Our Montessori Team


 Chynna Jenkins: (Alexandra Campus Director)

  Chynna has three years experience as a Montessori assistant.  She was a co-teacher for 5 years at another private Montessori school before joining our team at Northeast Stars three years ago.  Chynna works at our Alexandria location and has grown from an assistant teacher to Lead Teacher and now our Campus Director.  She is CPR/FA certified and Medication Administration Training (MAT - VA) certified. She is loved by the children for her quiet, imaginative nature.  Ms. Jenkins is currently enrolled in the NAMC program and has 46 credit hours in Criminal Justice from Montgomery College.


Medina Shepherd (District of Columbia Campus Director)

Ms. Shepherd has two years experiences as a Montessori Assistant. She also has 6 years working with children with learning disabilities. She has grown from Assistant Teacher at NES to Lead Teacher and is now our Center Director. She is CPR/FA certified. She has a natural teaching talent. Ms. Shepherd studied Early Childhood Education/Special Education at Howard Community College. She is currently enrolled in the NAMC program and at Prince George’s Community College for Early Childhood Education/Special Education.


Helen Santoro is our social media and Montessori training consultant.  Helen has a BA in Music from George Mason University, and a Montessori Certification from NAMC.  She has taught and directed Montessori preschools for three years.  Currently working towards a Masters in Arts Management from George Mason  University, she routinely visits classrooms to train our teachers and assistants, as well as updating and managing our social media accounts.  You can find her teaching music throughout the year at our Alexandria location as an enrichment!


Sharon Thomason-Sekyi (Founder)

 Sharon is the founder of Northeast Stars Montessori Preschools.   Sharon was a manager in DC law firms for many years and lived on Capitol Hill for decades!  She created NES after having her first child.  She also worked at Aquinas Montessori School for over six years, and her children attended Aidan Montessori and Aquinas Montessori schools. She credits Aquinas Montessori school for being the inspiration for building NES. Sharon works with parents on a personal basis when dealing with personal challenges and issues like physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, nutritionists, behavioral therapy and other medical services.  She also is available personally for any/all parent comments and questions while attending NES.