Stephanie Kurnava Administrator All Locations | All Classrooms
Stephanie Kurnava enjoyed being in a Montessori environment from age three through third grade and returned to her childhood Montessori school as a Classroom Assistant through high school and college. She received her Graduate Montessori Teaching Certificate at the College of Saint Katherine in St.Paul, Minnesota. She has lived and worked all over the country, teaching, exploring, and enjoying each new place through the eyes of the children she has worked with. Working in a Montessori program is a joy, especially seeing the Montessori environment through the eyes of her own child. The openness and love for life and learning that children posses is what fuels her excitement to be a facilitator for children as they develop to reach their potential. When at home, Stephanie and her family love to be outside exploring and collecting nature as well as enjoying music of all kinds.
Christie Yang Director All Locations | All Classrooms
Christie Yang, born and raised in the DC area, loves to laugh and live life to the fullest. Prior to working at F.C.M.S., Christie lived in Maui, Hawaii, where she met her husband. Next, they packed up and moved to San Francisco, CA, where Christie began volunteering at John Yehall Elementary School. She soon discovered that a career in education was what she wanted to pursue. After obtaining a master’s degree in education (Pre-K through 8th grade) from Marymount University in Arlington, VA and teaching for six years in Fairfax County Public Schools, Christie quickly burnt out of the test-taking mentality. She was ready to learn about a different approach to learning - Montessori! She and her three-year-old son came to open Full Circle Montessori School in January 2006. Now, her son graduated from our Elementary program confident and prepared to handle the challenges of adolescence as he heads off to Swanson middle school while her daughter continues to thrive in the Elementary community Although Christie first saw Montessori as an opportunity for her children to receive a stellar education, it quickly became and continues to be a learning experience for herself. Christie loves working with the children, the families, and the F.C.M.S. team who inspire her to be a better human being each and every day!