Meet Our Staff

Katie Brown

~Lead Teacher~

Katie started at Montessori of Surprise in 2012. She has been teaching 3-6 year olds for the past 11 years. Katie holds a Bachelors’ degree in Early Childhood Education as well as an AMS (American Montessori Society) teaching credential. On a personal note, Kate is from Omaha, Nebraska and moved to Arizona in October of 2010. She is happily married and enjoys reading, going to church, traveling and being with her family.
Leisa Marcy

~Elementary Teacher~

Ms. Leisa joined our team in 2009 as a Lead Preschool Teacher.  Although she taught preschool for 13 years, her real love is for Elementary Education.  Ms. Leisa graduated Phi Theta Kappa with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Ashford University.  In 2002, she went on to obtain a teaching credential in Montessori Education from AMS (American Montessori Society).  In addition, Ms. Leisa completed the Elementary Montessori Teaching Credential in 2010.
Yvette Daniel

~Lead Teacher~


Yvette Daniel is the Lead Teacher to our wonderful Toddlers. She obtained her degree in Early Childhood Development in 1987 from Wayne State University, Detroit Michigan and in 2001 her Montessori AMS Certification from the Michigan Montessori Education Center. On a personal note, she is a mother of two wonderful children and she enjoys singing, yoga, and traveling.
Melissa Gustafson

~Lead Teacher~


Melissa Gustafson started at Montessori of Surprise in 2011 as an Assistant Teacher before now becoming a Lead Teacher in our Primary Program. Before her career at MOS, she was previously employed in the Washington Elementary School District for over five years. She is currently continuing her degree in the Education Field and is in the process of planning her upcoming wedding to her wonderful fiancé, Matt.
Amber Madison

~Lead Teacher~


Amber Madison is the Lead Teacher to our precious one-year olds. She has been working at Montessori of Surprise, with our Toddler Program, since 2010. She is currently studying Early Childhood Education and Child Development and is a Campus Representative for the Disney College Program at Glendale Community College. On a personal note, she has recently become engaged and is excited to plan her upcoming wedding!