Preprimary Teachers


Preprimary Classroom I

Kathleen Frericks, M.Ed. (Montessori Education), Xavier University; BS (Business Administration), Xavier University. Kathleen holds an American Montessori Society (3-6) Certification. This is Kathleen's seventeenth year with us; she is responsible for the oldest students in the morning classroom and the youngest group in the afternoon.

Mina Patel, AMS (3-6) Certification, Greater Cincinnati Center for Montessori Education. She has a BS (Accounting and Marketing), University of Texas. This is Mina's eighth year teaching at MAC. She will be responsible for the Kindergarten group in the afternoon class.

Ellen Koenig, B.S. (Montessori Education), Xavier University. Ellen holds an American Montessori Society (3-6) Certification and Ohio Certification PreK-3. She also has taken graduate courses at XU at the 6-9 level. Ellen taught at MAC for 11 years before leaving after the 2009-2010 school year to be a stay-at-home Mom. She returned to our staff in the fall of 2012. She is responsible for the middle group in the morning class.

Kathleen Kehling, Montessori Teaching Certification (3-6), Greater Cincinnati Center for Montessori Education; she also attended University of Cincinnati. This is Kathleen's sixteenth year with us; she had several years' experience in preschool programs prior to joining us. She is responsible for the middle group.

Laura Shary, Montessori Teaching Certification (3-6), Greater Cincinnati Center for Montessori Education. Child Development Associate Certification. This is Laura's twelfth year at MAC. For six years prior to joining MAC, Laura was the Infant/Toddler Director of The Children's Center in Blue Ash (also owned by the Elder family). Laura is responsible for the youngest group in the morning class.


Preprimary Classroom II

Souad Karaman, Montessori Teaching Certification (3-6), Greater Cincinnati Center for Montessori Ed; BFA, New York Institute of Technology. This is Souad's fourteenth year with us as a Montessori Teacher. Prior to that, she worked in our Extended Care Program for a year and was also our Elementary Art Teacher for a year. She is responsible for the oldest students in the classroom.

Ellen Koenig, B.S. (Montessori Education), Xavier University. Ellen holds an American Montessori Society (3-6) Certification and Ohio Certification PreK-3. She also has taken graduate courses at XU at the 6-9 level. Ellen taught at MAC for 11 years before leaving after the 2009-2010 school year to be a stay-at-home Mom. She returned to our staff in the fall of 2012. She is responsible for the middle group.

Amy Hruschak, M. Ed. (Montessori), Xavier University, and BA (Journalism), Kent State University. Amy came to us with experience teaching at Montessori schools in the area. This is her third year on our staff, and she is responsible for the youngest group in the morning class.

Nina Rubin, AMS Montessori Teaching Certification (3-6), Greater Cincinnati Center for Montessori Ed. This is Nina's sixth year at MAC, and she worked at The Child's Place for eight years. Prior to that, she worked as a Montessori Teacher at another school in the Cincinnati area. Nina works with the Transitional Preschool students in the morning and is responsible for Classroom II's youngest group in the afternoon.


Kindergarten Enrichment

Brandy Sovak, BS (Early Childhood Education), University of Cincinnati. Brandy holds a K-12 reading endorsement. She had worked with preschool/kindergarten students for four years and as a fifth grade teacher for one year before coming to MAC. This is her tenth year teaching with us.

Joni Carlson, Child Development Associate (Early Childhood Education). This is Joni’s sixth year working at MAC. She joined MAC with 15 years combined experience working with young children at The Children’s Center and The Child’s Place (owned by the Elder family). She taught in both the Constructivist and Montessori Programs.