“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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Coleen VanOsten

Coleen VanOsten

Departments: Administration
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After graduating college, Coleen spent time with the United States Air Force Reserves for eight years, working on C-141 aircraft maintenance. She then worked at a law firm for many years until the owner’s retirement, before finding her way to Gladwyne Montessori. She is excited for this new chapter that includes being part of the Gladwyne community. Outside of school, Coleen has two children who are both very active in sports, and she spends much of her time cheering them on at football, soccer, and basketball games! She also enjoys quiet nights at home with her family and a good book.

Audra Walsh

Audra Walsh

Titles: Director of Admissions & Enrollment Management
Degrees: B.A. University of Scranton
Early Childhood Credential, The Montessori Teacher Education Center San Francisco Bay Area
Departments: Administration
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After teaching at a Montessori school in Park City Utah, Audra and her family moved back to Pennsylvania. She was drawn to the history and strong Montessori community of the school. Her husband attended a Montessori preschool and she is the mother of three Montessori children. When Audra is not at school, she enjoys hiking, camping, biking, reading and watching movies with her family.
Susan Weisser

Susan Weisser

Titles: School Nurse
Departments: Administration
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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.

Kadeja Wexler

Kadeja Wexler

Titles: Toddler Teaching Assistant
Degrees: B.A. in Theatre, Five Towns College
Departments: Toddler
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Her first born son and her desire to move from the fashion industry in New York City to working from children brought her to the Gladwyne Montessori. Kadeja has a passion and extensive background creatively working with and teaching children. This wife and mother of two beautiful boys loves spending time traveling, sewing and discovering new crafts. You can also find this award winning children’s book author of Adventures with The Jujukas on a book tour.

Kayla Wisniewski

Kayla Wisniewski

Titles: Primary Teaching Assistant
Degrees: B.A. in Criminal Justice, Kutztown University
Departments: Primary
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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.

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