Our Trained Staff
Melissa Beaty, Lead Teacher
Melissa (pictured on right) has been involved with Montessori classrooms for more than 20 years and has been with the Montessori Children's House of Sycamore and DeKalb since its inception. After earning a B.S. in Early Childhood Studies, she then earned her Primary (ages 3-6) Montessori Teaching Certificate from the Ohio Montessori Training Institute (recognized by the Association Montessori International). Melissa resides in Sycamore with her husband and their two children.
Robin Bothe, Head of School
Robin (pictured in the middle) has been involved with Montessori for more than eight years. She holds her Montessori Administrator Certificate (recognized by the American Montessori Society) and trained at Seton Montessori Institute. Robin also holds a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Teaching. She worked for many years in marketing and communications for a multinational company and is a former public school Kindergarten teacher. Robin and her family live in DeKalb.
Mary Haka, Assistant Teacher
Mary (pictured on left) has been working and teaching in a Montessori environment for more than 20 years now. She received her Early Childhood Certificate (ages 3-6) from the Midwest Montessori Teacher Training Institute, which is recognized by the American Montessori Society. Mary lives in Sycamore with her husband, and they have three grown children.