The Light of the Child - Montessori School

About Us / Staff

Ms. Suzanne Frund
    Suzanne Frund is the owner and head teacher of The Light of the Child Montessori School, LLC.  She lives in Martinsburg and has lived in West Virginia for 13  years.  Suzanne earned her degree as a Registered Nurse in 1986.  Her courses included early childhood development.  Her 13 years of Nursing included Alexandria Hospital; Mary Washington Hospital; the American Red Cross, where she instructed CPR and First Aid classes; Suzanne also worked for Goodwill Industries, where she assisted kids with disabilities. This opportunity helped her discover that her true passion was helping children.  

    Maria Montessori pioneered the use of materials to aid in the development of all children.  Suzanne believes strongly in the Montessori method.  She trained under Christine Lavigne, who was a Montessori teacher for 17 years and an American Montessori Society teacher Trainer.  Suzanne received her Montessori teacher certification from the North American Montessori Center.

    Suzanne and her husband, Mark, adopted two children from Russia in 1996.  "Adopting children from an orphanage provides a unique insight into how children learn.  During the first few years of life there is a "window" or "sensitive period"  of opportunity.  If these "windows" are not addressed at the right time, the child is less capable of overcoming these obstacles during all subsequent stages of education."

    In addition, the TLC staff includes assistant teachers with preschool, Kindergarten and elementary school training.  Our team looks forward to helping your children learn and grow.


Christy Bevan ( Teacher Assistant/ Art Teacher )

 Christine studied fine arts at George Mason University. She is excited to meet the TLC students and families and is looking forward to persuing her passion which has been helping children. She is married and has 2 chiildren.  Christy is looking forward to helping the children express themselves through their work.

Ana Prillaman (Teacher assistant/ Art teacher)
This is Ana's 3rd year at TLC. Before working at TLC , Ana worked at Don Bosco Montessori School. She also has a
B.A. in theater and the arts as well as a background in  in Early Childhood education from DePaul University . She lives on a working farm. Ana enjoys sharing her experiences at the farm and taking the TLC students on field trips to learn about  the animals. She also teaches Spanish !

Tammy deNobel (Teacher)
Tammy holds a Bachelor's degree and a Maryland State Teaching Certification. She has taught in Washington County Public Schools and was a teacher of a multi-aged classroom at the Children's Center Group of Morovia. Tammy is an experienced professional and has been part of TLC for 2 years. She is also TLC's French teacher.


Melissa Guenther (Teacher Assistant) Melissa is new to TLC Montessori . She holds a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and has taught many years in the preschool setting. She is excited to move to Shepherdstown and starting her  teaching TLC this school year.
Ahry Green (Music Teacher)
Mary is TLC's expressive Music Teacher and holds a Bachelors of Psychology. She is looking foreward to teaching the TLC students .


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