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. Donna began working at Gladwyne Montessori in 2008 and has served in the Primary, Toddler, and La Casa programs. In addition to these years of experience, Donna completed an assistant training program in the summer of 2018 at the Princeton Montessori Training Center. When Donna is not in the classroom, she enjoys spending time with her family, going to the beach in Margate, New Jersey for the summer, traveling, cooking, 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, working 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 three grandchildren.
Eleonora's love for the Montessori philosophy began when her twin girls were born at a very premature age – she was in search of a philosophy that would help the healthy development of her children from birth-on, and to help her own children to overcome the challenges they potentially faced. Eleonora strongly believes in the Montessori tenet of emphasizing the independence of the child and truly believes in trusting the child's ability to guide his/her learning journey. When she entered Gladwyne Montessori for the first time, she was mesmerized by the magical atmosphere and by the excitement students had for learning, and the pride they took in their work.
Eleonora's unique background in language, business, entrepreneurship, and early education lends itself perfectly to her duties at Gladwyne Montessori. Before joining the Gladwyne Montessori faculty, she was the owner of a successful Maternity Concierge company. Her passion in helping expecting parents and supporting early stages of parenting and child development, came after a long career in early childcare, where she worked with children from birth to the teenage years.
Eleonora's passion is traveling. Thanks to her parents' governmental careers, Eleonora has been traveling and living in different countries since she was in the womb. She is trying to pass on this passion to her children, who are being raised trilingual (Italian, Spanish and English), and have had passports since they were three months old! In her spare time, Eleonora loves cooking, exploring the city, and Latin dancing.
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 five years teaching English in international kindergarten schools, and there, 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 five countries and traveled extensively before moving to the United States; now that she is married with two 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 mother 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 enjoys reading books, relaxing in hammocks, visiting friends, and creating art.
Seeing the unique and effective way that children are able to take responsibility for their learning environment compelled Vanessa to enroll her daughter almost as a toddler. Her love of the Montessori philosophy and desire to share it with others kept her at Gladwyne Montessori. In her free time, Vanessa loves to create! From rehabbing old furniture to crafting new recipes and inventing consumer products, constant creativity is a big part of her life.
American Montessori Society Early Childhood Credential, Adrian Dominican Montessori Teacher Education Institute
Education in Teaching Foreign Language, Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja
Veronica was introduced to Montessori education in 1992 and began her training while working at a dual-language Montessori school. Veronica found Gladwyne Montessori while looking for the right Montessori elementary program for her daughter. She joined the faculty in 2006 as a Primary Teaching Assistant and started the Spanish program in 2008. Previously, she has worked in business, publishing, and clothing manufacturing. Veronica enjoys reading, running, gardening, hiking, 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.
M.A.T in Visual Arts, The University of the Arts
Alyssa has a background in drawing, painting, printmaking, mixed media, ceramics, and photography. She is a working mixed media artist who has a passion for educating the youth about cultural and social awareness through visual art in her free time. She also enjoys participating in community service projects and mentoring youth among the Philadelphia area and surrounding communities. She began her teaching journey by serving as a teaching artist for local art centers for four years before transitioning into private school education. Alyssa found Gladwyne Montessori while searching for a smaller private school setting that was closer to her home. She was instantly intrigued by the warm welcoming school community and Montessori philosophy. In her free time, Alyssa enjoys traveling, community service, and working as a freelance artist.