Meet Our Faculty

Leadership Team

The purpose of the Leadership Team is to ensure the success of our educational program. The Leadership Team are dedicated to:

Where the world’s needs and your talents intersect, there lies your vocation.” - Aristotle

Margaret Borrego Brainard

Interim Executive Director of Program & Curricular Support

Frank W. Brainard

Interim Head of School

Margaret Borrego Brainard

Interim Executive Director of Program & Curricular Support

It is not enough for the teacher to love the child. She must first love and understand the universe. She must prepare herself, and truly work at it….Dr. Montessori

How did you discover Montessori?

As a volunteer in high school, I worked in an experimental Montessori special ed. class daily. I was hired after I graduated to run the classroom for the summer. The directress of the school, Peggy Loeffler, “tutored” me in the Montessori method for 4 years.

Why do you love being a Montessori teacher?

I love the basic and simple idea of following the child; it isn’t as easy as it sounds.

What about WSM attracted you to the school?

The warmth and clear dedication to Montessori philosophy evident in the school.

What are your credentials?

BS.Ed Special Education/Elementary Education; M.Ed Curriculum and Instruction, Ed.D (ABD) Teacher Education & School Leadership; I’ve completed training in 3-6 and 6-9 without internship, AMS.

Frank W. Brainard

Interim Head of School

Life always offers you a second chance. It’s called Tomorrow.

How did you discover Montessori?

Via Head Start

Why do you love being a Montessori teacher?

Because it works so much better than the Banking Method

What about WSM attracted you to the school?

The challenge of being an Interim

What are your credentials?

BA Geography, MA Child Development, EdM School Leadership, Montessori 3-6, Montessori 6-12

Cheryl Raymond

Associate Head of School/Director of Elementary and AP Programs

Georgi Smith

Admin Assistant

Holly Tosco

Director of Toddler and Children's House Programs

Liz Meadows

Business Manager

Patricia Flavin

Office Manager

Paul Raymond

Director of Admissions

Cheryl Raymond

Associate Head of School/Director of Elementary and AP Programs

“An education capable of saving humanity is no small undertaking; it involves the spiritual development of man, the enhancement of his value as an individual, and the preparation of young people to understand the times in which they live.”

How did you discover Montessori?

I moved to Kansas City to live and was in the process of searching for a teaching position when I saw an ad in the newspaper from the KC School District. They were looking for teachers to train. Upon completion of the training, they promised a teacher job within the district. I went to the interview shared my educational philosophy and was selected for the training. I had very little knowledge of the Montessori method and questioned my decision until I completed the first lecture of the training. I knew I had found my place.

Why do you love being a Montessori teacher?

Every day you experience the beauty and the wonder of the world through their eyes. There is no greater feeling than watching young people grow, develop, and become citizens of the world.

What about WSM attracted you to the school?

WSM is committed to delivering authentic Montessori education. The child’s best interest is at the center of every decision that is made.

What are your credentials?

BA from Drury University in Elementary Education, AMI Elementary Diploma, AMI Adolescent Orientation Diploma, 30 years of teaching experience.

Georgi Smith

Admin Assistant

Holly Tosco

Director of Toddler and Children's House Programs

There was a child went forth every day, And the first object he looked upon and received with wonder or pity or love or dread, that object he became.

How did you discover Montessori?

My mother was a Montessori teacher. I didn’t go to Montessori school, but her influence on me was enormous.

Why do you love being a Montessori teacher?

I love working at a job that is part of my life and living a life that is part of my job!

What about WSM attracted you to the school?

I love the community, the commitment to the land and nature and their commitment to an authentic Montessori experience for all.

What are your credentials?

B.A. University Studies, Minor in Montessori; Birth to 3 years AMI Montessori Diploma; 3-6 AMS Montessori Diploma

Liz Meadows

Business Manager

How did you discover Montessori?

My nephew was enrolled

What about WSM attracted you to the school?

Community

What are your credentials?

