Teachers/Staff

 

 

Mrs. Kelly Adams

Classroom: AM Preschool

Mrs. Adams began teaching at MCH in 1999.

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Kelly holds a degree in business from AIB and has attended Montessori workshops and study groups. She is also certified in First Aid, CPR, Universal Precautions and Mandatory Reporting.

Mrs. Sharon Campbell

Classroom: Art

Mrs. Campbell began working at MCH in 2018.

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Sharon received her BFA at Drake and Masters Degree in Art at Iowa State University.  She taught elementary art in the Des Moines school system for 27 yrs after teaching in a preschool setting.  She is certified in First Aid, CPR, Universal Precautions, and Mandatory Reporting.

Mrs. Connie Allen

Classroom: Full Day Preschool

Mrs. Allen began teaching at MCH in 1981.

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Connie received her B.S. in Elementary Education from Iowa State University and earned her Montessori Early Childhood International Diploma. She is certified in First Aid, CPR, Universal Precautions and Mandatory Reporting.

Mrs. Liz Brennan

Classroom: Full Day Preschool

Mrs. Brennan began her career at MCH in 2004.

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Liz attended St. Olaf College and received a B.A. in French.She also attended the University of Iowa and received an Elementary Education Teaching Certificate with an E.S.L. endorsement. Liz has completed her Montessori certification and her International Diploma and is a AMS and NAMTA member. She is certified in First Aid, CPR, Universal Precautions, and Mandatory Reporting.

Mrs. Jo Cade

Classroom: Full Day Early Preschool

Mrs. Cade began her career at MCH in 2016.

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Jo is originally from England where she earned a Teaching Degree in Primary Education with honors.  She has 23 years of primary teaching and owned and ran her own preschool in England.  Jo is certified in First Aid, CPR, Universal Precautions and Mandatory Reporting.

Mrs. Juliann Cline

Classroom: Full Day Preschool

Mrs. Cline began teaching at MCH in 2008.

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Juliann received her B.S. in Elementary Education with a Reading Endorsement from Iowa State University. She is certified in First Aid, CPR, Universal Precautions and Mandatory Reporting.

Mrs. Julie Correa

Classroom: Half Day Early Preschool

Mrs. Correa began her career at MCH in 2016.

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Julie holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English with minors in Home Economics and Journalism from the University of Northern Iowa.  Julie holds a State of Iowa Sub Authorization Certificate and is certified in First Aid, CPR, Universal Precautions and Mandatory Reporting.

 

Mrs. Rebecca Evans

Classroom: Full Day Preschool

Mrs. Evans began working at MCH in 2017.

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Rebecca earned a BA Degree in Christian Education from Nebraska Christian College.  She also has classroom management training with Envoy, Love and Logic and Lee Canter.  She is currently teaching in the 3-6 year old full day classroom.  She is certified in First Aid, CPR, Universal Precautions and Mandatory Reporting.

Mrs. Helen Kirby

Classroom: 5-7 Full Day

Mrs. Kirby began teaching at MCH in 2001.

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Helen earned a B.S. degree in Elementary Education from Louisiana State University, her state of Iowa K-6 certification, her Montessori certification for the 3-6 year old age group and her International Diploma. She is also certified in First Aid, CPR, Universal Precautions, and Mandatory Reporting.

Mrs. Kelley Kramer

Classroom: AM Preschool

Mrs. Kramer began teaching at MCH in 2008.

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Kelley received a degree in PR/Marketing from UNI.  She has completed her Montessori certification.  She is also certified in First Aid, CPR, Universal Precautions and Mandatory Reporting.

 

Mrs. Rini Kumar

Head Directress

Shyamli (Rini) Kumar started working at MCH in 2002. She taught in the 3 to 6 classroom from 2002 to 2007 before she took over the responsibilities of the Head Directress in the summer of 2007.

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Mrs. Kumar has a Bachelor of Arts in English and Psychology and an Early Childhood Montessori Certification from MCI. She is also a certified teacher trainer for Montessori Centre International. She is a member of American Montessori Society (AMS), International Montessori Council (IMC) and the North American Teachers’ Association (NAMTA). Mrs. Kumar is certified in First Aid, Universal Precautions and Mandatory Reporter  and holds the adult, infant, child CPR and choking certificate.

Mrs. Iveth Mehta

Classroom: Spanish Immersion

Mrs. Mehta began teaching at MCH in 2013.

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Iveth earned her B.A. degree in Business Administrations at William Penn University and her Associate Applied Science at Oklahoma Wesleyan University/ Georgetown University. She is certified in First Aid, CPR, Universal Precautions and Mandatory Reporting.

Mrs. Tammy Miller

Classroom: AM/PM Preschool

Mrs. Miller began teaching at MCH in 2009.

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Tammy received her B.A. degree in Childhood Education from Iowa State University and has also earned her Montessori International diploma. She is an instructor for the Red Cross and a U.S. Synchronized Swimming coach. She is also certified in First Aid, CPR, Universal Precautions, and Mandatory Reporting.

Mrs. Gigi Mireault

Classroom: Full Day Early Preschool

Mrs. Mireault began working at MCH in 2017.

