Faculty and Staff


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Mrs. Meredith Le Grand, M.Ed.

Co-Head of School, Academic

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Mr. Thomas Le Grand

Co-Head of School, Business

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Mrs. Leslie Montague

Director of Admission

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Ms. Joan Marie Parasine

School Founder

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Mrs. Ivy Moore, LPN

School Health Coordinator

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Ms. Kaitlyn Giblin

Communications & Administrative Assistant

Mrs. Knoke's Class

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Mrs. Amanda Knoke

Pre-Primary (Toddler) Teacher

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Mrs. Manjula Patel

Assistant - Mrs. Knoke

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Mrs. Jeannette Yanes

Pre-Primary Intern Teacher/Extended Day & Aftercare

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Mrs. Margarita Ibarra

Assistant - Mrs. Knoke

Miss Rucker's Class

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Miss Carolyn Rucker

Primary Teacher

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Mrs. Sadia Ahmad

Assistant - Miss Rucker

Mrs. Evers' Class

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Mrs. Laura Evers

Primary Teacher

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Mrs. Maria Benincasa

Assistant - Mrs. Evers

Ms. Silverman's Class

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Ms. Coleen Silverman

Primary Teacher

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Ms. Sara Bjerde

Assistant - Ms. Silverman

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Ms. Wei Lu

Primary Intern - Ms. Silverman

Mrs. Vaz's Class

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Mrs. Avan Vaz

Primary Teacher

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Miss Jennifer Kiess

Intern and Assistant - Mrs. Vaz

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Mrs. Riffat Malik

Assistant - Mrs. Vaz, and Peace Teacher

Mrs. Fremming's and Ms. Church's Class

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Mrs. Megan Fremming

Primary Teacher

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Ms. Sarah Roberts

Primary Teacher

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Mrs. Tammy Gikakis

Assistant - Mrs. Fremming

Ms. Carter-Nanian and Ms. Mulhall's Class

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Ms. Caitlyn Carter-Nanian

Lower Elementary Teacher

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Ms. Sara Mulhall

Lower Elementary Teacher

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Mrs. Sarah Grocock

Assistant - Ms. Carter-Nanian and Ms. Mulhall

Ms. McCusker's and Ms. Cardosi's Class

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Ms. Calesse Cardosi

Lower Elementary Teacher

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Ms. Cherie Young

Assistant - Ms. McCusker and Ms. Cardosi


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Ms. Nina Gibson

Music and Drama Teacher- Upper Elementary

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Ms. Karen Di Dio


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Mrs. Jaimie Galbreath, M.Ed.

Science Teacher

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Janet Lee Ph.D.

Technology Teacher

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Mrs. Nayana Talsania

Science Lab Assistant

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Mrs. Monica Granovsky

Spanish Teacher

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Ms. Laura Cian

Music and Spanish Teacher

Mr. McCracken's and Mrs. Farruggio's Class

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Mrs. Patricia Farruggio

Upper Elementary Teacher

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Mrs. Heather Smith

Assistant - Mr. McCracken and Mrs. Farruggio

Bus Drivers

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Mr. James Brantley

Bus Driver

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Mr. Hyo Kyu Pak

Bus Driver

Extended Day and Aftercare

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Miss Zeynep Biron

Assistant - Mrs. Nelson

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Ms. Anne Nelson

Extended Day/Aftercare Coordinator and Lead Teacher

Primary art

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Karen Graham

Art Enrichment teacher

The Montessori School of McLean has a highly trained, world-class faculty and staff! All of our classrooms have at least one Montessori trained teacher (Elementary has two), all teachers have a minimum of a Bachelors Degree, a few have Masters Degrees, and several more are currently pursuing a Masters. Our Enrichment teachers all have a degree or certification in the area in which they teach, and several of our classroom assistants are pursuing or already have a Montessori certification. Among our 52 faculty and staff members, there are at least 15 world languages spoken, creating a wonderfully diverse experience for our school. Most importantly, our faculty and staff share a passion for education and strive to make the world a better place through their work with young children!