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MCS STAFF

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KAREN GRAZIANO

Director, MCS - director@mcsherndon.com

Ms. Graziano has been in the education field for over 20 years, having started as a preschool teacher.  She taught at a top private preschool in Lowe's Island for 4 years and then moved onto another preschool to start their part time program. She grew the program from one class with 15 kids to 3 distinct classes with 15 each. She worked at MCS for 7 years as Director of Admissions and Assistant Head of School and then for 3 years at Loudoun County Public schools. She returned to the MCS family as the Director of Operations and Head of School in August 2017. Karen lives in Lovettsville with her fiance Greg. She has 2 sons, 1 granddaughter, 3 step daughters and 3 step grandchildren. In her free time she likes to relax with a good book and be by the water.

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Kintora Chapman

Assistant Director

Ms. Chapman was born and raised in Lynchburg, Virginia. Her passion for children and teaching started at an early age and she would spend her free time at the local women's shelter as a childcare volunteer. She received her undergraduate degree from Duke University, double majoring in public policy and global health. During her undergraduate career, she continued her passion for children and volunteering through work at the Ronald McDonald House and through teaching immigrant children English. In 2016, she moved to northern Virginia. After working in the legal field for two years, she decided to follow her passion for education and received her master's degree in elementary education from George Washington University. Upon graduation, she taught for two years at an elementary school in Washington D.C. Evaluated as highly effective in her first year of teaching, Ms. Chapman truly believes in loving and teaching the whole child. She is passionate about equitable education for all and wants to help reform our entire education system. Currently, she is pursuing her second master's degree in education policy studies. In her spare time, she loves to read, bake, and spend time with her family and friends. 

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LINDA WEINER

Lead Toddler Teacher 

Linda grew up in Beirut, Lebanon, moving to Connecticut at the height of the Lebanese Civil War. She received her BA in Philosophy from Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Linda’s love of Montessori education began as a high school student volunteering in a Montessori classroom. She was impressed with how curious and eager the children were about exploring and learning. She vowed that her own children one day would go to Montessori schools, and they did! Linda has two grown children who attended Montessori schools from Pre-school through the 8th grade. Linda was a parent volunteer in her own children’s Montessori schools in Northern California and Florida; but, her passion for Montessori deepened when she was offered an Assistant Teaching job at Summit-Questa Montessori in Davie, FL where she worked for 6 years. Linda has since moved to Virginia with her husband, and is thrilled to be back in the Montessori classroom. Linda is also both a certified Peace Educator since 2005, teaching children of all ages about the dynamics of conflict, raising awareness around self and others, and empowering children with non-violent problem solving skills, and a certified Parenting Coach since 2009, sharing parenting skill-building strategies with families seeking more peace and cooperation at home. A favorite quote of hers from Mohandas Gandhi is, “If we are to teach real peace in this world… we shall have to begin with the children.” Linda’s hobbies include cooking, reading, traveling, learning, and most of all time with family.

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MARIZA AKKAWI

Lead Montessori Teacher

Ms. Akkawi was born in Lebanon and lived there till she was 19. She then moved to Greece because of war in her country. In Greece, she studied Sociology at the American University of Greece. She was inspired to explore the Montessori system of teaching after seeing how much her niece loved her Montessori school in Athens. She worked with little children as a tutor, an ESOL teacher, volunteer in private and public schools in KG - 6th grade and always knew she wanted to be a teacher.
She moved to Virginia in 1992 after she got married. She earned both  her Primary(3 to 6 ) and Elementary Montessori (6-12)  diplomas from the Washington Montessori Institute and a Masters in Education from Loyola College in Baltimore. Since then she has taught upper elementary, lower elementary and primary classes.
Ms. Akkawi loves teaching young children and her goal is to reach every child and bring out the best in them. She wants to see every child reach his/her potential as a whole child, academically, socially and emotionally. As a parent, she believes the best decision was to send her own two daughters to a Montessori school. She can see the benefits of their early education till now. Her goal is to help other children achieve the most in their three year cycle of education in our Montessori classroom.
Her hobbies are traveling , cooking, listening to music, reading, hiking and  swimming.

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REHANA KASHIF

Lead Montessori Teacher

Mrs. Kashif grew up in Karachi, Pakistan and received her Master’s degree in Political Science from the University Of Karachi in 2001. In 2004, she attended the Association Montessori Internationale Institute where she received her AMI Diploma. She has 12 years of experience in education all together which includes 2 years of teaching abroad, 10 years of teaching young preschoolers at Montessori Country School. Mrs. Kashif is currently the lead Montessori teacher in the primary class at Montessori Country School. Her teaching Philosophy is to follow the child, providing a prepared environment while encouraging independence, freedom within limits, and a sense of order. She currently resides in  Herndon with her husband.  In her spare time, she likes to spend time with close friends and family.

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NOOR SABA

Teacher Assistant

Ms Saba was born and raised in India. She received her Master’s in Chemistry from the MJPR University (India) in 2000. She was a high school teacher at H.I. College in India where she taught Math and science.

 

She came to Seattle in 2006, after a few months she moved to Arkansas. In 2009, she came to Virginia where she is living with her husband and son. In these past years of her living in the U.S. She has been volunteering in elementary schools (ACPS and FCPS county), where she helped children with their classroom activities. One of her biggest passions in life is working with children and being part of their growth. She enjoys travelling, cooking, playing chess and listening to music.

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NORMI BROWN

Primary Teacher Assistant

Ms. Normi grew up in the Philippines where she received her Bachelor degree in Industrial Engineering. She worked for a large multi national company that provided her the opportunity to travel to different countries and form a deep understanding of many cultures. A key part of her job was to develop standards and training employees and suppliers. While living in Japan for 7 years, Ms. Normi was able to combine her teaching experience and love for kids by becoming a Sunday School teacher. Ms. Normi believes in the Montessori's philosophy that the goal of early education should be to activate the child's own natural desire to learn. If we can nurture this as teachers, then we are setting our children up for success. Ms. Normi and her husband are blessed with one child. She enjoys reading parenting books, connecting with friends, traveling, and most of all being with her family.

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ANAIS MINASSIAN

French Teacher

Mrs. Minassian grew up in Paris, France, where she received her Master’s degree in French language and literature from the University of Paris-Sorbonne and her teaching certificate from the French Ministry of National Education, Higher Education and Research in 2006.

She moved to Virginia in 2012 and lives in Reston with her husband and son.

She has 10 years of experience in teaching French. She loves working with preschool age children because at this age they have so much to discover. Children around three or four have a mental flexibility that allows them to learn a second language like a native. The benefits of learning a foreign language at a young age are lifelong.

Her classes are in French immersion and children learn through play in a safe and welcoming environment. She introduces the French language and culture through games, conversations with puppets, songs, books, yoga, physical activities, and typical French games that children play in Preschools in France.

She enjoys traveling, cooking, spending time with friends and family, and continuing discovering the United States.