Our Trained Staff


Melissa Beaty, Head of School and Lead Teacher

Melissa 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.

Allie Rowland, Assistant Teacher

Allie has extensive experience working with young children. She earned her B.A. in Psychology with an emphasis in children from Northern Illinois University. Allie lives in Sycamore with her husband and their three children -- all of whom are past or current Montessori students.

Mary Haka, Substitute Teacher

Mary earned her Early Childhood certification through the American Montessori Society and worked in a Montessori environment for more than 20 years. She recently retired from her position as our Assistant Teacher. Mary and her husband reside in Sycamore.