UNC-CH BA/Political Science with minor in French

Patricia Flavin

Office Manager

As an athlete, “You will always miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”

How did you discover Montessori?

I started working here as a temp.

Why do you love being a Montessori teacher?

I am not a teacher, luckily 🙂

What about WSM attracted you to the school?

Once I was here, the quiet and calm atmosphere in the classrooms blew me away.

What are your credentials?

Nada, Montessori wise

Paul Raymond

Director of Admissions

“There are no uninteresting things, only uninterested people.”

How did you discover Montessori?

I was already a preschool teacher when I was offered a job teaching at a Montessori preschool. I discovered my passion for Montessori then which I have sustained for 45 continuous years in Montessori schools.

Why do you love being a Montessori teacher?

I am inspired by the depth of Montessori’s philosophy towards life and learning, how it prepared my two children for success, and how I continue to develop my own understanding as I read and research the Montessori approach.

What about WSM attracted you to the school?

WSM has a commitment to authentic Montessori education at at time when too many “Montessori” schools have become “Monte-something”!

What are your credentials?

BA in Social Work. California Childrens’ Center Certification. AMI Primary, Elementary, and Adolescent Montessori Credentials. Post graduate studies in Early Childhood Education.

A lot of schools where teachers take center stage talk about being “child-centered”. Winston-Salem Montessori School is. In Montessori we speak of the “trio of teachers” a mixed aged community of child, Montessori’s learning materials, and the guide (“teacher”). Each part of the triad is as important as the other and where the teacher is an observer, follower, and guide who brings wisdom, thoughtfulness, and experience to the child’s academic, social, and intellectual exploration.

At Winston-Salem Montessori we believe that each child is possessed of many gifts and is not merely an empty mug to be filled by an all-knowing jug (the teacher). This approach demands special professionals confident and skilled enough to allow the child to be an active participant in his or her learning. It also means that all school decisions are driven by what is best for the children. Learn More

Toddler Program

Pooja Agarwal

T3 Assistant

Nice Donati

T2 Assistant

Leila Edwards

TAD Lead

Leah Tablazon

T2 Lead

Debbie Jones

T1 Assistant

Chelsea Fabyanski

T1 Lead

Annie Miller

TAD Assistant

Andrea Apodaca-Olive

TAD Assistant

Pooja Agarwal

T3 Assistant

“A teacher takes a Hand opens a Mind and touches a heart.”

How did you discover Montessori?

I put my Son in Montessori when he was 3 yrs old and I was very happy with Montessori education .

Why do you love being a Montessori teacher?

Being a Montessori teacher is very fulfilling and rewarding .Teachers teaches from there heart and nature the children and provide them best education

What about WSM attracted you to the school?

I feel like WSM is my home away from home

What are your credentials?

I have done Bachelors of commerce and taught in Montessori in NY for 6 yrs as CH assistant and this is my 7 yr as Toddler assistant

Nice Donati

T2 Assistant

Of all things love is the most potent. ~Maria Montessori

How did you discover Montessori?

I discovered Montessori seven years ago, when I was introduced to it by a friend and started working here at the WSM school It was love at first sight, and I wish I had known the Montessori philosophy and methodology before becoming a mother, so I could have used all the knowledge that I have today with my daughter.

Why do you love being a Montessori teacher?

First of all I love children, and absolutely love to watch how each child has his/hers own way of learning, that the children learn at their own path, and they have the freedom to do that in our beautiful, meticulous prepared classrooms. I am simply grateful to have a job where I can follow the children’s growth and nurture their love of learning. It really makes me feel I am at the right place.

What about WSM attracted you to the school?

I was immensely attracted to our beautiful Campus and the amazing community that we have, the classrooms were beautiful, the playgrounds were gorgeous, and the people were very nice! This is my seventh year working here (5 years as an assistant guide and 2 years as an Interim lead guide) and I am very happy to be part of the WSMS.

What are your credentials?

