Denton County Montessori Episcopal School

WHERE CHILDREN LEARN TO LOVE AND LOVE TO LEARN

Tracey Reinhart

Head of School

Tracey Reinhart

Head of School

Tracey Reinhart is the Head of School and has been with MES since 2001.

She attended Texas Tech University where she studied Economics and International Trade and before discovering the amazing philosophy of Montessori, Tracey worked in the Human Resources and Training field earning her Professional in Human Resources Certification.

She began her career at MES as an office assistant, librarian and assistant teacher. In 2003, she received her Montessori Certification and became a Lead Teacher, working in these classrooms for 15 years.

Tracey has been married since 1991 and has two MES alumni children.

When I discovered MES, I was dazzled. The passion the staff shows for teaching, their longevity, the caring and nurturing environment, the skills and independence that the students demonstrated, all were exactly what I wanted for my own children. I simply fell in love and wanted to be a part of it. It was the best decision I ever made for my children’s education and the best decision I ever made for myself. I love coming to work every day and seeing joy all around me. Who else gets to do that!?

As Douglas Adams said, “I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.”

Mother Catherine

Rector, Episcopal Church of the Annunciation

Mother Catherine grew up in the Dallas area. She earned a Master of Divinity degree from Virginia Theological Seminary in 2000. Prior to being called to serve as Rector of Annunciation in 2014, Mtr. Catherine served at St. Anne Episcopal Church in DeSoto, Texas, at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Frisco, Texas, and at Trinity Episcopal Church in Natchitoches, Louisiana. Mtr. Catherine has served in numerous roles in the community, at the diocesan level, and for the national church. She is married and has two children.  She is passionate about building  relationships with Jesus Christ and with each other; enjoys spending time with the wonderful students, teachers and staff of MES; and appreciates the Montessori philosophy of finding joy and wonder in the every day circumstances of life.

Tanya Gilmore

Lead Teacher, Preparatory

Tanya Gilmore

Lead Teacher, Preparatory

 Tanya has been a part of the MES family since 2007.

She has a B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Arizona and is Montessori certified through Collin County Community College.

Tanya has three wonderful children, all MES alumni, two heelers, and a loving husband, TJ Gilmore who is an active Lewisville city councilman. Her daughter is attending Babson College in Wellesley MA and her twin boys graduate high school this year.

In her spare time, she enjoys being active in her children’s activities including Boy Scouts, orchestra and marching band.  She is an avid Harry Potter and Star Trek fan.  Her favorite color is orange and loves all things pumpkin.

Pixie Power

Lead Teacher, Toddler II

Pixie Power

Lead Teacher, Toddler II

Pixie Power has been a part of the MES family since 2011.

She is the Lead Teacher in our Toddler II classroom and also maintains our 8,000+ book library. Her interest in the Montessori Method began while her 2 children attended MES. She was so inspired by the atmosphere of respect and joy that she became a certified Montessori teacher and has been with us ever since.

Mrs. Power is originally from Tennessee and graduated from the University of Tennessee with a B.S. in zoology. She has lived in Texas for the past 19 years with her husband, two daughters and various pets that seem to always come her way.

Deborah O’Neil

Lead Teacher, Preparatory

Deborah O’Neil

Lead Teacher, Preparatory

DEB has been a part of the MES family since 2014.

She began serving as a floater and PE teacher and then moved into an assistant teacher position where she fell in love with the Montessori Method. Since then, she has completed two Montessori Certification Courses and is now a Certified Montessori Guide. Deb is also a registered nurse and has worked in the Medical-Surgical, Obstetric and Geriatric fields. She is married to Bryan and they have two children,  Emily and Joshua. Emily attends Ithaca College in NY where she is a Head Beekeeper and hopes to pursue a career in bees. Joshua attends high  school and hopes to one day be a pilot. Deb also has two basset hounds that she may or may not also call her children. Deb loves cooking, gardening, flea marketing, and being on the couch with her family, her dogs, and a cup of coffee watching a great suspense movie.

Tinesha Lebron

Associate Teacher, Preparatory

Tinesha Lebron

Associate Teacher, Preparatory

Tinesha has been a part of the MES family since 2016.

She has over 10 years experience working with infants and toddlers and was introduced to Montessori at 17 years old while working as an aftercare teacher in Carrollton. She fell in love with Montessori and began her training soon after. She is a Montessori certified teacher.

