Faculty and Staff

Jackie Davidson - Head of School & Lead Toddler Guide @ CHPC

Our Head of School and Lead Toddler Guide is Jackie Davidson, or "Miss Jackie," as she is affectionately known by her young students. Jackie has more than a decade of Montessori classroom experience, and she holds Montessori certifications for both the Infant/Toddler and the Primary (age 3-6) age groups. 

Courtney Schwalen - Lead Toddler Guide @ CHPC

Courtney Schwalen has a master's degree in education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and is a certified Montessori guide for children 0-3. She has worked with young children since 2002, as an Assistant Teacher, a Pre-K Teacher, and as the Center Director for several child care and early learning centers. She has been a part of our staff at District Montessori since 2017. 

Ernestine McCoy - Lead Toddler Guide @ Saint Mark's

Ernestine McCoy has more than ten years of experience as a lead Montessori guide in a classroom with children ages 2 years to 5 years old. Ernestine graduated from Hunter College (CUNY), with a bachelor's degree in elementary education. After marrying a native Washingtonian, she moved to Washington and pursued her Montessori education at the Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies, where she received her AMS credential for early childhood. Ernestine also has a master's degree in early childhood education from Trinity University in Washington D.C. Ernestine has taught adult learners at the Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies and she regularly mentors adults who are pursuing a Montessori credential. 

Jasmine Haddad - Lead Primary Guide

When Jasmine entered a Montessori classroom for the first time, she fell in love with what she saw: happy children who were working independently and enjoying learning. She has eight years of experience working in Montessori classrooms, and completed her Montessori early childhood training through AMS at the Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies.

Anji Keating - Nonprofit Director

Our Nonprofit Director is Anji Keating. A resident of Washington D.C. since 2003, Anji strives to serve and enhance her neighborhood and community, has worked with a number of community nonprofits and small businesses, and has worked for Montessori schools since 2013. She is AMS-certified to lead a Montessori early childhood classroom, and completed her training at the Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies.