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Faculty and Staff


Administration

Terrah Taggart

Head of School

Terrah holds a BA in Communication Studies, a BA in Elementary Education, a minor in Psychology, and endorsements in Reading, Language Arts, and Speech Communication/Theatre. Before coming to MSIC in 2019, she was an elementary teacher for the Iowa City Community School District for 11 years. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her family and cheering on the Iowa Hawkeyes.


Judy Rouse

Office Manager

Judy Rouse has been our Office Manager for more than 20 years. She keeps busy with enrollments, student and staff records, and bookkeeping, among other duties. She lives nearby with her husband and two daughters, enjoys music, band, reading, cats, and watching all sports.



Faculty

Heather Cox

Primary and Elementary Music and Spanish Teacher

Heather holds a BA in Elementary Education and Music from Cornell College. At the Elementary and Middle School levels, Heather has taught music, chorus, directed honor choirs, and assisted in theatre clubs. Heather has also directed a variety of adult community choirs. Heather has had a great interest and appreciation of different languages throughout her life. She studied Spanish for many years and enjoys sharing the beauty of this language and culture with her students. In her free time, Heather enjoys spending time with her family and pets, gardening, traveling, cooking, and attending local theatre and musical performances. She joined MSIC in 2006.


Kathy Dumont

Primary Teacher

Kathy holds an AMS Primary (3-6 years old) credential and a BS in Psychology with a minor in Speech Pathology from the University of Iowa. Prior to joining MSIC in 2006, Kathy worked in social work and was an in-home childcare provider. In her free time, she enjoys being outside as much as possible and spending time with her family.


Hilary Robinson

Primary Teacher

Hilary holds a Bachelor of Science degree with an endorsement in Reading from Mount Mercy University. She joined MSIC in 2018. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, two dogs, reading and volunteering.


Beth Zanzie

Primary Teacher

Beth holds an AMS Primary (3-6 years old) credential and a BA in Elementary Education specializing in Early Childhood from the University of Iowa. She joined MSIC in 2005. During her free time, Beth enjoys hiking and gardening.


Nafissa Fredericks

Pre-Primary Teacher

Nafissa holds a Primary (3-6 years old) credentials from North America Montessori Center, a teaching certification from South Africa, and a year long professional learning certification from the University of Toronto. Prior to joining the Montessori School of Iowa City Nafissa taught first grade for 11 years in San Diego California and a (3-6years old) combo class at the Montessori school in Cedar Rapids for 2 years. Her other passions after teaching is cooking and reading. She also enjoys travelling, and swimming with her family. She joined MSIC in 2017.


Molly Cashman

Primary Teacher

Molly holds an AMS Primary (3-6 years old) credential and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Northern Iowa. In her free time, she enjoys photography, drawing, painting, running, yoga and spending time with her two cats. She joined MSIC in 2016.


Caitlin Ondrashek

Caitlin holds a BA in psychology and sociology from the University of Iowa and an IMC infant/toddler (0-36 months) credential. She joined MSIC in 2017. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, reading, and listening to music. 


Tiffany Ludwig

Tiffany holds a B.A. in Elementary Education from Cornell College. She joined MSIC in 2020. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, traveling, spending time with her dog, and spending time with her family and friends. 


Assistant Teachers

Katilyn Kelly

Katilyn is an assistant teacher in Miss Zanzie's primary class. She is a Certified Child Life Specialist as well as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. Katilyn earned her B.S. in Therapeutic Recreation with an emphasis in Inclusive Recreation and her M.S. in Child Life from the University of Iowa. Prior to coming to MSIC, Katilyn completed a fellowship as a Certified Child Life Specialist on the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology floor at the Stead Family Children's Hospital. Katilyn enjoys running, cooking, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. 


Monee' Turner

Monee' is an assistant in Miss Nafissa's pre-primary class. She holds a B.A. in Psychology as well as a minor in Human Relations. She joined MSIC in 2019. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, listening to music, cooking, hiking, traveling, and spending time with loved ones.


Maddie Fowler

Maddie holds a BFA in Integrated Studio Arts from Iowa State University. In her free time she enjoys attending museums as well as working at them! She has held education positions at both the Family Museum of Arts and Sciences in Bettendorf, IA and The Figge art museum in Davenport, IA. To relax Maddie enjoys pursuing her artistic endeavors (painting, photography, sculpture, and printmaking), hanging out with her dog Reu, and hiking.


Skye Starkweather

Skye graduated from Mount Mercy University with a BA in Elementary Education and a minor in Diversity of America. Prior to coming to MSIC, she worked in a residential setting supporting children's mental health and behavior. In her free time she loves reading, spending time outdoors, and spending time with family. 


Paige Rinderknecht

Miss Paige is an assistant teacher in Miss Kathy’s Primary classroom. She is currently studying for her BA in Elementary Education and joined MSIC in 2019. After graduation, she plans to enroll for Montessori certification and teach as a Montessori teacher. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, cooking, and spending time with family, friends and her dogs.


Kayce Smith

Kayce holds a BA in Advertising from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has spent the last four years working and pursuing a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Lamar University. During her time at Lamar University, she held the titles of Marketing Manager and Coordinator of Study Abroad and International Recruitment. Kayce is excited to return to her passion, which is working with kids and helping to support young minds. She enjoys macrame and crochet art and has recently started her own business called Knots and Lace, selling these handmade products.  When she is not crafting, she can be found spending time with her husband, son, and little dog, Ollie.