“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

Primary Faculty

Head Teachers

Kim Auch

Kim Auch

Primary Head Teacher
Having been the oldest girl of twelve children, for Kim, it seemed like a natural career path to become a teacher. During her senior year at Villanova, Kim visited a Montessori school in Coconut Grove and fell in love with the philosophy as it was very similar to the way she was raised. A year after college, Kim was able to attend an American Montessori International training program at Raven Hill Academy in Philadelphia. She completed all of her four student teaching rotations at Gladwyne Montessori and worked under Ann Schwarz, a notable past Gladwyne Montessori teacher, was hired the following year, and has been here ever since. In her free time, Kim likes to spin, hike, and do yoga. She is also fortunate to be very close to her eleven siblings and mother and joyfully spends a lot of time with her two grandchildren.

Rebecca Dewey

Rebecca Dewey

Primary Head Teacher, Primary Department Coordinator
Rebecca used to be a traditional teacher, but felt there had to be another way. When she began learning about the Montessori philosophy, she was excited and relieved. "Montessori makes so much sense! Montessori allows me to connect and understand each child through observation, interaction, purposeful activity and joy. I believe the greatest aspect of Montessori is the ability to honor and celebrate each child for the gifts they bring and the peace they pass forward." When Rebecca isn't teaching, she loves hiking, spending time with family, playing with her dogs, and reading.

Elizabeth Herron

Elizabeth Herron

Primary Head Teacher

After her two sons were students at Gladwyne Montessori, Libby became interested in the Montessori philosophy of education and subsequently completed her Montessori training at Chestnut Hill College. Prior to joining Gladwyne Montessori's faculty, she was a lead Montessori teacher at the Armenian Sisters Academy in Radnor, PA for 8 years. For fun, Libby enjoys cooking and gardening.

Jennifer Maloney

Jennifer Maloney

Primary Head Teacher
Jennifer was happy to join Gladwyne Montessori following many years of experience in Montessori schools in NY, NJ, and DE. When she isn't at school, Jennifer enjoys practicing yoga and mindfulness. She also enjoys hiking and enjoying the beautiful natural settings of the Brandywine Valley, helping animal advocacy, and participating in community theater.

Susanna Mooney

Susanna Mooney

Primary Head Teacher

With her AMS teaching credential from New England Montessori Teacher Education Center, Sue joined the Gladwyne Montessori Primary department as a lead teacher in 2005. After teaching in Montessori classrooms in the Philadelphia vicinity, she was thrilled to join the staff at Gladwyne Montessori because of its fine reputation and natural beauty. In college, Sue majored in Psychology, Religion, and Education; during her time in seminary, she majored in Church History. In her free time, she teaches at her church and also enjoys spending time with her husband and cat, walking around the city, yoga, and reading.

Matthew Sullivan

Matthew Sullivan

Primary Head Teacher
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.

Teaching Assistants

Aileen Best

Aileen Best

Primary Teaching Assistant

Aileen lived in China for 5 years teaching English in international kindergarten schools and it was there where she realized that teaching little children would be her lifelong career. It was on a bus to work where she discovered Dr. Maria Montessori as she read an autobiography about her. Aileen then moved to India to complete her Montessori Education training. When she moved to the U.S., Aileen worked in several Montessori schools in between having children. She is happy to now be at Gladwyne Montessori where she hopes to continue to grow as a Montessori teacher. Aileen previously lived in 5 countries and traveled extensively before moving to the United States and now that she is married with 2 children, she travels with her family in her free time. She also likes to watch movies, read books and organize travel plans.

Emily Bittner

Emily Bittner

Primary Teaching Assistant

Emily completed her Montessori training ten years ago and has been in and out of the classroom since, raising her three children. Emily was a Montessori child herself in her primary years, and attended one year of Montessori elementary in the school her Mom opened in British Columbia, Canada. Since graduating from college, Emily has had many life enriching experiences, including living in a rural village in Zambia for two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer, studying the relationship between wilderness and spirituality in graduate school, and working with Philadelphia’s homeless population at Project HOME. Her mission has always been to help people, and she found her way back to her Montessori roots after picking up a copy of Maria Montessori’s book, “The Secret of Childhood.” It was love at first read, and she hasn’t questioned her path since! Emily loves spending time with her three children, Wyatt, Addy and Knox, and her husband, Kurt. They are all nature enthusiasts and spend as much time as they can in the fresh air. She loves to read books, relax in hammocks, visit friends, and create art.

Veronica Casali

Veronica Casali

Spanish Teacher, Primary Teaching Assistant

Veronica was introduced to Montessori education in 1992 and began her training while working at a dual-language Montessori school. Veronica found Gladwyne Montessori while looking for the right Montessori elementary program for her daughter. She joined the faculty in 2006 as a Primary Teaching Assistant and started the Spanish program in 2008. Previously, she has worked in business, publishing, and clothing manufacturing. Veronica enjoys reading, running, gardening, hiking, and cooking in her spare time.

Eunice Chung

Eunice Chung

Primary Teaching Assistant

Eunice has been a part of the Gladwyne Montessori community as a parent for ten years. Watching her three children learn and grow the Montessori way has deepened her commitment and respect for the Montessori philosophy. She decided to pursue Montessori training and plans to share her love for learning with students in her classroom. In her free time, she enjoys reading, playing board games and photography.

Kadeja Wexler

Kadeja Wexler

Primary Teaching Assistant

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

Primary Teaching Assistant

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"].