Our Team

Our ToTH Faculty and Administration

At ToTH Montessori, we pride ourselves on our commitment to the quality, enthusiasm, and talent of our team. ToTH teachers can only bring that famous Montessori joy and patience to the classroom every day if they feel rested, valued and fulfilled in their role. ToTH offers competitive compensation and benefits, as well as ongoing professional development to all of our teachers. ToTH’s Head of School works closely with each teaching team, and with ToTH’s co-founders, who actively participate in the visioning, planning and sustainability of the school.

Our faculty and administration can be reached by calling our office at (202) 516-4158 or emailing us at info@toddlersonthehill.org.

Natalie with blocks and kidsNatalie Baginski, M.Ed., Head of School and Toddler Guide

Natalie earned her Montessori Credential through the Center for Guided Montessori Studies and has spent over a decade in toddler, primary and upper elementary Montessori classrooms. She holds holds two Master’s Degrees, including in Curriculum and Instruction (K-6). She is a former Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa.



Nathaly Stansbury-Trujillo, Toddler and Primary Spanish Guide

Nathaly earned her Infant/Toddler Montessori Credential through the North American Montessori Center and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. As a native Spanish speaker from Colombia, Nathaly (Nah-tah-LEE) enjoys the dynamic environment of a bilingual classroom and teaches in the toddler and primary programs.




 Anja Figura, Co-Teacher, morning and afternoon Toddler classroom

Anja earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in the fields of Educational and Social sciences and she holds an assistant Montessori certificate through the Center for Guided Montessori Studies. Her early years were influenced by Montessori education in Germany where she attended an authentic Montessori 3-6 program.


Gwen photoGwendolyn Hines, Primary Guide

Gwendolyn Hines is a credentialed master educator with 17 years in Montessori education, having led programs in toddler, primary and elementary classrooms. She is also an experienced teacher trainer, who continues to serve as a field consultant to the Advanced Institute for Montessori Studies. Gwen is also a proud Montessori parent.




jenn valentine with primary studentsJennifer Valentine, Primary Assistant Guide

Jennifer is an experienced Reggio Emilia teaching assistant, and earned her Montessori assistant certificate through the Center for Guided Studies.

While raising four kids on Capitol Hill, Jenn has volunteered in many local school and community-based activities. Jenn’s passion is art and she loves exploring and creating art with young children.



DSC_9871Ila Furman, Admissions Director

Ila works closely with our Head of School to place families in our programs. As a mother of two young boys and a resident of Capitol Hill, Ila has been actively involved in local early childhood programs. She holds an M.A. in art history, and previously procured art and managed exhibitions in several museums and galleries in Washington, DC.


Anya Landau French, Co-founder and Director of Finance

After helping to found ToTH in 2012, Anya served as its Executive Director until 2016. She currently serves as Finance Director and  provides advice and assistance for special projects throughout the year.  Anya holds an M.A. in Education and Human Development, and previously taught English as a Foreign Language. Anya is also a public policy professional specializing in U.S. – Cuban affairs.


Sara Agarwal, Co-Founder, Director of Human Resources, Strategic Planning

As a young toddler, Sara’s son, Aniket, seemed to need more stimulus than his nanny could provide. Sara looked for a high-quality part-time Montessori program on Capitol Hill, but couldn’t find one, so she decided to build one from scratch.  After finding several like-minded Capitol Hill parents and months of effort, ToTH was born in October 2012. Sara continues to assist our Head of School with recruitment, benefits and long-term planning. Sara is a former Peace Corps volunteer, and specializes in supporting the use of technology in economic development worldwide.


Joy Wilder, Co-Founder, Director of Licensing and Financial Aid

Joy has always been passionate about building community, so when the opportunity to help start up ToTH for the Capitol Hill community appeared, she rolled up her sleeves. Integral to ToTH’s launch, Joy continues to support the program, overseeing ToTH’s compliance with all applicable health and safety codes. Joy also chairs ToTH tuition assistance efforts. Joy and her family moved to Kingstowne, Virginia to help grow Capital City Church Kingstowne, where she and her husband now serve as Campus Pastors together. In 2017, Joy built an in-home Montessori share program and joined the Board of Be the Love, a local non-profit.