Ms. Shay and Ms. Upasana

Shay Zepp



Lower Elementary Lead Teacher

Ms. Shay was born in Charleston and raised in Mount Pleasant.  She graduated from Wofford College with a B.A. in English and received her Master's Degree in Teaching for Elementary Education from the College of Charleston.  She is a state certified teacher with experience teaching elementary and preschool since 1997. Ms. Shay completed her training this summer for Lower Elementary through the Seacoast Center for Montessori Education.  Shay fell in love with ECMCS when she saw the love and light of learning restored in her own child's eyes through the Montessori Method.   Now, she is so thankful to teach at ECMCS and share that light with other families.  Shay enjoys spending time with her husband Jon, her son Baylor and their two dogs Rocky and Charlie.



Lower Elementary Teacher

My name is Upasana and I am from Nepal. I received my bachelor degree in Psychology from the University of Mississippi. The love of working with children motivated me to take few of the graduate courses in Elementary education. I plan to take more courses in the future in order to getting my masters degree in Education. 

I have almost five years experience in a Montessori School.  I started a Home Montessori School in Oxford, Mississippi, which is now affiliated with the Magnolia Montessori school. My family and I moved to Charleston SC to be near our family who are in east coast. I worked as Wee Casa (toddlers) Lead teacher at Sundrops Montessori school for five years. Prior to my Montessori experience I worked in a traditional private school with the first and second graders for six years. I have two children, Sage and Aryaa. Aryaa is ten years old and Sage is eight. Both of them go to ECMCS. 

My family and I love traveling around the world. My children have started this journey with us through travel experiences and research. Last year we went to Asia and Europe and this year in summer we had an opportunity to go to New Zealand and Australia. Having lived through different parts of the world and experiencing the medley of cultural aspects of the human race, I am excited to share my experience with my students and make learning fun and exciting! As a parent and a teacher, I am very excited to be a part of the ECMCS  family and working with your beautiful children.

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