“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

Toddler Faculty

Head Teachers

Lauren Clark

Lauren Clark

Toddler Head Teacher
During her training at Chestnut Hill College for her Primary Certification, Lauren was introduced to Gladwyne Montessori. She observed how embracing and alive the classroom environments were and how the school was filled with many happy children. This, in combination with a talented and engaging teaching staff and administration, made joining Gladwyne Montessori an easy decision. Lauren enjoys participating in fitness classes, walking her dog on nature trails, socializing with friends, and enjoying the company of her large extended family.
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.
Elizabeth Palazzi

Elizabeth Palazzi

Toddler Head Teacher, Parent/Toddler Teaching Assistant

Elizabeth grew up in New Jersey and always knew she wanted to teach young children. Elizabeth taught kindergarten in Maryland before staying home to raise her three sons. She joined Gladwyne Montessori as a parent and has worked as the assistant in the Parent/Toddler program since 2016. She is currently working towards her Infant Toddler credential at the Princeton Center for Teacher Education. In her free time, Elizabeth enjoys being active outside, especially hiking, playing baseball, and bike riding with her family.


Teaching Assistants

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.
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."

Brandy Scott

Brandy Scott

Toddler Teaching Assistant

Despite many years as an Infant Teacher, Brandy was not formally introduced to Montessori Education until her two middle children began attending Gladwyne Montessori! Their happiness and growth at Gladwyne Montessori was infectious and motivated her to investigate more about the Montessori method and how it is practiced with infants and toddlers. After her fortunate opportunity to be a stay-at-home mom for three years, Brandy returned to the classroom to become a Gladwyne Montessori teacher! With a husband and four children at home, Brandy judiciously uses her “free time” enjoying traveling with her family, being a foodie, watching documentaries and listening to a variety of music genres.

Taahirah Stith

Taahirah Stith

Toddler Teaching Assistant

Taahirah loves teaching health and wellness, working out, spreading the love of all things plant based, camping, and caring for her cats.

Mimi Zhang

Mimi Zhang

Toddler Teaching Assistant

Mimi heard many friends and acquaintances rave about the care their children received at Gladwyne Montessori. She finally had the opportunity to experience the classroom atmosphere herself through "Special Friend's Day". Ever since then, Mimi has dreamed about working at the school. Luckily, her dream came true! She likes to cook, read and spend time with her husband when she is not in the classroom. She also enjoys running when she have the time.