesley Centers for Women, Wellesley College
Bio: Keturah Russell became a member of the MCS community in 1992 when she began her Montessori lower elementary teaching career. Throughout her many years at MCS she has served on AMS accreditation committees, on the school’s board of trustees as the faculty representative for several terms, on the development committee, and has worked as the Lower Elementary program director. Keturah lives in Chatham County with her veterinarian husband, Johnson, a menagerie of pets, and their two children, Morgann and Tallis, who both attended MCS.
Frances Foner
Frances Foner (she/her) 
Adolescent Guide
Jayes Sebastian
Jayes Sebastian (they/them) 
Adolescent Guide
Joined MCS in 2022
BA, English | NC State University, Raleigh, NC
AMS Elementary I-II (6-12) | Seacoast Center Montessori Training Program
AMS Secondary I-II (12-18) | Cincinnati Montessori Secondary Teacher Education Program, in progress
MEd Montessori Education | Xavier University (in progress)
Bio: Frances began her education career at MCS in 2004, where she spent eight years teaching at the Primary and Elementary levels. She spent the subsequent eight years at Sterling Montessori Charter School, in both upper and lower elementary, before returning to MCS in 2022 to join the Adolescent Community. Frances believes wholeheartedly in the Montessori philosophy that “fosters rigorous, self-motivated growth for children and adolescents in all areas of their development, with a goal of nurturing each child’s natural desire for knowledge, understanding, and respect.” A lifelong musician, Frances has sung with the North Carolina Master Chorale as an Alto II for the past five years, taught piano for twenty, and performed with bands and choirs locally and internationally. In her spare time, Frances enjoys puzzles, word games (Scrabble and all NYT games), procedural dramas, traveling, stand-up paddleboarding, and hiking with her husband and three dogs.
Joined MCS in 2023
BA, Ecological and Evolutionary Biology, English Creative Writing | Certificate, Study and Practice of Leadership and Community Studies | University of Colorado at Boulder
Juris Doctor, Public Interest Law | City University of New York School of Law
PhD, Ethnic Studies | University of California, Riverside
Bio: Jayes brings extensive experience as a social justice organizer, facilitator, and educator to the Montessori Community School. They spent 10 years teaching and researching about the relationship between colonialism, systemic power relations, and the law while earning a PhD in Ethnic Studies. A student of early Montessori education and a former soccer coach, they recently moved to Durham and are excited to engage with the MCS community. Jayes enjoys being in the woods, reading speculative fiction, cooking, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.
Molly Coley
Molly Coley (she/her) 
Music Specialist
Sabine Mendez
Sabine Mendez (she/her) 
Physical Education Specialist
Joined MCS in 2021
BA, Music in Jazz Studies | The New England Conservatory of Music 
MA,  Musicology | Duke University Durham
Bio: In the past, Molly has served as a vocal coach, a choral director, a band director, and a college teaching assistant. She is extremely inspired by the opportunity to work in a Montessori environment and to help foster a love of music in the students at MCS.
Joined MCS in 2002

BPE, Physical Education and German | University of British Columbia
Gymnastics Coaching certificate: Level I and 2
Basketball Coaching certificate: Level I and 2
Track and Field Coaching certificate: Level I and 2
Soccer Coaching certificate: Level I and 2
Volleyball Coaching certificate: Level 1 and 2
Jazz Dance Training: 25 years
Bio: Sabine has coached badminton here at MCS and taught dance for over 20 years to children 8–13, where the children showcase their talents twice a year at the end-of-season performances. Sabine has put together an Upper Elementary MCS Mini Olympics with opening and closing ceremonies for over 20 years. She has started a Mileage Club at MCS. Her interests outside of school include dance, kayaking, paddleboarding, cooking, rollerblading, playing the guitar, and traveling. She is fluent in German. Sabine joined the Afro/Brazilian Drumming group, “Batala” in 2016 and has been playing and performing with them at various festivals throughout the Triangle. Sabine is married and has two daughters who also attended MCS, and three other adult children with her husband, Harry.
Josefina Llodra
Josefina Llodra (she/her) 
Spanish Specialist
Levy Vargas
Levy Vargas (he/him) 
Art and Ceramics Specialist
Joined MCS in 2021
Elementary Education specialized in Second Language Learning | Universidad de los Andes
SBS Singapore Math Course certificate levels 1, 2, and 3
Center of Guided Montessori Studies Infant/Toddler expected to be completed by February 2022.