I hold a Bachelor in arts. My degree is to teach: Portuguese, English and Latin languages, and Portuguese, English and British Literature to middle and high schoolers.

Leila Edwards

TAD Lead

Leah Tablazon

T2 Lead

“Love your neighbor as yourself.”

How did you discover Montessori?

I was introduced to Montessori in 1995 by friends who worked at a Montessori School in the Philippines

Why do you love being a Montessori teacher?

The privilege of creating a right environment and becoming a part of their young lives.

What about WSM attracted you to the school?

The community of Montessorians working together to provide a well rounded education to the students

What are your credentials?

Infant Toddler credential- American Montessori Society, 2009

Debbie Jones

T1 Assistant

What the hand does the mind remembers.

How did you discover Montessori?

The house at the north campus was purchased from me and my husband and I feel in love with the school after touring it one afternoon.

Why do you love being a Montessori teacher?

Love the eyes of a child.

What about WSM attracted you to the school?

The toddler class is the best after subbing for 3 years I knew that’s where I wanted to be . The children surprise me every day.

What are your credentials?

Being a mom and a grandmother. Working for WSM is a blessing to me came at the right time.

Chelsea Fabyanski

T1 Lead

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”- Ghandi

How did you discover Montessori?

I began working at a Montessori school when I was in high school. After a few years if assisting I decided to get my training at the infant/toddler level.

Why do you love being a Montessori teacher?

I love being a Montessori teacher because I know I can be a positive influence towards the children and our future while following the Montessori philosophy.

What about WSM attracted you to the school?

At first the beauty of the school attracted me. Once I began to know the staff I could see their commitment and love for the children shine through.

What are your credentials?

AMS Infant/toddler Montessori credential

Annie Miller

TAD Assistant

Andrea Apodaca-Olive

TAD Assistant

How did you discover Montessori?

Through my husband who was passionate about becoming a Montessori teacher. I was so in awe at the wisdom of what Maria Montessori had discovered and developed, that I had to join in.

Why do you love being a Montessori teacher?

I feel like I can truly support children in the full spectrum of their development.

What about WSM attracted you to the school?

The way the school was intentionally designed according to Montessori principles, particularly the immediate access to the outdoor environment from every classroom! The school’s blueprint and overall adherance to Montessori principles in how the programs were run. A warm, welcoming, and supportive work environment

What are your credentials?

B. S. in Elementary Education with specialties in Spanish language and Teaching English as a Second Language. A year of AMI Elementary training.

Children's House

Amanda Langbehn

CH3 Llead

Chrys Nathan

CH2 Lead

Heather Dorsett

CH4 Assistant

Jamison Owens

CH5 Assistant

Maria Selles

CH6 Lead

Nuala Donohue

CH4 Assistant

Shanon Merritt

CH2 Assistant

Sonja Jones

CH3 Assistant

Stefania Bedin

CH6 Assistant

Virginia Sparkes

CH4 Lead

Yvette Rivera

CH5 Lead

Zoe Grobart

CH5 Assistant

Amanda Langbehn

CH3 Llead

Chrys Nathan

CH2 Lead

“The goal of early childhood education should be to activate the child’s own natural desire to learn.” ~ Maria Montessori

How did you discover Montessori?

My friends told me about their experiences.

Why do you love being a Montessori teacher?

My love of children and their love of learning.

What about WSM attracted you to the school?

The sense of home and community

What are your credentials?

AMI International

Heather Dorsett

CH4 Assistant

Jamison Owens

CH5 Assistant

How did you discover Montessori?

I first discovered Montessori while studying child development at Appalachian State.

Why do you love being a Montessori teacher?

My favorite things about being a Montessori assistant are: watching the children’s development from the beginning of the year to the end, being able to contribute to a community, and being in an environment which encourages my own further learning.

What about WSM attracted you to the school?

After several years working with children in child care settings, I was looking for some place different that better aligned with my values and understanding of the child. WSM was the place!

What are your credentials?

