Montessori Center School

toddler through sixth grade since 1965

Department:

All A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Appointed in 2016 About me
Melanie Jacobs
Head of School
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Melanie Jacobs

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m.jacobs@mcssb.org

Title Head of School
Appointed 2016
Melanie Jacobs first came to MCS in 1988. Melanie has a B.A. in psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and holds a Montessori Elementary I credential from the Montessori Western Teacher Education Program.
Appointed in 2002 About me
Birgit Crable
Business and Facilities Manager
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Birgit Crable

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b.crable@mcssb.org

Title Business and Facilities Manager
Appointed 2002
Birgit Crable is the MCS business manager. Before coming to MCS, Birgit worked at the Pacific Oaks College and Children's School in Pasadena as an assistant controller.
Appointed in 2013 About me
Melanie Newhouse
Associate Administrator, Student Support Services Director
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Melanie Newhouse

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m.newhouse@mcssb.org

Title Associate Administrator, Student Support Services Director
Appointed 2013
Melanie Newhouse is the associate administrator and director of student support. Before coming to MCS, she was the executive director of a Washington, DC based non-profit organization and a teaching and research associate in the political science department at UCLA. Melanie has a bachelor's degree in political studies from Pitzer College and completed the honors in government program at Claremont McKenna College. She has a master's degree in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Appointed in 2010 About me
Alyssa Morris
Director of School Admissions
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Alyssa Morris

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a.morris@mcssb.org

Title Director of School Admissions
Appointed 2010
Alyssa Morris is the MCS admissions director. She holds a bachelor's degree and a multi-subject teaching credential in elementary education from the University of Milwaukee. Before coming to MCS, Alyssa had a variety of work experiences in educational settings, including teaching third grade and pre-school as well as teaching ESL in Japan.
Appointed in 2016 About me
Ariana Katovich
Director of Development and Marketing
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Ariana Katovich

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a.katovich@mcssb.org

Title Director of Development and Marketing
Appointed 2016
Appointed in 2015 About me
Janelle Ashby
Learning Specialist
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Janelle Ashby

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j.ashby@mcssb.org

Title Learning Specialist
Appointed 2015
Janelle Ashby is the MCS learning specialist. She has a bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a master's degree in education, specializing in reading, from the University of LaVerne. Before coming to MCS, Janelle was the director of the Lindamood Bell Center for learning processes in Santa Barbara. In her almost 20 years at Lindamood Bell, Janelle developed an expertise in learning differences, successful learning strategies, differentiated diagnosis and lesson planning.
Appointed in 2002 About me
Cindy Pratt
Front Office Manager and Extracurricular Activities
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Cindy Pratt

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c.pratt@mcssb.org

Title Front Office Manager and Extracurricular Activities
Appointed 2002
Cindy Pratt has been at MCS since 1993. She worked as a substitute teacher and development director before becoming the school office manager. Outside of MCS, Cindy worked at the Four Seasons Biltmore as the front office supervisor and an administrator at Berkus Design Studio Architects.
Appointed in 2005 About me
Shereen Ramawtar
Bookkeeper
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Shereen Ramawtar

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s.ramawtar@mcssb.org

Title Bookkeeper
Appointed 2005
Appointed in 2015 About me
Suzanne Hawtrey
Library Assistant

Suzanne Hawtrey

Title Library Assistant
Appointed 2015
Suzanne Hawtrey is the library assistant at Montessori Center School. She has a B.A. in liberal studies from Antioch University and an associate degree in art and child development. She holds a child development site supervisor permit and an international Montessori teaching diploma from the North American Montessori Center for pre-school and kindergarten. Suzanne also completed the outdoor classroom specialist training and is a certified fitness trainer.
Appointed in 2012 About me
Alexandra Stagis
Assistant Teacher Green Door

Alexandra Stagis

Title Assistant Teacher Green Door
Classes Green Door
Appointed 2012
Alexandra Stagis is the assistant teacher in Green Door. Alexandra has a bachelor of arts degree in liberal studies from California State University, Fresno. She has a California multi-subject teaching credential from National University, Fresno and an AMS Montessori Elementary I credential from the Montessori Teacher Education Center in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Appointed in 2016 About me
Alyssa Gonzalez
Art Teacher
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Alyssa Gonzalez

