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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 for 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.
 
Rupika Lewis

Teacher: Rupika Lewis

  • Years at Montessori Country Day School: 1 
  • Years as an Educator: 40 
  • Education: Associate of Science in Early Childhood Education. AMS Montessori Certification
  • Experience: 30 years of Montessori teaching experience.
  • Enjoys: Reading, crafting, cooking, and baking.
 
Fatima Mercado

Teacher: Fatima Mercado

  • Years at Montessori Country Day School: 1st Year at MCDS
  • Years as an Educator: 5
  • Education: Majoring in Bilingual Early Childhood Education
  • Experience: 5 years of teaching and working with a variety of age groups such as infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and second graders.
  • Enjoys: Exploring restaurants/new foods, traveling, exercising, spending time with friends and family.

Ann Orcutt

Primary

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, traveling 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.

Neelam Bathe

Teacher: Neelam Bathe

  • Years at Montessori Country Day School: This is my first year at MCDS
  • Years as an Educator: 11 
  • 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 and cooking.

Maria Wallace

Teacher: Maria Wallace

  • Years at Montessori Country Day School: This is my first year at MCDS
  • Years as an Educator: 12 
  • Education: B.S in Psychology from The New York Institute of Technology, Certification from the Institute of the Psychology of Eating, & MACTE Montessori Certification
  • Experience: 11 years working in Montessori schools with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. 1 year working as a literacy teacher pre-k through 6 grade.
  • Family: Wonderful husband and 2 boys, 1 & 3 years old.
  • Enjoys: Listening to my kids laugh while they play, fun outings with my family, date night with hubby.

Rachel Ames

Teacher: 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 of 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.

Samantha Fedor

Teacher: Samantha Fedor

  • Years at Montessori Country Day School: 2 
  • Years as an Educator:  2 
  • Education: BS Child Development with an emphasis in child life, Montessori certification program at Collin College
  • Experience: 2 years of Montessori experience working in the toddler and primary classrooms. Has worked with children of various ages in different settings. Has completed a practicum at an equine therapy center for children with special needs and disabilities as well as child life practicum.
  • Enjoys: Camping, hiking, animals, anything outdoors. Travel, spending time with family, friends and pets.

Victoria Hughes

Elementary

Teacher: Victoria Hughes

  • Years at Montessori Country Day School: 3 
  • Years as an Educator: 4 
  • Education: Montessori Certification from Collin County College & currently pursuing Bachelor's degree in elementary education.
  • Experience: 5+ years of working with children.
  • Enjoys: Being outdoors, traveling, and spending time with my friends & family.

Rachel Sam

Teacher: Rachel Sam

  • Years at Montessori Country Day School: Started fall 2021
  • Years as an Educator: 5
  • Education: BA in Elementary Education from Moody Bible Institute, MACTE Elementary (1-6th grade) Certification
  • Experience: PreK-2nd grade Music Teacher, 3 years as a Montessori Lead Guide.
  • Enjoys: Reading to her daughter, finding local spots to walk in the woods, listening to audiobooks on long drives.

Directors

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.

Whitney Ball

Director: Whitney Ball

  • Years at Montessori Country Day School: 1
  • Years as an Educator: 22
  • 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.

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.