MCS Staff

Administration

Erica Carpenter

Office Administrator

Christine Miro

Bookkeeper

Christina

Dieffenbach

Compliance Coordinator

Stepping Stones

Alice Hampton

Stepping Stones West Lead

Ms. Hampton has been at MCS for 20 years and 3 months! She guides the 1-year olds in the Toddler classroom and is affectionately called the”toddler whisperer.” Ms. Hampton holds an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education and her Montessori Infant/Toddler credential from CMTE/NC. In her spare time, she loves to sing, and play volleyball and ping pong. While at MCS, Ms. Hampton has been the Lead Teacher in both a one-year old and a two year-old classroom.


Lorrie Hall

Stepping Stones West

Assistant

Lillian Booysen

Stepping Stones

Assistant


Primary

Kelsey Keller

Primary East

Lead


Lauren Slater

Primary East

Assistant


Maegan Brusaw

Primary West

Lead

Mrs. Maegan Brusaw holds a B.S. in Healthcare Management from The University of Mount Olive and a M.Ed. in Montessori Integrative Learning- from Endicott College. She is certified by the American Montessori Society Montessori Primary Education. Mrs. Brusaw has been at MCS for 9 years. She spent 3 years as an Assistant in Stepping Stones 1 year as an Office Assistant and has been the lead Directress in Primary West for the past 5 years. Maegan is interested in pursuing Doctoral Studies in Montessori. She has four children, all of whom have been or are currently MCS students. In Maegan’s spare time, she enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with her family.


Kathy Pesquiera

Primary West

Assistant

Kathy Pesqueira is completing an Associates of Arts Degree, with an expected completion date of May 2020. She has completed the Trillium Assistant Training and holds a North Carolina Early Childhood Credential (NCECC 2016). She has been at MCS for 6 years and has been an after care lead in addition to a classroom assistant. Prior to coming to MCS, Kathy served as a Marine Corps Community Service (Family Childcare Provider) and a USAF Family Services (Family Childcare Provider). Kathy plans to obtain her Bachelor’s degree and to attend training to become a Montessori Directress. When she is not at school, Kathy enjoys cooking, baking, and spending quality time with her daughters and husband.


Sandra Smith

Primary South

Lead

Ms. Smith

Adriana Rodriguez

Primary South

Assistant

Mrs. Rodriguez has been at MCS for 6 years. She was previously a teacher assistant at Miss M’s NC Pre-K program. Mrs. Rodriguez is in the process of completing her Associate’s Degree after which she plans to do her Montessori training. She is the proud mother of two wonderful daughters and is very excited about soon becoming a grandmother. In her spare time, she loves to knit, crochet, and cross stitch.


Elementary

Joen Patton

Lower Elementary South

Lead

Mrs. Patton has been at MCS for two years. She began as an assistant in Primary East and was excited for the opportunity to do her Elementary training.

Jomari Pacheco Matos

Lower Elementary South

Assistant

My name is Jomari, I am originally from Puerto Rico but have been living in the US for over seventeen years and just recently got relocated back to Jacksonville NC on orders earlier this year. I have three daughters ages 16,11 and 7. Being a military wife has allowed me to travel and work in various states. My own children have inspired me to pursue a degree in Elementary and Special Education. I have worked professionally with children for over five years, and I am very passionate about what I do and hope to bring my experience and love for working with children to the MCS families.


Rachel Sauber

Lower Elementary North

Co-Lead


Erin Kinsella

Lower Elementary North

Co-Lead

Pierce Clawson

Upper Elementary

Lead

Nicole Velez

Upper Elementary Aftercare Coordinator

Teacher Assistant

Outdoor Education and After Care

Bob Patterson

Environmental Education

Lead

Mr. Patterson has been at MCS for 10 years, first as the Outdoor Education Assistant and most recently as the Lead. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Financial Management and a Master of Science in Parks, Recreation and Tourism. Mr. Patterson’s two older daughters attended MCS and his youngest daughter is a student in the Upper Elementary classroom. Bob enjoys kayaking, hiking and coaching basketball.


Kat Price

Primary After Care


Erica Santana

Lower Elementary North

Accredidation Coordinator

Ms. Santana and her family moved from New Jersey two years to join us at our school! Erica began her Montessori journey at Hamilton Park Montessori School in Jersey City, NJ. This is where her love for the Montessori method and elementary education began. She attended Princeton Center for Teacher Education to be trained as a lower elementary teacher. Then she taught at Apple Montessori School in Wayne, NJ. She also graduated from Montclair State University with a M.A.T. in Elementary Education K-6. She then moved on and taught at Hudson Montessori School in Jersey City, NJ and Montessori Country Day School in Plainsboro, NJ where she focused on creating curriculum and building up unique and diverse elementary programs. During this time, she also began writing language curriculums for ETC Montessori. She has presented at several conferences, written articles, and became a teacher trainer at local training centers. When she’s not working, Erica can be found spending time with her husband, Anthony, and her son, Leo. She loves to read, write stories and poetry, correct grammar, collect rocks and bones, and look at the stars.



Abigail Boeser

Primary After Care



Leslie Martinez

Primary After Care


Mrs. Leslie Martinez-Sandoval is excited to assist the Primary House this year at MCS. Originally from Florida, Leslie and her husband received orders to Jacksonville, NC two years ago. Mrs. Leslie has experience working with children in a childcare center and as a volunteer with her church’s Sunday school. She is pursuing an Associate degree in Early Childhood Education and is looking forward to completing the Trillium Montessori Teacher Assistant Course. In her spare time, she loves going to the beach, spending time with her husband, and trying new foods!