Bio: Josefina was born and raised in Chile, where she studied in an American School in Santiago, and afterward completed her University studies in the same city. She arrived in North Carolina in 2016, because she was hired to start a Spanish Immersion Program at a School in the area. A couple of years later, Josefina had twins, so she decided to take some time to stay home, and now she is delighted to be back in school. During her free time, she likes to run and exercise, cook, embroider, read, paint, and spend time with family and friends. 
Joined MCS in 2011

MFA, Sculpting and Painting | National University of Colombia
Bio: Levy is an artist originally from Bogotá, Colombia. He has taught art and creative expression for several years to children and adults. Levy currently teaches art and ceramics.
Lisa Anderson
Lisa Anderson (she/her) 
Student Support Coordinator 
Michael Lyons
Michael Lyons (he/him) 
Lower Elementary Late Day Staff
Joined MCS in 2015

BS, Early Childhood Education/Montessori | Chestnut Hill College
AMS Primary (3-6) Certification | Chestnut Hill College
AMS Lower Elementary (6-9) Certification | Seacoast Center
Orton-Gillingham Comprehensive Training | Institute for Multi-Sensory Education
Bio: Lisa has been teaching Montessori for over 25 years. She has taught at both the primary and lower elementary levels in PA, VA, and NC. After working as a classroom teacher for many years her passion for helping neurodivergent students led her to expand her skills by receiving training in Orton-Gillingham, as well as training from the Hill Center. She worked as a Student Support Coordinator providing services for students with learning differences. Lisa and her husband, Chad, have two boys, Evan and Ryan (both previous Montessori students). She enjoys being a part of the MCS community.
Joined MCS in 2022

Bio: Michael has been a part of the MCS family since 2009 when he started first grade in classroom 301. He has come back to MCS again after his first year of college at Slippery Rock University where he will return in the fall of 2024 to continue pursuing a BFA in Musical Theater. Michael developed a deep love for the school during his years as an MCS student and is excited to be spending another year on the beautiful campus with all of the amazing students and staff.
Kathy McHugh
Kathy McHugh (she/her) 
Late Day Teacher
Hallie Orr
Hallie Orr (she/her)
Late Day Staff
Joined MCS in 1982

AMS (3-6) credential | Center for Montessori Teacher Education, NC
Earth Partnership for Schools Institute | North Carolina Botanical Gardens
NC Environmental Education credential candidate
Mindful Educator Essentials | Mindful Schools
Bio: Kathy began her journey at MCS as a parent when her son was enrolled as a Primary student in 1981. She joined the staff as a classroom assistant in 1982 and received her AMS credential in 1989. She has over 30 years of experience as a primary classroom teacher.
Kathy is the mother of two MCS alumni and the grandmother of three MCS alumnia. She enjoys contra dancing, being outdoors, reading, and playing games with her family.
Joined MCS in 2024
Bio: Hallie is a Chapel Hill native in her first year in the Paralegal Technology Program at Durham Tech. With prior experience working in a preschool in Chapel Hill, she is excited to work as Late Day support staff for MCS. Hallie is dedicated to creating an open and safe environment for all students of all backgrounds and walks of life. When she is not at work or in school, she enjoys hiking, art, and spending time with her family and dogs.
Amya Owens
Amya Owens (she/her) 
Late Day Staff
Headshot of Rasika Ramanan
Rasika Ramanan (she/her) 
Community Support Staff
Joined MCS in 2023

Currently attending North Carolina Central University (Elementary Education)
Bio: Amya is a Maryland native who is currently a second-year student at NCCU. Amya is very eager to learn while helping her students make strides to become the best version of themselves, as she is now a part of the Late Day staff. Although this is Amya’s first year with MCS, she has previously worked with grade school children in an aftercare program with a local daycare in Maryland. Amya is extremely excited to be a part of the Montessori approach and loves the experience she is able to give students. Amya has three younger siblings and in her spare time, she likes to spend as much time with them as possible.
Joined MCS in 2023
BA, Economics and Computer Science | University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Bio: Rasika comes to MCS with a keen appreciation for the Montessori method borne from her own childhood experiences as a Montessori student.  After graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2019, she went on to work as a software engineer in the non-profit and financial services sectors. In 2023, seeking to pivot her career away from corporate life towards education, Rasika enthusiastically joined MCS support staff. She runs the Primary Early Care program and works as a substitute across all levels. In her spare time, Rasika enjoys hiking, yoga, chess, travel, and quality time with her friends, family, and cat, Frida. 
headshot Shreya Riutta
Shreya Riutta (she/her)
Late Day Staff
Tom Stewart
Tom Stewart (he/him)
Auxiliary Programs Manager
Joined MCS in 2024
Bachelor of Engineering, Electronics & Communication | BSA Crescent Institute of Science and Technology
MS, Electrical Engineering | University of Illinois Chicago
Bio: Shreya was born and raised in India, and moved to the US in 2010 for her Masters program. She has a daughter who is a current student at MCS. She has worked at several Engineering firms and has recently stayed home during Covid to look after her daughter. While doing so, she fell in love with the Montessori method of teaching, where she and her daughter would spend a lot of time doing Montessori activities/classes at home. Her family joined MCS last year, when they moved to North Carolina from Michigan. She also enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband, daughter, and dog, reading, playing sports, and sketching.
Joined MCS in 2022

