meet the staff
Mr. Phil & Ms. Linda
Phil and Linda Steck are the Founders and Executive Directors of Christots Montessori School. They oversee all programs to ensure the high standards of Christots are met.
Ms. Bethany is Administrative Director and been with Christots Montessori School since June 2012. She has been in the Montessori environment since 2008 and worked with children for over 15 years. Coordinates and organizes parent involvement which is very important in our school. Ms. Bethany has a B.S. in psychology and Family Studies. Ms. Bethany has her teacher certification through Christian Montessori International and in August 2015 received completion of Montessori School Management classes. "I love that our students get to have a unique nature experience inside the city of Shawnee."
Ms. Chitra completed Montessori Certification in 2013 through MEPI. Ms. Chitra worked at Child Prodigy for 4 years as the director of the infant program before coming to Christots. She got a degree in India in psychology/literature and holds a certificate in business and computer technology.
Ms. Susan holds her early education degree at Johnson County Community College and an Atrium certificate from Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Ms. Susan is trained in the Montessori Atrium through the Holy Trinity . She has worked at Christots since 2010. "I am pleased that Montessori education can reach a child no matter what their level."
Ms. Andrea has worked with children for over 12 years. She has worked for Christots as a teacher assistant and substitute since April 2013. August 2015 she became the Toddler Assistant. You can always count on Ms. Andrea to greet you with her glowing smile and bubbly personality.
Ms. Laverne has been our trusty substitute since 2001. She is a Johnson County Master Gardener and we enjoy all the expertise she brings to help us in our gardens every year. She received her Montessori training in the 80's when she was working at Children's Village Montessori.
Ms. Bridgette grew up in the Montessori environment here at Christots from preschool to 1st grade. She started out as an afternoon teaching assistant in 2010 in August 2013 moved into the position of full time teacher assistant as she began her Montessori certification through AMS. In 2015 she received her certification and became a Lead Teacher for our Primary School. Ms. Bridgette also serves as the Program Director to help our teachers ensure their classrooms have the prepared environment. “My favorite part of Montessori is the calm and peaceful atmosphere of the classroom. Through this you see the child’s full potential.”
Ms. Julia has worked in Early Childhood Education for 18 years, 9 of those years have been in the Montessori environment. Julia has worked for Christots since 2007 off and on and in August of 2015 became the Lead Toddler Teacher. "I enjoy teaching the little ones that they can do it all by themselves. I love nature and going on nature walks with the little ones."
Ms. Karlyn joined Christots in November as a new Kansas City resident. She has 27 years of experience in the Montessori environment with her certification through AMS. Karlyn enjoys spending time outside, antique hunting and getting together with family. One of her favorite quotes by Maria Montessori is, "The greatest sign of success for a teacher...is to be able to say, 'The children are now working as if I did not exist.' "
Ms. Danielle is one of our hard working afternoon teacher assistants since August 2015. She has her B.A. in Classics with a minor in English, and has over 10 years experience working with children. "I love story time with the kids. I especially love to watch the older children read to their friends."
Ms. Veronica earned her Montessori certification in 2009 and studied Child Development from 2010-2012. In July of 2013, she earned her Center Program Director Certification through KDHE and ran her own program, House of Halos Montessori from 2009 to 2015. This is her second time working here with us. We are excited to have her back as a part of our team!
Ms. Cece is our school's chef. We are blessed to have her a part of our staff since 2002. Ms. Cece works hard to plan our menus and prepare our nutritious meals daily. She also enjoys being a hands on support for our school garden and planning out what will grow throughout the season.