Sunset Hills Montessori School

Reston Pre-School and Private Elementary 20th Anniversary. Sunset Hills Montessori School is nestled in the woods of Reston, on the edges of Lake Audubon and Lake Thoreau. We provide a peaceful school setting for children ages 18 months to 3rd grade.

  Laura Romero (Lower Elementary Lead Teacher)   Laura Romero was born in Bogotá, Colombia. It was there that she first began to study Early Childhood Education and Psychology. Her first contact with children, in a professional capacity, was in an after school program as a teacher. In June of 2005, she moved to the United States and worked with children teaching Spanish and providing private tutoring in general studies while finishing her career as an Early Childhood Educator.  Laura worked in different schools in Maryland and Virginia for couple years.    Laura Romero joined the staff at Sunset Hills Montessori School in 2012 as our Elementary Assistant and Spanish Teacher. After a year of working with the students, learning about and falling in love with the Montessori method she decided to pursue further training at the Barrie Institute in Silver Spring, MD. While going to school and continuing to support the Lower El Classroom, Laura successfully completed the Lower Elementary Lead Teacher program. She now puts her skills and passion to good use every day as the Lower Elementary Lead Teacher.

Laura Romero (Lower Elementary Lead Teacher)

Laura Romero was born in Bogotá, Colombia. It was there that she first began to study Early Childhood Education and Psychology. Her first contact with children, in a professional capacity, was in an after school program as a teacher. In June of 2005, she moved to the United States and worked with children teaching Spanish and providing private tutoring in general studies while finishing her career as an Early Childhood Educator.

Laura worked in different schools in Maryland and Virginia for couple years.

Laura Romero joined the staff at Sunset Hills Montessori School in 2012 as our Elementary Assistant and Spanish Teacher. After a year of working with the students, learning about and falling in love with the Montessori method she decided to pursue further training at the Barrie Institute in Silver Spring, MD. While going to school and continuing to support the Lower El Classroom, Laura successfully completed the Lower Elementary Lead Teacher program. She now puts her skills and passion to good use every day as the Lower Elementary Lead Teacher.

  Karyn Robson   (Upper Elementary Lead Teacher)   Karyn Robson is a mother of four and an AMS accredited teacher with over 20years of experience teaching children ranging in age from infancy to middle school. Originally from Ohio, Karyn has lived all over the United States and abroad in South Korea, Japan, and Germany during her husband’s military and diplomatic postings. She received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and her Montessori teaching accreditation from the Center for Montessori Teacher Education (CMTE) in North Carolina.  She first found Montessori while seeking a preschool for her oldest daughter. After observing in the classroom, Karyn was hooked! She served on that school’s Board of Directors and decided to take the training and get certified. Since then she has taught in Maryland, Tokyo, Virginia, and most recently in a bilingual program in Berlin. She is excited to return to Sunset Hills, where she taught during a previous assignment to the Washington Metro Area. Her youngest daughter is in the Upper Elementary.

Karyn Robson (Upper Elementary Lead Teacher)

Karyn Robson is a mother of four and an AMS accredited teacher with over 20years of experience teaching children ranging in age from infancy to middle school. Originally from Ohio, Karyn has lived all over the United States and abroad in South Korea, Japan, and Germany during her husband’s military and diplomatic postings. She received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and her Montessori teaching accreditation from the Center for Montessori Teacher Education (CMTE) in North Carolina.

She first found Montessori while seeking a preschool for her oldest daughter. After observing in the classroom, Karyn was hooked! She served on that school’s Board of Directors and decided to take the training and get certified. Since then she has taught in Maryland, Tokyo, Virginia, and most recently in a bilingual program in Berlin. She is excited to return to Sunset Hills, where she taught during a previous assignment to the Washington Metro Area. Her youngest daughter is in the Upper Elementary.

  Roze Gesquiere ((Lower Elementary Assistant Teacher)   Rozemarijn Gesquiere is originally from Belgium. She relocated with her husband and daughter to Reston in February 2017 after having lived in Canada, France and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. In Dubai Roze was Lead Librarian in an elementary British School for nearly 4 years where she set up a new library and created a library program to promote a love of literacy. Her passion and dedication were rewarded when she won the “School Librarian of the UAE” award for 2 consecutive years at the prestigious Emirates Airline festival of Literature. Roze is excited to share her passion for children’s literacy with the children of SHMS and encourage a love of reading and learning.

Roze Gesquiere ((Lower Elementary Assistant Teacher)

Rozemarijn Gesquiere is originally from Belgium. She relocated with her husband and daughter to Reston in February 2017 after having lived in Canada, France and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. In Dubai Roze was Lead Librarian in an elementary British School for nearly 4 years where she set up a new library and created a library program to promote a love of literacy. Her passion and dedication were rewarded when she won the “School Librarian of the UAE” award for 2 consecutive years at the prestigious Emirates Airline festival of Literature. Roze is excited to share her passion for children’s literacy with the children of SHMS and encourage a love of reading and learning.

  Renata Iunes (Upper Elementary Assistant Teacher)   Renata joined Sunset Hills Montessori school in the summer of 2017. She has been working with kids for the past 5 years and has loved every minute of it. Renata was born in São Paulo, Brazil and moved to the United States at the age of 5. She graduated from the University of Mary Washington in 2012 with a B.S. in Psychology and from George Mason University in 2017 with a M.Ed. in Elementary Education. She has a passion for working with children and loves being at SHMS.