BS, Business Finance | North Carolina State University
MS, Accounting | University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Certified Public Accountant
Bio: Tom is a North Carolina native and registered CPA in the state of North Carolina. Before joining MCS in 2022, he worked as an accountant for over 12 years across a variety of industries. Tom has greatly enjoyed the pivot from corporate accounting to Montessori education staff where he has worked as a substitute across all program levels. Tom has two daughters at MCS, Olivia and Lily. He is enthusiastic about all North Carolina sports and has coached youth soccer in Chapel Hill. He loves being outside and being part of the energetic community at MCS.
Jefferson Thomas
Jefferson Thomas (he/him) 
Late Day Staff
Joined MCS in 2024
Bio: Coming soon
Delphine Andrews
Delphine Andrews (she/her) 
Director of Communications
Lisa Bohn
Lisa Bohn (she/her)
Director of Community Engagement
Joined MCS in 2019
BA, Journalism and Mass Communication—Visual Communications Concentration | University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
MA, Journalism and Mass Communication—Strategic Communications Concentration | University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Bio: Before coming to MCS, Delphine spent four years working in membership communications at the Museum of Life and Science. Her past experiences also include graphic design, corporate advertising, customer relations, and database management. Delphine is grateful to have attended a Montessori school in Virginia as a child. She has two nieces who attended MCS. She is a true tree hugger at heart and believes art is the purest form of expression.
Joined MCS in 2019
BA, Dramatic Arts and English | University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
MFA, Acting | University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Bio: Lisa is a Chapel Hill native who returned with her family to Chapel Hill in 2018 after teaching theatre at the university level for 14 years in Georgia and Arkansas. At Arkansas State University, in addition to teaching in the Department of Theatre, she also served as a Faculty Fellow in Professional Development. In that position, she taught workshops and classes in online teaching, using digital programs for creative projects, enhancing students’ critical thinking skills, and more. Before earning her Master of Fine Arts, she worked as a teaching assistant with exceptional children in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools. She and her husband have two boys, and they enjoy board games, being outdoors, watching movies, and crafting.
Shavonne Joyner
Shavonne Joyner (she/her)
Director of Diversity, Equity, and Belonging
Jim Meehan
Jim Meehan (he/him)
Facilities Manager
Joined MCS in 2017

BBA, Management | Augusta State University
MA, Teaching | Augusta State University
Bio: Shavonne is excited to be able to collaborate with faculty and the Administrative team on a full-time basis as the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Belonging. In her leisure time, she enjoys traveling to new places, roller skating, reading, listening to music, and trying new foods. 
Joined MCS in 2021

