Mrs. Melissa Kanatzar & Ms. Jessica Montes

Phone: (803) 476-3800


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Mrs. Melissa Kanatzar & Ms. Jessica Montes

Hi! I'm Melissa Kanatzar (kuh-nat-zer) and I am so excited to be teaching the first Preschool Inclusion class here at Harbison West. This is my 4th year teaching and my second year at Harbison West. I have a Master's degree in Special Education from Texas A&M San Antonio and am certified in Special Education, Early Childhood, Early Childhood Special Education, and Elementary Education. 

I have been married to my amazing husband, Rod, for 18 years and we have 3 wonderful children. Our daughter, Taylor, is 16 and is a Senior in high school. Our middle son, Austin, is 14 and is in the 9th grade. And our “baby”, Levi, is 10 and is in the 5th grade. We also have a 7 year old Boston Terrier named Roscoe who I call our fourth child. My husband is active duty Army so we just moved to the Columbia area in late December from San Antonio, Texas. I am “from” Greenville, SC so it’s nice to be close to home and family.

I am so excited to be teaching at Harbison West and to be a part of such a special team of professionals!