Our Faculty & Staff

Administrative Team

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Christine Robertson
Director

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Christine Robertson is a lifelong Marylander who received her Bachelor of Science in Family Studies from the University of Maryland in 1999. She found Montessori on September 11, 2001 when she was hired as an Assistant Teacher at Julia Brown Montessori School in Laurel, MD. She took her Primary Teacher Training that same year and taught for 1 year before making the decision to stay at home with her daughter and son for 3 years. When her youngest was old enough to be in a Primary classroom, she returned to teaching at Children’s House Montessori in Arlington, VA for 3 years.  She Joined Franklin Montessori in 2010 as a Primary Teacher.  The following year, Franklin expanded our Toddler program from two classrooms to four and she completed her training to be an Infant/Toddler teacher where she has spent the last 10 years. Christine has also had a hand in developing our Social Media presence as well as the DC Licensing process for the last 5 years. In 2015, she led Franklin through the 18 month long American Montessori Society Accreditation process working with our parent community and staff committees as well as publishing the accreditation report. After 11 years at Franklin and 20 years in Montessori, she is excited to take on the role as the Head of School.

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Alison Murray

Office Manager

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Administrative Assistant

Alison joins Franklin after a 20 year career in corporate catering. She is a DC native with a BFA in Theatre Arts from SUNY Purchase. She loves food, cooking, and gardening on her balcony. 

Vicky is a San Francisco native who is new to the Washington DC area. She attended Mills College at Northeastern University and earned a BA in Child Development and a Master's in Education. Vicky has worked in the early education field for over 10 years and is excited to join the administrative team at Franklin Montessori! She also loves to crochet, eat sushi, and listen to spooky podcasts.

 

Lead Montessori Teachers

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Stephen Stitzel
Co-Lead Teacher Room 1

Stephen has been in the field of Montessori education for 12 years and this is his 6th year at Franklin. He is originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania.  Stephen enjoys cooking, playing basketball, and watching golf in his free time.

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Shannon Myles
Co-Lead Teacher Room 1

Ms. Shannon joined Franklin in 2010. With over 10 years of teaching experience, she received her Early Childhood and Elementary Montessori credentials from Toronto Montessori Institute and her B.A. in Psychology from University of Western Ontario. Shannon is an avid runner and enjoys going to the beach with her family.

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Kendall Hankins
Lead Teacher Room 2

Ms. Kendall is a Northern Virginia native who enjoys reading, traveling, collecting vinyl, and hiking. She has a B.A. in Strategic Communication and Business from West Virginia University. Ms. Kendall has been with Franklin over 7 years and earned her Montessori credential from Montgomery Montessori Institute.

 

Infant & Two-year-old Lead Teachers

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Lizzy Maresca
Lead Teacher Infant 1

Ms. Lizzy joined Franklin in June of 2018 as an Infant Caregiver. She first started working as an assistant in a Montessori elementary classroom 12 years ago. Since then she has assisted in a primary and infant classroom. She has also served as a lead teacher in a traditional 3-year-old classroom and as a lead teacher of an infant classroom at a daycare. In her free time she enjoys practicing yoga, playing with her dogs, and spending time with local family members.

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Bri Ambrose
Lead Teacher Infant 2

Ms. Bri has been a lead infant teacher for 2 years and is very excited to continue her Montessori journey. She has recently done her training with Montgomery Montessori Institute and has worked with children for five years with the last two being in a RIE based school. She is working on her bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Administration at Purdue University. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading books, and exploring hiking trails.

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Keri Willey
Lead Teacher Infant 3

Keri has worked at Franklin for 3 years and has over 5 years of experience teaching in the Early Childhood Education field.  She has a B.S. in Political Science and Sociology from Towson University and is currently working on her M.S. in Early Childhood Development. She loves cats (especially her cat Soap), music, and Miyazaki movies.

Adriana Sanchez-Benitez
Lead Teacher T-2

 Ms. Adriana was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela and came to the States soon after she graduated from the Catholic University Andres Bello, where she obtained a bachelor degree in teaching preschool and school age children. She fell in love with the Montessori Philosophy while working at a Montessori School, where she worked first as an assistant teacher in the children house and in the infant and toddler classrooms. She received her Infant/Toddler Montessori certificate at the Center for Montessori Teacher Education in New York in 2007.  She has also worked as a Spanish teacher and has obtained  her certification as a  Children’s House Montessori teacher on summer 2019 with the Center for Guided Montessori Studies to become a certified Montessori teacher for the ages between three to six years old. She enjoys reading, knitting, and crocheting in her spare time.

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Anastasia Smith
Lead Teacher T-3

Ms. Anastasia pursued a Montessori education from Montgomery Montessori Institute because of her passion for helping guide individuals to a happy and healthy lifestyle. She has grown up in the DMV area and has been lucky to have the opportunity to explore all it has to offer. Anastasia worked with a non-profit organization in the District for homelessness that she stays active with in her free time. In between teaching, she worked along side a pediatric dentist doing both pediatric and orthodontic dental care. She enjoys going to food and music festivals around the DMV area.

 
 

Enrichment Specialist

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Diana Oboler

Franklin Art Founder

Diana Oboler founded Franklin's Art Program in 2003. She recieved her B.A. in Philosophy and Literature from New College and her Early Childhood Montessori credential from Montgomery Montessori Institute. She has over 15 years experience in the classroom. Diana presents each art unit to the children, dressed as that artist and is the genius behind the art night movie. 

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