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“Education is a natural process carried out by the human individual, and is acquired not by listening to words, but by experiences in the environment.”
Maria Montessori

Faculty & Staff Directory

Our entire staff focuses on your child as a person. Montessori teachers are facilitators, mentors, and coaches who nurture a student’s potential and encourage him or her to explore, investigate, and discover. We are proud to have some of the region’s top educators guiding our students through their journey toward a lifelong love of learning. Our teachers are highly qualified, fully credentialed, and dedicated to the success of each individual student.

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Donna Arronson

Donna Arronson

Titles: Stepping Stones Teaching Assistant, La Casa Assistant
Degrees: B.S. in Psychology and Education, Mount Saint Mary's College
Departments: Stepping Stones, La Casa
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Donna was first introduced to Gladwyne Montessori as a parent. All four of her children attended the school over the span of 14 years. When Donna is not in the classroom, she enjoys going to the beach, traveling, reading, and sports.
Janey Arronson

Janey Arronson

Titles: Stepping Stones Head Teacher, Stepping Stones Department Coordinator
Degrees: B.A., Susquehanna University
Montessori AMS Infant Toddler Credential, Princeton School for Teacher Education
Departments: Stepping Stones
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As a child, Janey attended Gladwyne Montessori. She loved it so much that she decided to come back and teach in order to provide the same great amazing experience she received.
Kim Auch

Kim Auch

Titles: Primary Head Teacher
Degrees: B.A., Villanova University
AMI Montessori Training, Raven Hill Academy
Departments: Primary
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Having been the oldest girl of twelve children, for Kim, it seemed like a natural career path to become a teacher. During her senior year at Villanova, Kim visited a Montessori school in Coconut Grove and fell in love with the philosophy as it was very similar to the way she was raised. A year after college, Kim was able to attend an American Montessori International training program at Raven Hill Academy in Philadelphia. She completed all of her four student teaching rotations at Gladwyne Montessori and worked under Ann Schwarz, a notable past Gladwyne Montessori teacher, was hired the following year, and has been here ever since. In her free time, Kim likes to spin, hike, and do yoga. She is also fortunate to be very close to her eleven siblings and mother and joyfully spends a lot of time with her two grandchildren.
Claudine Coco Bastien

Claudine Coco Bastien

Titles: Music Teacher
Degrees: B.A. in Fine Arts, Concordia University, Montreal
B.A. in Music Education, University of Quebec in Montreal
Departments: Arts and Enrichment
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Coco came to Gladwyne Montessori 15 years ago to share her love of music with young children. In her free time, Coco enjoys being with friends, singing, playing guitar, writing, listening to music, meditating, and taking in her surroundings.
Maggie Brown Dougherty

Maggie Brown Dougherty

Titles: Primary Head Teacher
Degrees: B.A.
Montessori Certificate, Washington Montessori Institute
Real Estate License
Departments: Primary
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In 1979, Maggie dreamed of teaching at Gladwyne Montessori. Not only did Maggie's dream come true for herself, her children were also able to attend Gladwyne Montessori all the way to sixth grade. Maggie loves to be active. She walks in Valley Green often, plays tennis weekly, skis as much as she can, and rows through the Upper Merion rowing club. Maggie also loves to babysit her five grandchildren.
Veronica Casali

Veronica Casali

Titles: Spanish Teacher, Primary Teaching Assistant
Degrees: B.S. in Economics and Education in foreign language teaching, La Salle University
Departments: Primary, Arts and Enrichment
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Veronica found Gladwyne Montessori while looking for the right Montessori school with elementary education for her daughter. Veronica enjoys running, gardening, camping, and cooking in her spare time.
Lauren Clark

Lauren Clark

Titles: Stepping Stones Head Teacher
Degrees: B.S. in Elementary/Special Education, St. Joseph's University
M.A. in Early Childhood Education, Chestnut Hill College
American Montessori Society - Certified Toddler, Westside Montessori School
American Montessori Society - Certified Primary, Chestnut Hill College
Departments: Stepping Stones
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During her training at Chestnut Hill College for her Primary Certification, Lauren was introduced to Gladwyne Montessori. She observed how embracing and alive the classroom environments were and how the school was filled with many happy children. This, in combination with a talented and engaging teaching staff and administration, made joining Gladwyne Montessori an easy decision. Lauren enjoys participating in fitness classes, walking her dog on nature trails, socializing with friends, and enjoying the company of her large extended family.
Jasmine Corrie

Jasmine Corrie

Titles: Director of Marketing and Communications
Degrees: B.S. with Honors in Graphic Design; Minors in Product Design and Digital Media, Drexel University
Departments: Administration
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While looking for the perfect opportunity to combine design, operations, and education in a rewarding way, Jasmine came across Gladwyne Montessori. The moment she entered the school, she knew Gladwyne Montessori - full of passion and excitement - was where she belonged. When she isn't at school, or serving at her church, Jasmine enjoys traveling, photography, and dancing.
Rebecca Dewey

Rebecca Dewey

Titles: Primary Head Teacher, Primary Department Coordinator
Degrees: B.A., Goucher College
M.A.T., University of the Arts
M.Ed., Chestnut Hill College
Departments: Primary
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Rebecca used to be a traditional teacher, but felt there had to be another way. When she began learning about the Montessori philosophy, she was excited and relieved. "Montessori makes so much sense! Montessori allows me to connect and understand each child through observation, interaction, purposeful activity and joy. I believe the greatest aspect of Montessori is the ability to honor and celebrate each child for the gifts they bring and the peace they pass forward." When Rebecca isn't teaching, she loves hiking, spending time with family, playing with her dogs, and reading.
Michael Dyson

Michael Dyson

Titles: Chief Financial Officer
Degrees: B.S. in Accounting, Villanova University
M.B.A. in Management, Villanova University
Psy.D., Immaculata University
Licensed Psychologist
Certified Public Accountant, Pennsylvania
Departments: Administration
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Gladwyne Montessori is a supportive and caring community and Michael believes the school's mission and values align well with his own personal values. Michael enjoys football, softball, basketball, bodyboarding, snowboarding, and traveling.
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