I believe the Montessori method of teaching makes learning fun for the students and I enjoy watching them learn at their own pace as well as guiding them through their own discoveries.

Tinesha lives in Lewisville with her husband Alberto and her son Jaxson and enjoys being a wife and mother, reading, shopping and spending time with family and friends.

Melissa McCurdy

Lead Teacher, Preparatory

Melissa McCurdy

Lead Teacher, Preparatory

Mrs. McCurdy has been a part of the MES family since 2016.

She has over 20 years experience working with children. While working as an Associate Teacher, she quickly gained her Montessori Teaching Certificate and began her journey as a Lead Teacher. Mrs. McCurdy is married to her wonderful husband Tony and they have two  daughters, Sarah and Katelyn. She’s also a mother to her lovable fur baby, Piper. She loves to thrift shop, create craft projects, drink coffee and watch comedic shows and movies.

Amy VanGundy

Associate Teacher, Toddler II

Amy VanGundy

Associate Teacher, Toddler II

Amy has been a part of the MES family since 2015.

She attended college in Michigan.  Amy has spent the last 23 years raising 4 active, amazing children.  She has worked and volunteered with children of all ages throughout the years, keeping her very busy.

Amy feels blessed to be a part of MES and loves her time spent with the toddlers!  Amy spends most of her free time with her busy family and 2 dogs.

Lina Eisman

Art Program Director

Lina Eisman

Art Program Director

Lina Eisman serves as our Art Program Director and has been with MES since 1992.

She started out in the Toddler Room before taking over the Art Program.

Mrs. Eisman began observing and studying Montessori method when she was only 11 years old. A university in her area had a Montessori Center that was a school and learning facility for teachers and she learned from the students, observation and attending the private High School associated with the University, the value of the Montessori Method of teaching firsthand.

Art has always been a constant for Mrs. Eisman and she furthered her education at the University of Missouri and then numerous apprenticeships to hone her skills and develop technique. This veracity and encouragement for self expression is what she endeavors to pass on to her students.

“My goal is to stimulate creativity, ingenuity, self confidence, problem solving and the right to personal expression through the studies of Art and its history. The Montessori Method keeps focus on the pleasure of the process.”

Nicole Ward

Lead Teacher, Toddler I

Nicole Ward

Lead Teacher, Toddler I

Nicole has been a part of the MES family since 2018.

Nicole went to Stephen F. Austin for Elementary Education before falling into the veterinary world. After 12 years of loving on animals, she was led back to her roots and her passion for children. She started off as a volunteer and mother of two students at MES. She loved the school and Montessori Method so much, she stuck around. She is currently training to become Montessori certified.

Nicole lives with her two children, one current MES student and one alumni. She loves to be involved with her children’s many activities and in her spare time, enjoys reading and being crafty.

Meredith Perkins

Associate Teacher, Preparatory

Meredith Perkins

Associate Teacher, Preparatory

Meredith has been a part of the MES family since 2018

She has a B.S. in Nutrition, Health, and Wellness with a minor in Exercise and Sport Management from Texas Tech University.  Meredith is currently pursuing her Family and Consumer Science Teaching Certification through North Central Texas College and working on her Montessori Certification.

Meredith, a Montessori Episcopal School alumna herself, is also a longtime member of The Episcopal Church of the Annunciation. In her free time she loves baking, painting and watching Disney movies with her husband.

Jana Fox

Music Program Director

Jana Fox

Music Program Director

Jana Fox serves as our Music Program Director and has been with MES since 2019.

Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, Jana Fox learned her engaging style by watching her mother, Glenda Raye sing and front her own Country & Western dance band.  As a teenager, Jana dreamed of becoming a Country singer-song writer herself, but as her faith grew, her aspirations changed from music to ministry. While earning a degree in Sociology from UTSA, she served on staff for area churches in the departments of children, youth, adults and music.  During this time, she also spent eight weeks in Bogota, Colombia ministering to the street children. Up until her mother’s death in 2009, Jana and Glenda traveled from church to church, leading worship services and retreats; sharing their faith through witness and song. Together, they have five gospel music albums.

Jana has been married to Doug Fox since 1992 and they have two grown sons and a beautiful daughter in-law!  Jana continues to share her faith through music and speaking engagements, plus is writing a book about God’s provision. She owns her own business called Musical Inspirations, teaching preschool music and drama. Whether you are eight months or eighty years old, Jana’s enthusiasm will captivate your heart.

