“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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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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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

Susan Weisser

Titles: School Nurse
Departments: Administration
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With 31 years experience as a nurse, Susan went through local schools, obtaining a BSN from Villanova University, a MSN from the University or Pennsylvania, and a School Nurse Certification from Eastern University. She previously worked as a manager and Director of Nursing for 14 years and as a clinical instructor at Penn for 15. The opportunity for providing improved nursing and medical support to the Gladwyne Montesorri community brought her here, coupled with the fact that her children attended the school. Outside of nursing, Susan needle points, plays Canasta, and enjoys time with her 4 children.

Kadeja Wexler

Kadeja Wexler

Titles: Primary Teaching Assistant
Degrees: B.A. in Theatre, Five Towns College
Departments: Primary
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Her first born son and her desire to move from the fashion industry in New York City to working from children brought her to the Gladwyne Montessori. Kadeja has a passion and extensive background creatively working with and teaching children. This wife and mother of two beautiful boys loves spending time traveling, sewing and discovering new crafts. You can also find this award winning children’s book author of Adventures with The Jujukas on a book tour.

Michelle Woods

Michelle Woods

Titles: Primary Teaching Assistant
Degrees: B.A. in English, Temple University
M.A. in Middle Level Education, Chestnut Hill College
9-12 Montessori Certificate, Center for Montessori Teacher Education, NY
3-6 Montessori Certificate (in progress), Chestnut Hill College
Departments: Primary
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Michelle was drawn to education, glad to interact daily with children and to share their general joy and wonder. Montessori found her somewhere after her very early experiences teaching. After several years working in Montessori Upper Elementary in schools both public and private, she stayed at home with her two children. She enthusiastically rejoins the Montessori teaching community with a special interest in Early Childhood. If Michelle's children are asleep, and she can lift her head from her mystery novel, she has been known to practice yoga, bike, cook and practice beginner-level piano [think of Zuzu from "It's A Wonderful Life playing "Hark The Herald Angels Sing"].

Mimi Zhang

Mimi Zhang

Titles: Toddler Teaching Assistant
Degrees: B.A. in Tourism Management, Sichuan University of Science And Engineering, China
Departments: Toddler
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Mimi heard many friends and acquaintances rave about the care their children received at Gladwyne Montessori. She finally had the opportunity to experience the classroom atmosphere herself through "Special Friend's Day". Ever since then, Mimi has dreamed about working at the school. Luckily, her dream came true! She likes to cook, read and spend time with her husband when she is not in the classroom. She also enjoys running when she has the time.

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