Ms. Neetu Thakkilapati


My name is Ms. 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 the 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 high energetic Yorkie. On my free time, love being with my family and friends. I enjoy going for hikes and travelling 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 12th grade.


Kathy Gunnell

Mrs. Gunnell has been working in Montessori since 1970. She was a Montessori child and grew up wanting to help others with their learning. After many Montessori training programs for ages 1 month to high school, plus college degrees in student education and adult education, she became a teacher to help children and a director of training to help others become Montessori teachers. Mr. and Mrs. Gunnell have 6 children, all graduating from Montessori.