Aileen lived in China for five years teaching English in international kindergarten schools, and there, 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 five countries and traveled extensively before moving to the United States; now that she is married with two children, she travels with her family in her free time. She also likes to watch movies, read books, and organize travel plans.
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 mother 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 enjoys reading books, relaxing in hammocks, visiting friends, and creating art.
Eunice worked in private equity before becoming a parent of three Gladwyne Montessori children. She fell in love with the Montessori philosophy, which led her to earn a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education with Montessori Certification. She believes that Montessori philosophy encourages love for a lifetime of learning, while also allowing children to develop and trust their inner voice and appreciate their individuality. "I love the way the Montessori classroom naturally celebrates each child's differences and promotes peace and acceptance. I also love the way all different subjects of geography, language, math, art, and music unfold organically everyday." In her free time, she enjoys reading, playing board games, and photography.
Jessica Rumbaugh originally planned on going into traditional education until she chose to complete her student teaching at a one room Montessori School in Ohio. Once she discovered Montessori, there was no going back. She received her Montessori Certification and Masters of Education at Chestnut Hill College while working at Philadelphia Montessori Charter School and has been working in Montessori ever since. Outside of the classroom, Jessica enjoys cooking, gardening, hiking, swimming, yoga, flea markets and arts and crafts projects.
Kayla came to Gladwyne Montessori to fulfill her desire to encourage creativity and self development within children. She was encouraged to follow her dreams after traveling the world as an au pair. Her dreams were solidified when she began to learn the Montessori philosophy, explored the school, and met the community. Kayla enjoys to travel the world and explore new cultures, foods, cities and people. She loves to spend time with her family and friends while relaxing on the beach. Kayla is always eager to meet new people, so she loves to go on adventures and be out of her comfort zone. She also cherishes her meditation practice and staying physically fit with activities such as boxing, basketball, yoga, and circuit training.
After assisting with Gladwyne Montessori’s Young Explorers Camp during college, Kristen fell in love with the Montessori philosophy and decided to pursue education as a career. At Bucknell University, she studied Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education, and Spanish, having then attained her Pennsylvania Teaching Certificate and gaining experience working in both the Primary and Elementary departments at Gladwyne Montessori. In her free time, she enjoys playing volleyball, practicing yoga, and relaxing at the beach.
Laura has been working in early childhood education for six years. She regards children as our promise for the future and, thus, considers it a honor to work with the youngest members of our society. Laura discovered Montessori pedagogy after working in a special education program for a few years and has not looked back since her first observation in a primary classroom. After moving to the area from the Finger Lakes in New York, Laura eagerly joined the Gladwyne Montessori community and looks forward to furthering her passion for Montessori work here.
Laura is a mother of two. She enjoys baking, swimming, and spending time outdoors with her children. Laura is also an avid runner and can often be found on the Schuylkill River Trail at sunrise.