Meet the Montessori Kids Universe Short Pump Staff

About MKU Short Pump - Richmond Area Staff

Our MKU Short Pump Montessori staff, provide a nurturing learning environment to Nurture, Inspire and Educate your child.

MKU Short Pump Owners | Ed and Sun Burhop

MKU Short Pump Owners. Montessori School. Day Care. Infant Care. Pre-School. Kindergarten.Ed and Sun Burhop opened the Montessori Kids Universe of Short Pump in the fall of 2019.

Sun was born a refugee in Thailand, her family was sponsored to the United States when she was a child. She spent most of her life in Milwaukee, WI before relocating to the Short Pump Area in 2017. Sun spent many years in Restaurant and Salon Management prior to owning a salon in Milwaukee for six years. Since moving to Short Pump, she has worked in childcare and has launched the RVA Social Moms Group. Sun is also a board member for the non-profit group Asian American Society of Central Virginia, this group seeks to educate children around Richmond and spread cultural awareness.

Ed grew up in Milwaukee, WI and has worked in finance and accounting for a decade. Ed holds an MBA in Finance from Marquette University, he also holds the designation of Certified Public Accountant in the State of Virginia.

Ed and Sun met in July 2009 and married in November 2012 in Hawaii. Sun gave birth to William in 2014 and Freddie in 2017. They spend their free time with family and friends, as well as volunteering around the community.

In 2018, the Burhop’s realized the demand  for a Premium Montessori Curriculum in the Short Pump area and embarked on a mission to spread the teachings of Maria Montessori. The children of Short Pump now have access to a comprehensive Montessori and Reggio education!

MKU Short Pump | Ms. Charlotte

MKU Short Pump - MS Charlotte -Daycare-Childcare-Preschool-MontessoriMs. Charlotte received her Bachelor’s degree in Musical Theatre from Christopher Newport University. After finishing her degree, Charlotte became an entertainer at Walt Disney World before joining the Virginia Repertory Theatre’s national touring company. Charlotte joins us from Central Montessori School and looks forward to adding her many musical and theatrical talents to her MKU classroom. Her hobbies include hiking, reading, dancing, and singing along to her instruments. Charlotte is excited to bring creativity and laughter to the children at Montessori Kids Universe!

MKU Short Pump | Ms. Nora

MKU Short Pump - MS Nora -Daycare-Childcare-Preschool-MontessoriMs. Nora graduated from James Madison University in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in Theatre Performance. After graduation, Nora made the big move to Richmond and began touring nationally with Virginia Repertory Theatre’s – Children’s Theatre until the spring of 2019. Nora has always been passionate about theatre for children, that zeal for activism led her to the Central Montessori School where she acted as a full-time substitute and primary level assistant. In her free time, Nora enjoys performing in the local Richmond theatre community, reading, and writing spoken word poetry. Nora is excited to continue her Montessori journey alongside the amazing staff and administration here at Montessori Kids Universe!

MKU Short Pump | Ms. Kitty

MKU Short Pump - MS Kitty -Daycare-Childcare-Preschool-MontessoriMs. Kitty has five years of experience in the childcare industry, including Montessori experience in Northern Virginia. Kathleen (Ms. Kitty) grew up in Northern Virginia and moved to Richmond to attend Virginia Commonwealth University. She spends her free time studying and hanging out with family and her pet yorkie.

Schedule a tour of our facilities to meet our Short Pump Montessori school staff and look over our campus.  See with your own eyes the combination of the Reggio inspiration and Montessori philosophy reinforces and strengthens the image of the child as a self confident, creative and curious person.