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.
Heather Byrd is the owner and Administrator of MDAH. She grew up in Charleston, SC and attended College of Charleston majoring in Psychology. Heather has owned Infinity Images Portrait Studio for the past 13 years where she specializes in photographing Maternity, Birth and Newborns as well as children and family portraits. She now resides in McBee, SC with her partner, Daniel Johnson. They have two wonderful children. Lindsay is attending college and Gage is expecting his first child with his wife Cassidy.
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.
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.