“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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Paul Komorowski

Paul Komorowski

Titles: Physical Education Teacher, Director of Extracurricular Activities, Early Birds Coordinator
Degrees: B.S. in Exercise and Sport Science, Penn State University
Pennsylvania Teaching Certification K-12
Departments: Arts and Enrichment
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Paul joined the Gladwyne Montessori community in 1994 after having served as a Program Director at a YMCA. He played baseball collegiately and has stayed active in the sport by coaching at three different high schools during his career. He currently teaches baseball at numerous camps and clinics in the area. Paul enjoys spending his free time with his family.

Carrie Kries

Carrie Kries

Titles: Head of School
Degrees: A.A., New York University
B.A. in Early Childhood/Elementary Education, Arcadia University
M.S. in Educational Leadership, University of Pennsylvania
K-12 Principal CertificationEarly Childhood/Elementary Teaching Certification
Wilson Level 1 Reading Certification
Departments: Administration
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Carrie has been an educator since the 1990s, serving in the public, charter, and independent sectors. Her youngest son attended a Montessori pre-school, which first opened her eyes to the brilliance of Maria Montessori. From 2010-2015, Carrie served as CEO at the Philadelphia Montessori School, where she learned first-hand the value of a Montessori education for all children. Currently, Carrie is pursuing her Montessori Administrator's credential. In her free time, Carrie enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, fitness, and reupholstering furniture!
Ann Lange

Ann Lange

Titles: Secretary
Departments: Administration
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Ann joined Gladwyne Montessori in the 1989 and continues being the first face you see as you enter the building, because of she believes the faculty and staff are warm and inviting and the children bring her joy. Ann likes to spend her free time with her family. They all enjoy camping and fishing together. She also enjoys yoga, shopping, and working outside around the house.
Jemma Lloyd-Helliker

Jemma Lloyd-Helliker

Titles: Upper Elementary Head Teacher, Elementary Department Coordinator
Degrees: B.A. with Honors in English and Psychology, University of Newcastle upon Tyne
M.A. in Secondary Education, Chestnut Hill College
AMI Primary Assistant Teaching Certification, Maria Montessori Institute
MACTE Elementary 6 - 12 Montessori Teaching Certification, Center for Guided Montessori Studies
Departments: Elementary
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Jemma taught in public and charter schools for five years before the birth of her daughter. She knew teaching was her passion, but the traditional teaching model was not meeting the needs of the children in her classes. She discovered Montessori as a new mother and has not looked back. Jemma believes, "Learning in a Montessori environment is joyful and inspiring because the philosophy begins and ends with the natural development of our children. In this environment, it is a joy to guide the children to new learning and experiences." Jemma enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, camping and canoeing with her family. When indoors, she loves to knit, write, draw and read. She tries to practice yoga daily and swim whenever she can.
Paola Malatesta

Paola Malatesta

Titles: Toddler Teaching Assistant, La Casa Assistant
Degrees: Montessori Assistant Teacher Certification, Princeton Center for Teaching Education
Departments: Toddler
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Paola began her path studying Psychology back in Brazil and found her passion in education through the Montessori philosophy when her oldest child was little. Her first contact with Gladwyne Montessori was through a friend who was working at the school at the time and told her to join the Parent-Toddler Program with her son. By the end of that year, Paola was sure that was exactly where her son should go and so they begun their new journey which was transformative for him and her. She began substituting at the school before joining the faculty officially. Paola likes to spend her free time with her family and friends. She loves to watch movies, read books, and travel to new places.

James Meehan

James Meehan

Titles: Maintenance
Departments: Maintenance
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In the 90s, Jimmy was asked by a parent he was working for at the time to help out at the school for a few days. Because of the inviting environment, the friendly parents, and smiling children, those few days never ended. Jimmy used to play soccer, but was no good. Now, he golfs - and still is no good.
Susanna Mooney

Susanna Mooney

Titles: Primary Co-Teacher
Degrees: B.A., The Western College
M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary
Departments: Primary
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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.

Kristen Moore

Kristen Moore

Titles: Lower Elementary Head Teacher
Degrees: B.S. in Education, Bucknell University
Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education Certifications
American Montessori Society 6-9 Certification, Princeton Center for Montessori Teacher Education
Departments: Elementary
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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.

Susie Moore

Susie Moore

Titles: Music Teacher
Degrees: B.A. in Music, Skidmore College
M.Ed., Penn State, World Campus
M.S. in Counseling Psychology, Holy Family University
Departments: Arts and Enrichment
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Susie will always remember the first day she drove into the Gladwyne Montessori parking lot for her interview. She was immediately taken with the charm of the building, the green areas surrounding it, and the warm vibe she felt during her interview. Eleven years later, Susie continues to feel honored being part of this wonderful community. Susie teaches music to our toddlers through sixth graders. She studied piano and music theory and history during college, also loving to sing and listen to different styles and genres of music. Susie is proud to be a parent of a Gladwyne Montessori elementary student who has been happily enrolled at Gladwyne Montessori since she was 2! When she is not working, Susie enjoys reading, watching movies, exercising, spending time with friends and family, and going to coffee shops.

Anna Netzer

Anna Netzer

Titles: Toddler Teaching Assistant, La Casa Assistant
Degrees: B.A. in International Business and Marketing, Neuman University
Teaching Assistant Training, Chestnut Hill College
Departments: Toddler, La Casa
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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."

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