“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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Jenny Jalack

Jenny Jalack

Titles: Primary Teaching Assistant, La Casa Assistant
Degrees: B.A. in English, Truman State University
AMI Primary Montessori Diploma, The Montessori Training Center of St. Louis
Departments: Primary, La Casa
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Whilst facing a big move from the Midwest to the Mid-Atlantic, Jenny was looking to work at absolutely the best Montessori school she could find, and Gladwyne Montessori was it for her! The professionalism of the teaching and administrative staff coupled with the school's dedication to the Montessori method made her feel confident that she could be successful there. Jenny enjoys reading world literature, drawing, and spending time outside with her daughter and husband.

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!
Susan Jones

Susan Jones

Titles: La Casa Coordinator
Degrees: B.A., Villanova University
AMS Certification
Departments: Arts and Enrichment
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The fine reputation of Gladwyne Montessori has for upholding the principles and philosophy of Montessori education inspired Susan to become a part of it. In her free time, Susan enjoys traveling, reading, and cooking.

Anne Marie Kochersperger

Titles: Payroll & Benefits Administrator
Degrees: Professional in Human Resources Certificate
Departments: Administration
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Paul Komorowski

Paul Komorowski

Titles: Physical Education Teacher, Director of Extracurricular Activities, Early Birds Coordinator
Degrees: B.S. in Exercise and Sport Science, Penn State University
Pennsylvania Teaching Certification K-12
Departments: Arts and Enrichment
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While working as a Program Director at a YMCA, Paul sought after a Physical Education teaching position and found the perfect one here. When Paul isn't at school, he enjoys playing baseball and spending time with his family.
Jillian Koren

Jillian Koren

Titles: Primary Teaching Assistant, Reading Teacher
Degrees: B.S. in Elementary Education and Special Education, Cabrini College
M.Ed. in Reading, Cabrini College
Departments: Primary, Literacy Department
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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.
Carrie Kries

Carrie Kries

Titles: Head of School
Degrees: A.A., New York University
B.A. in Early Childhood/Elementary Education, Arcadia University
M.S. in Educational Leadership, University of Pennsylvania
K-12 Principal CertificationEarly Childhood/Elementary Teaching Certification
Wilson Level 1 Reading Certification
Departments: Administration
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Carrie has been an educator since the 1990s, serving in the public, charter, and independent sectors. Her youngest son attended a Montessori pre-school, which first opened her eyes to the brilliance of Maria Montessori. From 2010-2015, Carrie served as CEO at the Philadelphia Montessori School, where she learned first-hand the value of a Montessori education for all children. Currently, Carrie is pursuing her Montessori Administrator's credential. In her free time, Carrie enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, fitness, and reupholstering furniture!
Ann Lange

Ann Lange

Titles: Secretary
Departments: Administration
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Ann joined Gladwyne Montessori in the 1989 and continues being the first face you see as you enter the building, because of she believes the faculty and staff are warm and inviting and the children bring her joy. Ann likes to spend her free time with her family. They all enjoy camping and fishing together. She also enjoys yoga, shopping, and working outside around the house.
Jemma Lloyd-Helliker

Jemma Lloyd-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.
Mary Elizabeth Luangamath

Mary Elizabeth Luangamath

Titles: Lower Elementary Head Teacher
Degrees: B.A. in Music Education, St. Olaf College
M.Ed., Summa cum Laude, Loyola University Maryland
AMI International Teaching License, Elementary Education, Ages 6-12, Washington Montessori Institute
Departments: Elementary
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Having grown up in the area, Mary Elizabeth came to Gladwyne Montessori because she wanted to return home and teach children our shared values. Mary Elizabeth's family is her joy, and they swim, play sports, share music, go to church together, and watch her husband's beloved Seahawks.
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