Laura H. Montano, 59, a teacher in Montgomery County public schools for more than 25 years, died Jan. 12 at her home in Rockville.

She had mitral valve disease, said her husband, Robert Montano.

Mrs. Montano retired in 2010 after a few months of working at Rockville’s Needwood Academy, which offers alternative educational programs for middle and high school students with behavioral or social problems. She was a reading teacher at Gaithersburg High School from 2005 to 2010.

Earlier in her career, she taught special education at Stephen Knolls School in Kensington and was a teacher at Argyle Middle School in Silver Spring.

Laura Renee Hunt was born in Washington and spent her teenage years in Silver Spring. She was a 1971 graduate of St. Vincent Pallotti High School in Laurel, and she received a bachelor’s degree in 1975 from what is now Waynesburg University in Pennsylvania. In 1977, she received a master’s degree in special education from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. She received a second master’s degree, in reading, from the University of Maryland in 1980.

Her memberships included the Woman’s Club of Bethesda, and she was a den mother for a Cub Scout troop.

Survivors include her husband of 33 years, Robert Montano of Rockville; her mother, Eileen Dye of Silver Spring; three children, Michele Montano of Fairfax County and Robert Montano and Michael Montano, both of Rockville; two brothers, Gary Hunt of Catonsville, Md., and Brian Hunt of Fairfax County; a stepsister, Ellen Dye of Silver Spring; and a stepbrother, James Dye of Deale.

— Megan McDonough