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Ms. Theresa, Ms. Caroline & Mr. Laughton, Ms. Kim

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THERESA RAY

Upper Elementary Lead Teacher

Ms. Theresa is certified as a Montessori teacher at the 6-9 and 9-12 levels. She received her 6-9 certification at the Center for Montessori Teacher Education and the 9-12 certification at the Claremont Center for Advanced Montessori Studies.The Montessori curriculum's three-year cycle is expansive and allows her to follow the child for their duration in the complete cycle. She holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from University of South Florida and a Masters in Education K-8 from Plymouth State University. She is certified in the Gifted Talented Curriculum and Development program from the College of Charleston. She has also been a Montessori teacher trainer in Atlanta, GA for seven years. As a Montessori teacher trainer, she presented the pedagogical materials, philosophy, and curriculum in schools across the country. She remains inspired by attending conferences and workshops that are dedicated to the philosophy and educational curriculum of Dr. Maria Montessori. The personal strengths of her character have been nurtured by the many students that have graced her path. "I have tenacity, patience, creativity, quickness and the ability to laugh with myself as I learn from my mistakes," she says. "These strengths are contributions that I pass onto the students in daily activities, studies, and conversations. Each and every day, I contribute to a learning environment with new observations and perceptions that are thoughtful and reflective. Each student begins their own journey that is filled with their personal strengths and contributions to society." She was chosen 2011 Teacher of the Year at East Cooper Montessori Charter School.

CAROLINE JENKINS

Upper Elementary Lead Teacher

Ms. Caroline is a South Carolina native who is thrilled to be a part of the ECMCS family. Ms. Caroline has eleven years of Montessori teaching experience from both Columbia, and Charleston. She has been a teacher previously in Charleston County.  Ms. Caroline holds a Montessori I & II certification credential through AMS, as well as her Master’s degree in Montessori Education which she earned through Lander University. Ms. Caroline has her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the College of Charleston. She has a love for the outdoors and is very happy doing anything outside. Her Hobbies include boating, gardening, beachcombing, and reading. Ms. Caroline and her husband have two children, two dogs, and a cat.

LAUGHTON GOODING

Upper Elementary Assistant Teacher

Mr. Laughton was born and raised in a suburb of Los Angeles in sunny California. During his junior year of high school he moved with his family to London, England and spent the next five years there.  After attending The University of Maryland Europe, he continued to travel and look for his next adventure. He came to Charleston in the summer of 2006 to visit a friend and instantly fell in in love with the city. He moved to Charleston six months later and has never looked back. One of his primary passions has always been working with children. He spent 7 years working with high school students with disabilities before he found his home here at East Cooper Montessori.  In addition to working for The Charleston County School District he also teaches fitness classes at a local kids gym. In his free time he enjoys traveling and sightseeing with his beautiful wife and their five-year-old boy. He also enjoys running, hiking and anything that involves the ocean. He is looking forward to spending this upcoming school year enriching the lives of all the children he is going to be working with here at ECMCS.   

KIM BURKE

Upper Elementary Assistant Teacher

Ms. Kim is a Temple University Graduate.  She earned her bachelors of science in landscape architecture with a certificate in sustainability in 2009. Inschool her focus was on designing children’s gardens and healing gardens.  After completing her degree Ms. Kim worked for two years on small organic farms in Burlington Vt and Philadelphia Pa.  While raising her two children she took a break from farming and started teaching Pilates and kid’s yoga. Ms. Kim is passionate about teaching children the importance of mindfulness and the environment. She moved here from Connecticut with her family in March.

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