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Gigi received her BA Degree from St. Catherine University in St. Paul.  She ran her own child care center for 20 years and most recently came to MCH from the West Des Moines School District.  She is also certified in First Aid, CPR, Universal Precautions and Mandatory Reporting.

Mrs. Krys Purscell

Administrative Assistant

Mrs. Purscell began working at MCH in 2018.

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Krys received her BA in Human Services from Grand View University.  She is certified in CBIS- Certified Brain Injury Specialist, First Aid, CPR, Universal Precautions, and Mandatory Reporting.

Mrs. Dawn Rafferty

Classroom: Half Day Early Preschool

Mrs. Rafferty began teaching at MCH in 2008.

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Dawn received her B.A. degree in Communication with an emphasis in Broadcast Journalism at Iowa State University. She is certified in First Aid, CPR, Universal Precautions, and Mandatory Reporting.

Ms. Jodie Scott

Classroom: Full Day Preschool

Ms. Scott began teaching at MCH in 2000.

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Jodie earned her degree in child development from the Iowa Western Community College and minored in Sign Language Interpreting. She has completed her Montessori certification and her International Diploma in Montessori Pedagogy. She is also certified in First Aid, CPR, Universal Precautions, and Mandatory Reporting.

Mrs. Sandy Sheldon

Classroom: Full Day Preschool

Mrs. Sheldon began teaching at MCH in 1979.

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Sandy received her B.A. in Elementary Education from Simpson College and her 3-6 year old Montessori certification from St. Nicholas.  Sandy  is certified in First Aid, CPR, Universal Precautions and Mandatory Reporting.

Mrs. Pam Sotelo

Classroom: Spanish Immersion

Mrs. Sotelo began teaching at MCH in 2008.

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Pam earned her degree in Early Childhood Education from Universidad Pedagogica Nacional, Chihuahua Mexico. Pam completed her Montessori training at “Centro de Capacitacion Montesorri” in Chihuahua, Mexico. She is also a member of the Montessori foundation. She is certified in First Aid, CPR, Universal Precautions and Mandatory Reporting.

Mrs. Denise Springer

Business Manager

Mrs. Springer began working at MCH in 2006.

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Denise is also the Treasurer on the MCH Board.  She pursued a degree in child development and accounting at Iowa State University and Drake University.  She is certified in First Aid, infant, child and adult CPR, Universal Precautions, and Mandatory Reporting.

 

Mrs. Natalie Steenson

Classroom: Music

Mrs. Steenson began teaching at MCH in the fall of 2013.

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Natalie received her B.A. in music and religion with a minor in psychology from Coe College. She has taught early childhood music for over 18 years and currently teaches with Iowa Youth Chorus( IYC) “Beginnings!” early childhood music program. Natalie also directs IYC’s Primary Choir for 6 and 7 year olds and IYC’s Children’s Choir for 8-10 year olds. She is a rostered artist with Cultureall and Des Moines Metro Arts Alleciance presenting music, movement and musical storytelling workshops for children and adults. Natalie teaches age-appropriate music classes once a week for all the children at MCH. She has been trained as an early childhood music educator and continually seeks to take professional training through seminars, classes and books. She is also certified in First Aid, CPR, Universal Precautions and Mandatory Reporting.

Mrs. Teresa Sutton

Classroom: Full Day Preschool

Mrs. Sutton began teaching at MCH in 2001.

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Teresa attended Des Moines Area Community College. She also received her education through Montessori Centre International where she earned her International Diploma in Montessori Pedagogy.   She is certified in First Aid, CPR, Universal Precautions, and Mandatory Reporting.

Mrs. Paula Swift

Classroom: 5-7 Full Day

Mrs. Swift began working at MCH in 2016.

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Paula received her BS in Elementary Education with an emphasis in math.  She also received her Masters in Effective Teaching at Drake University.  She specializes in math, reading and has prior experience supervising student teachers.  She is certified in First Aid, CPR, Universal Precautions, and Mandatory Reporting.

Mrs. Brenda Toth

Classroom: Full Day Early Preschool

Mrs. Toth began teaching at MCH in 2006.

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Brenda received a B.S. in Elementary Education from Kent State University, an ESL endorsement from UNLV, and a M.A. in Education Administration and Supervision from the University of Phoenix. She received her early childhood certificate for ages birth – 6 years and up.  Brenda also obtained her Montessori International Diploma. Brenda is also certified in First Aid, CPR, Universal Precautions and Mandatory Reporting.

Mrs. Monique Van Der Heijden

Classroom: AM/PM Preschool

Mrs. Van Der Heijden began working at MCH in 2017.

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Monique was born and raised in the Netherlands where she attended Wageningen University and graduated with a Master’s Degree in Household and Consumer Sciences.  She came to Des Moines about four years ago.  She previously worked as a project manager, consultant and substitute teacher.   Monique is certified in courses:  Right to Know, Bloodborne Pathogens, Overview of State Requirements Regarding Seclusion and Restraint: Chapter 103, Mandatory Reporter: Child and Dependent Adult Abuse.  She is certified in First Aid, CPR, Universal Precautions, and Mandatory Reporting.