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