Bio: Prior to working at MCS, Jim spent 10 years working as a maintenance director in assisted living facilities. He has lived in Durham with his wife and three children for the past 20 years.
Mike Miller
Mike Miller (he/him)
Director of Admissions and Advancement
Megan Moore
Megan Moore (she/her)
School Nurse
Joined MCS in 2012
BA, Business Management | Michigan State University
AMS (6-9) credential | Center for Montessori Teacher Education, North Carolina
Bio: Before joining the administrative team at MCS, Mike was a Lower Elementary teacher and very much enjoyed seeing first-hand the power of an MCS education. Mike is originally from Michigan and moved to North Carolina in 2006. Mike has two daughters, Alexis and Gabrielle, who are both current students at MCS.
Joined MCS in 2020
BSN | University of Cincinnati
Medical-Surgical Certification (MEDSURG-BC) | American Nursing Credentialing Center (ANCC)
CPR Instructor| American Red Cross (ARC)
Certified Vision Screener | Prevent Blindness North Carolina (PBNC)
Puberty Curriculum Instructor | Unhushed Org
Bio: Megan began her healthcare journey in 1994 and became a Registered Nurse in 2004. Megan and her husband Brad reside in Durham and have one son who attends the Upper Elementary (UE) program at MCS. The position of the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) states that “School Nurses play an essential role in keeping children healthy, safe, and ready to learn so that they may grow into healthy and productive adults.” Megan’s passion aligns with this stance.
Katherine Perretta
Katherine Perretta (she/her)
Director of Finance and Operations
Kalpu Shah
Kalpu Shah (she/her)
Director of Academics
Joined MCS in 2021
BA, Economics | North Carolina State University
JD | School of Law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Member of the North Carolina State Bar
Bio: Katherine is a North Carolina native who has lived abroad in Florence and Amsterdam. She attended a Montessori school in Cary, NC as a child sparking a lifelong interest in school administration.
Katherine joined MCS after her previous role as an administrator at another Montessori school, in which she implemented modern systems for enrollment and finance. She has also held positions as Director of Business Operations for a household staffing firm, as well as Podcast Manager for an international non-profit parenting association. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, crafting, and cooking with her husband and two daughters.
Joined MCS in 2014

BS, Science | University of Mumbai
Post Graduate Diploma, Applied Nutrition and Dietetics | University of Mumbai
AMS (6-9) credential | Seacoast Center for Education
AMS (9-12) credential | Seacoast Center for Education, Stratham, NH
Bio: Kalpu has been a Montessori teacher since 1988, when she started at the Montessori School of Raleigh. She taught children at the primary level for 10 years, the upper elementary level for 15 years, and was a middle school math resource teacher for two years. Kalpu is the Assistant Director of the training program as well as an upper elementary teacher trainer at the Seacoast Center for Education. She spent 25 years at the Montessori School of Raleigh before coming to MCS. She enjoys cooking, reading, and teaching. 
Trudy Weber
Trudy Weber (she/her)
Office Manager
Megan Moore
Leanne Wells (she/her)
Finance and Business Office Manager
Joined MCS in 2022
BS, Psychology and Sociology | Florida Southern College
Bio: Trudy has lived most of her life in Florida, where she graduated from Florida Southern College. After college, she moved to Chicago where she worked as a Nanny for twin boys while pursuing a certificate in Early Childhood Education. Done with Chicago winters, she decided to move to North Carolina last year. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, baking, reading, and discovering the Triangle area with friends.
Joined MCS in 2022
Bio: Before coming to MCS, Leanne worked as an office manager for a local non-profit that provides wraparound services such as housing, employment assistance, and recovery and financial support for formerly incarcerated women, and she is a staunch believer in second chances. She has worked as a recruiter in the childcare field, been a nanny and a preschool teacher both within and outside the Montessori environment, and is a mother to four. 

She enjoys reading about politics and history, strength training and weightlifting, and working with stained glass. 
Angie Wenger
Angie Wenger (she/her)
Head of School
Dana Wynne Lindquist
Dana Wynne Lindquist (she/her)
Director of Development
Joined MCS in 2021
BA, Mass Communications | Drake University
M.Ed., Independent School Leadership | Vanderbilt University
Bio: Angie comes to MCS with 20 years of experience in schools. She previously served as Director of Admissions and Marketing at University Lake School in Hartland, Wisconsin. In addition to her work attracting and enrolling new students, she also directed the school’s international student program. Her administrative leadership experience at previous schools includes roles in development, communications, and marketing. She began her education career in the classroom, teaching high school English and English as a Second Language.
She was selected for the NAIS Fellowship for Aspiring School Heads in 2020. She previously pursued graduate studies in Educational Policy and Leadership at Marquette University, including coursework in secondary Montessori education.
Angie and her husband Dan (who have two college-age children) relocated to Durham from Wisconsin.
Joined MCS in 2023
MA, English/Creative Writing | North Carolina State University
AB, Psychology | Duke University
Bio: As a proud parent of two adult Montessori-educated daughters, Dana is thrilled to be back on a Montessori campus. She knows from experience that a shared passion for Montessori education creates a vibrant parent community. Dana has taught English at the high school and college levels and English as a new language to adult learners, middle schoolers, and preschoolers. She has previously served as director of development for two non-profits, as a fundraising-engaged board chair for the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, and as a committed volunteer for several local non-profits and for numerous large fundraising events. Dana looks forward to nurturing a culture of giving at MCS.