Early Childhood & Kindergarten

Early Childhood, 3-4 year olds: Monday-Friday  8:30-12:00

Kindergarten: Monday-Friday 8:30-2:30

Our Early Childhood and Kindergarten programs are open to children ages 3-6 years with a 5-Day Option only.  
Explore our Extended Care page to learn more about our After School Care program, offered until as late as 6:00pm daily.  

Children at this stage learn through exploration and discovery using all five senses. Through the joy of discovery, the children develop practical skills to build independence, hone observation, and further early language and math abilities. Children in Kindergarten participate in their mixed age classroom with three- and four-year-olds in the morning, then enjoy lunch together and spend the afternoon in focused instruction and exploration.

See what recent alumni enjoyed most about their experience in MCHD’s Early Childhood program.

    Early Childhood & Kindergarten

  • Lisa Tate

    Early Childhood and Kindergarten Teacher

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    We welcomed Lisa Wallace Tate back to MCHD in 2012. Lisa began her Montessori career as an Assistant Teacher with us in 1991. She went on to get her Teaching Certificate, do her internship here, and then taught as a Teacher from 1996 until 2002. She left to pursue her dream of opening her own Montessori school with a farm and environmental education emphasis. During that time she also taught at the North Carolina Montessori teacher training program for 14 years. With her return to MCHD, Lisa brings with her a boundless energy, a deep commitment to fostering the love of nature in children, and her talent as a photographer.

  • Betsy Evans

    Early Childhood and Kindergarten Teacher

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    Betsy joined the MCHD community in 2015 with over 20 years experience working with children. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Communications/Media with a concentration in photography from Fitchburg State University. While working in NYC as a photographer’s assistant, she volunteered in a daycare that served low-income single mothers in New Jersey. She soon realized that working with children was where her heart was and changed career paths. Betsy worked in traditional preschools in Austin and Chapel Hill for 13 years before discovering Montessori. She received her Early Childhood Credential (AMS) through the Montessori Institute – New England and was an Early Childhood Co-Lead Teacher at the Newburyport Montessori School in Newburyport, MA. Betsy recently moved back to Chapel Hill with her husband and two children, Nora and Tallulah, both Montessori alumni and has started taking pottery and sewing classes. She loves spending time with friends and family, swimming, thrift shopping, cooking, and eating!

  • Jody Berry

    Early Childhood and Kindergarten Teacher

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    Jody is thankful and excited to be welcomed into the MCHD Community. She has worked with young children through arts enrichment programming with the North Carolina Partnership for Children as well as directing Music Together Programs in Wilmington and Cary, NC. She first became interested in the Montessori philosophy when her oldest daughter attended a Montessori Children’s House in Wilmington, NC. She loved the gifts of beauty, simplicity, peacefulness and freedom the Montessori environment offered and wanted to be a part of it. Jody served as an assistant at the school for three years before moving with her family to Cary in 2012.

    Jody received her Montessori Teacher Certification from The Center for Montessori Training and Education NC in 2013 and has been a Montessori lead teacher for three years in Cary before joining our Early Childhood Program at MCHD in 2016. Jody is currently pursuing dual licensure in Elementary and Special Education at Peace University in Raleigh, NC. Jody lives in Cary with her husband Jeff and her two children Lucy and Levi where she enjoys gardening, painting and spending time with friends and family.

  • Julie Throckmorton

    Early Childhood Assistant Teacher

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    Julie became part of the MCHD community in 2003 when her oldest daughter, Sarah, began attending the Extended Day (now Kindergarten) program, after moving here from a Montessori school in the Boston area. As her love affair with Montessori philosophy deepened, Julie joined the MCHD staff in 2005 as the Extended Day Lunch Supervisor. In 2007-2008, Julie joined Kathleen Batson in establishing the new Toddler program. In 2010, Julie moved to Early Childhood, where she uses her expertise in working with emergent readers.

    Before becoming a full-time mother of three, Julie was a Reading Specialist working with all elementary levels, in addition to involvement with the wider community through Literacy Volunteers of America. She holds a Master’s degree in Reading Progress Management from The George Washington University, with a minor in Spanish. Julie lives in Durham with her husband and three children, Sarah, Benjamin, and Susannah, MCHD alumni.  At home she enjoys crafts, gardening, and long walks.

  • Grace Montgomery

    Early Childhood Assistant Teacher

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    Grace was delighted to join the wonderful faculty at MCHD in 2014. She received her Montessori Early Childhood certification through the Center for Montessori Teacher Education N.C. and taught at the Greensboro Montessori School before moving to Durham. Grace also taught youth pottery and art classes with the Art Alliance of Greensboro. She is fascinated by children’s creative processes and especially loves playing with clay and cooking with kids of all ages. Grace holds a B.A. in English from Guilford College. A Montessori kid all grown up, Grace enjoys any opportunity for creativity, music, a good book, and exploring Durham on walks with her greyhound Ruby and fiance Reed.

  • Madeline Miller

    Early Childhood Assistant Teacher

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    Madeline garnered her early education in Durham, NC and then at Reed College and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She graduated from Chapel Hill in 2014 with an undergraduate degree in History. In 2016, she trained with Cathy Constantine of the Association Montessori Internationale. She appreciates Montessori education’s commitment to peace, respect for children, and logic. Madeline became part of the MCHD community in 2015. Her mind and heart were hooked! She began that first year as a Kindergarten lunch teacher, eventually giving instruction in Spanish and leading a Kindergarten meditation. Currently, some of her favorite parts of the classroom are the cultivation of plants and gardening and the appreciation of biological/geological diversity. When not in the classroom, you may find her serving others with another product of Italian history (aside from Montessori) – cuisine! She finds much to love at the intersection of nature, culture, and work ethic, whether that be in a classroom or a restaurant.