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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

Literacy Department


Jillian Koren

Jillian Koren

Primary Teaching Assistant, Reading Teacher
In May 2013, after graduating from college, Jill's neighbor informed her that substitute teachers were needed. Jill substituted from October-December and officially started as a Primary Teaching Assistant in January 2014. She became a part of the Reading Department in September 2016 and works as a Reading Teacher in the afternoons with the Kindergarteners. Jill loves spending time with her family and friends, decorating her apartment, and running.


Rose Follmer

Rose Follmer

Elementary Literacy Specialist

Dr. Rose came to Gladwyne Montessori in October 2015. She had retired from a 32 year career in public education - 10 years as a classroom teacher and 22 years as a literacy specialist. She has also taught at a number of universities and has been a national speaker in the area of literacy. After a brief hiatus, Dr. Rose wanted to work with children again which is her greatest passion. Dr. Rose has a love of animals and, besides having four dogs of her own, she volunteers at the Francisvale Home for Smaller Animals in Radnor.

Jo Anne Johns

Jo Anne Johns

Elementary Literacy Specialist
Jo Anne truly enjoys working with Elementary students of diverse literacy skill, from those who learn differently to the gifted. By teaching literacy across content areas, she has the ability to encourage her students to take ownership of their literacy learning, aiding their acquisition of effective strategies and developing a life-long love for reading and writing. In her spare time, Jo Anne enjoys reading (of course!), traveling, and visiting with friends!

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