Bachelor in Child Development from Appalachian State

Maria Selles

CH6 Lead

“Nada es verdad ni mentira todo es según el color del cristal con que se mira” (nothing is true or false/wrong everything is according to the color of the glass you look through)

How did you discover Montessori?

Looking for a school for my daughter 18 years ago.

Why do you love being a Montessori teacher?

I love having a multi-age group of children. It is very helpful for the children and teachers.

What about WSM attracted you to the school?

When I visited the school the first time e wry one was so welcoming. The classrooms were so beautiful and the teachers very competent.

What are your credentials?

I have a bachelor degree and an AMS CH training ( credentials).

Nuala Donohue

CH4 Assistant

Shanon Merritt

CH2 Assistant

“Peace is not something you wish for; It’s something you make, something you do, something you are, and something you give away.”

How did you discover Montessori?

While babysitting for a fantastic family, I discovered they attended a Montessori, so while picking them up I fell in love with the warmth and welcoming of the school.

Why do you love being a Montessori teacher?

Creative loving atmosphere

What about WSM attracted you to the school?

My love of Montessori

Sonja Jones

CH3 Assistant

“The duties of a teacher are neither few nor small, but they elevate the mind and give energy to the character”. DOROTHEA DIX

How did you discover Montessori?

Through a friend

Why do you love being a Montessori teacher?

Being a Montessori Is very fullfilling. I am able to be creative in our classroom community. Being a Montessori teachers allows me to be patient and compassionate to the children. This is allows me to improve the lives of the children and be apart of their daily growth.

What about WSM attracted you to the school?

The strong family community bond that the Montessori School shares with one another.

What are your credentials?

Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Liberty University

Stefania Bedin

CH6 Assistant

How did you discover Montessori?

My first glance at the Montessori method was by studying the design of the classroom/school environment while attending the university of architecture.

Why do you love being a Montessori teacher?

It amazes me every time a get to create a connection and share the perspective of a child.

What about WSM attracted you to the school?

I love WSM environment as a parent first. I feel so fortunate to be able to provide this opportunity to my children.

What are your credentials?

Art based school diploma, and bachelor of architecture from IUAV, university of architecture in Venice, Italy. Volunteered with schools in my hometown organizing book fairs and environment awareness activities.

Virginia Sparkes

CH4 Lead

“The teacher who sets out with the idea that she is perfect; and never notices her own mistakes, is not a good teacher.” – Maria Montessori, The Absorbent Mind

How did you discover Montessori?

I’ve always loved working with children and whilst I was in college I had the opportunity to volunteer at a Montessori preschool. I was apprehensive at first but once I started I fell in love with the method and the way it both respects and empowers the children. After college I got my 3-6 Certification and throughout the years my passion and love for the Montessori approach has only grown!

Why do you love being a Montessori teacher?

It always strikes me as a great honor to have the opportunity to work with children. To be there when they write their first word, add their first numbers, paint their first picture, etc. It is a magical experience and I’m so lucky to be a part of these children’s lives. Respect for children and their own wants and desires is so important to me. I can see why Maria Montessori felt that education was the best weapon in the fight for peace. I also love the beautiful materials and the way they bring academic concepts to life. Seeing a child’s face light up when they take another step towards independence is the most amazing sight!

What about WSM attracted you to the school?

I joined WSM in January of 2022. I was looking to return to the classroom after a break and I have only ever heard good things about WSM. I had visited years ago when working towards my Montessori certification and I was completely captivated by watching Miss Holly’s class. WSM is a wonderful school that is committed to the Montessori Method and creating opportunities for all children to thrive.

What are your credentials?

I have a BA with Honors in Political Science and Communication. I am AMS Montessori certified for 3-6 year olds and I am currently working towards my Masters in Montessori Integrative Learning – which will be completed in the summer of 2023.

Yvette Rivera

CH5 Lead

The education of even a small child, therefore, does not aim at preparing him/her for school, but for life.” -Maria Montessori

How did you discover Montessori?

