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Flower Mound, TX 75022

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Kelly Banner

Toddler

Teacher: Kelly Banner

  • Years at Montessori Country Day School: 5
  • Years as an Educator: 7
  • Education: BGS, Texas Women's University. Montessori Certification
  • Experience: Prior to working at MCDS I was a Sales Director for a power-sports company for 12 years. I found my true passion working with children when leading a Forest School for ages 2-8. I’m excited to be at MCDS where I can use my combined experience in the classroom.
  • Enjoys: Spending time with my husband and 3 children. I love nature and being outdoors. I also enjoy shopping and going to the movie theater.

Mrs. Cannon

Primary

Teacher: Mrs. Cannon

  • Years at Montessori Country Day School: 7
  • Years as an Educator: 7
  • Education: Montessori Certification, Collin County Community College
  • Experience: 6 years of teaching experience
  • Family: Married for 3 years
  • Enjoys: Being a Dog Mom

Ann Orchutt

Teacher: Anne Orcutt

  • Years at Montessori Country Day School: 5
  • Years as an Educator: 23
  • Education: BA Communications, University of Alabama, Major in Advertising, Minor in Marketing, Montessori Certification
  • Experience: 22 years of Montessori teaching experience
  • Family: Married 34 years, mother of 2 children ages 30 and 27, 2 grandchildren
  • Enjoys: Travel, jogging, cooking, Alabama Football (Roll Tide)

Manisha Shah

Teacher: Manisha Shah

  • Years at Montessori Country Day School: 5
  • Years as an Educator: 25
  • Education: Bachelor of Science (Microbiology) from Bhavnagar University, India, Pre-Primary Teacher's Training (India), Montessori Certification
  • Experience: 24 years of teaching experience
  • Family: Married 35 years, Mother of a daughter age 30
  • Enjoys: Spending time with family and friends, travelling all around the world, reading, and cooking

Hannah Ferris

Teacher: Hannah Ferris

  • Years at Montessori Country Day School: 2
  • Years as an Educator: 3
  • Education: Montessori Certification Program, Collin County Community College
  • Experience: 2 years of Montessori teaching experience, finished studies to become a certified Montessori teacher and is currently completing observation hours at MCDS and other schools to receive Montessori certification
  • Enjoys: Spending time with family, especially her two nephews, hiking and exploring nature, a good book, and traveling

Kelly Banner

Teacher: Kelly Banner

  • Years at Montessori Country Day School: 5
  • Years as an Educator: 7
  • Education: BGS, Texas Women's University. Montessori Certification
  • Experience: Prior to working at MCDS I was a Sales Director for a power-sports company for 12 years. I found my true passion working with children when leading a Forest School for ages 2-8. I’m excited to be at MCDS where I can use my combined experience in the classroom.
  • Enjoys: Spending time with my husband and 3 children. I love nature and being outdoors. I also enjoy shopping and going to the movie theater.

Neelam Bathe

Teacher: Neelam Bathe

  • Years at Montessori Country Day School: This is my first year at MCDS
  • Years as an Educator: 11 years
  • Education: BA Economics, Montessori certification (American Montessori Society)
  • Experience: 10 years of Montessori teaching
  • Family: Married 19 years, mother of a sweet 14 year old daughter and a dog mom.
  • Enjoys: Travel, Cooking.

Whitney Ball

Elementary

Teacher: Whitney Ball

  • Years at Montessori Country Day School: 22
  • Years as an Educator: 7
  • Education: BA Elementary and Special Education, Washington State University, Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education, Eastern Michigan University
  • Experience: 16 years as an elementary teacher, 1 year as Admissions Director, 5 years as Principal of Evergreen Academy Elementary School
  • Family: Married 14 years, two children ages 10 and 13, one ill behaved beagle.
  • Enjoys: Travelling, trying new recipes, golfing, college football and spending time with friends and family.

Directors

Rachel Ames

Director: Rachel Ames

  • Years at Montessori Country Day School: 3
  • Years as an Educator: 17
  • Education: Received AMI Montessori Diploma for ages 3-6 year olds in 2007
  • Experience: Started working in Montessori Schools in 2003, Worked with many age groups (toddler, primary and elementary), 6 years experience as a Montessori School Director
  • Family: Married 11 years, Mother of a 10-year-old son
  • Enjoys: Running and exercise, traveling, hiking, camping, and spending time with family

Leslie Jenkins

Director: Leslie Jenkins

  • Years at Montessori Country Day School: 3
  • Years as an Educator: 14
  • Education: Attended University of Texas at Dallas for childhood learning and development
  • Experience: Worked in the Montessori environment for 13 years, hands on in the classroom for 4 years, and in managerial positions for 9 years 
  • Family: Married, live in Bartonville with our family of 5
  • Enjoys: Spending time with family, organizing and decorating, being outdoors

Owners

Bill Vesterman

Owner: Bill Vesterman

  • Years at Montessori Country Day School: 14
  • Years as an Educator: 15 
  • Education: BA Economics, Harvard
  • Experience: Education experience includes K-12 Administration and Montessori training, business experience includes Wall Street firms, international firms (Hong Kong), Fortune 50 firms, small businesses, military experience includes 2 tours in Iraq with US Marine Corps Infantry
  • Family: Married for 12 years
  • Enjoys: Spending time with family, friends, Veterans, runners, triathletes, and watching movies

Lisa Vesterman

Owner: Lisa Vesterman

  • Years at Montessori Country Day School: 12
  • Years as an Educator: 12
  • Education: BA in Communications from San Diego State University, Studied Montessori Education
  • Experience: Current Residential Real Estate Agent, worked in the Real Estate Industry for 30 years
  • Family: Married for 12 years
  • Enjoys: Cooking, gardening, horseback riding and DIY projects, love spending time with family and friends, especially if it involves the beach or water sports