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Mrs. Kelly Adams

Classroom: AM Preschool

Mrs. Adams began teaching at MCH in 1999.

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Kelly holds a degree in business from AIB and has attended Montessori workshops and study groups. She is also certified in First Aid, CPR, Universal Precautions, and Mandatory Reporting.

Mrs. Connie Allen

Classroom: Full Day Preschool

Mrs. Allen began teaching at MCH in 1981.

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Connie received her B.S. in Elementary Education from Iowa State University and has earned her Montessori Early Childhood International Diploma. She is also certified in First Aid, CPR, Universal Precautions, and Mandatory Reporting.

Mr. Jesse Bonnette

Classroom: Full Day Preschool

Mr. Bonnette began teaching at MCH in 2013.

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Jesse attended Grandview University where he graduated with an Elementary Education Degree and reading endorsement.  Jesse is currently  working on obtaining his Montessori International Diploma. He is also certified in First Aid, CPR, Universal Precautions, and Mandatory Reporting.

Mrs. Liz Brennan

Classroom: Full Day Preschool

Mrs. Brennan began her career at MCH in 2004.

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Liz attended St. Olaf College and received a B.A. in French.She also attended the University of Iowa and received an Elementary Education Teaching Certificate with an E.S.L. endorsement. Liz has completed her Montessori certification and her International Diploma and is an AMS and NAMTA member. She is certified in First Aid, CPR, Universal Precautions, and Mandatory Reporting.

Mrs. Jo Cade

Classroom:  Full Day Early Preschool

 

Ms. Chelsea Daniels

Classroom: Full Day Preschool

Ms. Daniels began teaching at MCH in 2014.

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Chelsea earned her B.A. in Elementary Childhood at Simpson College and endorsements in Early Childhood and Reading. She is currently working towards earning her Early Childhood Certificate in Montessori Theory and Methodology  and her International Diploma in Montessori Pedagogy. She is also certified in First Aid, CPR, Universal Precautions, and Mandatory Reporting.

Mrs. Holly Amundson

Administrative Secretary

Mrs. Amundson began working at MCH in 2016.

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Mrs. Helen Kirby

Classroom: 5-7 Full Day

Mrs. Kirby began teaching at MCH in 2001.

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Helen earned a B.S. degree in Elementary Education from Louisiana State University, her state of Iowa K-6 certification, her Montessori certification for the 3-6 year old age group and her International Diploma. She is also certified in First Aid, CPR, Universal Precautions, and Mandatory Reporting.

Mrs. Kristine Kirkpatrick

Classroom: Full Day Preschool

Mrs. Kirkpatrick began teaching at MCH in 1983.

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Kris attended the University of Iowa and received a B.F.A degree. She took Montessori training classes in 1985 and attended the International Montessori Congress i 2013. She is also certified in First Aid, CPR, Universal Precautions, and Mandatory Reporting.

Mrs. Sue Kozitza

Classroom: Full Day Preschool

Mrs. Kozitza began her career at MCH in 1997.

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Sue attended Mankato State University and West Virginia University. Sue successfully completed the Montessori Apparatus Workshop. She is also certified in First Aid, CPR, Universal Precautions and Mandatory Reporting.

Mrs. Kelley Kramer

Classroom: AM Preschool

Mrs. Kramer began teaching at MCH in 2008.

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Kelley received a degree in PR/Marketing from UNI. She completed her Montessori certification in July 2011. She is also certified in First Aid, CPR, Universal Precautions and Mandatory Reporting.

Mrs. Rini Kumar

Head Directress

Shyamli (Rini) Kumar started working at MCH in 2002. She taught in the 3 to 6 classroom from 2002 to 2007 before she took over the responsibilities of the Head Directress in the summer of 2007.

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Mrs. Kumar has a Bachelor of Arts in English and Psychology and an Early Childhood Montessori certification from MCI. She is also a certified teacher trainer for Montessori Centre International. She is a member of American Montessori Society (AMS), International Montessori Council (IMC)and the North American Teachers’ Association (NAMTA). Mrs. Kumar is trained in First Aid and Universal Precautions and holds the adult, infant, child CPR and choking certificate.

Mrs. Donna Leffler

Classroom: AM Preschool

Mrs. Leffler began teaching at MCH in 2008.

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Donna attended DMACC and Grandview College. She is certified by the American Montessori Society in Early Childhood Education. She is also certified in First Aid, CPR, Universal Precautions, and Mandatory Reporting.

Mrs. Jodie Scott

Classroom: AM/PM Preschool

Mrs. Lusk began teaching at MCH in 2000.

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Jodie earned her degree in child development from Iowa Western Community College and minored in Sign Language Interpreting. She has completed her Montessori certification and her International Diploma in Montessori Pedagogy. She is also certified in First Aid, CPR, Universal Precautions, and Mandatory Reporting.

Mrs. Bharti Manek

Classroom: Full Day Early Preschool

Mrs. Manek began teaching at MCH in 2005.

