Our Trained Staff

Melissa Beaty, Head of School and Lead Teacher

Melissa has been involved with Montessori classrooms for more than 20 years and has been with the Montessori Children's House of Sycamore and DeKalb since its inception in 2007.  After earning a B.S. in Early Childhood Studies from Northern Illinois University, she then earned her Primary (ages 3-6) Montessori Teaching Certificate from the Ohio Montessori Training Institute (recognized by the Association Montessori International). Outside of school, Melissa enjoys reading, traveling, and watching HGTV.  Melissa resides in Sycamore with her husband and their two children.

Anne Russmann, Assistant Teacher

Anne graduated from Framingham State University with a B.S. in Biology.  She also completed a post-baccalaureate program at Aurora University to earn a teacher certification for secondary science. Anne was a substitute teacher when her son attended Montessori Children's House.  In her free time, she enjoys reading, baking and crocheting.  She lives in Sycamore with her husband and their son.