Jesika Maldonado

Associate Teacher, Prepartory

Jesika Maldonado

Associate Teacher, Prepatory

Jesika has been a part of the MES family since 2019.

She has been educating children of all ages for 15 years. She received her Early Childhood Education credential from American Montessori Society in San Francisco, Ca.

Mrs. Maldonado believes strongly in the philosophy of the Montessori method and enjoys watching children blossom and advance in their educational studies. She has been married to her wonderful husband for over ten years and they have two white German shepherds. “I am delighted in starting a brand new year here at Montessori Episcopal school; as well as a new start in Texas.”

Lynn Burrows

Office Manager

Lynn has been a part of the MES family since 2015. 

Lynn moved to Texas from Illinois in 2003 for a management position with a fitness center.  She moved on from there to the mortgage industry for about 8 years.  After getting married and having child number 2, she left the corporate world to focus on raising her boys.

Lynn’s oldest child began attending MES in 2014, which is when she fell in love with the school.  Lynn began as a part-time associate teacher the next year, then worked her way into the office manager role as her boys grew.

Lynn has a degree in General Studies and a background in management. She has been married since 2008 and has 2 children that are MES alumni.  In her free time, you may find Lynn playing board games, exploring, or planning a new adventure with family!

Elizabeth Hahn

Associate Teacher, Toddler I

Elizabeth has been a part of the MES family since 2019.
She received a BA from Magdalen College in Warner, NH where she studied literature, philosophy, and music. It was there that she was first introduced to Montessori.

She has been married for 7 years and has 2 wonderful sons. She loves spending time with her family and also enjoys knitting and reading. She feels blessed to be a part of the MES family and can’t wait to see what the future holds.

Shawna Lapteanu

Physical Education Director

Shawna Lapteanu serves as our Physical Education Director and has been with MES since 2019.

Shawna moved to the area from Ohio in 2016 with her wonderful husband and beautiful 3 children.  All her children attended Montessori schools and she is very fond of Montessori teaching principles. Shawna’s younger son attended MES for 2 years and now her daughter is in her second year. Shawna is passionate about fitness and healthy living. She is a group fitness instructor and trainer at the YMCA and is certified in Youth Fitness. Shawna earned Bachelor’s of Arts from University of Evansville.

“ I am very passionate about getting kids up and moving. A child who learns to love exercise early in life is far more likely to stick with it throughout their whole life.”

Brooke Nguyen

Teacher, After School Care

Brooke has been a part of the MES family since 2017.

I am currently enrolled at the University of North Texas with a major in English and minor in communications.

In my free time, I enjoy writing, reading, watching sports, being outdoors, sleeping and spending time with my family and friends.”

Hannah Eley

Teacher, After School Care

Hannas has been a part of the MES family since 2018 and attended MES herself in pre-k.

I am currently attending the University of North Texas College of Education with a major in Special Ed (EC-6).

Me and amazing fiancé have a fur child named Blue and are getting married in 2020. In my free time I love to watch movies, go four-wheeling, play soccer, or paint.

I absolutely love my job here and the everyday experiences that I get to share with the kids.

Amber Robertson

Teacher, After School Care

Amber has been with MES since 2019.

She is excited to have joined the MES family where she has the privilege to help young minds learn, grow, and develop.
She grew up in Pennsylvania and attended college for business in New Jersey before moving to Texas where she started school and is now a Certified Personal Trainer.

Amber and her husband Sam have a daughter that is currently a MES student. In her free time she likes to spend time with her family, her dog, cat, and snake.  She also enjoys working out, hiking, and Geocaching.

Tristan Wood

Teacher, After School Care

Tristan has been with MES since 2019.

I’m currently attending UNT college of science with a major in biology. My goal is to do graduate school for pediatrics.

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ABOUT US

Montessori Episcopal School is the only Christian Montessori school in Denton county.

We have been serving Lewisville, Flower Mound and Highland Village toddlers through kindergartners for the past 49 years.

OUR PROGRAMS

Montessori Episcopal School turns preschoolers into independent creative thinkers. Our programs have:

  • Individualized instruction on each child
  • Weekly library, art, PE and music
  • Biblical training through weekly chapel

OUR PROGRAMS

  • A focus on whole-child learning, including
  • Physical, education and spiritual development
  • A natural, maker-space playground and garden
  • Passionate, long-tenured teachers
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