“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

Arts & Enrichment

Art

Leigh Ann Mooney

Leigh Ann Mooney

Art Teacher

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.

Elementary Enrichment

Melissa Sugzdinis

Melissa Sugzdinis

Elementary Enrichment Coordinator

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.

La Casa

Susan Jones

Susan Jones

La Casa Coordinator
The fine reputation of Gladwyne Montessori has for upholding the principles and philosophy of Montessori education inspired Susan to become a part of it. In her free time, Susan enjoys traveling, reading, and cooking.
Donna Arronson

Donna Arronson

Toddler Teaching Assistant, La Casa Assistant
Donna was first introduced to Gladwyne Montessori as a parent. All four of her children attended the school over the span of 14 years. When Donna is not in the classroom, she enjoys going to the beach, traveling, reading, and sports.
Janey Duff

Janey Duff

Toddler Head Teacher, Toddler Department Coordinator
As a child, Janey attended Gladwyne Montessori. She loved it so much that she decided to come back and teach in order to provide the same great amazing experience she received.
Bella Galantino

Bella Galantino

Toddler Teaching Assistant, La Casa Assistant

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!

Anna Netzer

Anna Netzer

Toddler Teaching Assistant, La Casa Assistant

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."

Jennifer Turner

Jennifer Turner

La Casa Assistant
Jen was introduced to Gladwyne Montessori as a parent—and decided she didn't want to leave!

Music

Susie Moore

Susie Moore

Music Teacher
Susie started at Gladwyne Montessori in 2007 teaching music to the primary and lower elementary students. She is also a Gladwyne Montessori parent. Susie likes to read, take walks and go on bike rides, watch movies, try different kinds of foods, and spend time with family and friends.

Physical Education & Extracurriculars

Paul Komorowski

Paul Komorowski

Physical Education Teacher, Director of Extracurricular Activities, Early Birds Coordinator
While working as a Program Director at a YMCA, Paul sought after a Physical Education teaching position and found the perfect one here. When Paul isn't at school, he enjoys playing baseball and spending time with his family.

Library

Indre Page

Indre Page

Librarian

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.

Spanish

Veronica Casali

Veronica Casali

Spanish Teacher, Primary Teaching Assistant
Veronica found Gladwyne Montessori while looking for the right Montessori school with elementary education for her daughter. Veronica enjoys running, gardening, camping, and cooking in her spare time.