Neetu Thakkilapati


My name is Neetu Thakkilapati. When I was first introduced to Montessori education in 2008, I had an immediate connection to the values and beliefs. Maria Montessori’s love and respect for children inspired me to become a teacher and dedicate my life to furthering the Montessori vision of education for a more peaceful world.

At MSSC, children of different ages, cultures, and religions work and play together peacefully. My goal is that the children of our school will grow up to be compassionate, open-minded, and principled caretakers of their world and wise and thoughtful leaders of the future. I love interacting and building relationships with the families of the school community. As the old African Proverb states, “It takes a village to raise a child.” I firmly believe that every child can exceed and that the cooperation between home and school builds trust and self-esteem in children.

On a personal note, I am married for 20 years. I live with my husband, 2 lovely girls, and a highly energetic Yorkie. In my free time, love being with my family and friends. I enjoy going for hikes and traveling around the world to experience different cultures.

I am happy to speak with anyone about the benefits of Montessori Education and what makes MSSC a unique and successful educational experience from infancy through 5th grade.


Melissa Lehan


My name is Melissa Lehan. My Montessori story began when I attended a Montessori school as a preschooler. With my hands on my hips as a three year old, I told the director that someday I would do her job. I have followed that dream my entire life. While still in High School, I received my Montessori teaching certificate. I have earned several other degrees in Early Childhood, elementary Education and Montessori certifications in several other age groups. At age 24 I became the owner and Director of my own Montessori School. I did this for 17 years. I have worked at several local schools in the area and have worked with all age groups. Teaching has always been my passion. I love mentoring and working closely with teachers as well as parents. Every child is unique and it is exciting to see them grow and learn.

On a personal note, I live in Kirkland and I have a teenage daughter as well as two sweet black cats named Bob and Jim. I enjoy doing crafts, gardening, trying new restaurants and going to concerts.

I am excited to work with you and your family. Please contact me anytime.