“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

Faculty & Staff Directory

Our entire staff focuses on your child as a person. Montessori teachers are facilitators, mentors, and coaches who nurture a student’s potential and encourage him or her to explore, investigate, and discover. We are proud to have some of the region’s top educators guiding our students through their journey toward a lifelong love of learning. Our teachers are highly qualified, fully credentialed, and dedicated to the success of each individual student.

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Grasiely Dippolito

Grasiely Dippolito

Titles: Toddler Teaching Assistant, La Casa Assistant
Degrees: B.A. in Marketing, Drexel University
Montessori Assistant Teacher Certification, Princeton Center for Teacher Education
Departments: Toddler
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Grasiely first heard about Gladwyne Montessori from her cousin who attended the school from the time she was a toddler. After attending a few of the events held at the school it became apparent to her that the school provided a healthy learning environment for children to thrive. In her home town of Vitoria da Conquista, Brazil, Grasiely had the pleasure of working as an assistant teacher with the church she belonged to. She taught toddlers and volunteered there for almost ten years. She learned a valuable lesson from that experience—she loved working with children! After graduating from Drexel University, fortunately Ann Schwarz, a former teacher, and Kim Auch, a current teacher, reached out to Grasiely in regards to a potential job opening. Grasiely welcomes challenges, and was excited to accept the invitation to join the Gladwyne Montessori team. Grasiely likes to spend her free time with her husband, her parents, and her brother. She enjoys cooking and baking as well as riding her bike, hiking, and pilates.

Janey Duff

Janey Duff

Titles: Toddler Co-Teacher
Degrees: B.A., Susquehanna University
Montessori AMS Infant Toddler Credential, Princeton School for Teacher Education
Departments: Toddler
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As a child, Janey attended Gladwyne Montessori, loving it so much that she decided to come back and teach in order to provide the same great learning experience she received. She believes that Montessori education for toddlers is the perfect start to a healthy love of learning that will last a lifetime. With three siblings who also attended Gladwyne Montessori, Janey feels that in receiving this education, it helped to shape them all into kind, respectful, well-rounded individuals. In addition to the Montessori education, the life lessons learned at Gladwyne Montessori have been invaluable; she hopes to pass that along to her students daily.

Michael Dyson

Michael Dyson

Titles: Chief Financial Officer
Degrees: B.S. in Accounting, Villanova University
M.B.A. in Management, Villanova University
Psy.D., Immaculata University
Licensed Psychologist
Certified Public Accountant, Pennsylvania
Departments: Administration
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Gladwyne Montessori is a supportive and caring community and Michael believes the school's mission and values align well with his own personal values. Michael enjoys football, softball, basketball, bodyboarding, snowboarding, and traveling.
Elaine Edlind

Elaine Edlind

Titles: School Psychologist, Parent/Toddler Facilitator
Degrees: M.A. and Ph.D., Connecticut College
Texas A&M University
Certified School Psychologist, Pennsylvania
Nationally Certified School Psychologist
Departments: Student Support Team
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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!)
Rose Follmer

Rose Follmer

Titles: Elementary Literacy Specialist
Degrees: B.S. in Education, West Chester University
M.A. in Elementary Education, Widener University
Reading Specialist Certification, Widener University
Doctorate in Reading and Language Arts, Widener University
Departments: Literacy Department
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Dr. Rose came to Gladwyne Montessori in October 2015. She had retired from a 32 year career in public education: 10 years as a classroom teacher and 22 years as a literacy specialist. She has also taught at a number of universities and has been a national speaker in the area of literacy. After a brief hiatus, Dr. Rose wanted to work with children again, which is her greatest passion. Dr. Rose has a love of animals, and besides having four dogs of her own, she volunteers at the Francisvale Home for Smaller Animals in Radnor.

Bella Galantino

Bella Galantino

Titles: Toddler Co-Teacher, La Casa Assistant
Degrees: B.A. in Child Development, Pennsylvania State University
Departments: Toddler, La Casa
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Bella joined the Gladwyne Montessori family because she believes in its encouraging and open environment that truly fosters the importance of children's education and wellbeing. She joined the Gladwyne Montessori community in the 2017-2018 school year, and looks forward to continuing her journey at this special school! She spent the summer of 2018 working towards her Infant/Toddler Montessori certification in Princeton, NJ. In her free time, Bella enjoys practicing yoga, socializing with friends, traveling, and spending time at the Jersey Shore.

Avery Green

Avery Green

Titles: Primary Teaching Assistant, La Casa Assistant
Degrees: B.A. in History, William Smith College
M.Ed. in Elementary Education, Cabrini College
Departments: Primary
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As an alumni of Gladwyne Montessori, Avery has very fond memories of her time here. When it was time for her son to go into nursery school, she toured the school and was completely blown away with what she saw. Being on the other side of the table as a parent, she knew that this environment would be a perfect fit for her son to learn and grow. In her free time, Avery loves entertaining and spending time with friends and family. She also enjoys cooking, working out, spinning, practicing yoga, and walking outside with her black Goldendoodle, Ruby.

Jo Anne Johns

Jo Anne Johns

Titles: Elementary Literacy Specialist
Degrees: B.S. in Elem. Ed./Early Childhood, Level II Certification, Millersville University
M.Ed. In Reading, Bloomsburg University
American Montessori Society Primary Teacher Certification, Center for Montessori Teacher Education at the College of New Rochelle
Reading Specialist, PA Certification Level II, Bloomsburg University
Departments: Arts and Enrichment, Literacy Department
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Jo Anne truly enjoys working with Elementary students of diverse literacy skill, from those who learn differently to the gifted. By teaching literacy across content areas, she has the ability to encourage her students to take ownership of their literacy learning, aiding their acquisition of effective strategies and developing a life-long love for reading and writing. In her spare time, Jo Anne enjoys reading (of course!), traveling, and visiting with friends!
Susan Jones

Susan Jones

Titles: La Casa Coordinator
Degrees: B.A., Villanova University
AMS Certification
Departments: La Casa, Arts and Enrichment
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While attending Villanova as an undergraduate majoring in education, Susan discovered the Montessori method of teaching. It coincided with her beliefs about educating children using an approach that values the human spirit and the development of the whole child. Always loving work with young children, becoming a certified Montessori teacher was a natural choice. When she came to Gladwyne Montessori 38 years ago, she fell in love with the concept of our extended day program, La Casa. Over the years, having been afforded the opportunity to develop and shape this program in line with Montessori principles, she applies its values to the area of enrichment activities: one of her greatest joys! Free time is enjoyed through antiquing, reading, hiking and cooking.

Anne Marie Kochersperger

Anne Marie Kochersperger

Titles: Payroll & Benefits Administrator
Degrees: Professional in Human Resources Certificate, Villanova University
Departments: Administration
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Anne Marie was very excited to join the amazing team of dedicated administrators and educators at Gladwyne Montessori School. Being both a mother and grandmother, Anne Marie knows how important early education is to create independent, creative, confident students and strongly believes in the Gladwyne Montessori mission. Anne Marie enjoys spending her free time with her children and grandchildren as well as spending time reading, relaxing at the beach, kayaking, hiking and being outdoors.

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