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Bharti attended Gujarat University in India and received a B.A. in Psychology. She has attended the Montessori Apparatus Workshop. She is also certified in First Aid, CPR, Universal Precautions, and Mandatory Reporting.

Mrs. Betty Mathers

Classroom: Art

Mrs. Mathers began working at MCH in 2001.

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Betty earned her M.F.A degree from Drake University. She has also attended classes at University of Kansas, University of Colorado and University of Hawaii. Betty has done extensive reading in the Montessori philosophy and works to incorporate the same principals in her work with our students. She is also a Master Gardener and co-chair of the Dallas Co. Master Gardeners and volunteers at the Botanical Garden. She is certified in First Aid, CPR, Universal Precautions, and Mandatory Reporting.

Mrs. Iveth Mehta

Classroom: Spanish Immersion

Mrs. Mehta began teaching at MCH in 2013.

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Iveth earned her B.A. degree in Business Administrations at William Penn University and her Associate Applied Science at Oklahoma Wesleyan University/ Georgetown University. She is certified in First Aid, CPR, Universal Precautions and Mandatory Reporting.

Mrs. Tammy Miller

Classroom: AM Preschool

Mrs. Miller began teaching at MCH in 2009.

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Tammy received her B.A. degree in Childhood Education from Iowa State University and has also earned her Montessori International diploma. She is an instructor for the Red Cross and a U.S. Synchronized Swimming coach. She is also certified in First Aid, CPR, Universal Precautions, and Mandatory Reporting.

Mrs. Dawn Rafferty

Classroom: Half Day Early Preschool

Mrs. Rafferty began teaching at MCH in 2008.

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Dawn received her B.A. degree in Communication with an emphasis in Broadcast Journalism at Iowa State University. She is certified in First Aid, CPR, Universal Precautions, and Mandatory Reporting.

Mrs. Sandy Sheldon

Classroom: Full Day Preschool

Mrs. Sheldon began teaching at MCH in 1979!

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She received her B.A. in Elementary Education from Simpson College and her 3-6 year old Montessori certification from St. Nicholas.  Sandy  is certified in First Aid, CPR, Universal Precautions and Mandatory Reporting.

Mrs. Pam Sotelo

Classroom: Half Day Early Preschool and Spanish Immersion

Mrs. Sotelo began teaching at MCH in 2008.

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Pam earned her degree in Early Childhood Education from Universidad Pedagogica Nacional, Chihuahua Mexico. Pam completed her Montessori training at “Centro de Capacitacion Montesorri” in Chihuahua, Mexico. She is also a member of the Montessori foundation. She is certified in First Aid, CPR, Universal Precautions and Mandatory Reporting.

Mrs. Denise Springer

Business Manager

Mrs. Springer began working at MCH in 2006.

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Denise is also the Treasurer on the MCH Board.  She pursued a degree in child development and accounting at Iowa State University and Drake University.  She is certified in First Aid, infant, child and adult CPR, Universal Precautions, and Mandatory Reporting.

Mrs. Natalie Steenson

Classroom: Music

Mrs. Steenson began teaching at MCH in the fall of 2013.

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Natalie received her B.A. in music and religion with a minor in psychology from Coe College. She has taught early childhood music for over 18 years and currently teaches with Iowa Youth Chorus( IYC) “Beginnings!” early childhood music program. Natalie also directs IYC’s Primary Choir for 6 and 7 year olds and IYC’s Children’s Choir for 8-10 year olds. She is a rostered artist with Cultureall and Des Moines Metro Arts Alleciance presenting music, movement and musical storytelling workshops for children and adults. Natalie teaches age-appropriate music classes once a week for all the children at MCH. She has been trained as an early childhood music educator and continually seeks to take professional training through seminars, classes and books. She is also certified in First Aid, CPR, Universal Precautions and Mandatory Reporting.

Mrs. Teresa Sutton

Classroom: Full Day Preschool

Mrs. Sutton began teaching at MCH in 2001.

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Teresa attended Des Moines Area Community College. She also received her education through Montessori Centre International where she earned her International Diploma in Montessori Pedagogy. She is certified in First Aid, CPR, Universal Precautions, and Mandatory Reporting.

Mrs. Brenda Toth

Classroom: Full Day Early Preschool

Mrs. Toth began teaching at MCH in 2006.

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Brenda received a B.S. in Elementary Education from Kent State University, an ESL endorsement from UNLV, and a M.A. in Education Administration and Supervision from the University of Phoenix. She received her early childhood certificate for ages birth – 6 and is

is currently working on obtaining her Montessori International Diploma. Brenda is also certified in First Aid, CPR, Universal Precautions, and Mandatory Reporting.

Mrs. Marsha Wiggins

Classroom: AM Preschool

Mrs. Wiggins began teaching at Montessori Children’s House in 1992.

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Marsha earned a B.A. degree in Elementary Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle. She earned her Montessori certification for children ages birth – 6, and her International Diploma in Early Childhood. She is also certified in First Aid, CPR, Universal Precautions and Mandatory Reporting.