Arts & Enrichment
Leigh Ann has been an art teacher for the past 12 years. She's run art enrichment classes, summer art clubs, and was formerly the art director at the Avalon Yacht club during the summers. She has always had a passion for the arts and for working with children. Her teaching experience has given her an opportunity to teach at Charter, Catholic, and public schools. Leigh Ann is extremely excited to be a part of Gladwyne Montessori and to use the Montessori Method to teach art. During her free time, Leigh Ann is busy spending time with her husband and three "bonus" children who are active in the Upper Merion School District. She enjoys volunteering with their school activities, photography, interior decorating, traveling, working out, and spending time with family and friends at the beach and bay in Avalon. Leigh Ann also hosts children's birthday parties, face paints and make crafts with them as a Disney Princess. She is bubbly, energetic, fun-loving and enthusiastic with a zest for life.
Melissa has been a Montessori teacher since 2001. She was a lead Upper Elementary teacher for 17 years in both private and charter Montessori schools. After reading about Makerspaces, she became inspired to meld the worlds of Maker and Montessori. Both of her boys grew up as Montessori kids, and she feels passionately that Montessori is for everyone! In her spare time, Melissa enjoys cooking, reading, taking long hikes in the woods with her family, and playing with her two cats, Snickers and Sparky.
Bella joined the Gladwyne Montessori family because she believed in its encouraging and open environment that truly fosters the importance of children's education and wellbeing. In her free time, Bella enjoys practicing yoga, socializing with friends, traveling, and spending time at the Jersey Shore!
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 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.