MDAH is held to very rigorous faculty standards by the American Montessori Society. We strive to provide our students with mentors and guides who are experts in their fields, as well as those who have tenured track records in childcare or education.
Terie Rousseau is the owner and Administrator of MDAH. She grew up in Hartsville and graduated from Coker College with a B.A. in English and Spanish. Terie completed her M.A. in Higher Education Administration, Leadership, and Community College Education with a focus on English Studies at the University of Central Florida. She is an English and Technology/Cultural Studies professor, and is completing eight years in higher education. Terie is married to her husband, Bob, and they have two children, Finley (3) and Mollie (1).
Early Childhood Lead
Betty Hanlon comes to MDAH from Aurora, IL. She obtained her Infant/Toddler Montessori Certification from Seton Montessori School in Clarendon Hills, IL. Prior to moving to SC, Betty taught at Fox Valley Montessori School for four years where she was an After School Guide and promoted to Toddler Lead after her first year, working mostly with one to three year olds. Betty is completing her Primary Montessori Certification in 2018 at the Institute for Guided Studies in Camden. If you hear laughter, chances are Betty is telling a fantastic story or leading a romping good song. Betty is a coffee enthusiast and enjoys spending time reading a good book.
Early Childhood Assistant
Amber Selle is a six year veteran of child- and learning-centered environments in which she has been the lead instructor for infant rooms ranging in ages of six weeks to toddlers. Amber’s background also lends itself to a home-based learning environment, where she nannied for a family in Colorado for three years prior to moving back to South Carolina in 2012. Amber will complete her practicum in May, and will graduate from The Center for Montessori Teacher Education with her Infant/Toddler Montessori Certification. At MDAH, you can find Amber on the floor getting level with her students as they learn their basic gross and fine motor skills. She is married to Kevin, and has two children, Allison (12) and Geovanna (9), and has two dogs, JR and Bosephus.
Penny Hawkins has over ten years of childcare experience. She came to MDAH by way of St. Bartholomews' Learn and Play program. Penny is also a nanny for several families in the Hartsville community. Penny has completed two years of Montessori training; Montessori Fundamentals training at The Center for Guided Montessori Studies in Tampa, Florida, and most recently Montessori Paraprofessional training at The Institute for Guided Studies in Camden, SC. She is known for her warm and kind demeanor, as snuggles are her favorite. Penny is married to her husband, Billy, and has four children and ten grandchildren.
Alexis Carpenter is completing her B.A. at Coker College in Early Childhood Education. She obtained Montessori Fundamentals training from The Center for Guided Montessori Studies. Her previous experience includes being an assistant in infant and toddler classrooms, as well as a nanny for a local family. Alexis has also worked in the public school system in behavior management and as a substitute. She is a creative mind, and the handiwork of our students through art, music, and movement stem from her ability to encourage young minds to explore. Alexis is the proud new mom of a little girl, Addison. She is married to Cam and has a dog, Cooper.
Infant/Toddler Assistant Floater
Anna Clark is a senior at Coker College, majoring in Psychology and Counseling with a minor in Business Administration. Anna has volunteered her time for several child-centered charities and centers, such as Carolina Kids and Shriner’s Hospitals for Children. Anna’s positive and enthusiastic personality keeps our students moving and engaged. Anna is a professional babysitter, and enjoys travelling in her spare time.