Kerry Henley – Head of School & Children’s House Teacher

The Malta Montessori School which was established in 2006 is owned and operated by Kerry Henley. Kerry received her 3-6 Primary AMS Montessori 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.  This year Kerry is stepping back into the classroom as a teacher in one of our Children’s House classrooms. She is excited to return to the classroom and work with the children more closely every day. Kerry’s hobby is keeping busy traveling around the world with her husband and two sons.

Nancy J Hillengas – Director of School

Nancy Hillengas is currently our Director of School. Nancy was a Children’s House head teacher at MMS for 5 years. In addition to Nancy’s new director role, she is a member of this year’s American Montessori’s Emerging Leaders Fellowship Cohort and is working toward her AMS ABAR Certification. She is excited about her new role at Malta Montessori and all it entails. Nancy was a Children’s House head teacher at Woodland Hill Montessori School in Rensselaer, NY for 16 years.  Prior to that, she taught at the Montessori Magnet School in the City School District of Albany, NY. Nancy holds a Master of Science degree in Education from the University of Pennsylvania and earned her American Montessori Society Early Childhood Certification from the Northeast Montessori Institute. Nancy also holds a Permanent Teaching Certificate from New York State.  Nancy and her family live in Albany, NY.  She enjoys photography, gardening, drawing, and watercolor painting. All three of Nancy’s boys graduated from Montessori.

Meghan Stiehler – Assistant Director of School

Meghan Stiehler has been an assistant teacher, office assistant and head of our Summer Program 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. This year Meghan has taken on the role of Assistant Director of School. Megahn handles many aspects of our daily operations from arranging school subs to staffing our After school care and planning afterschool enrichment activities, etc. Outside of school, Meghan enjoys spending time being active, whether it is walking with the dog or working in the yard.

Kerri Dates – Toddler Class Head Teacher

Kerri is the Head Teacher in one of our toddler classrooms. 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 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and spent a semester traveling abroad in Australia.  She worked at Cisco Systems for 15 years as a Systems Engineer and Project Manager.  In 2013, she found Malta Montessori and sent all three of her boys there.  She was offered a position as a Toddler Assistant Teacher in 2018 and fell in love with it!  She obtained her AMS Montessori Infant and Toddler certification from the Northeast Montessori Institute. She believes in and lives positive parenting and loves the Montessori philosophy.  Outside of the classroom, Kerri is passionate about traveling, being active outdoors (camping/hiking/swimming/exploring), reading, and spending time with her family who keep her very busy!

Annabelle Keene – Toddler Classroom Assistant Teacher

Annabelle is an assistant teacher in Kerri’s toddler classroom. She also teaches our Friday Movement classes to our Lower Elementary and Children’s House students.   She graduated from The State University at Oneonta with a BFA in Art and Design with a Concentration in Graphic and Web Design. Annabelle has been a gymnastics coach at Stepping Star Gymnastics since 2018, where she enjoys working with children of all ages. She is Safesport certified and passionate about fitness. She spent her senior year in college volunteering with Project Lift at the  Division Street Elementary School, where she discovered her passion for working with children in a classroom setting. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking in the Adirondacks, drawing, and reading.

Daisy Tucker – Toddler Classroom Assistant Teacher & Office Support Staff

Daisy is an assistant in Kerri’s toddler classroom.


Mary Boykin – Toddler Class Head Teacher

Mary is the head teacher in one of the toddler classrooms.


Jessica Koenig – Children’s House Teacher

Jessica is a head teacher in one of our Children’s House classrooms this year. Originally from Saratoga Springs, NY she earned her BA in English from the University at Albany. After several years as a children’s ski instructor in Steamboat Springs, CO, Jessica found a small Montessori school and fell in love with the philosophy. Jessica holds her AMS 3-6 Primary Certification from the Montessori Education Center of the Rockies in Boulder, CO. In 2016, after leading her own Children’s House classroom for 5 years in Boston MA, Jessica moved back to Saratoga Springs with her husband and 3-week-old son.  Both of Jessica’s children have attended Malta Montessori. At MMS Jessica has worked in Children’s House, Lower Elementary, as an assistant in a Toddler classroom, and now is back to her love of leading a Children’s house classroom. When not teaching she loves to practice yoga, cultivate her many home gardens, ski, and juggle play dates and travel with her family.

