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Ms. Markal has been in Montessori education for almost 8 years and I have over 10 years of experience working with children. I work with children because I find it very rewarding. My favorite thing is to see something I’ve helped a child work on finally stick and for them to have that budding confidence that they are capable of anything. I’m currently studying Education Administration and I’ve taken numerous trainings pertaining to Montessori Education. When I’m not working or studying, I enjoy hanging out with friends and family, my son Roman, creating art, reading, and baking.
I was born in India and moved to USA in 2002. I have a Bachelor’s degree in English from Calcutta University in India. I received my Primary Montessori teaching certificate from American Montessori Society (AMS) in 2011. I have taught as a lead teacher in Primary Montessori classrooms for more than 10 years, including 9 years in Omaha, Nebraska and one year at Woods Montessori. I have mentored classroom assistants and Montessori certified teachers. I am excited to start the new school year and I am looking forward to getting to know my students and their families.
Ms. Khin joined THE WOODS in January 2019. She is from Burma, current day Myanmar, in Southern Asia. When deciding on a career, both Ms. Khin and her sister became teachers just like their mom. In 2004, Ms. Khin graduated from the University of Yangon in Burma and began teaching. In 2008, Ms. Khin and her husband moved to the United States. She was introduced to the Montessori philosophy in 2013 and decided to pursue a career in Montessori education. Ms. Khin has two daughters, and when not at school, Ms. Khin enjoys traveling, hiking, and visiting the beach (every summer!) with her family.
Ms. Ashley has joined the faculty at THE WOODS in 2019 after having been a Teacher at our sister school, THE SPRINGS, since January 2012. She joined the school staff as a floating assistant helping out in all of the classrooms. Soon after, she became a Assistant Teacher in the Children’s House Class. After working for two years in the Children’s House, she decided to embark on a new chapter when the opportunity to work in the toddler program opening became available in the fall of 2014.
Prior to working at THE WOODS, Ms. Ashley attended Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland. Ms. Ashley was born in Dale City, Virginia. She has a daughter Lilliana who attends THE WOODS. She graduated from Garfield Senior High School in Woodbridge, Virginia. When Ms. Ashley is not working at THE WOODS she likes to bake desserts with her daughter Lilliana, go to local museums and take road trips to see family and friends outside of Virginia. Her favorite dessert to make is her famous banana pudding, which she often makes during the holidays. Outside of traveling and baking, Ms. Ashley is also a licensed cosmetologist. She is very excited to be teaching at THE WOODS and hopes to positively influence all of her students to love learning. Ms. Ashley completed her Montessori Infant and Toddler Certification at the Montgomery Montessori Institute.
Ms. Katelyn joined our sister school, THE SPRINGS in 2016. In 2021, she moved to THE WOODS to launch our last Toddler House classroom. She holds both Early Childhood and Infant/Toddler Montessori credentials.