As a mother, when my child was 3 years old and attended the Canton Montessori School in Canton, Ohio

Why do you love being a Montessori teacher?

How it helps the child to blossom and grow as a butterfly once ready they can fly. I love everything about Montessori: environment, lessons, materials, the community of the parents, children and teachers

What about WSM attracted you to the school?

An opportunity to do what I love to do

What are your credentials?

Bachelors of Science in Accounting and Spanish, Certified Montessori Primary teacher

Zoe Grobart

CH5 Assistant

How did you discover Montessori?

The library.

Why do you love being a Montessori teacher?

The comfort of there being over one hundred years of practice informing and supporting what we do with the children in our classrooms each day.

What about WSM attracted you to the school?

Their commitment to an authentic Montessori education.

What are your credentials?

BFA in Drama from UNCSA. AMI Certified Montessori 3-6 Assistant Guide.

What is your favorite quote?

Quotes for me are contextual and purpose-driven, so have many more than one. But this one seems appropriate: “(Like to the lark at break of day arising / From sullen earth) sings hymns at heaven’s gate; / For thy sweet love remembered such wealth brings / That then I scorn to change my state with kings.”

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Lower & Upper Elementary

Abigail Parsons

UE Lead

Alison Fishburne

UE Assistant

Amy Sexton

LE2 lead

Jessica Hatfield

LE2 Assistant

Olivia Hinson

LE1 Assistant

Rebecca Satalino

UE Lead

Shama Doshi

LE1 Lead

Abigail Parsons

UE Lead

How did you discover Montessori?

I attended a Montessori school myself from 3 years old through 8th grade.

Why do you love being a Montessori teacher?

I love getting to connect with my students over three years and seeing the growth over that time. I love seeing the students learning life skills along side academic knowledge through experiences they get in their elementary years.

What about WSM attracted you to the school?

That the school serves children from 18 months to 9th grade, which shows the commitment to the Montessori way at all stages of development.

What are your credentials?

I have a BS in elementary education with a STEM concentration, a M.Ed. in Montessori elementary education, and an AMI elementary 6-12 diploma.

Alison Fishburne

UE Assistant

“You can’t get so hung up on where you’d rather be that you forget to make the most of where you are.”

How did you discover Montessori?

My best friend works at the Montessori school in Virginia, and she thought I would appreciate learning about the Montessori method.

Why do you love being a Montessori teacher?

I love watching the students as they develop their interests and start to understand a new concept.

What about WSM attracted you to the school?

Once I visited the school while planning my move to North Carolina, I knew quickly that WSM is where I wanted to work.

What are your credentials?

I received my Bachelor of Science in History in 2015. I will start working to receive my Montessori certification this year.

Amy Sexton

LE2 lead

“The greatest gifts we can give our children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence.” -Maria Montessori

How did you discover Montessori?

My nephew attended a Montessori school.

Why do you love being a Montessori teacher?

I love the materials and the method in which we instruct the children.

What about WSM attracted you to the school?

I was attracted to the beautiful campus and the faculty.

What are your credentials?

I have AMS credentials for 2 1/2-12 yrs

Jessica Hatfield

LE2 Assistant

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

How did you discover Montessori?

My dad became a Montessori teacher a few years ago, which introduced me to the concept.

Why do you love being a Montessori teacher?

It is amazing to watch the children explore and discover things on their own. Nothing is more exciting than having a student come up to me and say, “I figured it out!” or to share something fun that they learned. I love that they can feed their natural curiosity.

What about WSM attracted you to the school?

I was attracted to the beautiful campus and the kind staff. Everyone I met before I started working here was incredibly friendly, welcoming, and supportive.

What are your credentials?

I am TEFL certified and have four years of experience as an English teacher.

Olivia Hinson

LE1 Assistant

“Within the child lies the fate of the future.” -Maria Montessori (Cheesy, I know, for a Montessori teacher to choose a Maria quote. But she really was a genius!)

How did you discover Montessori?

