Staff

Rebecca Pelton, Ed.D.

President

MACTE, 420 Park Street
Charlottesville, Virginia 22902
Phone (O): (434) 202-7793
(C): (434) 987-2975
Fax: (888) 525-8838
Email: rebecca@macte.org

 

Rebecca Pelton is the President of the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE).  MACTE serves as the national accreditor for Montessori teacher preparation programs and is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  Rebecca has been active in the area of teacher program accreditation for the past 14 years.  Prior to her work with MACTE, she served as the Vice President for Membership for the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC).  She has presented at many national conferences and participated in over sixty on-site visits preparing for teacher program accreditation.  Rebecca earned her B.A. in Music Education from Alma College and went on to teach in public and private schools for 20 years.  She earned her M.Ed. from Bowling Green State University in Education with an endorsement in Gifted Education and continued to teach, as well as develop a number of programs in gifted education and gifted enrichment.  She earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Delaware.  Her tenure at MACTE is based on commitment to supporting Montessori teacher preparation and thereby improving the educational experience of Montessori students.

Stacy Seapy, M.S.

Director of Operations

Phone: (434) 202-7793
Fax: (888) 525-8838
Email: stacy@macte.org

 

Stacy Seapy, M.S in Career and Technical Education with and endorsement in business, informational technology, marketing, and middle school mathematics from Virginia Polytechnics Institute & State University (Virginia Tech). She has her B.S. in business management.  She also studied abroad at Strathclyde University in Glasgow, Scotland to study entrepreneurship and human resource management. She comes to MACTE after teaching high school business for four years. The courses she taught included Accounting, Marketing, Personal Finance, Keyboarding and Microsoft Career and College Skills. Stacy also had the role of advisor at the high school for Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA). Stacy was the JV coach of the Nelson County High School soccer team and assistant coach for the Varsity team.  She currently plays in the Charlottesville Women's Soccer league. 

 

 

 

Carolyn Pinkerton, Ph.D.

Accreditation Specialist 

Phone: (434) 202-7793
Fax: (888) 525-8838
Email: carolyn@macte.org

 

Carolyn Pinkerton, Ph.D. comes to MACTE after a long tenure in education as an English as a Second Language teacher at multiple school sites and a support for teachers on best educational practices. Prior to her teaching experience Carolyn worked for the Core Knowledge Foundation communicating with teachers in the piloting of their programs and as a graduate teaching assistant and guest lecturer in Social Foundations of Education, Contemporary Issues in Education, Child Development and Human Development at the University of Virginia.  Carolyn has her B.A. in Spanish, minor in Elementary Education, and M.S. in Education from University of Tennessee, Knoxville; M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from Virginia Polytechnic and State Institute University, Ph.D. in Social Foundations of Education from the University of Virginia.  Carolyn was a Fellow, receiving the UVA Faculty Senate Dissertation Award after conducting in-depth research about adult online learning communities and instructional strategies. She brings with her a wealth of knowledge regarding learning communities and we are excited to have her on our team.

Aimee Fagan, M.Ed.

Accreditation Specialist 

Phone: (434) 202-7793
Fax: (888) 525-8838
Email: Aimee@macte.org

 

Aimee is an experienced Montessorian as a graduate of the Institute of Advanced Montessori Studies with an AMS Early Childhood credential. She has been a lead Montessori teacher and taught Early Childhood and Kindergarten at the University Montessori School here in Charlottesville. She has supervised interns and planned and structured an integrated curriculum with co-teachers. Aimee is experienced in the Self-Study writing process and has a deep understanding of Montessori education.  Her background in project management skills will be an asset in providing feedback to our programs.  In 2015 Aimee published a book for educators that outlines our 40 sewing activities for children and contains accompanying theory and philosophy. She also maintains a blog focused on Montessori and early childhood education for both educators and parents. Aimee has a bachelors in Anthropology, from Kenyon College and her M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction and Reading Instruction, from the University of Virginia. We welcome her to the MACTE team.

Kathryn Rustin, B.S.

Registrar

Phone: (434) 202-7793
Fax: (888) 525-8838
Email: kathryn@macte.org

 

Katie has a B.S. in Industrial Design from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University (Virginia Tech). She is an expert in social media platforms, Photoshop, Indesign, Illustrator, SEO, Youtube, and video editing. Prior to her work with MACTE Katie worked as a technical support representative for Altec Industries. She wrote and processed legal and bid contracts for both government and private sectors. Katie assisted in marketing strategies and social media platforms. She was responsible for corresponding with over 150 clients and internal engineers. Katie utilizes her expertise for communication with MACTE's constituency. In her spare time Katie is a Re-Fashion Designer and strives to help others find creative ways to up-cycle discarded items into new and usable items.