Teacher Biographies

K.C. Carrancio, Head Teacher

K.C. has been with Mount Hope since 1998. In addition to her Bachelor’s of Liberal Arts earned at Eastern Connecticut State University, she is a graduate of the Three Rivers Montessori Training Program, from which she earned her American Montessori Society certification. K.C.’s vibrant energy and dedication strengthen the Mount Hope community of children, staff, and families. In her classroom, K.C. brings her enthusiasm and love of teaching and learning into play to create a warm and welcoming environment in which children flourish.

Donna Clouette, Head Teacher
Donna has been with Mount Hope since 1980. She first joined the Mount Hope community as a parent and volunteer when her 3-year-old son began attending school here, and then completed her training and joined the staff as a teacher. In addition to her Bachelor’s degree in English literature, Donna is a graduate of the Northeast Montessori Institute in Beverly, MA, from which she earned her American Montessori Society certification. In her classroom, Donna’s calm, creative encouragement and devotion to children provide a welcoming setting in which children thrive.
Aphrodite Provitas, Assistant Teacher

Aphrodite has been with Mount Hope since 2002. In addition to her degree in Early Childhood Development earned in her native Greece and her 30+ years of experience working with children, she is a graduate of the North American Montessori Center, from which she earned her certification. Aphrodite’s creativity and warmhearted approach make her a valuable part of both classroom work and before and after care.

Acacia Jensen, Assistant Teacher


Acacia came to Mount Hope first as a Mom in 2017 and fell in love with the school’s atmosphere and its teachers. Her first exposure to Montessori philosophy happened during the time she studied early childhood education at Tunxis Community College in 2005. The philosophy resonated with her so much that she set a life goal that she would eventually become a Montessori teacher. She is passionate about helping children develop emotional regulation, compassion and empathy, and peaceful social interaction, while they build themselves in the freedom of the Montessori classroom. We are thrilled to have her in our primary classroom, toddler room and after-school care program.

Erin Clark, Director


Erin Clark joined the Mount Hope staff as the Office Administrator in 2018 and became the School Director in 2019. In this role, she is the contact for all parents in relation to all Mount Hope business and organizational matters.  Erin has close ties to and experience with the Montessori philosophy, as all of her children have attended the school. She brings a wealth of administrative experience with her from various organizations which make her a perfect fit at Mount Hope.