Kyung is the director at Children’s House, and she has worked here for over 15 years. She moved to Columbia with her husband, who earned his doctorate in Economics from the University of Missouri. She began her teaching career in Seoul, Korea where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. Kyung received her Montessori Certification in 2000 and was honored with Columbia Home and Lifestyle magazine’s Teaching Award in 2008.
In 1999, Kyung decided that she wanted more experience with American style classroom education in the hopes that upon a return to Korean, she could blend the two very different styles of educating into something new. She visited nearly every school in Columbia, but fell in love with Children’s House. After volunteering at the school for a year, she felt confident that Montessori education was right for her. Soon after, Kyung earned her Montessori Teaching Certification through St. Louis University at MOMTEP.
In an unexpected way, Kyung was able to blend the two styles like she’d envisioned. However, instead of bringing the American teaching style to Korea, she brought some of the Korean traditions to Children’s House. About her experiences in education, Kyung says,
“Working with children is my life’s mission and passion. Being a mother and Montessori teacher has given me special insight into my role as director of Children’s House. I want for the children here at Children’s House the same things that I want for my own children: to reach their full potential and succeed.”
Sarah is relatively new to the Children’s House Staff, but has been teaching for twenty years with preschool, elementary and middle school students. She teaches our Kindergarten class. Growing up in northeast Missouri, she came “south” to attend the University of Missouri – Columbia where she earned her bachelor’s in education degree and later her master’s in education degree from William Woods University. She fell in love with Columbia and has been blessed to spend her professional years here. Sarah’s favorite thing to do is hang out with family and friends. She also enjoys spoiling her nieces and nephews, cheering on the Mizzou Tigers and reading.
Amanda is the lead teacher in the upstairs Yellow Building. She has worked at Children’s House since 2011 and received her American Montessori Society certification in 2013. Amanda has her Bachelor degree in English from the University of Missouri-Columbia and, prior to working at Children’s House, she specialized in animals and pet care. Amanda enjoys reading, writing, playing the piano and spending time with her husband and daughter.
Rebecca moved to Columbia from her hometown in western Kentucky in 2001 and began working at Children’s House as a teacher’s assistant that same year. Currently, she is the lead teacher for our Red Up classroom. Rebecca has a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with focus areas of English, Communications, and Sociology from the University of Missouri. In 2007, she received AMS Montessori Teacher Certification from MOMTEP. Rebecca is thankful to teach at a wonderful school where she works to create an environment that embodies Maria Montessori’s ideals of education and peace.
Brooke was born and raised in Columbia, MO. She graduated from Hickman High School in 2008. Children’s House has opened her eyes to how children should be taught, and she leads our Red Down classroom. She feels that the most important lessons taught are manners, social skills and how to interact with and respect adults. If children gain these skills, they will succeed in everything they do in the future. Brooke is currently training to be a certified Montessori teacher. She will graduate from Columbia College in the Fall of 2016 with a B.A. in General Studies with a double minor in Psychology and Sociology.
Kelsey hasn’t been away from a Montessori Classroom since 2006. While studying interdisciplinary studies (social justice/women’s and gender studies/psychology) at Mizzou, she started in a class of two-year-olds. Six years and two Montessori schools later, she found her home at Children’s House. Her foundational trainings and experiences are with children from birth to six years of age. However, her certification is for birth to age three. She is in love with this alternative form of education and practices it, daily, in her own life. Kelsey and her partner have two children, Lannis and Liam. Both have been raised with the Montessori methodology since birth. Besides the Montessori philosophy, Kelsey is also passionate about music, “Momma Earth”, and the Peaceful Parenting approach. She believes some of the most important activism lies with instilling peace within future generations. Kelsey shares her classroom of future peacemakers with her friend of 20 years, Sara Comiskey. She loves to spread awareness of the Montessori method and is always happy to discuss it.
Sara is the assistant lead in the Yellow Down room. She has worked in Montessori schools for over 8 years. She received her birth through age three Montessori training in 2007. She has her associates in Early Childhood from Moberly Area Community College and is currently finishing her family studies degree at the University of Missouri. In her spare time, she enjoys hanging out with her family and the children for whom she is a nanny. Moes, her dog, is also a large part of her life; he can be found at school from time to time. Sara looks forward to finishing her degree, and continuing to learn and observe the Montessori philosophy.
Andrea is the assistant teacher in the Red Up classroom. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University in Psychology with an emphasis on Child Development. Andrea moved to Columbia from Michigan where she grew up and worked as a nanny for five years. Andrea enjoys cooking, knitting, and hiking and camping with her husband and two dogs.
Lindsay is the assistant teacher in the Red Down classroom. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Truman State University in 2008. She is currently writing her thesis on educational assessment for her Master of Science from Western Illinois University where she also holds a Post Baccalaureate certificate. She lives with her husband, Doug, in Columbia with their 2 dogs Milo and Alex, a cat named Tasha and a conure, Charlie. In her free time, Lindsay manages her photography business, enjoys bike rides, crafting, gardening and taking kayaking trips with Doug.
Katy is the assistant lead in the Yellow Up classroom. She has been working in the early childhood field for over 6 years. Katy is from Columbia, and studies at MACC. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, all of whom live extremely close to her, and she enjoys reading. She looks forward to getting her Montessori training.
Our chef, Sujan, has three children, who bring much joy to her life. She has over 5 years of professional cooking experience and owned a catering and carry-out restaurant called “Mom’s Kitchen” before coming to work at Children’s House. On many afternoons, she can be found perusing the produce aisles at our natural market; it’s one of her favorite things to do. Children’s House has been curating its menu for 40 years, but Sujan integrates unique selections drawn from her own kitchen experiences.