Maura Leahy-Tucker



Charlotte Montessori is a joyful place, where children are inspired to reach their fullest potential!

Maura Leahy-Tucker

Interim Head of School

Montessori Certificate – Primary, Lower & Upper Elementary
MBA Queens University

Maura Leahy-Tucker hails from Cork, Ireland. She has 3-6, 6-9, and 9-12 Montessori Training from St. Nicholas’s Montessori College in London, England.

She taught at a Montessori school in London before moving to Knoxville Montessori School as its Director for several years. Upon her marriage to Bill Tucker she moved to Charlotte.

After her son William was born is 1989 she became head of Charlotte Montessori School. The Tucker family bought Charlotte Montessori School in 1990.  As Maura had a young son and was working full time the Toddler Program began with William as the first enrollee.  Over the next few years she worked on Charlotte Montessori meeting the needs of the working families in Dilworth and downtown.

While continuing to own Charlotte Montessori renting a space in a church in Sedgefield we bought land on Boyce/Sardis road for a second Charlotte Montessori School campus. That campus grew to over 400 children with children ages 3-grade 8.  With accreditation from Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and Southern Associations of Independent Schools and big changes from the original Charlotte Montessori School we changed our name to Charlotte Prep.  Maura was head of school through 2010 and executive Director until 2012.  The Tucker Family sold Charlotte Prep in April 2012.

Since 1990 she has served as board president of Charlotte Montessori School. Also, served as Executive Director since 2014.