20108 Ashburn Village Blvd
Ashburn, VA 20147
p. 571-365-0050

Meet Our Team

Our teachers (guides) have a variety of impressive qualifications and Montessori training that makes them the perfect facilitators of your child’s education. They are passionate and creative individuals ready to elevate your child’s learning experience. We see teachers (guides) as the vessel of your child’s learning, therefore we seek the highest quality individuals. Additionally, each classroom has a teacher’s assistant in order to help with the many tasks and cater to each student’s individual needs. Because of the importance of our Montessori individualized learning and personal assessment component, teaching assistants are very important to the classroom.

Read more about our philosophy

Head of School – Ms. Amanda
Ms AmandaMy name is Amanda Romero. I have always had a passion for the development of young children and have been an educator for about 10 years. I have an Associate’s Degree in Business Management and a Bachelor’s Degree focused in Sociology, with many of those credits in child development, as well. After being in many different child care settings, I wholly believe that the Montessori Approach is the most effective way for children to grow, develop, and become creative, critical thinkers.

I grew up in New Jersey and moved to Virginia in 2013, I am married to my best friend, Rodolfo, and we have a wonderful son named Blake. I am so proud to be leading the MKU Family as Head of School and look forward to getting to know your family.

Lead Primary Teacher – Ms. Absi

Ms AbsiMy Name is Absi Oumelkheir. I was born and raised in Algeria. In addition to English, I speak French and Arabic. I earned my bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from M’Hamed Boukarra University of  Algeria in 2004. I moved to Virginia in 2005. My introduction to the Montessori philosophy began when I was looking for high-quality education for my son. After having the opportunity to be an assistant teacher in a Montessori classroom for one year, I earned my Early Childhood Montessori Teacher Certification in 2013. I enjoy traveling, cooking, gardening, interior design, and listening to music. I am married to wonderful husband and have four beautiful children.

Assistant Teachers:

Ms. Angelica

Ms AngelicaHi, my name is Angelica Bland. I enjoy taking care of infants and toddlers. I enjoy seeing toddlers learn new things every day in a positive environment and helping them grow. I’m very motivated to see each child succeed on things they need to work or want to improve. I look forward to this journey with Montessori Kids Universe!

Ms. Donavi

Ms DonaviHello! My name is Donavi Bland. I am an enthusiastic person that loves to take care of infants and young children.    My inspiration for teaching was my mother who was always encouraging independence in me, she taught me all the way through high school. Growing up, I loved the idea of teaching and understanding the influence a teacher has on the student, which made me passionate about pursuing child care as a career. I believe the Montessori Nido Program is the perfect fit for me. I love to see children’s independence flourish before my eyes.

Ms. Vandana

Ms. VandanaMy name is Vandana, I was born and raised in India. I finished my bachelor’s degree in education and started working as a teacher there. I was raised in a family where everyone worked in the education field. I then moved to America in 1998 and began teaching in Fairfax Virginia as a pre-school assistant teacher in 2003. In 2005, I moved to Ashburn and continued teaching. I have been teaching in Montessori schools since 2012, and am very passionate and loving about the work I do daily, while working with the children in my care. I have two children, a daughter who’s married and a son who’s going to college. In my spare time, I like to cook, shop and spend time with my family and friends.