“What is the greatest height of a Montessori teacher’s success? To be able to say: 
“Now the children work as if I did not exist,” She has become nothing and the children have become all… 
“I have served the spirit of these children so that they have achieved development 
and I have accompanied them in all their experiences,”
-Dr. Montessori, The Absorbent Mind, The Montessori Teacher
Our Team
Valerie brims with passion for nurturing children and supporting parents using Montessori as a guide. A fluent Spanish speaker, she is skilled at teaching preschoolers in both Spanish and English. She has over ten years of working with children from birth to teens.
  
Valerie is currently pursuing a B.S. in Elementary Education. She has completed multiple courses through the esteemed Center for Guided Montessori Studies (CGSM), including their Infant Toddler, Primary and Fundamentals courses. 

Valerie compliments her work at Montesshare with working at Montessori School of Northern Virginia. Her life passion is children and she’s read twenty plus books Montessori early childhood education. In her free time, Valerie loves hiking, cooking Peruvian food and spending time with her family.
Spanish Bilingual Montessori Teacher
Lead Teacher - Valerie Santarmaria
Montessori Assistant Teacher
Assistant Teacher - Melissa Lopez
Melissa is a seasoned educator with fifteen years experience lead teaching early childhood classes. Melissa holds a Masters degree in Elementary Education and Music for Children from New York University, as well as a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Psychology from New York University.  

Melissa grew up in Long Island, moved to New York City for university, stayed there to teach gifted and talented classes in grades 1 and 2, and created/directed after-school theater for twelve years.  While in New York, she spent each summer traveling the world and has travelled to over thirty-five countries. She then moved to New Orleans to teach literacy, become a teacher mentor, and started KIPP Leadership Primary's first theater program, granting her a Spotlight Teacher Award for the region in 2016. She now resides here in Alexandria with her husband, two-year-old daughter, and dog.  Melissa has been singing, playing guitar, and dancing for over twenty years and is so excited to also bring that joy to our children.

Christie is Montesshare’s former assistant teacher and is now serving as our substitute teacher, when needed.

Christie first discovered her love for young children almost ten years ago when serving in her church nursery. To explore this budding passion, in 2011 she served as an assistant teacher at Montessori School of Northern Virginia (MSNV). She went on to become the lead teacher of an Extended Day Primary classroom. Christie is pursuing a B.S. in Sociology with a minor in Family and Human Development and expected to graduate in May 2019. Christie devours every opportunity to learn more about Montessori - she’s enjoyed workshops and conferences, read a multitude of Montessori's books, and completed CGSM’s Fundamentals of Montessori Education.

Christie is a vegan animal lover with a passion for baking, Pinterest boards and camping.

Montessori Substitute Teacher
Substitute Teacher - Christie Cameron
Joy Wilder Montessori Founder
Director and Founder – Joy Wilder
Montesshare is the most recent piece of Joy’s Montessori legacy, a legacy of peace for parents, children and our planet!  She has always been passionate about enriching her community.  She holds a Marketing and Sociology degrees from the College of William and Mary.  She serves on the Board of Owners at ToTH Montessori, as the Vice President of MOMS Club Kingstowne-East and as the Location Co-Pastor of Capital City Church. 

Joy is Mom to four beautiful children, a spinning junkie and loves a mean game of Settlers.



Our Team
Director and Founder – Joy Wilder
Montesshare is the most recent piece of Joy’s Montessori legacy, a legacy of peace for parents, children and our planet! She has always been passionate about enriching her community. She holds a Marketing and Sociology degrees from the College of William and Mary.  She serves on the Board of Owners at ToTH Montessori, as the Vice President of MOMS Club Kingstowne-East and as the Location Co-Pastor of Capital City Church. She is Mom to four beautiful children, a spinning junkie and loves a mean game of Settlers.

Lead Teacher - Valerie Santarmaria
Valerie brims with passion for nurturing children and supporting parents using Montessori as a guide. A fluent Spanish speaker, she is skilled at teaching preschoolers in both Spanish and English. She has over ten years of working with children from birth to teens.
  
Valerie is currently pursuing a B.S. in Elementary Education. She has completed multiple courses through the esteemed Center for Guided Montessori Studies (CGSM), including their Infant Toddler, Primary and Fundamentals courses. 

Valerie compliments her work at Montesshare with working at Montessori School of Northern Virginia. Her life passion is children and she’s read twenty plus books Montessori early childhood education. In her free time, Valerie loves hiking, cooking Peruvian food and spending time with her family.
Assistant Teacher - Melissa Lopez
Melissa is a seasoned educator with fifteen years experience lead teaching early childhood classes. Melissa holds a Masters degree in Elementary Education and Music for Children from New York University, as well as a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Psychology from New York University.  

Melissa grew up in Long Island, moved to New York City for university, stayed there to teach gifted and talented classes in grades 1 and 2, and created/directed after-school theater for twelve years.  While in New York, she spent each summer traveling the world and has travelled to over thirty-five countries. She then moved to New Orleans to teach literacy, become a teacher mentor, and started KIPP Leadership Primary's first theater program, granting her a Spotlight Teacher Award for the region in 2016. She now resides here in Alexandria with her husband, two-year-old daughter, and dog.  Melissa has been singing, playing guitar, and dancing for over twenty years and is so excited to also bring that joy to our children.

Substitute Teacher - Christie Cameron
Christie is Montesshare’s former assistant teacher and is now serving as our substitute teacher, when needed.

Christie first discovered her love for young children almost ten years ago when serving in her church nursery. To explore this budding passion, in 2011 she served as an assistant teacher at Montessori School of Northern Virginia (MSNV). She went on to become the lead teacher of an Extended Day Primary classroom. Christie is pursuing a B.S. in Sociology with a minor in Family and Human Development and expected to graduate in May 2019. Christie devours every opportunity to learn more about Montessori - she’s enjoyed workshops and conferences, read a multitude of Montessori's books, and completed CGSM’s Fundamentals of Montessori Education.

Christie is a vegan animal lover with a passion for baking, Pinterest boards and camping.
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