At Casa, kids spend their time making meaningful work and exploring world cultures in a prepared, hands-on arts studio environment.
Our program is inspired by Maria Montessori herself and the creative process where inspiration (coming up with ideas) is followed by generation (bringing ideas to life). We are essentially Mary Poppins meets Andy Warhol, with a dash of ancient world. Ms. Kim created this program as a gift to her children and she offers it now to you.
Ignite young minds to explore our world and find ways to enrich life everywhere.
Meet your teachers.
Founder, Head of School, Arts, Yoga, Cooking
Ms. Kim celebrates her passions in life by sharing them with the community. She studied Visual Communications at Art Center College of Design and was awarded the Certificate of Excellence for her ground-breaking work with Art Center College of Design Kids. She co-runs The Visual Team, a design firm based in Annapolis where she creates beautiful things for organizations doing beautiful work like Alternatives Federal Credit Union, Vuori, Ithaca College, ToC Creative, and Durand. She opens her home studio to create meaningful learning opportunities for our Casa students. When not working, she's on a bike or a yoga mat.
Teacher, Elementary level, Certified Forest Bathing Guide
Taught in a bilingual and racially diverse school setting while growing up in suburban Ohio, Kelly gained an international worldview and appreciation that led to grad school and a career teaching Elementary ages in DC-area Montessori schools. A love of naturalism and guided walks at the USBG and Rock Creek Park inspired training and forest therapy certification just this past summer in Sonoma, CA (Google: shin rin yoku). Over the years, leading after-school tutoring, birdwatching clubs, percussion classes, and French lessons have helped round out students’ daily lives, while supporting families, and growing as an educator.
What parents say
“My kids had so much fun working on the Pojagi project with Ms. Kim. It doesn't matter where your kid stands on the fine motor skills, she has "the touch" when teaching kids to sew. The work shows their individual uniqueness. The fabrics used were authentic and the result, priceless.”
Youngsun Kwon, mother