MKU Beverly Team

Meet Our Team

Montessori Kids Universe Beverly recognizes that our caring, dedicated teachers are what makes our school so valuable. MKU Beverly recruits and maintains a high-quality staff through an intensive selection and vetting process. We provide on-going professional development and growth opportunities within our school, and foster a healthy work environment for our employees. Meet the most important aspect of our school: Our quality teaching staff!

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Ashley Garcia

Head of School

Hi my name is Ashley Garcia and I am the Head of School at Montessori Kids Universe Ashburn. I have seven years of experience working with children, two of them being in child care management. I am currently pursuing my bachelor’s degree in psychology. My favorite part about working with children is watching them grow and flourish to their full potential! Seeing their confidence build after reaching a new goal is so rewarding. I also have a daughter, so as a parent, I understand the responsibility we take in caring for your child and the importance of building relationships. In my free time I enjoy crafting and being outdoors with my family.

MKU Ashburn Team | MKU Ashburn | Ashburn VA | Top Montessori, Preschool, Childcare | Ms Shai | Top Montessori, Preschool, Childcare

Shai Vanderstelt

Assistant Director

Hello! My name is Shai Vanderstelt. I have been living in the Ashburn area for around ten years. My husband and I are very happy here, and I am even happier that I have found my place here at Montessori Kids Universe! When I am not at work, I spend time playing video games and going on walks with my husband. I have two cats named Hobbes and Banana! I am able to speak some German, but I am still in the process of learning. I enjoy learning new things and with MKU I feel as if I am learning something new every day! I started my career in childcare as an assistant teacher with a Kindergarten Prep class and from there I have grown, not just as a childcare professional but as a person, too. Tschüss für heute! (Bye for now!)

MKU Ashburn Team | MKU Ashburn | Ashburn VA | Top Montessori, Preschool, Childcare | Ms Donavi

Donavi Bland

Lead Nido (Infant) Teacher

Hello! My name is Donavi Bland. I am an enthusiastic person that loves to take care of infants and young children. My inspiration for teaching was my mother who was always encouraging independence in me. Growing up, I loved the idea of teaching and understanding the influence a teacher has on the student, which made me passionate about pursuing child care as a career. I believe the Montessori Nido Program is the perfect fit for me. I love to see children’s independence flourish before my eyes, which is why I have decided to pursue the 0-3 Montessori Certification!

MKU Ashburn Team | MKU Ashburn | Ashburn VA | Top Montessori, Preschool, Childcare | Ms Angelica

Eugenia M. Barreto Guzman

Pre-Primary 1 Lead Teacher

My name is Eugenia M. Barreto Guzman. I was born in Lima-Peru and moved to USA in 2001. I had the opportunity to get my infant and toddlers credential through Center for Montessori Teacher Education NC. I have been in the Montessori environment since 2009. I am a great believer and follower of the Montessori philosophy and I like to guide the children in the way Maria Montessori did. I have always worked with children and I just love what I do! I am a very active person, I play volleyball for a league and also do Zumba once a week. My husband is an Engineer, we have twins, one is a boy and one is a girl. I love having family time, riding our bikes, playing board games or eating out. We all love going to the beach.

MKU Ashburn Team | MKU Ashburn | Ashburn VA | Top Montessori, Preschool, Childcare | Ms Shai | Top Montessori, Preschool, Childcare | Ms Shoshana

Shoshana

Pre-Primary 2 Lead Teacher

Hi, my name is Shoshana and I am the Lead Teacher in the Pre-Primary 2 Classroom. For 12 years I was teaching in Frederick MD in a Montessori Preschool. I received my Montessori Diploma for Infants and Toddlers in 2009. I also attended Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn, NY to study Therapeutic Recreation in order to work with special needs children. I worked as a special education assistant teacher for severely emotionally disturbed adolescents in the NYC Board of Education for approximately 10 years. One of my favorite songs is “Flowers are Red” by Harry Chapin. I am really looking forward to watching your children grow. I enjoy animals, photography, scrapbooking, and being a mom.

MKU Ashburn Team | MKU Ashburn | Ashburn VA | Top Montessori, Preschool, Childcare | Mrs Nahida

Mrs. Nahida

Assistant Nido (Infant) Teacher

I’m Mrs. Nahida and I’m an Assistant Teacher in the infant’s class here at Montessori Kids Universe. I live in Ashburn, Virginia. I’m a wife and mother to six children. The oldest is 23 and the youngest are 13. I have 1 girl and 5 younger boys including 2 sets of twins. Besides taking care of my family, I enjoy taking time to relax, go shopping and go to the gym. I have worked in schools and substituted at a private school in the past for many years. Just with my children alone I have plenty of experience with kids and I love all ages! I’m happy to be working here and look forward to taking care of your kids.

MKU Ashburn Team | MKU Ashburn | Ashburn VA | Top Montessori, Preschool, Childcare | Ms Angelica

Angelica Bland

Assistant Primary 2 Teacher

Hi, my name is Angelica Bland. I enjoy taking care of infants and toddlers. I enjoy seeing toddlers learn new things every day in a positive environment and helping them grow. I’m very motivated to see each child succeed on things they need to work or want to improve.

MKU Ashburn Team | MKU Ashburn | Ashburn VA | Top Montessori, Preschool, Childcare | Ms Shai | Top Montessori, Preschool, Childcare | Ms Vandana

Vandana

Assistant Primary 1 Teacher

My name is Vandana, I was born and raised in India. I finished my bachelor’s degree in education and started working as a teacher there. I was raised in a family where everyone worked in the education field. I then moved to America in 1998 and began teaching in Fairfax Virginia as a pre-school assistant teacher in 2003. In 2005, I moved to Ashburn and continued teaching. I have been teaching in Montessori schools and am very passionate and loving about the work I do daily, while working with the children in my care. I have two children, a daughter who’s married and a son who’s going to college. In my spare time, I like to cook, shop and spend time with my family and friends.

MKU Ashburn Team | MKU Ashburn | Ashburn VA | Top Montessori, Preschool, Childcare | Ms Shai | Top Montessori, Preschool, Childcare | Ms Salma

Ms. Salma

Floating Assistant

My name is Ms. Salma. I am an “all-around” teacher. I’m a very positive person and enjoy working with kids. I am currently enrolled in courses to complete my associate’s degree, so I am only able to work part-time, but I always do my best to make the best of the time I do get to spend with the kids and brighten everyone’s day.