For about half of my life, I have been a nanny for a family who has attended WSM for many years. Getting to know those children and hearing about their experiences made me want to learn more about Montessori in general. And once I did, I was hooked!

Why do you love being a Montessori teacher?

Being a Montessori teacher has been a dream of mine for a long time. As a Montessorian, instead of only teaching a child to read and write, I get to know and love the WHOLE child, and everything that they are. We don’t just give them facts and information to memorize so they can pass a test. We get to help them struggle and grow, and learn about what it means to be a kind and responsible human being.

What about WSM attracted you to the school?

I love WSM because it has shown me what it really means to be a teacher. Before working here, I thought that teachers knew everything, and had a duty to fill each child up with their infinite knowledge. Now I know that I have as much—if not more—to learn from my community as they have to learn from me. Not only to I work with many brilliant and dedicated adult colleagues, but I also get to be curious and learn something new from my students each and every day.

What are your credentials?

I graduated from UNCG with a BS in Elementary Education, with a concentration in Music and a Spanish minor. (I also studied abroad for a semester in Toledo, Spain.)

Rebecca Satalino

UE Lead

Shama Doshi

LE1 Lead

“The child is both a hope and a promise for mankind.” Dr. Maria Montessori

How did you discover Montessori?

My mother is a Montessori guide. I spent many summers in her environment during university.

Why do you love being a Montessori teacher?

Guiding each child through their self-construction

What about WSM attracted you to the school?

The ability to practice authentic Montessori.

What are your credentials?

I have a Bachelor of Arts in English and Linguistics, an AMI Elementary degree, and an Masters of Education

Adolescent

Ellen Kuppinger

AP Lead

Greg Dhalin

AP Lead

Sally Meehan

AP Lead

Ellen Kuppinger

AP Lead

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela

How did you discover Montessori?

I observed a Montessori school during my graduate program and was blown away. Soon after, I met my future partner whose mom is a Montessori educator, and my interest grew. I was attracted to the interdisciplinary lessons, the promotion of independence, and the belief that each human had the potential to contribute positively to the world.

Why do you love being a Montessori teacher?

I love watching the confidence of my students grow as they take risks in this safe and nurturing environment, and begin to realize their full potential as a human being.

What about WSM attracted you to the school?

The inviting outdoor environment, the beautiful facilities, and the fluidity between the two. I also love my colleagues, and the strong community of families that our school nurtures.

What are your credentials?

B.A., Political Science, University of Connecticut, M.S., Environmental Education, Lesley University, Elementary I Credential, American Montessori Society, Adolescent Diploma, Association Montessori International, To Be Completed Summer 2022

Greg Dhalin

AP Lead

Sally Meehan

AP Lead

“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.” –Socrates

How did you discover Montessori?

My daughter came to WSM in Children’s House

Why do you love being a Montessori teacher?

I love working collaborately with other guides and students to create authentic, relevant, engaging curriculum in our study of Humanities.

What about WSM attracted you to the school?

It is a caring and engaged community of students, familes, and guides. It is also a campus that beautifully integrates indoor and outdoor spaces

What are your credentials?

Bachelor of Fine Arts, UNC-Greensboro; Master of Arts in Teaching, Salem College; PhD (ABD) Curriculum Theory, UNC-Chapel Hill; Orientation to Adolescence, AMI.

Resource Guides

BJ Williams

Director of Co-Curricular Programs

BJ Williams

Director of Co-Curricular Programs

Do you realize how many events and choices that had to occur since the birth of the universe, leading to the making of you just exactly the way you are? Mrs. Which – from motion picture “A Wrinkle in Time”

How did you discover Montessori?

I have known about the great work that Winston Salem Montessori has done with children for about 10 years. I was looking for the right time and opportunity to be a part of this special community.

Why do you love being a Montessori teacher?

I love working with children and supporting their goals in all aspects of educations. To empower and encourage through purposeful activities and games is always the goal.

What about WSM attracted you to the school?

