“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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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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Biography:
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!)
Tina Fitzpatrick

Tina Fitzpatrick

Titles: Primary Teaching Assistant
Degrees: B.A. Psychology, The Catholic University of America
Departments: Primary
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Tina met Libby Herron at a church coffee where Tina learned that Libby was in need of an assistant. Tina, who desired to come to Gladwyne Montessori, interviewed and has been here ever since. Tina enjoys reading, knitting, tennis, cooking and going to the beach.
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.

Tina Funkhouser

Titles: Development Assistant
Departments: Administration
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Bella Galantino

Bella Galantino

Titles: Stepping Stones Teaching Assistant, La Casa Assistant
Degrees: B.A. in Child Development, Pennsylvania State University
Departments: Stepping Stones, La Casa
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Bella joined the Gladwyne Montessori family because she believed in its encouraging and open environment that truly fosters the importance of children's education and wellbeing. In her free time, Bella enjoys practicing yoga, socializing with friends, traveling, and spending time at the Jersey Shore!

Maggie Greening

Maggie Greening

Titles: Stepping Stones Teaching Assistant
Degrees: B.S., Penn State University
Elementary Teaching Certification
Departments: Stepping Stones
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Maggie began her teaching career teaching third grade in Philadelphia and after two years, decided she wanted to work with younger kids. When she left her elementary job, she nannied for a family in the Gladwyne Montessori community. Nannying gave her a better feel for the early childhood age group. The following year, a position opened in Stepping Stones and she has been here ever since.

Gerry Hartnett

Titles: Learning Support
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Tully Herr

Tully Herr

Titles: Elementary Enrichment Coordinator
Degrees: B.S. in Conservation Biology
M.Ed.
Departments: Elementary
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Tully aspired to become a teacher ever since his life changing school experience in high school. He discovered that learning and fun are not separate, but complementary. Since his epiphany, he has studied education and taught all over the world and in various parts of the United States. Tully enjoys being active and spending time outside. Some of his hobbies include Ultimate Frisbee, soccer, rock climbing, hiking/camping, rafting, reading, and movie watching.
Libby Herron

Libby 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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Biography:
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.
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