Meet Our Team

Staff 2018-2019


Head of School, Susan Burkhardt


Lanie Ruedy, Administrator


Debbie Kirby, Business Manager


Elementary Program

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


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

Elisabeth Enriquez, Lead Primary Teacher. B.A., The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA; Master’s Degree in Education, Loyola College of Maryland, Baltimore, MD; Primary Certification, A.M.I., Montessori Institute Northwest, Seattle/Portland; Lower Elementary Training, A.M.S., Seattle; N.A.M.C. Upper Elementary Certification, British Columbia.


Elisabeth began her Montessori career upon her eldest daughter’s recommendation, after her daughter had completed her three years of Primary education and was beginning first grade in her Montessori school. This excellent recommendation turned out to change the course of Elisabeth’s life for the best! Montessori teaching has become a way of life for her, not just a profession. Elisabeth has loved the trainings and the experiences at each level of Montessori from Primary through Upper Elementary, and after most recently teaching in the Upper Elementary at a Montessori public charter school, she has decided to return to her Primary roots, here at C.T.M.

Valda Hathaway, Lead Primary Teacher, B.A. Eastern Tennessee State University, AMI certification for Primary Montessori Institute of Atlanta.
ValdaValda 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.

Rebecca Hyatt, Lead Primary Teacher

RebeccaWith over ten years combined teaching experience from diverse schools, Rebecca brings her knowledge and passion for Montessori teaching to Charles Towne Montessori. She holds a Bachelors in Business Administration yet quickly found her way into Montessori education starting out as an assistant teacher in her home city of Rock Hill, South Carolina. Rebecca continued her journey serving children and families in Colorado, New York City and spent two years teaching as an ESL teacher in South Korea. Most recently, she obtained her AMI Primary Diploma from the Montessori Center of Minnesota and is currently completing her Masters in Education from St. Catherine University.

She is excited to be back in South Carolina to join the community at Charles Towne Montessori!

Toddler Program

Elizabeth McGuire, Toddler Lead Teacher, AMS Toddler certification from Center for Montessori Teacher Education, Raleigh, NC


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 Williamson, Toddler Lead Teacher, AMS Infant/Toddler certification Center for Montessori Teacher Education, Raleigh, NC 


Kathryn has been a lead toddler teacher at Charles Towne Montessori for 4 years. She received her Montessori Infant/Toddler Credential in North Carolina at the Center for Montessori Teacher Education in 2014. She enjoys working in the toddler community and being part of such a special school.


Rachel Apple, Primary Assistant
Marah Coxe, Toddler Assistant

Jamie Decker, Elementary Assistant

Sequoia Dubose, Toddler Assistant
Brittany Gowder, Office Assistant
Emily Lawing, Toddler Assistant
Sharonda Murph
Sharonda Murph, Primary Assistant
Elizabeth Pak
Elizabeth Pak, Toddler Assistant
Melisa Peckam, Primary Assistant


Wendy Gee, Afterschool Lead
Patrick Flynn, Afterschool Assistant
Amber Hodges, Afterschool Assistant
Victoria Nichols, Afterschool Assistant