About Our Team
Molly Hardy, Lead Guide
Molly has been working with children and youth for over a decade in a variety of roles, and in diverse educational environments. After graduating from Warren Wilson College in 2011 she did a year of service with City Year in Boston public schools. Molly came to Montessori in 2013 and, like many Montessorians, found her pedagogical home. After assisting in a 3-6 classroom for two years, she pursued lead teacher training at the New England Montessori Teacher Education Center in Boston, MA and earned her AMS Early Childhood credential in 2015. In 2019 Molly completed a Master of Arts in Teaching degree at Mount Holyoke college, which allowed her to align her passion for the Montessori method with her belief in public education. In her classroom, Molly strives to create a learning environment where every child feels loved, safe, and joyful.
Mirabel Winston, Assistant Guide
Bio coming soon...
Lucy MacGregor, Lead Guide
Lucy is deeply honored to spend her days with children. She is inspired daily by their love, curiosity, authenticity, and presence to life. While she is a guide to their learning at school, she is clear that each day, the children are teachers to her.
Kay Chapman, Assistant Guide
Hello there, my name is Kay. I have been teaching Preschool for 3 years now and working in education for 11 years in many different environments. I love to hike, read, train my cat Astro and make jewelry. I am so excited for the school year and to be at Little Grove.
Courtney Sullivan, Founder/Director
Hello! I'm Courtney, the founder and director of Little Grove Preschool. My background in early education spans nearly 20 years, and includes the philosophies of RIE, Montessori, and Reggio Emilia. I am a former children’s dance and yoga teacher, and still enjoy sharing creative movement and mindfulness play with children.
I opened my first preschool and toddler program, Buddha Babies, in New Orleans, a city which I called home for 10 years. When my family relocated to Asheville, I brought that program with me, and it was no surprise that a play-based, yoga-inspired preschool quickly became popular here. In early 2020, plans to expand were halted as we closed our doors due to the pandemic. During that time, I returned to school to further my education in Early Childhood administration, and began my work as an advocate of public Montessori in Asheville.
I am one of the founding developers and charter writers for Mountain City Public Montessori, and am thrilled to form this partnership of schools which allows me to continue supporting their mission while returning to my passion for early childhood education.
As the Director of Little Grove Preschool, I look forward to serving families and children with evidence-based, developmentally appropriate educational experiences, while supporting educators with high-quality development opportunities and support through our partnership with Mountain City Public Montessori.