“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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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.
Elaine Edlind

Elaine Edlind

Titles: School Psychologist, Parent/Toddler Facilitator
Degrees: M.A. and Ph.D., Connecticut College
Texas A&M University
Certified School Psychologist, Pennsylvania
Nationally Certified School Psychologist
Departments: Student Support Team
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Elaine always wanted to work with children, and her role at Gladwyne Montessori allows her to work with children from 1 year old-through their middle school years while also providing the opportunity to get to know their parents. Elaine's goal is helping families as they navigate the travails of parenting. Elaine enjoys hiking (especially in the U.S. National Parks), reading, traveling domestically and internationally, yoga/gym, spending time with family and friends, working on the NY Times Sunday magazine crossword puzzle (and persisting until she completes it!)
Rose Follmer

Rose Follmer

Titles: Elementary Literacy Specialist
Degrees: B.S. in Education, West Chester University
M.A. in Elementary Education, Widener University
Reading Specialist Certification, Widener University
Doctorate in Reading and Language Arts, Widener University
Departments: Literacy Department
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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.

Bella Galantino

Bella Galantino

Titles: Toddler Teaching Assistant, La Casa Assistant
Degrees: B.A. in Child Development, Pennsylvania State University
Departments: Toddler, La Casa
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Bella joined the Gladwyne Montessori family because she believes in its encouraging and open environment that truly fosters the importance of children's education and wellbeing. She joined the Gladwyne Montessori community in the 2017-2018 school year, and looks forward to continuing her journey at this special school! She spent the summer of 2018 working towards her Infant/Toddler Montessori certification in Princeton, NJ. In her free time, Bella enjoys practicing yoga, socializing with friends, traveling, and spending time at the Jersey Shore.

Avery Green

Avery Green

Titles: Lower Elementary Teaching Assistant
Degrees: B.A. in History, William Smith College
M.Ed. in Elementary Education, Cabrini College
Departments: Elementary
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As an alumni of Gladwyne Montessori, Avery has very fond memories of her time here. When it was time for her son to go into nursery school, she toured the school and was completely blown away with what she saw. Being on the other side of the table as a parent, she knew that this environment would be a perfect fit for her son to learn and grow. In her free time, Avery loves entertaining and spending time with friends and family. She also enjoy cooking and working out; spinning, yoga and walks outside with her black Goldendoodle, Ruby.

Geraldine Hartnett

Geraldine Hartnett

Titles: Learning Support
Departments: Student Support Team
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With 36 years of experience in Montessori education, Gerry Hartnett has served as a classroom teacher and a mentor for new teachers. Currently, Gerry serves as a member of the Student Support Team, providing academic support to students in kindergarten through sixth grade. In her free time, Gerry enjoys reading books about History, religion, politics and poetry. She loves to garden and do yoga as well listen to classical music.

Jemma Helliker

Jemma Helliker

Titles: Upper Elementary Head Teacher, Elementary Department Coordinator
Degrees: B.A. with Honors in English and Psychology, University of Newcastle upon Tyne
M.A. in Secondary Education, Chestnut Hill College
AMI Primary Assistant Teaching Certification, Maria Montessori Institute
MACTE Elementary 6 - 12 Montessori Teaching Certification, Center for Guided Montessori Studies
Departments: Elementary
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Jemma taught in public and charter schools for five years before the birth of her daughter. She knew teaching was her passion, but the traditional teaching model was not meeting the needs of the children in her classes. She discovered Montessori as a new mother and has not looked back. Jemma believes, "Learning in a Montessori environment is joyful and inspiring because the philosophy begins and ends with the natural development of our children. In this environment, it is a joy to guide the children to new learning and experiences." Jemma enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, camping and canoeing with her family. When indoors, she loves to knit, write, draw and read. She tries to practice yoga daily and swim whenever she can.
Elizabeth Herron

Elizabeth Herron

Titles: Primary Head Teacher
Degrees: A.B. with Honors, University of Michigan
M.Ed. In Reading, Cabrini College
AMS Certification, Chestnut Hill College
Departments: Primary
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After her two sons were students at Gladwyne Montessori, Libby became interested in the Montessori philosophy of education and subsequently completed her Montessori training at Chestnut Hill College. Prior to joining Gladwyne Montessori's faculty, she was a lead Montessori teacher at the Armenian Sisters Academy in Radnor, PA for 8 years. For fun, Libby enjoys cooking and gardening.

Gina Hunt

Gina Hunt

Titles: Business Manager
Degrees: B.S. in Accounting, Villanova University
Certified Public Accountant, Pennsylvania
Departments: Administration
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Gina came to Gladwyne Montessori as a result of her strong desire to help such a warm community. When Gina isn't in her office, she likes to exercise, practice yoga, and spends time offering cancer support to newly diagnosed patients.
Jo Anne Johns

Jo Anne Johns

Titles: Elementary Literacy Specialist
Degrees: B.S. in Elem. Ed./Early Childhood, Level II Certification, Millersville University
M.Ed. In Reading, Bloomsburg University
American Montessori Society Primary Teacher Certification, Center for Montessori Teacher Education at the College of New Rochelle
Reading Specialist, PA Certification Level II, Bloomsburg University
Departments: Arts and Enrichment, Literacy Department
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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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