Our Teachers

Our dedicated, qualified, Director and full time teachers are Montessori trained and have worked at the school for 4 – 26 years. They are nurturing, encourage creativity, and teach each child to progress at their own individual pace. They are CPR and First Aid certified. We offer regular Teacher/Parent conferences.

Karen

MS. KAREN
Owner

Welcome and thank you for your interest in the Montessori School of Agoura. The school was founded in 1979, and we are proud to be a well-respected part of the community. 

Please meet our wonderful, nurturing, long-serving staff dedicated to giving your child the best preschool and Kindergarten experience.

I have loved being a preschool teacher and a director for over 25 years and delight in the joy young children bring to each day.

In 2007, I was delighted to become the owner and director of MSA when the founder, Mrs. Ann Culhane, retired.

I enjoy spending time with my husband of 43 years, our 3 adult children, and 3 grandchildren. In my spare time, I like to garden, visit botanical gardens, walk on nature trails or the beach, attend concerts and read.

I’ve been in preschool education for 21 years. I enjoy watching the wonder in children’s eyes when making new discoveries and the joy on their faces when completing a challenging task on their own for the first time. I was at Montessori School of Agoura briefly from September 2010 – March 2011, then returned in January 2016. I’m a mom to 4 adult sons, 2 daughters-in-law, a boxer/Labrador mix named “Beau”, and a nana to 3 grandchildren. Some of my favorite things: Studying the bible, coffee, spaghetti, a baby’s belly laugh, Hallmark Christmas movies, the color blue, carnations, sweater weather, a scenic walking trail, and a leisurely drive on a sunny day.

MsDebbie

MS. DEBBIE 
Director

Our Teachers

Andrea Clark

Ms. Andrea

I have been a part of Montessori School of Agoura for a total of 15 years. I started here as a parent when my children came through here as students starting at age 3. My eldest just started college and my youngest just started high school! I love spending time outdoors on little nature walks and being a fur-mom to my three rescued bunnies. I enjoy being a preschool teacher because my own children are (mostly) independent and I miss feeling *needed*. Working with little ones bring a smile to each day.

Britney

Ms. Britney

My name is Ms. Britney. I enjoy traveling to new places and I enjoy hiking. I graduated with a bachelor's degree from University of California at Channel Islands in 2019. I joined MSA in 2017. I have been fortunate to be teaching at an amazing school that has a nurturing, loving environment where children can learn and experience new challenges. I look forward to continuing to have a positive impact on the children's growth and to experience new discoveries with an amazing team of teachers.

Claudia

Ms. Claudia

I am Ms. Claudia, mother of two college students. I enjoy swimming and long walks, quiet time and books. I've been a teacher for 17 years, 6 of these in a Montesori program. Montessori School of Agoura has been my second home since 2016. Every time I see the children work on their own in any kind of activity, I realize the purpose of being a teacher, "the child's conquest of independence begins at birth, we adults are here to guide them." Dr Maria Montessori

Terri

Ms. Terri

I have been teaching at Montessori School of Agoura for 15 years. I received my training from North America Montessori Center. I really enjoy gardening with the children. We have grown corn, sunflowers, watermelon, carrots and herbs in our garden boxes. In my free time, I enjoy cycling and walks on the beach.

Diane

Ms. DIane

Hi, my name is Ms. Diane. I, along with Buster Bones, our classroom mascot, have been a part of the Montessori School of Agoura family for over 20 years teaching in Room 3. I have also had the privilege of caring for the school pets and sharing my love of music; accompanying our musical performances on the piano as well as leading music classes. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, taking care of animals, going for walks, and meditation. A few of my other favorite things are:
Color: green and purple
Book: anything written by Mo Willems
Food: Cheese & Apples
Animals: Sea Otters, , Cranes
Fun Fact: When I was in preschool, my favorite activities were building blocks, painting, riding trikes and playing on the swings. I cannot wait to meet you and find out what your favorite things are!

Julie

Ms. Julie

Hi, I'm Ms. Julie. I've been working at Montessori School of Agoura for 25 years. I received my Montessori certification from Cal State San Marcos, for preschool/kindergarten (ages 2 1/2 - 6) and lower elementary (ages 6-9). I also attained my B.A in Deaf Studies from Cal State Northridge. I have been teaching American Sign language to our school children for the last 12 years. I have been married for over 20 years and have 4 children, all of whom attended MSA.

The Role of the Teacher

The function of the teacher in a Montessori classroom differs considerably from that of the traditional teacher, hence, Dr. Montessori used the term “Directress.” The directress brings children into contact with the world in which they live and the tools by which they learn to cope with the world. She is, first of all, a very keen observer of the individual interests and needs of each child; her daily plan proceeds from her observations rather than from a prepared curriculum. She demonstrates the correct use of materials as they are individually chosen by the children, carefully watches the progress and keeps a record of their work. Individual children’s total development as well as their progress toward self-discipline is carefully guided by the directress, who prepares the environment, directs the activities, and offers each child enticement and stimulation. The mutual respect of the student and the teacher-guide is the most important factor in this process.