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 Preschool Inclusion class here at Harbison West. This is my 5th year teaching and my 3rd 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 19 years and we have 3 wonderful children. Our daughter, Taylor, is 17 and is a Freshman in college in Tampa, Florida. Our middle son, Austin, is 15 and is in the 10th grade. And our “baby”, Levi, is 11 and is in the 6th grade. We also have an 8 year old Boston Terrier named Roscoe who I call our fourth child. My husband is active duty Army so we've been in Columbia for 2 years now. 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!