Our Staff

Amrutha Kanumuri



My journey into the Montessori philosophy began when my two teen daughters (now) attended Montessori school in their younger years. As a parent, I strongly believed in early childhood education and was deeply involved with our children and their education from their preschool years and provided for them the best foundation through Montessori philosophy and learning environment. Since then, I am a firm believer and have been advocating for the Montessori approach and philosophy. I am passionate in serving the young curious minds in helping them explore to their independent potential.


Every day is a new and unique day observing and guiding the children towards their overall development and providing fulfilled environment. I love interacting and building relationships with the families of the school community. In my personal time, I enjoy outdoors doing a run in the neighborhood or hiking and our family likes to travel to experience different cultures. I am an AMS (American Montessori Society) certified Montessori Professional, and have worked for several years at Montessori schools. I attend several continuing education trainings in early childhood teaching and management programs regularly. I have a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Information Systems.

Megan McKee

Office Assistant/Classroom Assistant


I grew up in Kent attending Panther Lake Elementary, Meridian Junior High (now Meridian Middle School) and Graduated from Meridian High School in 1998. I attended Washington State University and Graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture in 2003.


I moved back to Kent and worked an office job until welcoming my daughter to the world in 2017. I always had a passion for teaching but could not seem to find my place. Montessori is the thing I had missing my whole life. Montessori is about the love of learning, not rogue memorization. When the opportunity to join the staff at Lake Meridian Montessori presented itself, I knew it was meant to be. I am so excited to working with the families and students here. The chance to enrich life in my hometown is a dream come true!


Carmel Moreno

Lead Teacher

Hello! My name is Carmel, I am a native to Washington state and I grew up in North Bend. I obtained an associate in teaching through Montessori Center for Teacher Education in Bellevue, Wa. I have also completed Early childhood courses at Everett Community College. In my free time I enjoy exploring the beautiful nature that this state has to offer through hiking and camping. Spring is my favorite season, I am getting more into gardening and love watching things grow. It’s an honor to be part of your children’s growth and development, and I am looking forward to getting to know all of you.

Jaleh Haghighat-min

Jaleh Haghighat

Assistant Teacher

My name is Jaleh Haghighat. I have many years of experience in early childhood education. I enjoy working with kids. I love art and nature and I love peace. I believe we can change the world to be better with education and teaching. We could have one world with love and a safe place for all people.