Amy Minick – Children’s House Assistant Teacher

Amy is the assistant in Jessica’s Children’s House classroom. Amy has many years of experience working with young children from infancy to school age.  She received an Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Arizona. Amy previously worked at a high-end local daycare for about 10 years.  She was in the classroom for 6 years then was promoted to Assistant Director for 4 years before she decided to stay home with her two youngest children. Teaching and working with children is her passion.  She truly enjoys watching the children flourish and grow throughout the school year. Amy has 4 children that keep her very busy and she enjoys being outdoors and spending time with family and friends.

Jong Ryu – Children’s House Assistant Teacher

Jong Ryu is the assistant teacher in Kerry’s Children’s House classroom. She graduated from Korea National University of Education and has 2 bachelor’s degrees in elementary education and music education. She has been a head teacher for over 14 years at an elementary school and middle school in Korea and a pre-K assistant teacher in Clifton Park. She has 2 beautiful sons who both graduated from Montessori Kindergarten. Jong began focusing on early childhood education after raising them. She has lived in Korea, Germany, and the United States and has an understanding of many different cultures and hopes to share these things with others at Malta Montessori.

Lilli Worden – Children’s House Teacher

Lilli Worden is currently a Children’s House head teacher. She is certified by the American Montessori Society in Early Childhood Education.  She completed her training at the West Side Montessori Teacher Education program.  Lilli holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Vermont. Prior to working at Malta Montessori, Lilli was a nanny and a homeschool teacher during the height of our Covid-19 pandemic. She also worked several years as a substitute teacher and volunteered as a Girl Scout leader. Lilli lives in Guilderland, NY with her husband, their cat, turtle, and dog. She enjoys being with her friends and family, hiking, and traveling.

Ashley Fimbel – Children’s House Assistant Teacher

Ashley Fimbel is the assistant teacher in Lilli’s Children’s House classroom. In 2020, she obtained a BFA in Art Education from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. She worked for two years as an elementary art teacher in Northern Virginia before moving to New York State. Ashley worked at RiverRun Montessori in Niskayuna, NY as an assistant teacher in a Children’s House classroom. Ashley came to Malta Montessori in the fall of 2023. When she isn’t teaching, she spends her time making, selling, and tutoring art. Ashley lives in Albany with her husband and their two cats. 

Tatiana Hart – Lower Elementary Head Teacher

Tatiana Hart is currently the Head Teacher for our Lower Elementary classroom. Previously, she taught for 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 in working with young children. After working in Pennsylvania she returned to North Carolina 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. Tatiana earned her Master of Science in Early Childhood Education from the College of New Rochelle. She also expanded her Montessori training by becoming an AMS Primary/Children’s House teacher at CME/NY for children ages 2 ½ to 6 years old.

Patty Acunto – Lower Elementary Assistant Teacher

Patty Acunto is currently the assistant teacher in our Lower Elementary classroom. Patty is a graduate of Regis University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Science and also holds an Associate’s Degree from Marymount University. She received her AMS 3-6 Primary Montessori certification from the Montessori Education Center of the Rockies in Boulder, Colorado. Patty started her Montessori career at Montessori Peaks Academy in Colorado. After 10 years in Colorado, she moved to New York where she taught at Albany Montessori Education Center. At AMEC she was the director and Children’s House teacher for four years. Patty was the Co-Founder and lead Children’s House teacher at Castle Island Bilingual Montessori School in Albany, NY for two years. Patty came to Malta Montessori in 2014 as a Children’s House head teacher. In the spring of 2023, Patty retired from being a lead teacher and moved into the supporting role of assistant teacher to remain part of our Malta Montessori community.  Patty and her husband live in Troy with their cat, Reggie.

Where to Find Us

100 Saratoga Village Blvd.
Suite 34a
Malta, NY 12020

We are located in Malta Commons, on Rt. 67 at exit 12. From the traffic circle on route 67, take a left at the T and then a right into the parking lot. We are the first location on the corner and have a wooden fenced in playground out front.