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Faculty and Staff


Cindy Kuehl

Head of School

Cindy holds a Primary (3-6 years old) credential from Montessori Centre International as well as an AA in Liberal Arts from Kirkwood Community College. Before coming to MSIC in 2000, she served as an assistant in special needs classrooms and provided in-home childcare. She enjoys going to the farm, doing yard work, camping, fishing, and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

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.


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 2004. During her free time, Beth enjoys hiking and gardening.

Molly Cashman

Primary Teacher

Molly holds 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.

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.