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a.gonzalez@mcssb.org

Title Art Teacher
Appointed 2016
Appointed in 2016 About me
Anne Curtin
Librarian
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Anne Curtin

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library@mcssb.org

Title Librarian
Appointed 2016
Anne Curtain is the Montessori Center School librarian. She has a B.A. in English and psychology from Loras College in Dubuque, IA. She hold an M.S. in library and information science. Prior to coming to MCS, Anne worked as a children's librarian at the Goleta Public Library and Girls, Inc.
Appointed in 2014 About me
Amber Miller
Assistant Teacher Brown North

Amber Miller

Title Assistant Teacher Brown North
Classes Brown Door North
Appointed 2014
Amber Miller is the Brown Door North assistant teacher. She has a bachelor of science in biopsychology from the University of California at Santa Barbara. She is currently training to get her Montessori credential. Before coming to MCS, Amber worked as a research assistant in the Psychology and Brain Sciences Department at UCSB.
Appointed in 1978 About me
Anne Raiter
head teacher Aqua Door
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Anne Raiter

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aquadoor@mcssb.org

Title head teacher Aqua Door
Classes Aqua Door
Appointed 1978
Anne Raiter started at MCS in 1978. She is the co-head teacher of the aqua door classroom. Anne received her Montessori training as the Montessori Teacher Education Center, San Francisco Bay Area.
Appointed in 2006 About me
Caitlin Tufts
Spanish Language Specialist
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Caitlin Tufts

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spanish@mcssb.org

Title Spanish Language Specialist
Appointed 2006
Caitlyn Tufts is the MCS Spanish teacher and also part of the elementary afterschool care team. She has a B.A. in education with a minor in Spanish from Humboldt State University. She has a Master of Education with an emphasis in teaching from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She also holds a community literacy certification from the Summer Institute of Linguistics at the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks.
Appointed in 1982 About me
Carla Shapiro
Assistant Teacher Silver Door

Carla Shapiro

Title Assistant Teacher Silver Door
Classes Silver Door
Appointed 1982
Carla Shapiro is the assistant teacher in Silver Door. She has an associate degree in early childhood education.
Appointed in 1998 About me
Claude-Lise Lafranque
Music Specialist
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Claude-Lise Lafranque

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music@mcssb.org

Title Music Specialist
Classes Music
Appointed 1998
Claude-Lise La Franque is the MCS music specialist teacher. She has a B.A. with a first prize in performance from the National Conservatory in Bordeaux, France and completed the Orff teacher training certification program. She has performed for the Santa Barbara Symphony for over twenty-five years and is an active member of the Santa Barbara music community.
Appointed in 1994 About me
Cydney Miller
Head Teacher Brown North
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Cydney Miller

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brownnorth@mcssb.org

Title Head Teacher Brown North
Appointed 1994
Cydney Miller came to MCS in 1994. She is the head teacher in Brown Door North. Cyd has a bachelor of arts in environmental studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara and an international Montessori teaching diploma for upper elementary from the North American Montessori Center.
Appointed in 2007 About me
Dell Barden
Head Teacher Blue Door
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Dell Barden

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bluedoor@mcssb.org

Title Head Teacher Blue Door
Appointed 2007
Dell Barden has been at Montessori Center School since 2003, working as the director of admissions before becoming the head teacher of Blue Door. She has a B.S. in early childhood education and holds a Montessori credential in early childhood education. She also is a credentialed teacher in art, elementary education and early elementary education. Dell is trained in the Lindamood-Bell LIPS and Seeing Stars programs and the Orton-Gillingham multi-sensory reading program.
Appointed in 2001 About me
Derrick Curtis
Physical Education Specialist
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Derrick Curtis

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pe@mcssb.org

Title Physical Education Specialist
Appointed 2001
Derrick Curtis has been the physical education teacher at MCS since 2001. Derrick has a B.A. in physical education from California State University, Chico and also completed the therapeutic recreation program. Before coming to MCS, Derrick worked as a recreation therapist and a youth recreation instructor. Derrick also has taught dance in Santa Barbara for over 25 years. In 2009, Derrick was the recipient of Santa Barbara Dance Alliance's 12th annual Lifetime Achievement Award for contribution to dance in Santa Barbara.
Appointed in 2014 About me
Ellen Evans
Assistant Teacher Purple Door

