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Mr. Zak & Ms. Beth

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ZAK OBERRATH
Upper Elementary Teacher

Mr. Zak grew up in NW Pennsylvania where he began a lifelong enjoyment of the outdoors, sports and history.  He attended York College of Pennsylvania where he studied Russian History and realized his calling. Of course, the best plans aren’t always linear.  Mr. Zak married the love of his life, Shawn and moved to Washington DC.  There he was able to observe bureaucratic red tape, political infighting and budget bickering up close while working in a government agency.  After these observations, he felt he was finally ready to work in a school. At Montessori of Mount Pleasant he was indoctrinated into the Montessori philosophy by a perfect example, Ms. Laura.  Soaking in the experience, but yearning to work with older children, he jumped at the opportunity to work at East Cooper Montessori Charter School.  He loves working with the children, surfing, hiking and long walks with his wife and dogs Nana and Eva on the beach.  In 2014, released a board game called Legends of Adventure which he had worked on for years. ‚Äč

 



BETH ARMSTRONG

Upper Elementary Assistant Teacher

Ms. Beth lives on a pond in North Charleston with her husband, Seth; five year old son, Thomas; two year old daughter, Lainey; and fat English bulldog, Clay. They enjoy digging in the mud and watching the wildlife. Both Thomas and Lainey have been Montessori kids since birth, attending Sundrops, and Thomas is excited to join the ECMCS family in primary this year. In any spare time, Ms Beth enjoys baking (and the subsequent eating of baked goods), crafting, gardening, reading, and traveling, though she hasn't had much time for pursuing many of those wonderful things since becoming a mama. 
Her favorite Dr. Montessori quote is, "One test of the correctness of educational procedure is the happiness of the child."



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