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.

 

Trisha Leathers (Upper Elementary Lead Teacher) Trisha Leathers lives in Manassas VA but is a Washington State native. She several degrees (AA-EDD) from Washington State University (Go Cougs!), UNC Chapel Hill, Duke, and University of Phoenix. She has her Montessori Certification in Elementary 1 and 2 from North Carolina. Her dissertation (press date pending) topic is Technology Learning in a Montessori Classroom. She has been working as an educator since 1989 in both public and private education and has two grown children who were Montessori students and at one-time educators in Montessori Schools. She has a full commitment to the self-directed method of learning and integrates Technology learning tools when appropriate.  Joining Sunset Hills Montessori in 2014, she started in the Upper Elementary as the lead teacher and now serves as the Upper Elementary Lead, Middle School Lead, and the Department Lead for all programs Elementary and above.  

Trisha Leathers (Upper Elementary Lead Teacher)

Trisha Leathers lives in Manassas VA but is a Washington State native. She several degrees (AA-EDD) from Washington State University (Go Cougs!), UNC Chapel Hill, Duke, and University of Phoenix. She has her Montessori Certification in Elementary 1 and 2 from North Carolina. Her dissertation (press date pending) topic is Technology Learning in a Montessori Classroom.

She has been working as an educator since 1989 in both public and private education and has two grown children who were Montessori students and at one-time educators in Montessori Schools. She has a full commitment to the self-directed method of learning and integrates Technology learning tools when appropriate. 

Joining Sunset Hills Montessori in 2014, she started in the Upper Elementary as the lead teacher and now serves as the Upper Elementary Lead, Middle School Lead, and the Department Lead for all programs Elementary and above.

 

Karyn Robson (Lower 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 (Lower 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.

Brandy Downing Goldstein ((Lower Elementary Assistant Teacher)) Brandy is originally from Palm Desert, California. After receiving her Master's degree in English from San Diego State University, she relocated, with her husband, to Washington DC. Her husband, David, a physicist, went to work for the Navy and Brandy taught Composition at NOVA. In 2012, they welcomed their son, James. Before coming to Sunset Hills, Brandy completed her studies at the Northern Virginia Montessori Institute and worked at the Boyd School. Among her hobbies are reading, camping, sewing and cooking.

Brandy Downing Goldstein ((Lower Elementary Assistant Teacher))

Brandy is originally from Palm Desert, California. After receiving her Master's degree in English from San Diego State University, she relocated, with her husband, to Washington DC. Her husband, David, a physicist, went to work for the Navy and Brandy taught Composition at NOVA. In 2012, they welcomed their son, James. Before coming to Sunset Hills, Brandy completed her studies at the Northern Virginia Montessori Institute and worked at the Boyd School. Among her hobbies are reading, camping, sewing and cooking.

Jeannette Rosario (Lower Elementary Assistant Teacher) 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 (Lower Elementary Assistant Teacher)

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.