“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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Diane Vreugdenhil

Diane Vreugdenhil

Titles: Stepping Stones Teaching Assistant
Degrees: B.A., Penn State University
AMI Primary Montessori Certification, Ravenhill Academy
Departments: Stepping Stones
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Biography:
The highly regarded reputation of Gladwyne Montessori School was Diane's primary reason for wanting to be part of its faculty. In 1978, she observed the school for a morning and knew it was a special and wonderful community of parents, children, and teachers. Even after so many years of teaching, she continues to love coming to school everyday! Diane loves spending time with her family, and also enjoys gardening, reading, and staying fit through swimming, rowing, cross country skiing and snowshoeing.
Audra Walsh

Audra Walsh

Titles: Director of Admissions & Enrollment Management
Degrees: B.A. University of Scranton
Early Childhood Credential, The Montessori Teacher Education Center San Francisco Bay Area
Departments: Administration
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Biography:
After teaching at a Montessori school in Park City Utah, Audra and her family moved back to Pennsylvania. She was drawn to the history and strong Montessori community of the school. Her husband attended a Montessori preschool and she is the mother of three Montessori children. When Audra is not at school, she enjoys hiking, camping, biking, reading and watching movies with her family.

Susan Weisser

Titles: School Nurse
Departments: Administration
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Benjamin York

Benjamin York

Titles: Upper Elementary Teaching Assistant, STEM Coordinator
Degrees: B.A. in History and Pre-Medical Sciences, St. Joseph's University
M.S. in Elementary Education, St. Joseph's University
Departments: Arts and Enrichment, Elementary
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Biography:
After serving as a mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters and teaching K-12 Math and Science in various schools in the city of Philadelphia, Ben, a STEAM advocate and coordinator, joined Gladwyne Montessori. In Ben's spare time, he enjoys sports, fishing, and watching documentaries.
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