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Our Team

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Owner & STEM Teacher

Teacher Kathy first found MCH while searching for a preschool for the oldest of her three children. As a former research scientist and project manager, she was fascinated by the systematic, research-based techniques used in Montessori education, and went on to obtain her Montessori teaching certification. As a parent, she loved seeing the joyful, independent, and capable learners that MCH nurtures. When the opportunity arose to join the MCH team, she jumped at the chance. Teacher Kathy teaches a weekly STEM enrichment class in the Kindergarten and Elementary programs, and spends the remainder of her time assisting in the Upper Elementary and Preschool classes. When she’s not teaching the next generation of mad scientists, she enjoys gardening, water sports, and spending time with her family and dogs.

Teacher Kathy

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Director & Preschool Practical Life

Teacher Melissa is a certified Montessori teacher with over 20 years of experience in early childhood education, including more than 11 years at MCH as a Teacher, Director, and MCH parent. In addition to managing the day-to-day activities of our school, she assists our Preschool and Lower Elementary classes. Teacher Melissa especially enjoys helping students grow in their independence. She is the first to celebrate when one of our students triumphantly announces, “I did it myself!” Teacher Melissa loves both kids and animals. She lives in Virginia Beach with her menagerie of girls, dogs, rabbits, chickens, turtles and assorted wildlife rescues.

Teacher Melissa


Upper Elementary

Teacher Danielle is a certified Montessori teacher who has been with MCH for more than 10 years. She is a fluent Spanish speaker and loves sharing her interest in languages and world culture with our students. As another parent of former MCH students, she knows firsthand how engaging the interest of our youngest students can spark a lifelong passion for discovery and growth. In addition to teaching our Upper Elementary class, Teacher Danielle teaches a weekly Spanish class in the Kindergarten and Lower Elementary programs. When she isn’t teaching, she enjoys travelling and spending time with her family.

Teacher Danielle

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Lower Elementary

Teacher Luckmini is a certified Montessori teacher with nearly 30 years of teaching experience. She has taught Montessori Preschool, Kindergarten, and Lower Elementary students on three different continents! She loves teaching and especially enjoys sharing her love of art and music with her students.

Teacher Luckmini



Teacher Subha is a certified Montessori teacher with more than 30 years of teaching experience. She has been teaching Montessori Kindergarten specifically for almost 20 years. She first joined MCH as a parent, while her daughter attended MCH, and when we had an opening for a Kindergarten teacher in 2018, we enthusiastically welcomed her to our team! Teacher Subha adores her students, and is especially talented at nurturing a happy, harmonious class environment.

Teacher Subha


Preschool Sensorial

Teacher Becca is a certified Montessori teacher with more than 30 years of experience in early childhood education. She has been a teacher at MCH for more than 10 years. Teacher Becca is a favorite of our youngest MCH students and loves to see them grow and flourish as they progress through the program. In addition to teaching our Sensorial curriculum, Teacher Becca provides most of the explicit social and emotional instruction that helps our MCH Preschoolers grow in kindness and compassion. She loves to celebrate holidays with our students, and is the mastermind behind most of our holiday decorations and themed projects.

Teacher Becca

Preschool Math

Teacher Allison is a certified Montessori teacher who also started at MCH as a parent. She joined the MCH team as the Preschool Math teacher in 2017. She enjoys that the Montessori approach to math is concrete, natural, and encourages students to truly enjoy and appreciate math. She loves to share her interest with her students and is amazed by how much they can accomplish and understand at a young age. Teacher Allison has a special rapport with our quietest, most introverted students, and enjoys watching them grow into confident young learners.

Teacher Allison

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Preschool Language

Teacher Courtney is a certified Montessori teacher who also began as an MCH parent. Prior to becoming the MCH Language teacher, she worked for her entire career in the field of English and language, including as an education and outreach specialist for the Virginia Beach City Public Libraries. Teacher Courtney has an undergraduate degree in English with a minor in Environmental Science.

Teacher Courtney

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Aftercare Teacher

Teacher Denise is a preschool teacher with over 20 years of teaching experience. She teaches at MCH in the afternoons and enjoys doing science experiments with the students.

Teacher Denise

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Teaching Assistant

Teacher Kelly assists all classes, especially in our STEM programs and summer camp. She is an elementary education major at Old Dominion University, where she is also minoring in Chemistry. 

Teacher Kelly

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