What attracted me to WSM was the open concept classrooms, students have a choice in their education and daily learning.

What are your credentials?

20 + years of child care experience Birth through Adolescents. I also earned my BA from Berea College in 2006 with a degree in Child and Family Studies with a concentration in Child Development. I also have 15 years of youth programming experience.

Support Staff

Dorian Dugger

Garden Coordinator

Evelyn Gilbertson

Librarian

Gary Mote

Grounds & Facilities Manager

Katherine Payne

All School Sub

Pam Guy

All School Sub

Tim Pruitt

Grounds & Facilities Assistant

Dorian Dugger

Garden Coordinator

“All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well.”
– Julian of Norwich

How did you discover Montessori?

My sister’s son attended a Montessori school in Homestead, Florida

Why do you love being a Montessori teacher?

I love working with the children in nature and am inspired by their curiosity, insights, enthusiasm, openness and sense of community. I love that in a Montessori setting we are encouraged to observe the children, to follow their interests, to encourage their explorations. I also very much love Maria Montessori’s focus on and work towards peace.

What about WSM attracted you to the school?

My grandson was attending here and I appreciated his guide, Miss Kay, so much. My daughter in law told me there was an opening for employment and encouraged me to apply for the position. As the saying goes, the rest is history!

What are your credentials?

I’m a life long gardener and lover of nature and children.

Evelyn Gilbertson

Librarian

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” ― C.S. Lewis

How did you discover Montessori?

I attended a Montessori School through 5th grade.

Why do you love being a Montessori teacher?

I love being a part of the growth of so many readers in progress!

What about WSM attracted you to the school?

The culture of kindness, respect and honesty.

What are your credentials?

BA in music and art, 2002 from Randolph Macon Woman’s College; Masters of Library and Information Science, 2004 from the University of South Carolina

Gary Mote

Grounds & Facilities Manager

“HEY, Watch this!”

How did you discover Montessori?

Through my wife applying for a job!

Why do you love being a Montessori teacher?

I’m the bldg and grands mgr

What about WSM attracted you to the school?

A Job

What are your credentials?

School of hard knocks

Katherine Payne

All School Sub

“It’s a Wonderful Life”

How did you discover Montessori?

When my daughter was 2 and I wanted to place her in a preschool program

Why do you love being a Montessori teacher?

Because we engage the whole child. And it address each child’s individual developmental needs Montessori

What about WSM attracted you to the school?

It’s beautiful campus and diversity of families.

What are your credentials?

Primary AMS Montessori Credential ASS in Early Childhood Education

Pam Guy

All School Sub

An elderly friend used to say this in all situations, “Everybody’s just doing the best they can.”

How did you discover Montessori?

My 3 year old and I got lost driving around in Winston and ended up turning around in the parking lot of the school at its former location. I had been considering getting him enrolled in a preschool anyway, so I asked my mom why “Montessori” seemed familiar. She said she had Montessori’s handbook on our home library shelf and had used many ideas from it when my brother and I were little. We immediately enrolled my son to start CH when the Clemmons location opened in 2006. It’s been a grand journey.

Why do you love being a Montessori teacher?

Oh! There’s so much!! I love discovering exactly what makes a concept “tricky” for an individual. I love seeing students surprise themselves by accomplishing goals they felt were out-of-reach. I love how the environment does so much of the work for the guide. And I love that grace and courtesy are considered as important as math and language.

What about WSM attracted you to the school?

At first, it was the practicality and logic of the Montessori method. I’ve since developed a great appreciation for the physical layout of the campus as well, notably the immediate access to patios and gardens that each classroom has.

What are your credentials?

BA Biology, decade+ working every level of WSM except AP

Tim Pruitt

Grounds & Facilities Assistant

How did you discover Montessori?

Friend

Why do you love being a Montessori teacher?

What is a facilities caretaker.

What about WSM attracted you to the school?

The ability to work at a private school again.

What are your credentials?

Past construction work.

What is your favorite quote?

I love thy neighbor.

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