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Ms. Mackenzie & Ms. Denise


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MACKENZIE PETERSON
Lower Elementary Lead Teacher

Ms. Mackenzie grew up in Ohio where she attended a Montessori school K-8th grade. She went to Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio to get her Bachelor's Degree in Montessori Education. She immediately started teaching at a public Montessori school within Cincinnati Public and was there 6 years before making the change to Charleston. She has a Masters Degree in the Science of Reading and is very passionate about bringing reading to every child. In her spare time, she loves to be at the beach and enjoying all the outdoor adventures that Charleston has to offer! She is already feeling like home at East Cooper and loves all of the staff, students and families!

 




DENISE RUNZA
Lower Elementary Assistant Teacher

Ms. Denise is so happy to be in her fourth year as a Lower El teacher assistant at East Cooper Montessori. Both of her children have attended ECMCS and her daughter just graduated after 8 years and moved on to Wando High School. Denise started as a very active parent volunteer and realized how much she wanted to be part of our school as an assistant. After covering a maternity leave for an Upper El class, a full time position finally opened. She loves to read, run and snow ski with her family, Nick, Grace, Gabriel and cats Sophie and Potato.“This school is more than a school... it's a family!”

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