Teacher Biographies


K.C. Carrancio, Director and 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. In her role as Director, 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 American Montessori Society certification. Aphrodite’s creativity and warmhearted approach make her a valuable part of both classroom work and before and after care.
Miranda Basnight, Assistant Teacher
Miranda has been with Mount Hope since 2015. In addition to her degree in Human Development and Family Studies earned at UConn, she has had 15 years previous experience working with children, of which 9 years were spent in Montessori schools. Miranda’s resourcefulness and empathy make her an appreciated member of both classrooms and before and after care.