Renata Iunes (Upper Elementary Assistant Teacher)

Renata joined Sunset Hills Montessori school in the summer of 2017. She has been working with kids for the past 5 years and has loved every minute of it. Renata was born in São Paulo, Brazil and moved to the United States at the age of 5. She graduated from the University of Mary Washington in 2012 with a B.S. in Psychology and from George Mason University in 2017 with a M.Ed. in Elementary Education. She has a passion for working with children and loves being at SHMS.

  Jeannette Rosario (Montessori Resource Specialist)   Jeannette Rosario holds bachelors in liberal arts and an AMS and AMI Primary diploma. Originally from Puerto Rico, she spent the first twelve years of her career teaching on her dear island. In 1998, she moved to Maryland to join her husband after their marriage. She was part of a wonderful Montessori community until 2012, when she decided to homeschool her son through third grade. In the summer of 2013, she moved to Virginia with her family and joined the Sunset Hills community in the fall of the same year. Jeannette is working as an assistant to the lower elementary. Teaching is her passion and she is grateful for the opportunity to expand her knowledge and experience

Jeannette Rosario (Montessori Resource Specialist)

Jeannette Rosario holds bachelors in liberal arts and an AMS and AMI Primary diploma. Originally from Puerto Rico, she spent the first twelve years of her career teaching on her dear island. In 1998, she moved to Maryland to join her husband after their marriage. She was part of a wonderful Montessori community until 2012, when she decided to homeschool her son through third grade. In the summer of 2013, she moved to Virginia with her family and joined the Sunset Hills community in the fall of the same year. Jeannette is working as an assistant to the lower elementary. Teaching is her passion and she is grateful for the opportunity to expand her knowledge and experience

  Delores Peck (Upper Elementary Assistant Teacher)   Dolores Peck earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in French Language and Literature, hoping to use her language skills in international trade. In 1985, she earned a Master of Arts degree in International Economics and International Relations from Johns Hopkins–SAIS and had a career as an anti-dumping trade analyst. She became curious not only about trade balances and barriers to free trade, but about the education systems that nurtured these highly competitive industries.  In 1997, she created GETS (Gifted Education Time For Students), a humanities curriculum for elementary students providing in class enrichment once per week to all students. Weekly, students could view their own skill in attempts at copying aspects of great works of art from multiple cultures and periods of time. They also discussed the geopolitical, social and economic implications of changes in art trends throughout the ages.  She traveled extensively with her family during the 2000-2012 period following her husband’s diplomatic career. While overseas in Italy and England, she gained experience teaching and volunteering in local schools. From 2007 – 2009, she studied for her Lower Elementary AMS certification at the Seacoast Center for Montessori Studies in New Hampshire and taught Lower Elementary at the Montessori School of McLean. She completed her album work at Sunset Hills Montessori School in 2015 and received her AMS certification in June of 2015. In addition to her reliance on the philosophy and techniques of Dr. Maria Montessori, she takes inspiration from the work of Lev Vygostky, Rudolf Dreikurs, Daniel Pink, Edward De Bono and Adam Grant.  From 2013 to 2016, she developed hands on learning experiences that bridge abstract concepts to concrete work at Compass Home School Enrichment for grades 3 – 6 through her classes “Hands On Art History” and “Hands On Great Books for Girls.” Most recently, she taught second, fourth and third grade as a Learning Expert teacher at BASIS Independent McLean from 2016 - 2018. Her greatest is joy is learning alongside her students and watching them succeed. She is grateful to return to Sunset Hills to further her education and experience under the guidance of Karyn Robson.

Delores Peck (Upper Elementary Assistant Teacher)

Dolores Peck earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in French Language and Literature, hoping to use her language skills in international trade. In 1985, she earned a Master of Arts degree in International Economics and International Relations from Johns Hopkins–SAIS and had a career as an anti-dumping trade analyst. She became curious not only about trade balances and barriers to free trade, but about the education systems that nurtured these highly competitive industries.

In 1997, she created GETS (Gifted Education Time For Students), a humanities curriculum for elementary students providing in class enrichment once per week to all students. Weekly, students could view their own skill in attempts at copying aspects of great works of art from multiple cultures and periods of time. They also discussed the geopolitical, social and economic implications of changes in art trends throughout the ages.

She traveled extensively with her family during the 2000-2012 period following her husband’s diplomatic career. While overseas in Italy and England, she gained experience teaching and volunteering in local schools. From 2007 – 2009, she studied for her Lower Elementary AMS certification at the Seacoast Center for Montessori Studies in New Hampshire and taught Lower Elementary at the Montessori School of McLean. She completed her album work at Sunset Hills Montessori School in 2015 and received her AMS certification in June of 2015. In addition to her reliance on the philosophy and techniques of Dr. Maria Montessori, she takes inspiration from the work of Lev Vygostky, Rudolf Dreikurs, Daniel Pink, Edward De Bono and Adam Grant.

From 2013 to 2016, she developed hands on learning experiences that bridge abstract concepts to concrete work at Compass Home School Enrichment for grades 3 – 6 through her classes “Hands On Art History” and “Hands On Great Books for Girls.” Most recently, she taught second, fourth and third grade as a Learning Expert teacher at BASIS Independent McLean from 2016 - 2018. Her greatest is joy is learning alongside her students and watching them succeed. She is grateful to return to Sunset Hills to further her education and experience under the guidance of Karyn Robson.