Ellen Evans

Title Assistant Teacher Purple Door
Classes Purple Door
Appointed 2014
Ellen Evans is the assistant teacher for Purple Door. She has a bachelor of arts in psychology with a minor in music from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Before coming to MCS, Ellen was an instructional assistant for Montecito Union School District and Goleta Union School District.
Appointed in 2014 About me
Francis Cosworth
Computer and Technology Specialist

Francis Cosworth

computerlab@mcssb.org

Title Computer and Technology Specialist
Appointed 2014
Francis Cosworth is the Montessori Center School computer specialist. He has a bachelor of fine arts from the University of Pennsylvania. He also has associates degrees in animation, film and video production, computer science and multimedia arts and technologies. Francis has been a substitute teacher at Santa Barbara Unified Schools since 2010.
Appointed in 2006 About me
Irene Morales
Head Teacher Green Door
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Irene Morales

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greendoor@mcssb.org

Title Head Teacher Green Door
Appointed 2006
Irerne Morales has been at MCS since 2006. she is the head teacher of Green Door. Irene has a B.A. in bilingual education from the Instituto Superior Autonomo de Octe in Mexico. Irene completed the Montessori primary teacher training at Brookhaven College. She holds an AMI lower elementary Montessori teacher credential from San Francisco Bay Area Montessori Teacher Education Training Center. Irene is a certified ESL teacher for infants and children and also teaches guitar. Before coming to MCS, Irene was a teacher at a Montessori program in Texas.
Appointed in 2014 About me
Gabriela Elias
Assistant Teacher Yellow Door

Gabriela Elias

Title Assistant Teacher Yellow Door
Appointed 2014
Gabi Elias has been at Montessori Center School since 2014 and is an assistant teacher and extended day teacher in White Door.
Appointed in 2015 About me
Jennifer Moody
Assistant Teacher Blue Door

Jennifer Moody

Title Assistant Teacher Blue Door
Classes Blue Door
Appointed 2015
Jennifer Moody started at MCS in 2014 as a substitute teacher. She is now the Blue Door assistant teacher. Jennifer has a bachelor of arts in psychology and elementary education from Hofstra University in New York. She obtained a teaching credential for pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and elementary ages.
Appointed in 2002 About me
Joanne Serpa
Head Teacher Navy Door
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Joanne Serpa

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navydoor@mcssb.org

Title Head Teacher Navy Door
Classes Navy Door
Appointed 2002
JoAnn Serpa has been at MCS since 1989 and head teacher of Navy Door since 2002. She has a B.A. in psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and an Early Childhood Credential from the American Montessori Society San Francisco Bay Area Teacher Education Center.
Appointed in 2014 About me
Kacy Christofani
Head Teacher Silver Door
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Kacy Christofani

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silverdoor@mcssb.org

Title Head Teacher Silver Door
Appointed 2014
Kacy has been at Montessori Center School since 2007 and head teacher of Silver Door since 2014. She has a B.S. in art history and education. Kacy holds a Montessori early childhood education credential.
Appointed in 2015 About me
June Taggs
Assistant Teacher Gold Door

June Taggs

Title Assistant Teacher Gold Door
Appointed 2015
June Taggs first came to MCS in 2001. She has been a lead teacher in preschools in Hawaii, Puerto Rico and California. With more than twenty years of experience working with young children, June has over 24 units of early childhood education and has completed Reggio Emilia training seminars. She is currently the extended day teacher in Gold Door.
Appointed in 2015 About me
Kathryn Parker
Head Teacher Yellow Door
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Kathryn Parker

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yellowdoor@mcssb.org

Title Head Teacher Yellow Door
Appointed 2015
Kathryn Parker is the head teacher of Yellow Door and has been at MCS since 2010. She completed her Montessori training in early childhood studies at the Montessori Teacher Education Center, San Francisco Bay Area. Katy also hold a Montessori Certificate of Studies from NAMTA in adolescent studies. In addition, she completed the Montessori Teacher Assistant workshop. Before coming to MCS, Kathryn was the lead house parent and athletic director for Montessori High School at University Circle. She has been involved with Montessori for nearly 20 years, working with age groups from 18 months to 18 years old.
Appointed in 2009 About me
Kim Keller
Head Teacher Brown West
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Kim Keller

