Denise Merkel

Faculty Information

Head of Lower School, Director of Education

Contact Information

School Email
School Phone
202-387-2700   x114
School - Second Floor


BS, Elementary Education, University of Maryland
MEd, Reading, Bowie State University
AMI Montessori Diploma, Primary (3-6), Washington Montessori Institute
Certificate, Simplicity Parenting Coach, The Center for Social Sustainability

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Denise enthusiastically returns to Aidan Montessori School as its Director of Education and Head of Lower School. During her tenure at Aidan, Denise has served as Director of the After School Program for 15 years, a Toddler Guide for 23 years, and the Coordinator of APF for the last 14 years. Denise has worked in the field of education for over four decades. In addition to her work at Aidan, she has taught third and seventh grade, been a reading resource and substitute teacher as well as a private tutor, and even served as Administrative Head of Christian Family Montessori School in DC. She has been a frequent guest lecturer at the Washington Montessori Institute at Loyola University, and has been invited to speak to parents at several local Montessori schools.

Denise grew up in suburban Washington, DC. She is the single parent of three grown children, each of whom attended Montessori schools. She enjoys spending time with her baby granddaughter, gardening, baking, reading, de-cluttering, following her favorite sports teams, and listening to music.