Faculty and Staff


Mrs. Meredith Le Grand, M.Ed.

Co-Head of School, Academic

Mr. Thomas Le Grand

Co-Head of School, Business

Mrs. Leslie Montague

Director of Admission

Ms. Joan Marie Parasine

School Founder

Mr. Wasim Malik

Staff Accountant

Mrs. Ivy Moore, LPN

School Health Coordinator

Mrs. Anne Ray

Administrative Assistant

Miss Moani Lum

Assistant to the Co-Heads/Communications

Ms. Kaitlyn Giblin

Communications & Administrative Assistant

Mrs. Knoke's Class

Mrs. Amanda Knoke

Pre-Primary (Toddler) Teacher

Mrs. Manjula Patel

Assistant - Mrs. Knoke

Mrs. Jeannette Yanes

Pre-Primary Intern Teacher/Extended Day & Aftercare

Orsolya Csiba

Assistant - Mrs. Knoke

Mrs. Margarita Ibarra

Assistant - Mrs. Knoke

Miss Rucker's Class

Miss Carolyn Rucker

Primary Teacher

Mrs. Sadia Ahmad

Assistant - Miss Rucker

Miss Ashley Wagner

Assistant - Miss Rucker

Mrs. Evers' Class

Mrs. Laura Evers

Primary Teacher

Mrs. Sofia Curran

Assistant - Mrs. Evers

Mrs. Maria Benincasa

Assistant - Mrs. Evers

Ms. Silverman's Class

Ms. Coleen Silverman

Primary Teacher

Ms. Sara Bjerde

Assistant - Ms. Silverman

Mrs. Suzan Orman

Assistant - Ms. Silverman

Ms. Wei Lu

Primary Intern - Ms. Silverman

Mrs. Vaz's Class

Mrs. Avan Vaz

Primary Teacher

Miss Jennifer Kiess

Intern and Assistant - Mrs. Vaz

Mrs. Riffat Malik

Assistant - Mrs. Vaz, and Peace Teacher

Mrs. Fremming's and Ms. Church's Class

Mrs. Megan Fremming

Primary Teacher

Ms. Sarah Roberts

Primary Teacher

Mrs. Tammy Gikakis

Assistant - Mrs. Fremming

Mrs. Nga Tran

Assistant - Mrs. Fremming

Mr. McCracken's and Mrs. Farruggio's Class

Mr. Gregory McCracken

Upper Elementary Teacher

Mrs. Patricia Farruggio

Upper Elementary Teacher

Mrs. Heather Smith

Assistant - Mr. McCracken and Mrs. Farruggio

Ms. Carter-Nanian and Ms. Mulhall's Class

Ms. Caitlyn Carter-Nanian

Lower Elementary Teacher

Ms. Sara Mulhall

Lower Elementary Teacher

Mrs. Sarah Grocock

Assistant - Ms. Carter-Nanian and Ms. Mulhall

Ms. McCusker's and Ms. Cardosi's Class

Ms. Joyce McCusker

Lower Elementary Teacher

Ms. Calesse Cardosi

Lower Elementary Teacher

Ms. Cherie Young

Assistant - Ms. McCusker and Ms. Cardosi


Mrs. Mary Meckley

Art Teacher

Ms. Nina Gibson

Music and Drama Teacher- Upper Elementary

Ms. Brenda Chambers

Physical Education Teacher

Mrs. Nancy Maurer

Spanish Teacher

Ms. Karen Di Dio


Mrs. Jaimie Galbreath, M.Ed.

Science Teacher

Janet Lee Ph.D.

Technology Teacher

Mrs. Nayana Talsania

Science Lab Assistant

Mrs. Monica Granovsky

Spanish Teacher

Ms. Laura Cian

Music and Spanish Teacher

Bus Drivers

Mr. Hyo Kyu Pak

Bus Driver

Mr. James Brantley

Bus Driver

Extended Day and Aftercare

Miss Zeynep Biron

Assistant - Mrs. Nelson

Ms. Anne Nelson

Extended Day/Aftercare Coordinator and Lead Teacher

Primary art

Karen Graham

Art Enrichment teacher

The Montessori School of McLean has a highly trained, world-class faculty and staff! All of our classrooms have at least one Montessori trained teacher (Elementary has two), all teachers have a minimum of a Bachelors Degree, a few have Masters Degrees, and several more are currently pursuing a Masters. Our Enrichment teachers all have a degree or certification in the area in which they teach, and several of our classroom assistants are pursuing or already have a Montessori certification. Among our 52 faculty and staff members, there are at least 15 world languages spoken, creating a wonderfully diverse experience for our school. Most importantly, our faculty and staff share a passion for education and strive to make the world a better place through their work with young children!