“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

Student Support Team

Health Office

Susan Weisser

Susan Weisser

School Nurse

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.

Occupational Therapy

Ashley Seiver

Ashley Seiver

Occupational Therapist

Ashley is an occupational therapist with experience working in pediatrics and mental health, as well as teaching future OTs at the university level. She is passionate about social-emotional learning and working with people to help them achieve their goals. Ashley came to Gladwyne Montessori to help establish and act as a member of the Student Support Team. In her free time, she enjoys taking walks in the city, dancing, growing food, and thinking up new ideas.

Psychology

Elaine Edlind

Elaine Edlind

School Psychologist, Parent/Toddler Facilitator
Elaine always wanted to work with children, and her role at Gladwyne Montessori allows her to work with children from 1 year old-through their middle school years while also providing the opportunity to get to know their parents. Elaine's goal is helping families as they navigate the travails of parenting. Elaine enjoys hiking (especially in the U.S. National Parks), reading, traveling domestically and internationally, yoga/gym, spending time with family and friends, working on the NY Times Sunday magazine crossword puzzle (and persisting until she completes it!)

Speech-Language Pathology

Beth Shaffer

Beth Shaffer

Speech Language Pathologist

Beth spent many years working around the country as a traveling speech language pathologist before settling in the Philadelphia area. She came to Gladwyne Montessori after several years working in an urban Montessori school, and has enjoyed partnering with her colleagues to help foster a positive learning experience for students at Gladwyne Montessori. In her free time Beth cooks, travels, and spends as much time in nature as she can.