Founder, Director, and Lead Teacher
Katie became a Montessori enthusiast upon setting foot in a Montessori classroom. It was the search for a perfect preschool for her own child that led her directly to Montessori. After graduating from the University of Colorado with a Communications Degree and spending nearly a decade managing restaurants, she decided to attend the Montessori Education Center of the Rockies and become a certified Primary Teacher. Montessori was already her passion, and now she was trained to make it her career. Throughout the years, Katie served as President of the Parent Committee at Bergamo Academy Montessori in Denver, Colorado and coached youth soccer in
Denver area Montessori Schools. In 2012 she moved to Maui and began teaching. She has also run a successful private tutoring business here in Maui, where she taught a range of children ages 5-15 and ability levels ranging from general education to severe learning disabilities. Katie spent some time working within the Hawaii Public School system providing one on one support to disabled students. She now has realized her dream of opening a Montessori school in paradise!
Miss Joy went to Fisher College (a two year private college) in Boston, Massachusetts where she earned her degree in Early Childhood Education. During her time there she interned at Commonwealth Children's Center and Beacon Hill Nursery school. In 1997 she received a job at Wailuku Hongwanji Preschool where she taught as a teacher for 22 years managing a total of 62 children. Having that opportunity was a great experience and made her realize that she took the right direction in her career. Working with children is her passion and she loves to see the growth and development from each child from the beginning to the end. Miss Joy is a hard worker and always does her very her best to succeed! LMSM is extremely grateful for Miss Joy's hard work and dedication to the keiki!
Performing Arts Teacher
Monica Berney teaches Performing Arts at Little Monk Seal Montessori. Her weekly lessons include playful exercises and games in movement/dance, voice/singing, music, and acting. Monica also engages the children in theater production development by putting together skits and movement routines using props, costumes, and instruments. This process allows the kids to experience and appreciate the steps required to put together a performance. The goal of her course is to provide a safe and fun environment where the children can express themselves creatively through movement, music, and acting.
Monica has a Bachelors of Arts in Theatre from California State University at Long Beach, CA and a Masters of Science in Health Science from Long Island University in NY. She has performed in California with South Bay Civic Light Opera and California Repertory (Cal Rep), in Japan at the Ocean Dome theme park, and in Maui with Maui OnStage and MAPA.