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.
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.
AMI Montessori Training, Raven Hill Academy
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.
AMI Primary Diploma, Navadisha Montessori Institute, Chennai, India
Montessori Teacher Certificate, United Montessori Education
Education Program Certification, Eastern University
PA Pre-K-4 Instructional I Teaching Certification, PA Board of Education
Aileen lived in China for 5 years teaching English in international kindergarten schools and it was there where she realized that teaching little children would be her lifelong career. It was on a bus to work where she discovered Dr. Maria Montessori as she read an autobiography about her. Aileen then moved to India to complete her Montessori Education training. When she moved to the U.S., Aileen worked in several Montessori schools in between having children. She is happy to now be at Gladwyne Montessori where she hopes to continue to grow as a Montessori teacher. Aileen previously lived in 5 countries and traveled extensively before moving to the United States and now that she is married with 2 children, she travels with her family in her free time. She also likes to watch movies, read books and organize travel plans.
M.A. in Sociology, University of Arizona
M.A. in Education, Loyola University
AMI Primary Diploma, Washington Montessori Institute
Emily completed her Montessori training ten years ago and has been in and out of the classroom since, raising her three children. Emily was a Montessori child herself in her primary years, and attended one year of Montessori elementary in the school her Mom opened in British Columbia, Canada. Since graduating from college, Emily has had many life enriching experiences, including living in a rural village in Zambia for two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer, studying the relationship between wilderness and spirituality in graduate school, and working with Philadelphia’s homeless population at Project HOME. Her mission has always been to help people, and she found her way back to her Montessori roots after picking up a copy of Maria Montessori’s book, “The Secret of Childhood.” It was love at first read, and she hasn’t questioned her path since! Emily loves spending time with her three children, Wyatt, Addy and Knox, and her husband, Kurt. They are all nature enthusiasts and spend as much time as they can in the fresh air. She loves to read books, relax in hammocks, visit friends, and create art.
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.
Eunice has been a part of the Gladwyne Montessori community as a parent for ten years. Watching her three children learn and grow the Montessori way has deepened her commitment and respect for the Montessori philosophy. She decided to pursue Montessori training and plans to share her love for learning with students in her classroom. In her free time, she enjoys reading, playing board games and photography.
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
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.
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.
M.A.T., University of the Arts
M.Ed., Chestnut Hill College
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.
Montessori AMS Infant Toddler Credential, Princeton School for Teacher Education
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.