Primary Program, Room 1

2013 Prmary1 Web

(from L to R; Amy Buckles, Kathy Berger)

Kathy Berger — Primary Directress

Kathy joined MDS as a primary directress in 1997. After having been an assistant for two years and inspired by Lorna McGrath, in 1988 Kathy attended Northeast Montessori Institute and then served as primary head directress at Mount Hope Montessori School through 1995. Kathy received her Montessori 3-6 certification from Northeast Montessori Institute in 1994. She served as head directress at Kidderbrook Montessori School for two years prior to coming to MDS.

Kathy attended Silvermine Art School, studying watercolor, acrylic and oil painting with the late Robert Franco. Kathy has also studied pottery making and photography. She is a member of the Mount Hope Montessori School Board of Directors and is studying music and the Alexander technique with Paul Recker.

Amy Buckles — Primary Assistant & Extended Hours Lead Teacher

Amy Joined Montessori Discovery School as a primary assistant in Room 1 in 2012. During the 2012 – 13 school year she continued to serve as a classroom assistant, joined the Extended Hours program as an assistant and also helped with our parent volunteer program. During the 2013-14 school year, she continues as classroom assistant and is the lead teacher in the Extended Hours program.

Amy has a rich Montessori background, having attended a Montessori school as a child. She worked at the same school from high school through college. She holds a BA in psychology from George Mason University and holds Montessori Primary certification from the American Montessori Society. She did her Montessori Primary training at the Northern Virginia Montessori Institute.


Primary Program, Room 2

2013 Primary-Rm2 Web2 

(from L to R; Robyn Vanlandingham, Debra Denis)

Debra Denis — Primary Directress

Deb joined MDS in 1999 as a primary assistant.  She had five years experience leading her own child care program and led our summer program beginning in 2000.

Deb earned an AA in Early Childhood Special Education from Three Rivers Community College in 2004. She also received her AMS 3-6 certification from the Montessori Teachers Institute at Three Rivers Community College in 2004. Deb became head directress in Room 2 in 2004. Deb plans to continue working toward her BA in Early Childhood Education. She enjoys teaching the children yoga and sign language.

Robyn Vanlandingham — Primary Assistant,  Interim Directress, Extended Hours Assistant

Robyn joined Montessori Discovery School in 2013 as a primary assistant in Room 2. She has a long career in Montessori education, having completed her Montessori Primary training at the University of Puget Sound Seattle, Washington in 1995. She owned and taught at two Montessori schools from 1996 – 2013. Robyn holds a BA in Business Administration from City University in Seattle, Washington.

With her son off to college, Robyn decided to return to Connecticut, where she grew up. We are very pleased that Robyn will serve as Rm 2 head directress while Deb Denis is on maternity leave. This year, Robyn also joined Amy Buckles in our Extended Hours program.


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