My name is Mary Katelin, but most everyone calls me MK!
I am originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, but happily considered myself a "New Yorker". I moved to New York to pursue a career in acting, and since that time I have been lucky to also expand my love of working with children while within the city.
I come from a long line of Montessori teachers, so you might say my love of children runs in the family. My mom, aunt, and grandma are all teachers at the same Montessori school back in Arkansas, which is pretty neat if you ask me. Their influence has definitely impacted my childcare philosophy and I try my best to bring as much of the Montessori method into my day-to-day routines with children as I can. I enjoy learning how to guide each child's desire to explore and learn, and to really help them be the best them they can be!
I love working with children because it gives me the opportunity to play. I have been in the theatre since I was six years old, and using my imagination is very important to me and working with children gives me the opportunity to do that on a daily basis. I am very high energy and spunky, which is why I find it easy for me to connect with children. Although I enjoy approaching my childcare philosophy in a fun and active way, I am very task oriented, great at multitasking, and I am very dependable. I find it very important to find structure in the day to day life, while still leaving enough space for fun and creativity to bloom.