Ms. Kathy
Lead Teacher
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Ms. Susan
Lead Teacher
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Ms. Kathy King joined Desert Garden Montessori in 2021, after teaching for seven years at Montessori Education Centre in Mesa.  Ms. Kathy also spent many years teaching in the public school system.  In 1993, she started out in west Phoenix teaching 3rd grade, then moved to central Phoenix to teach 4th grade for several years.  After having her first child, she moved to a school in Tempe and worked in Kindergarten and 4th grade for the remaining 9 years. During this time, she obtained two Masters Degrees; Elementary Education and Curriculum and Instruction with a Reading Endorsement.  She also has her AMS certification. Ms. Kathy and her husband met at Tempe High in 1986 and have two spectacular sons, Elliot and Emery. They enjoy traveling and spending time discovering new places. Ms. Kathy also loves Korean food and dramas.


Ms. Susan Robertson is a Co-Lead Teacher in Upper Elementary. She lives in Chandler with her husband, Owen, and their two children, Oliver and Eloise. Ms. Susan is originally from Iowa and received her B.A. in Fine Arts from the University of Iowa. Growing up in a military family, she lived in many places including Germany, Hawaii, Virginia, and Iowa, which fostered her love of travel and discovering new places. She taught ESL in South Korea and has been a Montessori Lead Teacher since 2021. Outside of the classroom, Ms. Susan loves to draw, practice her bass guitar, play board games and puzzles, and visit museums. She believes that instilling confidence and trust in students is vital to teaching, and the process of finding new ways to learn can be amazing and rewarding. 



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