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Metro East Montessori Staff

Kyra L. Lakin
Head of School/Primary Guide (ages 2½-6)

Kyra L. Lakin

Education: Master’s Montessori Primary Education, Loyola University of Maryland 2014; A.M.I. Diploma Montessori Training Center, St. Louis, MO 2012; B.S. Workforce Education, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL 1996; A.A. Southwestern Illinois College, IL 1995.

Experience: Primary Guide at Metro East Montessori School, Granite City, IL 2013 – present; Primary Guide and on-site director at Montessori School – St. Clair, Swansea, IL 2011-2013; Substitute teacher for Pre-K through 8th grade for the East Alton School District, East Alton, IL 2003– dates; Events planner for the Lakin Law Firm, Wood River, IL 1989-year; Instructor of Professional Development, Motivation and Study Skills, Sanford-Brown Business College, Granite City, IL 1996-1997.


Sarah Hutton
Administrative Assistant/Primary Guide (ages 2½-6)

Sarah Hutton

Education: A.M.I. 3-6+ Certificate from the Montessori Training Center of St. Louis, Missouri, 1984; Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, 1977; Associate of Arts in Fine Arts from Meramec Community College at Kirkwood, Missouri, 1974.

Experience: Primary Directress at Metro East Montessori School beginning 1988; Primary Directress at Des Peres Montessori School in Frontenac, Missouri, 1986-88; Classroom Aide and Substitute Directress at Metro East Montessori School, 1985¬-86; Aide at Countryside Montessori School’s Day Care and Summer Camp in St. Louis, Missouri, 1984-85.


Steph Plant
Primary Guide (ages 2½-6)

Steph Plant

Education: A.M.I. 3-6+ Certificate from the Montessori Training Center of St. Louis, 2014; Bachelor’s of Fine Art from Greenville College, Greenville, Illinois, 2009.

Experience: Primary Directress at Metro East Montessori School beginning 2014; Primary assistant at Metro East Montessori School, 2013-2014; Primary assistant at Villa di Maria Montessori, St. Louis, Missouri, 2012-2013.


Justine Megee
Lower Elementary Guide (ages 6-9)

Justine Megee

Education: AMI Elementary Training, Montessori Institute of Milwaukee,2013; Masters Arts of Teaching, Lindenwood University (In Progress); Bachelor of Science in Geography and Environmental Planning, minor in GIS Technologies and Art, Towson University, 2008.

Experience: Lower Elementary Guide, Metro East Montessori School, 2012 – present; Elementary Aide and After Care Aide at Metro East Montessori School since 2011; Elementary After Care Program at Campbell Montessori in St. Charles, Missouri, 2011; Washington University Student Health Center, St. Louis, Missouri, March 2009-August 2010; Group Workcamps Foundation, Loveland, Colorado, Summers of 2005-2008.


Megan McCormack
Upper Elementary Guide

Megan McCormack

Education: A.M.I. Diploma Montessori Training Center, St. Paul, MN 2018; M.F.A. in Creative Writing, University of Missouri – St. Louis, 2014; M.A. in Literature, University of Missouri – Kansas City, MO 2011.

Experience: Elementary Guide at Metro East Montessori School, Granite City, IL 2017 – present; Elementary Assistant at Metro East Montessori School, Granite City, IL 2015 – 2017; Teaching Artist at Arts for Learning, St. Louis, MO 2015; Artist in Residence at Springboard, St. Louis, MO 2014-2015.


Kristen Schindler
Adolescent Guide

Kristen Schindler

Education: A.M.I. Montessori Orientation Programme to Adolescent Studies Certificate, ages 12-18; Masters in Education with a focus on Reading, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville; Bachelors in Education, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville; Associates of Arts, Belleville Area College.

Experience: Teaching Experience: Language Arts, Reading, Social Studies, and Physical Education teacher at Liberty Middle School, Edwardsville, Il. Language Arts, Reading, and Yearbook Advisor at Lincoln Middle School, Edwardsville, Il. Active member of the National Council of Teachers of English and member of the North American Montessori Teachers’ Association.


Metro East Montessori School

Our Vision & Objectives




The basic aim of Metro East Montessori School is, in the words of Maria Montessori, "to help the child to help himself". In preparing an environment that provides for the child's inner needs, it is hoped he will be enabled to fulfill his highest potential as an integrated personality.

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Metro East Montessori Parents' Group

The Montessori Parents' Group sponsors various social and fundraising events throughout the year. These are fun events that allow the parents, staff members, family, and the surrounding community to have a great time while getting to know each other and raising money for the benefit of our children.

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