CTM staff

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 himeslf at both the Primary and Elementary levels. He served for five years as a lead Primary teacher at the Montessori International School, Redwood City, California and the Santa Fe Montessori School, Solana Beach , California. Kevin also served for over seventeen years as a lead Elementary teacher at Community Montessroi 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 and Primary lead teacher.

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 (nationaly 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



Elementary Program

Lynn Newman, lead teacher, elementary. B.S., Carroll College; M.Ed., Loyola University Maryland; 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 Wisconsin. 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.



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 bachlor’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, Ohio. She also serves as a Montessori teacher trainer for the Center for Montessori Teacher Education in New York and Montessori Opportunities.

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, N.C., in 1991. Liz began her teaching career with children by working in day care centers and pre-schools until receiving her Montessori 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.


Support Staff

Gladys Morales, Primary Assistant

Jamie Decker, Elementary Assistant

Teresa Woods, Toddler Assistant

Laura Strickland, Toddler Assistant

Brittany Hill, Primary Assistant

Barbara Johnson, Assistant