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brownwest@mcssb.org

Title Head Teacher Brown West
Appointed 2009
Kim Keller is the head teacher I Brown Door West. She has a B.S. in geology from Northern Arizona University and an AMS elementary I & II credential from the Center for Montessori Teacher Education in New York. Before arriving at MCS, Kim worked as a head Montessori teacher in New Mexico, taught middle school math and ran an afterschool math tutor program in Arizona.
Appointed in 2007 About me
Krista Williams
Assistant Teacher Navy Door

Krista Williams

Title Assistant Teacher Navy Door
Classes Navy Door
Appointed 2007
Krista Williams has been at MCS since 2007 and is the assistant teacher in Navy Door. Krista has a B.A. in professional photography from Brooks Institute of Photography and is currently training to complete her Montessori credential.
Appointed in 2009 About me
Loric Box
Head Teacher Brown East
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Loric Box

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browneast@mcssb.org

Title Head Teacher Brown East
Appointed 2009
Loric Box is the head teacher in Brown Door West. Loric has a B.A. in elementary education with a specialization in science from the College of Santa Fe and an AMS elementary I & II credential from the Center for Montessori Teacher Education in New York. He also has an Outdoor Classroom Specialist I certificate form the Outdoor Classroom. Before arriving at MCS, Loric worked as a Montessori teacher in New Mexico.
Appointed in 1969 About me
Margaret McCleery-Cota
Head Teacher Gold Door
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Margaret McCleery-Cota

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golddoor@mcssb.org

Title Head Teacher Gold Door
Classes Gold Door
Appointed 1969
Margaret Cota first came to Montessori Center School in 1969 and is the head teacher of the Gold Door classroom. Margaret has a B.A. in speech from the University of Illinois and a Montessori primary diploma from the Midwest Montessori Teacher Training Program in Chicago.
Appointed in 2001 About me
Mikki Jee
Head Teacher Red Door
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Mikki Jee

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reddoor@mcssb.org

Title Head Teacher Red Door
Appointed 2001
Mikki Jee first came to Montessori Center School in 1977. She has been head teacher of Red Door since 2001 and has a AMI primary Montessori diploma. Mikki also has held several head teaching positions in local Montessori schools and in Honolulu.
Appointed in 2016 About me
Molly O'Malia
Head Teacher
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Molly O'Malia

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purpledoor@mcssb.org

Title Head Teacher
Classes Purple Door
Appointed 2016
Molly O'Malia is the head teacher of Purple Door. She holds a bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and and AMS elementary teacher credential from the Center for Montessori Teacher Education in New York. Before coming to MCS, Molly was a head Montessori teacher in the Los Angeles area. She has experience with the Reggio Emilio pedagogy and the Lindamood Bell learning process.
Appointed in 1989 About me
Nancy Dubie
Assistant Teacher Brown East

Nancy Dubie

Title Assistant Teacher Brown East
Classes Brown Door East
Appointed 1989
Nancy Dubie came to MCS in 1989 and has a B.A. in zoology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is the assistant teacher in Brown Door East.
Appointed in 2012 About me
Nicole Staska
Head Teacher White Door
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Nicole Staska

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whitedoor@mcssb.org

Title Head Teacher White Door
Appointed 2012
Nicole Staska has been at Montessori Center School since 2008 and is a head teacher in White Door. Nicole has a bachelor's degree in education from Florida Atlantic University and a multi-subject elementary education teaching credential. Nicole has an infant/toddler Montessori credential from the Center for Montessori Education in New York.
Appointed in 2015 About me
Peggi Robinson
Assistant Teacher Brown West

Peggi Robinson

Title Assistant Teacher Brown West
Classes Brown Door West
Appointed 2015
Peggi has been at MCS since 2014. She is the assistant teacher in Brown Door West. Peggi has a B.S. degree in early childhood education from the University of Georgia. She has a master's degree in teaching elementary mathematics from Nova Southeastern University. she has a Georgia teaching certificate in early childhood education with an early childhood mathematics endorsement and a gifted education teaching credential. Peggi is also a certified personal trainer.
Appointed in 1973 About me
Rick Drake
Head Teacher Aqua Door
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Rick Drake

