Montessori Children’s House Staff
Montessori Children’s House is pleased to introduce the following staff for the 2019-2020 school year:
Shubha Kinny – Executive Director
Shubha is passionate about inspiring children to love learning and enhancing their learning experiences. She is dedicated to supporting each child’s developmental growth and it has been her dream to own a school that truly follows the Montessori method.
Shubha has more than 20 years of experience working with children in various capacities. She began with founding a family childcare facility in her home, which allowed her to spend time with her own children as well as create an atmosphere that was stimulating and encouraging. Most recently, she has been a Lead Teacher at a Montessori preschool in Eagan, MN. She holds Early Childhood and Administrator credentials from the United Kingdom and a Child Development Associate from the United States.
Shubha lives with her husband, Alan, and two children — Jason who is 19 and studying Computer Science at the University of St. Thomas and Rayona who is 15 and a 9th grader at Eagan High School.
Shubha absolutely loves watching children grow and learn different skills, and hugs from the children are her favorite things.
Shana Hodel – Classroom One, Managing Director
After spending the inaugural year of MCH as an Assistant Teacher in 2007, Shana received her Montessori Preprimary Teaching Certificate from the Montessori Teaching Academy at Indiana University South Bend in 2009. Shana has been a Montessori parent and enthusiastic follower of the Montessori Method for many years. She is the Teacher for Classroom One and Managing Director of the school.
Shana is an accomplished musician and piano accompanist for several youth programs in Northfield and beyond. She has been involved in numerous children’s arts programs at the NAG and with the Northfield Youth Choirs. Shana has an Interdisciplinary BA From Goshen College in Indiana with three areas of study: music with a specialty of piano pedagogy, sociology and ESL (teaching English as a second language). She also studied Chinese music and performance in Chengdu, China. In 2006 Shana and her family spent half of the year living in Germany and travelling throughout Europe. In the 2013-2014 school year Shana and her family led the St. Olaf College global study program in countries all around the world. Currently, she is an ESL Master’s Degree candidate at Hamline University. Accomplished is an understated adjective to describe Shana.
The children at MCH benefit greatly from Shana’s talents and her nurturing and fun loving enthusiasm. Her contributions and leadership to the staff give us all something to sing about.
Patricia Rogne – Emeritus
Join us in bidding Pat a very fond farewell from MCH this year. Pat has an extensive background in early childhood education teaching at Northfield Nursery School, Hand in Hand Preschool with the Northfield Public School District and ECFE. We have been thrilled to have her on our team at Montessori Children’s House and are fortunate that she was here to always give our students a warm and wonderful experience.
Pat has a BA in Elementary Education from Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD and a Pre-primary Specialization from MN State University, Mankato. Pat completed the Montessori Assistant Training at MCM in St. Paul. She has been an early childhood educator working with young children for over thirty years. She raised her two children in Northfield and calls it home. We feel quite fortunate to have had Pat at our school and continue to welcome her wisdom and gentle nature in guiding the children. That means she will visit often!
Emma Kleese – Classroom Two
Emma is the Co- Teacher in Classroom Two with Carolyn and the art teacher for Extended Day. She has been working at MCH for ten years starting as a classroom volunteer during her senior year of high school. Emma received a BA from Concordia University and completed the teacher training at the Montessori Teacher Academy in Indiana in 2016.
Emma has also been our summer school teacher and most likely knows each child who has attended our school in any program. We are so lucky to have Emma here to work with the children in every capacity. Her gentle and helpful nature shines through in all she does. Our pride in her accomplishments continues to soar as she enriches the teaching staff at MCH every day.
Lindsey Boser – Administrator
We are so pleased to have Lindsey Gillis Boser on our staff at MCH. She is the glue that holds us all together! Lindsey, her husband Brad, and son Miles live in Northfield and we are fortunate have them in our community.
Lindsey has a degree in Elementary Education from Gustavus Adolphus and over ten years of experience in early childhood settings, from Montessori classrooms to Assistant Director at Como Early Learning Center, and as a teacher in the MCH summer program. We fell in love with Lindsey immediately at Montessori Children’s House and so appreciate her gentle nature and nurturing ways with all things furry, scaled or feathered at our school.
Carolyn Regan – Classroom Two, Extended Day
We couldn’t be more pleased to announce that Carolyn Regan will be taking over the Extended Day program at Montessori Children’s House this year. A longtime resident of Lakeville, Carolyn received her AMI Primary Training from the Montessori Training Center of Minnesota and Lower Elementary Diploma from NAMC. Carolyn spent twelve years as a Montessori guide and school director in Lakeville and in Prior Lake and has been in early childhood education for almost thirty years.
She joined us in the summer of 2017 and has never looked back. Her commitment to Montessori and dedication to the child are inspiring. Our school is enriched and strengthened by her presence. Some interesting things about Carolyn—she has two children and is wed to a former race car driver. She loves mini coopers, just like her daughter, Nicole, who preceded her as a beloved staff member at MCH from 2013-2015.
Carolyn feels that her joining MCH was really meant to be, and we couldn’t agree more.
Megan Durkin – Founder
With great joy, Megan opened Montessori Children’s House of Northfield in the fall of 2007—one hundred years after the first Casa dei Bambini was opened in Rome by Dr. Maria Montessori. She entered this new venture from a career of varied teaching experiences: working in her mother’s Montessori classroom as a girl, teaching kindergarten and first grade at the Taipei American School, teaching at a bilingual preschool in Taiwan, training teachers at Montessori schools in Hong Kong, and opening her own Montessori preschool in the village of Sai Kung in Hong Kong. She holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She received her AMS Montessori Teaching Degree from New York University and Midwest Montessori Teacher Training Course in Chicago.
After moving from Asia back to the US in 1998, Megan and her husband Tom, raised their three children in Northfield. Locally, she taught for seven years at Prairie Creek Community School beginning with a pre-K classroom. In 2000 she also started teaching K-5 Spanish. The World Languages Program at Prairie Creek developed under her guidance to include Spanish, French, and Chinese with a strong emphasis on world cultures and peace education.
With the creation of the school on a beautiful two-acre site at the southern end of Northfield, came an opportunity to create a special place for children in nature. Megan grew this aspect of the school property to include students from nearby schools and the MCH children in an “Edible Schoolyard” program.
Apart from making the world a better and friendlier place, Megan’s goal has always been to bring a love of learning to her role as a teacher and to develop that lifelong passion through her writing for teachers, parents and, of course, children.
When she is not in the garden she loves to write and to dream about all the places left to visit on earth.