Meet our Directresses

Middletown Montessori School originated in 1990 with three dedicated teachers who strongly believe in the philosophy emphasized by Dr. Maria Montessori. The conversation started during a basketball game at Penncrest High School, where each expressed a desire to open a school that was academic but also caring, nurturing and loving.

Sharon Kukawski

Sharon Kukawski

Directress

Mrs. Sharon has a Masters as well as a B.S. in Early Childhood Education from Neumann University. She has  her Montessori Certification from Montessori Centre International and is an original founder of MMS.

Phyllis German

Phyllis German

Directress

Mrs. Phyllis has a B.S. in Early Childhood Education from Neumann University. She is one of the original founders of the school and is Montessori trained.

Barbara Waters

Barbara Waters

Directress

Mrs. Barbara has obtained her Masters and her B.S. in Early Childhood from Neumann University. She is one of the original founders of the school and has her Montessori Certification from Montessori Centre International.

Meet our Teachers

From the beginning, Middletown Montessori School has maintained the same dedicated staff of certified teachers who collectively have over 50 years experience using the Montessori method of education. MMS is affiliated with the Montessori Centre International in London, England.

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Susan Finan

Susan Finan

Administration

Susan is our Office Administrator at MMS.  She handles the day to day office needs, new family tours, registrations and school communications.  Susan has been a part of MMS for 2 years and is the daughter of Barbara Waters.  Susan graduated with a B.S. in Marketing from Saint Joseph’s University.

JoanAnne McLarnon

JoanAnne McLarnon

Pandaville/Poohville/Aftercare Program

Mrs. JoanAnne is an Assistant teacher and manages the Before and After School program.  She has worked in childcare for over 30 years and ran her own daycare.  She joined MMS in 2007 after her youngest daughter graduated from the school.

MaryNell Rounds

MaryNell Rounds

Cubville/Bearville

Mrs. MaryNell is an assistant teacher and has a B.A. degree in Mathematics from the College of Saint Benedict in Minnesota.  She was a substitute teacher and kindergarten aide before coming to MMS 6 years ago.  She is trained in the Montessori Method.

BrendaRose Simkin

BrendaRose Simkin

Music

Mrs. BrendaRose is a certified K-12 music teacher with a degree in Music Education from Temple University. She has been teaching music at MMS for 4 years.

Kathy Chominski

Kathy Chominski

Pandaville

Mrs. Kathy received her B.S. from Neumann University, an Associates in Early Childhood Education from D.C.C.C. and her Montessori International Teaching Diploma from the North American Montessori Center.  She has been with MMS for 11 years.   

Renee Wychozowycz

Renee Wychozowycz

Cubville

 Mrs. Renee is trained in the Montessori Method.  She has been teaching at MMS for 4 years.  Renee is certified through Dance Educators of America.  She loves to incorporate movement and music in her classroom as a way to strengthen large motor skills and enhance their love of the arts.   

Danielle DiCristino

Danielle DiCristino

Poohville

Karla Sosa

Karla Sosa

Spanish

Mrs. Karla is the kindergarten Spanish teacher.  She works at other schools in the area and is an interpreter for The Arc of Chester County.  This is Karla’s third year teaching at MMS.

Diana DiFiore

Diana DiFiore

Pandaville/Bearville/After Care Program

Mrs. Diana is an assistant teacher and also cares for the students in our After School Program.  She began working for the Penn Delco School District as an assistant in their kindergarten special education class and found her way to MMS in 2009.  She is trained in the Montessori Method.

Valerie Tallarida

Valerie Tallarida

Cubville

Mrs. Valerie is an assistant teacher and has been a part of MMS for 3 years.  She graduated from Temple University with a Bachelor Degree from the Fox School of Business and has been trained in the Montessori Method.

Kristin Blair

Kristin Blair

Bearville

Mrs. Kristin has a degree in Elementary Education and Special Education from Millersville University.  Kristin taught Kindergarten and First Grade for 25 years in Brandywine School District.  Kristin has been with MMS for 3 years and is trained in the Montessori philosophy.                  

Nancy Wooding

Nancy Wooding

After Care/Pandaville

Mrs. Nancy has a B.S. in Elementary Education from West Chester State University and is trained in the Montessori Method.  Nancy has been with MMS for over 4 years.  She has worked in management positions and as a literacy interventionist.  

Katey Carlis

Katey Carlis

Art Teacher

Mrs. Katey has a B.S. in Fine Arts from Haverford College.  Katie has taught art to our kindergarten class since 2014.  She has been a parent at the school since 2009.  She provides the children an opportunity to learn and practice skills so they can feel confident in their ability to express themselves visually.