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Meet Our Faculty & Staff


Kedra Hauser


Owner and Director of The Frost Montessori School of Albemarle. Kedra purchased Frost Montessori School in 2006 from the original founder. Her three sons completed the 3 year Children’s House cycle. She firmly believes the Montessori foundation for education is irreplaceable and better than any other preschool program available. Kedra has a Bachelor degree in Early Childhood Education from James Madison University and taught fourth grade for twelve years. She has completed graduate work at The University of Virginia. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, vacations, exercising, watching her children play sports, socializing, and reading a good book.


Tessa Amell

Assistant Director

Tessa Amell has a bachelor's degree from Colorado College and has worked in both private and public schools for the last 12 years. She is excited to step into her new role as Assistant Director this year at Frost. In her free time, you can find her on the trails or at the library. From chasing sunrises to sunsets and everything in between, she is always on the lookout for the next adventure.


Ashley Reece

Lead Teacher Children's House I

Ashley has taught on two continents for seventeen years, twelve of which have been at Frost. She has a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the University of South Carolina and obtained her Montessori certification from the Princeton Center for Teacher Education in Princeton, New Jersey. She also holds a Master of Arts in Montessori Education from St. Catherine University in St. Paul Minnesota. In her free time, Ashley enjoys country living, playing traditional Irish fiddle, and the fiber arts. She lives in Gordonsville with her husband, her twin sons, her dog “Honza”, and her chickens.  


Alyssa Marlowe

Lead Teacher Children's House II

Alyssa Marlowe was born and raised in Blacksburg, VA. She received her degree in Education from Radford University in 2010 and her Montessori certification for Early Childhood from the Maitland Montessori Teacher Education Program in 2016. She joined Frost in August 2017. Alyssa enjoys spending time outdoors listening to live music and hiking as well as art projects, movies, and all things Disney! She loves spending time with family and friends making memories and cuddle time with her orange tabby, Mufasa. 


Annelise Riedel

Lead Teacher Children’s House III

Annelise has been working at Frost for 6 years; she began as an assistant with Ashley in Children’s House I. Annelise is thrilled to be leading the Children’s House III class this year and working with the children there. She graduated from the University of Mary Washington in 2013 with a BA in English and recently received her Montessori teacher certification from the Virginia Center for Montessori Studies (VCMS) in Richmond. In her free time, Annelise enjoys cooking, hiking, going on camping trips, traveling to new places and reading good books.

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Brittany Moore

Lead Teacher Toddler Class

Brittany Moore is from Chesterfield, Virginia. She has multiple years of experience working in a preschool setting. She has a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech. She loves spending her free time reading and playing with her dog, Bailey. Brittany is so excited to be joining the Frost family and getting to know her students.

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Rachel Cook

Full Day Director

Rachel recently relocated to Virginia from Illinois. She graduated from DePauw University with a bachelor’s degree in 2022. Since graduating, she has received her substitute license and additionally has worked as an instructional aid in a public school setting. She is excited to be in the Montessori environment and find a way to connect with each child throughout their day. Rachel loves being outside where she is either going for a run or walking dogs. 

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Fakiha M. Amin "Fifi"  

Teacher Assistant Children’s House I 

Fifi graduated with a BA in Agriculture. She initiated her professional career by working in a small family business as an associate and manager. She enjoyed working with children in ISCV community daycare and Arabic school. At Frost she is pursuing her new passion and love for children by bringing her positive energy to contribute to the growth of children. As a mother of 4, Fifi enjoys spending her time with family and cooking their favorite cultural food and sweets.

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Amy Baltazar

Teacher Assistant Children's House II

*Bio coming soon*


Kirsten Shanks

Teacher Assistant Children's House III

Kirsten Shanks is a native of Culpeper, Virginia. She has multiple years of experience in both public and private school classrooms. She prefers and respects the Montessori School philosophy. She is a graduate of Full Sail University with a Bachelor’s degree in Game Art Design. She enjoys drawing and designing, reading, spending time with her family and watching the New York Giants play football. She is excited to be part of the Frost staff.

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Petra Mbugua

Toddler Teacher Assistant

*Bio coming soon*

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Karlotta van den Hurk

Floating Teacher Assistant

Having worked with children of all ages in a variety of settings, Karlotta has developed a particular appreciation for the early years. New to the classroom environment, she is excited to be gaining a different type of experience at Frost. She lives in Barboursville with her husband, 3 cats, and 5 chickens. When she’s not busy tending to her animals or vegetable garden, she enjoys roller skating, hiking, cooking, baking, and various handicrafts. 

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