“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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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
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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.

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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After working with Head of School, Carrie Kries, previously, Ashley came to Gladwyne Montessori to help establish and co-chair the Student Support Team. She is inspired by the passionate and forward-thinking atmosphere at Gladwyne Montessori and is excited to be a part of it. Ashley spends her free time walking or biking around the city, dancing, growing food, and dreaming up new ideas.
Bethany Shaffer

Bethany 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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Bethany came to Gladwyne Montessori after working for several years in an urban Montessori school. Bethany spends a lot of time cooking with fresh vegetables from her local CSA. She also enjoys spending time in nature and with her family.

Gwen Shangle

Titles: Director of Montessori
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Dan Sides

Dan Sides

Titles: Facilities Manager
Degrees: B.A. in Sociology, Shippensburg University
Departments: Maintenance
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While his 13 year experience in a corporate environment provided Dan with a diverse background, the rewards he sought after could not be found in that industry. He believes making a daily impact can occur in the right environment, and Gladwyne Montessori has allowed him that very opportunity, while learning new trades and continuing to grow. Dan spends his free time with his wife, Kelly and their children Becca, Erin and Scott. You will probably find them camping, fishing or boating if they're not at home planning their next outdoor adventure.

Catherine Spence-Godin

Catherine Spence-Godin

Titles: Primary Teaching Assistant, Art Teacher
Degrees: B.F.A. in Art Education, Ohio Wesleyan University
Departments: Primary, Arts and Enrichment
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Catherine moved from her hometown of Montreal, QC to the Main Line when she was young. During this transition, adapting to the culture and learning to speak English, Catherine found the art room to be her comfort zone. She quickly developed a strong interest and passion for the arts. After studying Art Education in college, she returned to Radnor and soon after was blessed with the job of Gladwyne Montessori's Art Teacher. She was also lucky enough to start working as a primary teaching assistant. She continues to learn so much each and every day in the primary classrooms. She tries to spend most of her free time outdoors; she really enjoys hiking, exercising, camping, and traveling to see friends and family. If time allows, Catherine loves to work on her own art.
Dan Stearne

Dan Stearne

Titles: Elementary Teaching Assistant
Degrees: B.A., Rowan University
Emergency Medical Technician
Departments: Arts and Enrichment, Elementary
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Dan joined Gladwyne Montessori in 1995 and worked as an assistant to Maggie Dougherty until 1998. After student teaching in the fall of 1999, Dan transitioned to long term substituting in the Upper Elementary classroom until June of 2000. After several years working in the Camden School District, Dan returned to Gladwyne Montessori in 2004. Because of his love for working in this environment with the students and families as well as colleagues, Dan has been here ever since. In his spare time, Dan loves to spend time outdoors with his family at the beach. He likes surfing, playing various sports including softball and basketball. He is a Philadelphia sports enthusiast and Eagles season ticket holder. He also enjoys photography.
Matthew Sullivan

Matthew Sullivan

Titles: Primary Head Teacher
Degrees: B.A. in Spanish, University of Colorado at Denver
M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction, University of Colorado at Denver
American Montessori Society Early Childhood Credential, Montessori Education Center of the Rockies
Pennsylvania Professional Teaching Certificate, Pennsylvania Department of Education
Departments: Primary
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Matthew joined Gladwyne Montessori in 2015 after working as a Lead Teacher at Clementine Montessori in Philadelphia, where he also taught music and Spanish. From 1999-2011, Matthew worked in Denver teaching elementary bilingual education and at a dual-language Montessori school. Matthew enjoys myriad activities outside in the natural world, playing and listening to music, reading, cooking, carpentry, gardening, landscaping, playing and coaching sports, and traveling.
Jennifer Turner

Jennifer Turner

Titles: La Casa Assistant
Degrees: B.A. in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences with a concentration in Communication Disorders/Speech Pathology, North Carolina State University
Departments: Arts and Enrichment
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Jen was introduced to Gladwyne Montessori as a parent—and decided she didn't want to leave!
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