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Meet Our Team


Head of School, Kevin O’Loughlin.  B.A., University of California at Irvine, CA.; AMI Primary Diploma, Sion Hill College, Dublin, Ireland; AMI Elementary Diploma, Washington Montessori Institute, Washington, D.C.; Independent School Management Course, Wilmington, DE.

Kevin O'Loughlin

Kevin O’Loughlin has been an integral participant as teacher, administrator and leader in the Montessori movement for over thirty years. For 24 years, Mr. O’Loughlin has distinguished himself at both the Primary and Elementary levels. He served for five years as a lead Primary teacher at the Montessori International School, Redwood City, CA. and the Santa Fe Montessori School, Solana Beach, CA. Kevin also served for over 17 years as a lead Elementary teacher at Community Montessori School in Lexington, KY.

Mr. O’Loughlin has served several tenures at Charles Towne Montessori. First as Elementary lead teacher and Academic Director, and currently as  Head of School.

Before coming to CTM, Mr. O’Loughlin served as Headmaster at OMNI Montessori School, Charlotte, NC. and as Executive Director at Carolyn Barron Montessori School, Newnan, GA.

Kevin has been active in several professional organizations. His most noteworthy contributions were presiding as Chairman of the AMI-EAA (national elementary teachers association) and as a founding member of the Atlanta Montessori Institute Board of Trustees. He has also attended numerous conferences and workshops sponsored by AMI, NAMTA, AMS and ISM.


Debbie Kirby, Business Manager

Susan Burkhardt, Administrator

Arlene LeBoeuf, Marketing Director



Elementary Program

Lynn Newman, lead teacher, elementary. B.S., Carroll College; M.Ed., Loyola University, MD.; AMI Elementary Diploma, Montessori Institute of Minnesota.

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After receiving a bachelor’s degree in social work, lead upper elementary teacher Lynn Newman worked for several years as a treatment counselor. Because of an interest in working with children, she later decided to pursue a teaching degree and earned a teaching certification and reading teacher license from Cardinal Stritch University in WI. She then worked in Milwaukee Public Schools and the Houston Independent School District as a classroom teacher and as a reading specialist.

When her children were young, she worked part-time as an ESL teacher in the Hong Kong public schools, teaching English to children from first grade to middle school.

Since receiving her AMI Elementary Diploma and a master’s degree in education, she has taught at the upper elementary level in international schools in Tokyo, Germany and the Virgin Islands. Ms. Lynn now leads both upper and lower elementary programs at Charles Towne Montessori.



Primary Program

Gigi Hunter, lead primary teacher, B.A., Wheeling Jesuit University, Wheeling, WV; M.Ed., Walsh University, Canton, OH; AMI Primary Diploma, Washington Montessori Institute, Washington, D.C.

Gigi Hunter

Gigi Hunter joined the staff of Charles Towne Montessori in 2010. After she completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology, Gigi received her AMI primary diploma and has more than 30 years of Montessori teaching experience.

Gigi also holds a master’s degree in education and has taught as an adjunct professor at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh and Walsh University in Canton, OH. She also serves as a Montessori teacher trainer for the Center for Montessori Teacher Education in New York and Montessori Opportunities.


Valda Hathaway, lead primary teacher, B.A. Eastern Tennessee State University, AMI certification for Primary Montessori Institute of Atlanta.













Valda Hathaway is both a teacher and a parent of 2 students at Charles Towne Montessori. She has 10 years teaching experience in the primary classroom including lead positions in Atlanta, Knoxville, Charleston, and Bali, Indonesia. Valda held a lead teaching position at Charles Towne Montessori before teaching in Bali, and has returned first as a parent and most recently as a Primary lead once again.



Toddler Program

Elizabeth McGuire, toddler lead teacher, AMS Toddler certification

Liz McGuire

Elizabeth McGuire, a lead toddler teacher at Charles Towne Montessori, completed her American Montessori Society training in Raleigh, NC., in 1991. Liz began her teaching career with children by working in day care centers and pre-schools until receiving her Montessori certification.  Liz held a lead toddler position for five years at Charles Towne Montessori when she left to marry and start a family. She rejoined the Charles Towne Montessori faculty in 2009.



Kathryn Lester, toddler lead teacher, AMS Infant/Toddler certification Center for Montessori Teacher Education, Raleigh, NC 



Kathryn is a Charleston native. She always wanted to be a kindergarten teacher in a traditional school until she began working in a Montessori inspired school.
She enjoys the local beaches and watching football with friends.



Support Staff

Ann Marie Castellano, Primary Assistant

Jamie Decker, Elementary Assistant

Kathryn Old, Toddler Assistant

Katherine Ulm, Toddler Assistant

Kathleen Howington, Assistant

Wendy Gee, Assistant

Hannah Durrant, Toddler Assistant

Laura Kivett, Primary Assistant