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 twentieth year with us; she is the Kindergarten teacher in the morning and works with the youngest group in the afternoon. Two of her children graduated from The Child’s Place.

Mina Patel, American Montessori Society (3-6) Certification, Greater Cincinnati Center for Montessori Education. She has a BBA (Accounting and Marketing), University of Texas. This is Mina’s eleventh year teaching at MAC. She will be responsible for the Kindergarten group in the afternoon class. She was also a MAC parent for eight years.

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

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

Ellen Koenig, B.S. (Montessori Education), Xavier University. Ellen holds an American Montessori Society (3-6) Certification, Ohio Certification PreK-3, and Orton-Gillingham initial level certification. 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 youngest group in the morning (while Laura Shary is away).  Ellen also has a child at MAC.

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 eighteenth 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 the Kindergarten teacher and mother of a child who graduated from The Child’s Place.

Amy Hruschak, M. Ed. (Montessori), Xavier University, American Montessori Society (3-6) Certification, Ohio Certification PreK-3, and BA (Journalism), Kent State University. Amy came to us with experience teaching at Montessori schools in the area. This is her sixth year on our staff, and she is responsible for the middle group in the morning class. She also has a child at MAC.

Nina Rubin, AMS Montessori Teaching Certification (3-6), Greater Cincinnati Center for Montessori Ed. This is Nina’s ninth 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 with the youngest group of students in a Preprimary (3-6) classroom in the afternoon. Nina also has a child at MAC.

Jenny Simpson, Montessori Teaching Certification (3-6), Greater Cincinnati Center for Montessori Education. Jenny started as an involved MAC parent and volunteer for many years.  Her two children are MAC graduates.  This is her fourth official year as a member of the staff.  Last year, she was the Lead Teacher in Preprimary Extended Care.  This year Jenny will teach the youngest group in Preprimary Classroom II AM.

Andi Sferra, BS (Montessori Education), Xavier University. Andi started at MAC as a three-year-old student and re-joined our school as a summer camp teacher in 2013. She has worked as a sub in the Montessori rooms and as a member of our afternoon Preprimary Extended Care staff. She now works with the Transitional Preschool students in the morning and in Preprimary Classroom II 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 thirteenth year teaching with us.

Caron Smith, Bachelor of Science in Business, Miami University. Caron comes to us with experience working in finance, retail, and athletics. This is her first year working at MAC.  Caron has always wanted her work to focus on supporting children, and she is eager for this opportunity in a school setting.  She will be the assistant in Kindergarten Enrichment.

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