Kerry Henley – Head of School
The Malta Montessori School which was established in 2006 is owned and operated by Kerry Henley. Kerry received her AMS Montessori Early Childhood Certification in 2004 after completing her training at the Center for Montessori Education/ NY. Previous to that Kerry was a Middle School and High School Social Studies Teacher in the Capital District and New York City after receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in and Master’s Degree in Education from the State University at Albany. Kerry enjoys rowing and traveling around the world with her husband and two sons.
Meg Dahl- Toddler Class Head Teacher
Meg Dahl is the head teacher of our Toddler class at Malta Montessori. Meg graduated from The College of St. Rose in 2010 with a dual major in Early Childhood Education as well as in Special Education. Following this, she obtained a Masters in Literacy from The University at Albany. Meg is obtaining her AMS Montessori Infant and Toddler certification from the Center for Montessori Education, CME/NY. Prior to Meg’s position at Malta Montessori, she was the private nanny of a family for over five years, as well as a preschool teacher and substitute teacher for children ranging from preschool through sixth grade in various local districts. Other than spending much time with the children in her life, Meg enjoys the outdoors, being active, cooking, traveling, expanding her knowledge and spending time with her friends, family and beloved dog Zoe.
Patty Acunto – Children’s House Head Teacher
Patty Acunto is currently a Head Teacher for one of our Children’s House classrooms. Patty is a graduate of Regis University with a BS in Social Science and also holds an Associate’s Degree from Marymount University. She received her Montessori certification from the Montessori Education Center of the Rockies in Boulder CO. Patty started her Montessori career at Montessori Peak Academy in CO. and after 10 years moved to NY where she taught at Albany Montessori Education Center. At AMEC she was the director and Children’s House teacher for 4 years and taught 2 years at Castle Island Bilingual Montessori where she was a head teacher and co-founder of the school. Patty and her husband live in Troy with their cat, Reggie.
Megan Eglin- Children’s House Head Teacher
Nancy Hillengas- Children’s House Head Teacher
Nancy Hillengas is currently a Head Teacher in our Children’s House. Nancy holds a MSEd from the University of Pennsylvania and earned her AMS Early Childhood Montessori Certification from Northeast Montessori Institute. Nancy also holds a Permanent Teaching Certificate from New York State. Recently, Nancy was a Head Teacher at the Woodland Hill Montessori School in Rensselaer for 16 years. Nancy has also taught at the Montessori Magnet School in the City School District of Albany. Nancy and her family live in Albany, NY. She enjoys photography, gardening, drawing and watercolor painting.
Jessica Blake- Children’s House Head Teacher
Jessica Blake is our Kindergarten teacher this year. After receiving her BA in English from the University at Albany in 2007, she traveled West to Colorado where she began working as an assistant at Steamboat Springs Montessori. Jessica received her Montessori 3-6 Certification from Montessori Education Center of the Rockies in Boulder, Colorado in 2012. Packing her bags again, she landed in Boston, Massachusetts and led classrooms at Torit Montessori School for four years. After her son was born, Jessica moved back to her hometown of Saratoga Springs, NY with her husband where they now reside. Jessica loves practicing yoga, skiing, cooking, and being outside doing almost anything but especially canoeing, gardening, hiking, and exploring with her now 2 year old son, Jack.
Tatiana Hart-Lower Elementary Head Teacher
Tatiana Hart is currently a Head Teacher for our Lower Elementary classroom after teacher two years in one of our Children’s House classrooms. Tatiana attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated in 2010. After college she went to work in Pennsylvania as the Director of the Equestrian Riding Program at Lake Bryn Mawr. From there she gained and acquired a great interest working with young children. After working in Pennsylvania she returned to North Carolina in where she earned her AMS Montessori Teaching Credential and began her career as an educator. Soon after she enjoyed three years working as a lead Lower Elementary Teacher in Holly Springs, NC. From 2015-2016 she worked as a co-lead teacher at RiverRun Community Montessori. Recently, she expanded her Montessori training by becoming a certified lead teacher for Early Childhood Education at CME/NY for children age from 2 ½ to 6 years old.
Rebecca Bachman- Toddler Assistant Teacher
Kerri Dates-Toddler Assistant Teacher
Kerri is a new assistant teacher in the toddler classroom. She grew up in Mechanicville and made her way back to the area after living in Syracuse, North Carolina and Massachusetts. Kerri graduated from Syracuse University in 2002 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Computers and spent a semester traveling abroad in Australia. She worked at Cisco Systems for 15 years as a Systems Engineer and Project Manager. She recently decided she wanted a change from her corporate life and decided to try some new things that allow her to spend more time with her 3 boys. Her boys are Alex (10), Jaxson (8) & Noah (5) and they have grown up at Malta Montessori! She believes in positive parenting and loves the Montessori philosophy. Outside of the classroom, Kerri is passionate about traveling (and has visited all the continents except Antarctica), being active outdoors (camping/hiking/swimming/
Donna Wright- Children’s House Class Assistant Teacher
Donna is currently an Assistant Teacher in Megan’s Children’s House classroom as well as our nap room supervisor. Donna is a graduate from Cairo Durham High School and attended Columbia – Greene Community College for two years studying Business Administration. Donna worked in the food industry at Casa Imports in Utica, NY for several years before moving to Ballston Spa with her family. Prior to Malta Montessori, Donna was a Stay At Home Mom for her three children, Halle 15, Mariah 12 and Ivy 5. Outside of Malta Montessori, Donna enjoys food blogging for local newspaper websites, cooking and spending time with friends and family.
Meghan Stiehler – Children’s House Assistant Teacher
Meghan Stiehler is an assistant teacher here at Malta Montessori. Prior to moving from Maine to Saratoga Springs in June of 2010, so she could be closer to her family, Meghan spent many years working with children in a multitude of settings. She co-founded and taught at a full day private preschool, worked as a teacher in a multi-age classroom and cared for children in home and camp settings. Meghan holds a degree from West Virginia University. Outside of school, Meghan enjoys spending time being active, whether it be walking with the dog or working in the yard.
Angela Sicina- Children’s House Assistant Teacher
Angela is the assistant teacher in Patty’s Children’s House classroom. She recently graduated from Keystone College in Pennsylvania and is dual-certified in Early Childhood & Special Education. She currently attends Grand Canyon University online in pursuit of her master’s degree in reading. In her free time, Angela enjoys reading books about consciousness, writing about existence, speaking about love and empathy, dancing, hiking, making jewelry, and drawing & painting. Angela is passionate about the Montessori Method and aspires to become a Montessori lead teacher. She will be trained at the Center for Montessori Education this year to be certified by the summer of 2020.
Divya Kurup- Lower Elementary Assistant Teacher
Divya joined Malta Montessori in 2017 as a part time substitute teacher. She found teaching to be a great passion of hers and she became a classroom aid/support. Currently, Divya is working as an Assistant teacher in the Lower Elementary Classroom. Divya is also a part-time Doctoral student with the Waves group in Gent University, Belgium and her publications can be found here. Prior to pursuing doctoral studies Divya graduated with an M.S in Telecommunication and Network Management from Syracuse University, where she was awarded the Master’s Degree Award (best student of the year). She holds a Bachelors of Engineering in Electronics and Telecommunication from Mumbai University. Previously, Divya has held various positions as an Engineer in companies such as D-Link, Symantec and as a researcher in Gent University, Belgium. She was introduced to the Montessori education when her daughters enrolled in Malta Montessori. Outside of school, Divya is passionate about CrossFit, reading and creative writing.