Teachers and Staff

Lacie D.

Director

Ms. Lacie joined Kinder Haus in 2015 and has worn many different hats since: Afternoon teacher, Lead PreK/K teacher, Office administrator, and now Director. She was professionally trained through Montessori World Education Institute at Oaks Montessori in Hammond, and she holds a degree from UNO where she studied Sociology and Psychology. She is Louisiana State certified as an Early Childhood teacher, and has 14 years of experience working with children ages 1-12. While away from work, Ms. Lacie enjoys various creative projects. She also loves to travel! Her true passion, though, is working with children.  “Together with my team of amazing, experienced teachers, I am committed to creating and maintaining an environment where your child can grow and thrive while exploring the world around them. Thank you for sharing your precious children with us!”

Jade H.

Office Manager

Ms. Jade became a part of the Kinder Haus family in  2020. She attended the University of New Orleans where she obtained her bachelors degree in Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management. After graduating, Ms. Jade participated in a manager-development program in Salt Lake City, Utah where she learned the inner-workings of daily hotel operations and management. When she's not at Kinder Haus greeting visitors with her cheerful smile, she's usually at home baking goodies for friends and family, or painting a new piece of art.

Michele T.
Lead Teacher

Toddler Class

Ms. Michele joined our Kinder Haus team in January 2010. She is the mother of two children, Brianna and Brian. She completed her Montessori training through North American Montessori Center, and she has previous experience working in traditional preschool settings. Ms. Michele was the lead teacher in the Pre-K/Kindergarten class for 7 years, then in the summer of 2017 she moved over to lead the Toddler class. Ms. Michele is committed to keeping Dr. Montessori's vision alive, and she brings so many positive qualities to Kinder Haus. She has a warm and caring presence, and she is very knowledgeable in early years child development. During her time off, she enjoys reading, writing, being outdoors, and spending time with her children.

Gehan "Gee" A.

Assistant Teacher

Toddler Class

Ms. Gee  joined our Toddler Class in January 2020.  She is a military spouse from the United Kingdom. She  and her husband recently moved to New Orleans from Spangdahlem, Germany where she was a nanny to a 3-year old child. She also has 3+ years experience working at the Datchet Montessori School in the United Kingdom. It was there that she decided to pursue a deeper knowledge of the development and care of children. She is currently studying for her Associates degree in Psychology to gain her Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Gehan is gentle, patient, and creative. She is adored by the children and her co-workers.

Amber D.

Assistant Teacher, Substitute

Toddler Class

Ms. Amber's smile is so bright, and her positive attitude is contagious! She loves to sing. At the end of a long day, even when there is only one child left in the evening class, Ms. Amber is still singing, dancing, or reading a book to nurture that one child. "I strive to share my love of learning and make a positive impact here and in my community," says Ms. Amber. A former volunteer at the Children's Museum and experience as a summer camp counselor, she is a great addition to our Children's House. She loves to read, learn new things, and spend time with her sorority sisters.

Bonnie T.

Co-Lead Teacher

Preschool Class

Ms. Bonnie has brought her sparkling smile and nurturing spirit with her to Kinder Haus each day, as she has since 2001--that's 20 years!!! Mrs. Bonnie completed her Montessori Certification in August 2005 through North American Progressive Montessori. Her skills are obvious and much attributed to natural talent, many years of child care experience, and a love of children. Her quiet, calm, and gentle demeanor is perfectly fitting for the age group in which she teaches. You can often catch Ms. Bonnie giving lessons of yoga or sign language, something the children love. Ms. Bonnie hopes her influence helps the children to become confident, independent, respectful, and caring human beings. "I really believe this is what I was meant to do with my life; to share the love that I have for children with lots of love, hugs and kisses!" says Ms. Bonnie. She enjoys spending time with her  family when she's not at Kinder Haus.

Tamarra J.

Co-Lead Teacher

Preschool Class

Ms. Tamarra joined our Kinder Haus team in 2002--that makes 19 years!!! Before Kinder Haus, Ms. Tamarra worked in various child care settings including working with 3-4-year-old children every summer as part of the Jefferson Parish Man-Power Program. She completed her Montessori Certification in 2006 through NAMC. Ms. Tamarra is compassionate, genuine, reliable, and she loves to laugh. She comes to work every day with an exceptionally professional appearance, completed with her beautiful smile. She is a natural nurturer to the children she teaches, and she takes care of her co-workers as well. We appreciate all of her outstanding contributions and dedication to the children, parents and teachers of Kinder Haus. Everyone knows that if they need a good hug or a welcoming smile, Ms. Tam is the one to visit. 

Sarah K.
Assistant Teacher

Preschool Class

Ms. Sarah joined our Kinder Haus family in 2008. She as an Associates Degree in many subjects including: Education, Psychology, Political Science, and Pre-Med. Additionally, she taught for many years in Pakistan before joining us at Kinder Haus Montessori. Ms. Sarah enjoys spending time with her 3 children, reading, and cooking. In the words of Ms. Sarah, “I respectfully enjoy and love being able to teach the children here at Kinder Haus.” Ms. Sarah is trained to work in every classroom in our school, and the children and teachers love when she is here! Her gentle demeanor and kindness are a few of the many things we all love about her. Not only is she a great teacher, but she is also a wonderful cook...we all look forward to Ms. Sarah's dishes during potluck events!

Brandie M.
Lead Teacher

Pre-K/Kindergarten Class

Ms. Brandie joined our Kinder Haus family in 2013. She has a background in childcare and retail. Her creativity, natural love of children, and organization skills make her a great fit for our children’s house. Ms. Brandie completed her NAMC Montessori certification training in 2014, and in 2019 she completed workshop training through MWEI at Oaks Montessori in Hammond. Ms. Brandie says, “I feel that teaching is my true passion, and a calling – I’ve wanted to be a teacher since I was a little girl. Teaching has so many rewards, but the greatest is seeing how excited the children are to see you and knowing that you’re making a difference in, not only their days, but their lives". Ms. Brandie has one teenage son. She enjoys finding new craft activities to create, and she also has a love of handwriting and penmanship. We ask for Ms. Brandie's help when we need fancy handwriting or lettering on something! Loyal, punctual, calm, and committed are just a few words that describe her personality.

Elizabeth "Liddy" G.

Assistant Teacher

Pre-K/Kindergarten Class

Bio Coming Soon!

Nicole L.

Assistant Teacher

Pre-K/Kindergarten Class

Gardener/Grounds Manager

Ms. Nicole believes that the purpose of education is to help each child grow to their fullest potential, and we agree! Ms. Nicole says, “Students should be guided through independent, hands-on activities that prepare them to be lifelong learners and leaders of the community. A variety of learning styles should be utilized to support social, emotional and educational needs. A successful child care program is one that treats both teachers and students with mutual respect that helps each child feel lovable and capable."  Ms. Nicole has a degree in Art Education and taught for many years in traditional education schools. Her enthusiasm and joy of gardening makes for hand-on learning fun! The children love watering the gardens and learning all about nature with Ms. Nicole.

Mignon G.

Substitute Teacher

Ms.Mignon originally joined our Preschool team in June of 2020. Ms. Mignon has returned as a substitute for our summer program 2021. She comes with plenty experience from teaching the third grade in Baton rouge for several years. When Ms.Mignon is not at work, you can find her outdoors in the beautiful Louisiana weather gardening, hiking, or cycling! Ms.Mignon has two boys of her own and says her motivation to teach comes from the joy of seeing children eager to learn and a love for exploration. Every time you see Ms. Mignon, she greets you with the biggest smile and is ready to jump in to help whenever needed. Welcome back, Ms. Mignon!