“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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Susie Moore

Susie Moore

Titles: Music Teacher
Degrees: B.A. in Music, Skidmore College
M.Ed., Penn State, World Campus
M.S. in Counseling Psychology, Holy Family University
Departments: Arts and Enrichment
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Susie will always remember the first day she drove into the Gladwyne Montessori parking lot for her interview. She was immediately taken with the charm of the building, the green areas surrounding it, and the warm vibe she felt during her interview. Eleven years later, Susie continues to feel honored being part of this wonderful community. Susie teaches music to our toddlers through sixth graders. She studied piano and music theory and history during college, also loving to sing and listen to different styles and genres of music. Susie is proud to be a parent of a Gladwyne Montessori elementary student who has been happily enrolled at Gladwyne Montessori since she was 2! When she is not working, Susie enjoys reading, watching movies, exercising, spending time with friends and family, and going to coffee shops.

Anna Netzer

Anna Netzer

Titles: Toddler Teaching Assistant, La Casa Assistant
Degrees: B.A. in International Business and Marketing, Neuman University
Teaching Assistant Training, Chestnut Hill College
Departments: Toddler, La Casa
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In 2000, while helping her parents with their restaurant as she tried to figure out her career path, Anna met a sweet lady at a party hosted at her parent's restaurant who introduced Anna to Montessori. From there, Anna reached out to Gladwyne Montessori where she began as a substitute. Substituting turned into working with La Casa and the toddler program. Anna likes to spend her free time with her daughters and husband. They love outdoor activities: swimming, biking, hiking, and kayaking. Her favorite activity is Sunday Funday which usually entails finding a new restaurant to dine in. In her alone "free time," Anna loves going to Pure Barre classes. "It's so much fun and such a great workout."

Indre Page

Indre Page

Titles: Librarian
Degrees: B.A. in Photography, Hampshire College
M.S. in Library Science, Clarion University
Departments: Arts and Enrichment
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Indre started her career as a hand bookbinder and worked in art conservation and collections management for libraries and museums. When she took her first job in a school library ,helping to facilitate positive learning experiences for young people, it was clear that she had arrived in a place that felt like home. The Montessori pedagogy aligns with Indre's belief in teaching the whole child and never underestimating young people. In her free time, Indre enjoys spending time with her family, reading, swimming, yoga, walking in the Wissahickon, and visiting her public library.

Elizabeth Palazzi

Elizabeth Palazzi

Titles: Toddler Head Teacher, Parent/Toddler Teaching Assistant
Degrees: B.A. in Elementary Education with a minor in Special Education, Loyola University
Departments: Toddler
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Elizabeth grew up in New Jersey and always knew she wanted to teach young children. Elizabeth taught kindergarten in Maryland before staying home to raise her three sons. She joined Gladwyne Montessori as a parent and has worked as the assistant in the Parent/Toddler program since 2016. She is currently working towards her Infant Toddler credential at the Princeton Center for Teacher Education. In her free time, Elizabeth enjoys being active outside, especially hiking, playing baseball, and bike riding with her family.

Molly Robbins

Molly Robbins

Titles: Director of Institutional Advancement
Degrees: B.A. in Political Science, University of Pittsburgh
M.A. in Organization Development & Leadership, Saint Joseph's University
Departments: Administration
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Molly is a life-long learner and is passionate about advancing education through philanthropy. She came to Gladwyne Montessori after a decade of fundraising in higher education because she values the importance of a strong educational foundation and is convinced that the Gladwyne Montessori educational experience is second to none. In her free time, Molly enjoys experimenting with photography, visiting wineries with her husband, Tom, and cooking with her young sons, Tommy and Jonathan.

Brandy Scott

Brandy Scott

Titles: Toddler Teaching Assistant
Degrees: B.S. in Sociology, St. Joseph's University
Certification in Child Development, The Council for Professional Recognition
Montessori AMS Infant Toddler Credential, Princeton Center for Montessori Teacher Education
Departments: Toddler
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Despite many years as an Infant Teacher, Brandy was not formally introduced to Montessori Education until her two middle children began attending Gladwyne Montessori! Their happiness and growth at Gladwyne Montessori was infectious and motivated her to investigate more about the Montessori method and how it is practiced with infants and toddlers. After her fortunate opportunity to be a stay-at-home mom for three years, Brandy returned to the classroom to become a Gladwyne Montessori teacher! With a husband and four children at home, Brandy judiciously uses her “free time” enjoying traveling with her family, being a foodie, watching documentaries and listening to a variety of music genres.

Ahsiya Scovern

Ahsiya Scovern

Titles: Development Associate
Degrees: B.A. in Sociology and Religious Studies, Connecticut College
Departments: Administration
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Ahsiya joined the Development Team in 2012, just in time for Gladwyne Montessori's 50th Anniversary! Envious of her younger siblings that attended Gladwyne Montessori between 1987-1992, Ahsiya first joined Gladwyne Montessori in 2004 as a staff member. She worked here for 3 years, left for 5 years to work with Stuart Diamond, Negotiation Professor at Wharton & Penn Law, before returning as a Development Associate. These days, Ahsiya spends most of her free time with her son Nathan, who joined Stepping Stones in the fall of 2016.

Ashley Seiver

Ashley Seiver

Titles: Occupational Therapist
Degrees: B.A. in Environmental Studies, New York University
MOT, Occupational Therapy, Temple University
Departments: Student Support Team
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Ashley is an occupational therapist with experience working in pediatrics and mental health, as well as teaching future OTs at the university level. She is passionate about social-emotional learning and working with people to help them achieve their goals. Ashley came to Gladwyne Montessori to help establish and act as a member of the Student Support Team. In her free time, she enjoys taking walks in the city, dancing, growing food, and thinking up new ideas.

Beth Shaffer

Beth Shaffer

Titles: Speech Language Pathologist
Degrees: B.S. and M.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders, Pennsylvania State University
Departments: Student Support Team
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Beth spent many years working around the country as a traveling speech language pathologist before settling in the Philadelphia area. She came to Gladwyne Montessori after several years working in an urban Montessori school, and has enjoyed partnering with her colleagues to help foster a positive learning experience for students at Gladwyne Montessori. In her free time Beth cooks, travels, and spends as much time in nature as she can.

Gwen Shangle

Gwen Shangle

Titles: Director of Montessori
Degrees: B.A. in Psychology and Elementary Education, Georgian Court College
M.Ed. in Developmental Reading, The College of New Jersey
AMS Montessori Certification Elementary I and II, Seacoast Education Center and Princeton Center for Teacher Education
AMS Montessori Administrator Certificate, Princeton Center for Teacher Education
NJ Certified Teacher K-8 and Reading Specialist, NJ Board of Education
Departments: Administration
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Gwen brings 25 years of experience to Gladwyne from teaching in Montessori classrooms, mentoring teachers, guiding families, working on curriculum and program designs, and directing a teacher training center. She was drawn to the dynamic and positive culture and community of Gladwyne Montessori as well as the stimulating and dedicated faculty. Gwen enjoys presenting to parents and teachers and sharing her passion of Montessori as a way of life. Gwen also has raised a "Montessori child", now in college, and is excited to dedicate her empty nest time to Gladwyne's community. When not at school, Gwen enjoys the outdoors, hiking, kayaking, and spending time with her pets and family, as well as volunteering for arts groups. Gwen also serves on the Board of the Deep Time Journey Network, which promotes the principles of cosmic education, a key aspect of Montessori education.

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