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acquadooor@mcssb.org

Title Head Teacher Aqua Door
Appointed 1973
Rick Drake began working at Montessori Center School in 1973. He is the co-head teacher of Aqua Door. Rick has a B.A. in history from Beloit College. He holds an AMI Montessori Diploma for ages 3 to 6 from the Toronto Montessori Institute in Toronto, Canada and an AMS elementary I credential from the Center for Montessori Teacher education in New York.
Appointed in 2013 About me
Sandy Gorman
Head Teacher White Door
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Sandy Gorman

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whitedoor@mcssb.org

Title Head Teacher White Door
Appointed 2013
Sandy Gorman has been at Montessori Center School since 2010 and a head teacher in White Door since 2013. Sandy has a B.A. in psychology from Westmont College and an M.S. in marriage family therapy from Fuller Seminary Graduate School of Psychology. Sandy holds an infant & toddler Montessori credential from Seton Montessori Institute.
Appointed in 2005 About me
Sharmila Gunasekara
Assistant Teacher Gold Door

Sharmila Gunasekara

Title Assistant Teacher Gold Door
Classes White Door
Appointed 2005
Sharmila Gunasekara has been at Montessori Center School since 2005 and is the assistant teacher in Gold Door. She holds an AMI Montessori Diploma for children ages 3 to 6 years old from the Good Shepherd Maria Montessori Training Center in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Appointed in 2004 About me
Sharon Liddy
Assistant Teacher Red Door

Sharon Liddy

Title Assistant Teacher Red Door
Classes Red Door
Appointed 2004
Sharon Liddy came to Montessori in 2004 and is the assistant teacher in Red Door. Sharon has worked with pre-primary and primary children in various childcare settings for the last 25 years.
Appointed in 2016 About me
Suzuki Contreras
Extended Day Gold door

Suzuki Contreras

Title Extended Day Gold door
Appointed 2016
Appointed in 2011 About me
Yeonwook Uyeno
Assistant Teacher and Extended Day White Door

Yeonwook Uyeno

Title Assistant Teacher and Extended Day White Door
Classes White Door
Appointed 2011
Yeonwook Kim-Uyeno has been at Montessori Center School since 2011. She has a bachelor's degree in home economics from Andong National University in the Republic of Korea and is completing her primary Montessori training.
Appointed in 1981 About me
Coreen Snow
After School Care Provider
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Coreen Snow

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easc@mcssb.org

Title After School Care Provider
Appointed 1981
Coreen Snow has been at Montessori Center School since 1981. She holds a diploma from Montessori World Educational Institute for primary students. Coreen has worked as an assistant teacher in primary and elementary classrooms, a head teacher in primary classrooms and is currently part of the elementary afterschool care team.
Appointed in 1996 About me
Kathy Finck
After School Care Provider
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Kathy Finck

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pasc@mcssb.org

Title After School Care Provider
Appointed 1996
Kathy Finck has been at Montessori Center School since 1996. Kathy has a master's degree in education and school counseling. Before finding MCS, Kathy worked in thepublic schools in various positions, including assistant principal, counselor and credentialed teacher.
Appointed in 2016 About me
Gail Hart
After School Care Assistant

Gail Hart

Title After School Care Assistant
Appointed 2016
Appointed in 2011 About me
Dorothy Miller
Playground Aide and Breaks Assistant

Dorothy Miller

Title Playground Aide and Breaks Assistant
Appointed 2011
Dorothy Miller started at MCS in 2011 as part of the primary afterschool care team. Dorothy has a B.A. in liberal arts from Union Institute and an M.A. in clinical psychology from Antioch University. She has completed of 45 units in early childhood education at Santa Barbara City College and holds a child development site supervisor permit, clinical adoption certification, and domestic violence training certification. Before coming to MCS, Dorothy worked as a child development specialist, medical social worker, substitute teacher and therapist.
Appointed in 2015 About me
Aaron Fischer
Playground Aide

Aaron Fischer

Title Playground Aide
Appointed 2015
Appointed in 2015 About me
Paulo Perez
Buildings and Grounds Maintenance

Paulo Perez

Title Buildings and Grounds Maintenance
Appointed 2015