Meet Our Staff

    • Danielle Jahne
      Danielle Jahne
      Head of School

      Danielle Jahne Head of School

    • Danielle Jahne

      Head of School

      Danielle first became interested in Montessori education twelve years ago while earning an undergraduate degree in Psychology. She began her professional career in social services, then completed her master's degree and elementary teaching certification through Eastern Mennonite University. She went on to teach at a private Christian school in upstate New York, simultaneously pursuing her American Montessori Society Certification through Northeast Montessori Institution in Boston, Mass.

      Personal Info
      • Education:
        B.S. Psychology, MA Early Childhood Education, AMS Certified
      • Classroom:
        Advanced Reading; Peace Building
      • My Languages:
        English
      • My Hobbies:
        Family & Friends
    • Crystal Yoder
      Crystal Yoder
      Lead Teacher

      Crystal Yoder Lead Teacher

    • Crystal Yoder

      Lead Teacher

      I have enjoyed several roles in a Montessori environment over the years; an activities coordinator, classroom assistant, and teacher. I attended the Early Childhood Assistant training at The Institution for Advanced Montessori Studies, and later on received an AMS Early Childhood Credential through the Virginia Center for Montessori Studies. Currently, I am enjoying my role the lead teacher at Valley Montessori School. My passion for working with children continues and I strive to instill the Montessori philosophy of independence, peace, and love of learning in the classroom environment every day.

      Personal Info
      • Education:
        AMS Certified
      • Classroom:
        Primary; Kindergarten
      • My Languages:
        English
      • My Hobbies:
        Singing and playing music
    • Jan Kirby
      Lead Teacher

      Jan Kirby Lead Teacher

    • Jan Kirby

      Lead Teacher

      I have a degree in Hispanic Civilization from the University of California Santa Barbara and obtained my Montessori certification through Barrie Montessori in Maryland. After leading a Montessori classroom for five years I worked as an educator/programmer for the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum in Winchester Virginia for seventeen years before returning to a teaching role with Valley Montessori School.

      Personal Info
      • Education:
        B.A., Hispanic Civilization; AMS Certified
      • Classroom:
        Primary
      • My Languages:
        English
      • My Hobbies:
        Gardening and playwriting
    • Enid Ruiz
      Assistant

      Enid Ruiz Assistant

    • Enid Ruiz

      Assistant

      Personal Info
      • Education:
        B.S. Physical Education
      • Classroom:
        Primary
      • My Languages:
        Spanish, English
      • My Hobbies:
        Spending time with family and friends
    • Yecica Wells
      Yecica Wells
      Assistant

      Yecica Wells Assistant

    • Yecica Wells

      Assistant

      I began in a Montessori school as an afternoon coordinator.I received my Early Childhood Assistant certification after studying at the Virginia Center for Montessori Studies in Richmond, Virginia. I am currently an assistant in the primary classroom.

      Personal Info
      • Education:
        Early Childhood Assistant Certified
      • Classroom:
        Primary
      • My Languages:
        Spanish, English
      • My Hobbies:
        Hiking, biking, community service, and spending time with family